Don’t believe the misleading “talking points” — and do take action

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 (krisetw@plu.edu) and Donna Gibbs, PLU Vice President for Communication and Marketing (gibbsdl@plu.edu)
PLU Alumni Assoc. (alumni@plu.edu)
PLU Board of Regents (scroll to bottom for list of email addresses)

Contact UW: UW President Ana Mari Cauce (pres@uw.edu), UW Communications Vice President Norm Arkans (arkans@uw.edu), KUOW head Caryn Mathes (programming@kuow.org), and the Chair of UW Board of Regents (regents@uw.edu)
UW Alumni Association (uwalumni@uw.edu)
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 – ed@summitplans.com
Brad Tilden –  brad.tilden@alaskaair.com
Darryl (Tony) – Hicks tony.hicks@hospira.com
Mack Hogans – hmackmack@msn.com
Matt Iseri – MattIseri@TokuSaku.com
Richard Jaech – jaechre@plu.edu
Lisa Kittilsby – lisak@gravelpits.com
Lisa Korsmo – lkorsmo@cloverpark.k12.wa.us
Mark Miller – mark.miller@plumcreek.com
Jonette Blakney – Pastor.ShepherdoftheHills@gmail.com
Susan Caulkins – scaulkins@dpearson.com
Andrew Finstuen – andrewfinstuen@boisestate.edu
Darren Hamby – dhamby@fhlbsea.com
Jeffrey Rippey j- eff@jrippey.com
Laura Rothenberger – lrothenb@uw.edu
Jan Ruud – jruud@smlutheran.org
Laurie Soine – lsoine@u.washington.edu
Charleen Tachibana – charleen.tachibana@vmmc.org
Martin Wells – msmmwells@aol.com
Osamu Matsutani – osamu.matsutani@hcahealthcare.com

 

UW Board of Regents:
Bill Ayer – bill.ayer@alaskaair.com
Kristianne Gates Blake – kristib@ptera.net or kristib@msn.com
Jeremy Jaech – j_jaech@hotmail.com or Twitter @jjaech
Vanessa Kritzer – vkritzer@uw.edu
Patrick Shanahan –  patrick.m.shanahan@boeing.com
Herb Simon – simonjohnson@simonjohnsonllc.com
Orin Smith –  osmith30@comcast.net
Rogelio Riojas –  rogelioriojas@seamarchc.org
Joanne Harrell –  jharrell@microsoft.com

 

KUOW Board of Directors:
Chris Higashi chris.higashi@spl.org
Colleen Echohawk colleen@chiefseattleclub.org
Dennis Kenny dennis@illuminage.com
Indranil Ghosh Indranil.Ghosh@premera.com
Jon Schorr schorr@carneylaw.com
Judith Endejan jendejan@gsblaw.com
Nelson Dong dong.nelson@dorsey.com
Shauna Causey – shaunacausey@gmail.com Twitter: @ShaunaCausey
Steve Hill steve.hill@pinchot.edu
Susan Queary squeary@badermartin.com
Vivian Phillips VivianP@STGPresents.org
Wier Harman wier@townhallseattle.org

12 comments

  1. Patricia Delfs · December 4, 2015

    KPLU is one reason Pacific Lutheran University is so well known and respected. Parkland will loose a treasure that can never be replaced.

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    • kplulistenerservices · January 15, 2016

      Hello Patricia,

      Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us. Know that your support to our station is much appreciated!

      Through your show of support and concern, we now have an opportunity to save the station.

      Today, you can make your pledge to save KPLU here. The community needs to raise $7 million in six months in order to make this happen.

      Two generous donors have already contributed $150,000.

      Please know this kplu.org webpage will now be the central communications hub for all information related to the community effort. It will include an FAQ section that will answer the main questions people have at this time. We will also visually track the progress of the campaign on the site.

      We’re in the process of building a new, non-profit organization from scratch. This includes strategic planning, establishing governance structures and projecting future budgets.

      PLU is allowing KPLU’s General Manager, Joey Cohn, to lead the community campaign and the chair of KPLU’s Community Advisory Council, Stephen Tan, is lending additional leadership and legal support.

