Both KUOW and Pacific Lutheran University are saying whatever it takes to rush through the sell-out of KPLU. They are betraying the trust of the public and their own donors, and they are not structuring the deal in order to serve the community.
The process in particular has been fundamentally unfair: They are selling a community asset (publicly funded) behind closed doors, deliberately hiding it from their stakeholders.
Bottom line: They should allow time for the public to understand the impacts and explore alternatives.
- Contact members of both Boards of Regents — at PLU and at UW. They have ultimate control — and they were not given all the facts. They should be angry about the process, too.
- Contact your state legislator and tell them that UW is engaged in an unfair, secretive process. They have authority over the university.
- Contact your alumni association and tell them you don’t like the way PLU/KUOW are concealing details and spreading half-truths. It’s a breach of your trust.
- Member/donor? Let KUOW know you are reluctant to donate in the future unless they allow a more transparent process. This also is a matter of trust.
- Contact the Presidents at both PLU and on UW, if you haven’t already.
- (Later, we also may need to lobby the FCC, but it’s too soon for that because no petition has been filed.)
Ask them to be more transparent. Slow down long enough for the public to have a say. If the sale is indeed wonderfully beneficial, then there’s nothing to fear from involving the community. Browse this website for examples of facts they are not sharing.
Contact PLU: PLU President Thomas Krise (email@example.com) and Donna Gibbs, PLU Vice President for Communication and Marketing (firstname.lastname@example.org)
PLU Alumni Assoc. (email@example.com)
PLU Board of Regents (scroll to bottom for list of email addresses)
Contact UW: UW President Ana Mari Cauce (firstname.lastname@example.org), UW Communications Vice President Norm Arkans (email@example.com), KUOW head Caryn Mathes (firstname.lastname@example.org), and the Chair of UW Board of Regents (email@example.com)
UW Alumni Association (firstname.lastname@example.org)
UW Board of Regents (scroll to bottom for list of email addresses)
KUOW Board of Directors (scroll to bottom for list of email addresses)
Not sure what to say? Here are some key messages to put in your own words:
- This sale represents a loss, not a gain — despite claims by PLU and KUOW.
- The sale involves a public broadcaster, which is a public resource and carries unique responsibilities to the community
- The process did not respect the public – given the public interest, the community deserves a fair opportunity to respond and to evaluate the merits
- It appears you were given incomplete information and voted without knowing all the facts
- The honorable path forward is for PLU and KUOW to allow for public input (and for alternatives to be explored and adequately considered)
Full Contact Lists
PLU Board of Regents:
Ed Grogan – email@example.com
Brad Tilden – firstname.lastname@example.org
Darryl (Tony) – Hicks email@example.com
Mack Hogans – firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Iseri – MattIseri@TokuSaku.com
Richard Jaech – email@example.com
Lisa Kittilsby – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Korsmo – email@example.com
Mark Miller – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonette Blakney – Pastor.ShepherdoftheHills@gmail.com
Susan Caulkins – email@example.com
Andrew Finstuen – firstname.lastname@example.org
Darren Hamby – email@example.com
Jeffrey Rippey j- firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Rothenberger – email@example.com
Jan Ruud – firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurie Soine – email@example.com
Charleen Tachibana – firstname.lastname@example.org
Martin Wells – email@example.com
Osamu Matsutani – firstname.lastname@example.org
UW Board of Regents:
Bill Ayer – email@example.com
Kristianne Gates Blake – firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Jeremy Jaech – firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter @jjaech
Vanessa Kritzer – email@example.com
Patrick Shanahan – firstname.lastname@example.org
Herb Simon – email@example.com
Orin Smith – firstname.lastname@example.org
Rogelio Riojas – email@example.com
Joanne Harrell – firstname.lastname@example.org
KUOW Board of Directors:
Chris Higashi email@example.com
Colleen Echohawk firstname.lastname@example.org
Dennis Kenny email@example.com
Indranil Ghosh Indranil.Ghosh@premera.com
Jon Schorr firstname.lastname@example.org
Judith Endejan email@example.com
Nelson Dong firstname.lastname@example.org
Shauna Causey – email@example.com Twitter: @ShaunaCausey
Steve Hill firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Queary email@example.com
Vivian Phillips VivianP@STGPresents.org
Wier Harman firstname.lastname@example.org