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KGNU is ready to consider newly revised bylaws, many of the bylaws we are currently officially operating under are quite obsolete. The license holder for KGNU-FM and KGNU-AM is the Boulder Community Broadcast Association, which is governed by a board of directors. Over two years ago the board of directors commissioned a group to review and revise the bylaws for three main reasons: (1) acknowledgement that the current bylaws were in many ways obsolete and no offered a good set of rules for how KGNU was actually being governed, (2) From time to time it is always a good idea to review the rules and structures of governance for a growing, evolving orgainzation, (3) In the wake of the Pacifica debacle, the board wished to ensure that KGNU could never be hijacked by a group with a diverging idea of the mission; the KGNU mission could still evolve, but only in an "organic" process with participation and consent of the KGNU "family."
The KGNU bylaws committee issued its final report on a meeting May 18, 2005. This report contains a draft of bylaws to which the board of directors will give initial consideration at its next meeting August 9, 2005, 6PM. Input from our community of volunteers and listener-members is welcome at every stage of the process. The revised bylaws contains a slight change in the wording of the mission statement that addresses two issues: (1) KGNU has a much larger listening audience with 1390 AM and is now licensed to serve Denver, (2) avoid a possible misunderstading of the current mission statement where someone might infer that KGNU is the only community radio station in Boulder County.

The board is currently hoping to ratify new bylaws with the newly worded mission statement at a subsequent meeting on September 13, 2005, 6PM. The draft of the bylaws is available on our website here and they can be downloaded in PDF format. A hardcopy is also available at the station. KGNU will be notifying the public of these proposed changes over our airwaves as well. If you would like to offer any feedback or suggestion, you can email bylaws@kgnu.org, or submit them in person at the KGNU studios, or mail them to the studio KGNU Board of Directors 4700 Walnut St. Boulder, CO 80301

The board would like to extend a special invitation for anyone concerned with the bylaws an mission statement to attend our board meeting on September 13, 2005 at 6PM in the GNU Room at the KGNU studios, 4700 Walnut, Bouder.

-Chip Grandits Co-Chair Boulder Community Broadcast Association Board of Directors

Here is the mission statement from the final draft of the Bylaws committee:

KGNU is an independent, noncommercial community radio station licensed in Boulder and Denver and dedicated to serving its listeners. We seek to stimulate, educate, and entertain our audience, to reflect the diversity of the local and world community, and to provide a channel for individuals, groups, issues and music that have been overlooked, suppressed or underrepresented by other media.

KGNU depends on community volunteers, coordinated by paid staff, to produce quality programming. We rely on our audience for financial support. The Board of Directors of the Boulder Community Broadcast Association, Inc., is the licensee and is legally responsible for the conduct of station activities. The Board hires a manager who is responsible for managing the station and hiring other staff. The Board, Staff and Volunteers are committed to collaboration with each other.

The station seeks to expand the listening audience through the excellence of its programming without compromising the principles stated here.


Created:08/13/05, Modified:08/13/05, expires:08/13/05, priority:9