      This campaign is a huge challenge, but one we are excited about and know we can achieve because of the passion and support for KPLU from the many big-hearted listeners in our community. It is, indeed, our defining moment.

      After you take at look at our Save KPLU campaign webpage, please reach out if you have additional questions to our Listener Services staff at info@kplu.org, 1-800-677-5758. And thank you once again for your incredible support.

      Best to you,
      -KPLU Staff

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  2. S Isaacs · December 6, 2015

    Here are links to the lists of Board of Regents members for both PLU and University of Washington:
    PLU: https://www.plu.edu/president/regents/
    UW: https://www.washington.edu/regents/officers/

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    • kplulistenerservices · January 15, 2016

      Hello,

      Thank you for taking the time to forward this on to all of our listeners! We really appreciate all of the support!

      Through your show of support and concern, we now have an opportunity to save the station.

      Today, you can make your pledge to save KPLU here. The community needs to raise $7 million in six months in order to make this happen.

      Two generous donors have already contributed $150,000.

      Please know this kplu.org webpage will now be the central communications hub for all information related to the community effort. It will include an FAQ section that will answer the main questions people have at this time. We will also visually track the progress of the campaign on the site.

      We’re in the process of building a new, non-profit organization from scratch. This includes strategic planning, establishing governance structures and projecting future budgets.

      PLU is allowing KPLU’s General Manager, Joey Cohn, to lead the community campaign and the chair of KPLU’s Community Advisory Council, Stephen Tan, is lending additional leadership and legal support.

      This campaign is a huge challenge, but one we are excited about and know we can achieve because of the passion and support for KPLU from the many big-hearted listeners in our community. It is, indeed, our defining moment.

      After you take at look at our Save KPLU campaign webpage, please reach out if you have additional questions to our Listener Services staff at info@kplu.org, 1-800-677-5758. And thank you once again for your incredible support.

      Best to you,
      -KPLU Staff

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  3. Beth Lorber · December 10, 2015

    Is there a benefit to this cause in donating money to KPLU at this time?

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    • kplulistenerservices · January 15, 2016

      Hello Beth,

      Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us. While this comment was made before we started the fundraising campaign to buy the station, we just wanted to make sure your question was answered!

      A membership gift provides day-to-day support to keep KPLU operating. However, a gift to the Save KPLU campaign is critical in our ability to continue airing news, jazz and blues for the future. Legally we must keep the two fundraising accounts separate, so you can support saving the station by making an additional, one-time gift from our pledge form here. At this time, we are unfortunately unable to roll-over sustaining gifts to the Save KPLU campaign, as the Save KPLU will require a separate non-profit business license from the one currently used for KPLU.

      Please know this kplu.org webpage will now be the central communications hub for all information related to the community effort. It will include an FAQ section that will answer the main questions people have at this time. We will also visually track the progress of the campaign on the site.

      We’re in the process of building a new, non-profit organization from scratch. This includes strategic planning, establishing governance structures and projecting future budgets.

      PLU is allowing KPLU’s General Manager, Joey Cohn, to lead the community campaign and the chair of KPLU’s Community Advisory Council, Stephen Tan, is lending additional leadership and legal support.

      This campaign is a huge challenge, but one we are excited about and know we can achieve because of the passion and support for KPLU from the many big-hearted listeners in our community. It is, indeed, our defining moment.

      After you take at look at our Save KPLU campaign webpage, please reach out if you have additional questions to our Listener Services staff at info@kplu.org, 1-800-677-5758. And thank you once again for your incredible support.

      Best to you,
      -KPLU Staff

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  4. Gary Bastoky · December 10, 2015

    Thank you for doing this. Please don’t kill KPLU!! I still listen to it online in Fayetteville, Arkansas! What would we do without Jazz24? How sad. You should hear the local NPR station — it sounds like 5th graders reading the news. It’s just awful. I’m a sustaining member of KPLU, even after not having lived in Seattle since 2008!

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    • kplulistenerservices · January 15, 2016

      Hello Gary,

      Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us. We really appreciate your support and your loyal listenersip from Arkansas!

      Through your show of support and concern, we now have an opportunity to save the station.

      Today, you can make your pledge to save KPLU here. The community needs to raise $7 million in six months in order to make this happen.

      Two generous donors have already contributed $150,000.

      Please know this kplu.org webpage will now be the central communications hub for all information related to the community effort. It will include an FAQ section that will answer the main questions people have at this time. We will also visually track the progress of the campaign on the site.

      We’re in the process of building a new, non-profit organization from scratch. This includes strategic planning, establishing governance structures and projecting future budgets.

      PLU is allowing KPLU’s General Manager, Joey Cohn, to lead the community campaign and the chair of KPLU’s Community Advisory Council, Stephen Tan, is lending additional leadership and legal support.

      This campaign is a huge challenge, but one we are excited about and know we can achieve because of the passion and support for KPLU from the many big-hearted listeners in our community. It is, indeed, our defining moment.

      After you take at look at our Save KPLU campaign webpage, please reach out if you have additional questions to our Listener Services staff at info@kplu.org, 1-800-677-5758. And thank you once again for your incredible support.

      Best to you,
      -KPLU Staff

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  5. Robert Telzrow · December 11, 2015

    I agree completely. This takeover is complete garbage. Once more the’ big boy” is trying to muscle in and take advantage of a gem that it can’t possibly replicate. No more momey ever to KUOW.

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    • kplulistenerservices · January 15, 2016

      Hello Robert,

      Thank you for contacting KPLU. Know that we value your comments and and support to our station!

      Through your show of support and concern, we now have an opportunity to save the station.

      Today, you can make your pledge to save KPLU here. The community needs to raise $7 million in six months in order to make this happen.

      Two generous donors have already contributed $150,000.

      Please know this kplu.org webpage will now be the central communications hub for all information related to the community effort. It will include an FAQ section that will answer the main questions people have at this time. We will also visually track the progress of the campaign on the site.

      We’re in the process of building a new, non-profit organization from scratch. This includes strategic planning, establishing governance structures and projecting future budgets.

      PLU is allowing KPLU’s General Manager, Joey Cohn, to lead the community campaign and the chair of KPLU’s Community Advisory Council, Stephen Tan, is lending additional leadership and legal support.

      This campaign is a huge challenge, but one we are excited about and know we can achieve because of the passion and support for KPLU from the many big-hearted listeners in our community. It is, indeed, our defining moment.

      After you take at look at our Save KPLU campaign webpage, please reach out if you have additional questions to our Listener Services staff at info@kplu.org, 1-800-677-5758. And thank you once again for your incredible support.

      Best to you,
      -KPLU Staff

      Like

  6. Steve Scott · December 13, 2015

    Geez…as much as I like KPLU, I (and probably lots of folks) am just not going to sit down and write a thoughtful, informed letter and copy all those email addresses. Put up a poll or an easy way to express displeasure and you will at least get better numbers.

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    • kplulistenerservices · January 15, 2016

      Hello Steve,

      Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us. Know that we value your feedback and will forward your comment on to our digital and fundraising team to see if this is possible!

      Through your show of support and concern, we now have an opportunity to save the station.

      Today, you can make your pledge to save KPLU here. The community needs to raise $7 million in six months in order to make this happen.

      Two generous donors have already contributed $150,000.

      Please know this kplu.org webpage will now be the central communications hub for all information related to the community effort. It will include an FAQ section that will answer the main questions people have at this time. We will also visually track the progress of the campaign on the site.

      We’re in the process of building a new, non-profit organization from scratch. This includes strategic planning, establishing governance structures and projecting future budgets.

      PLU is allowing KPLU’s General Manager, Joey Cohn, to lead the community campaign and the chair of KPLU’s Community Advisory Council, Stephen Tan, is lending additional leadership and legal support.

      This campaign is a huge challenge, but one we are excited about and know we can achieve because of the passion and support for KPLU from the many big-hearted listeners in our community. It is, indeed, our defining moment.

      After you take at look at our Save KPLU campaign webpage, please reach out if you have additional questions to our Listener Services staff at info@kplu.org, 1-800-677-5758. And thank you once again for your incredible support.

      Best to you,
      -KPLU Staff

      Like

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