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Metz Board Room, DeVault Alumni Center

In attendance:

Community Advisory Board Members:

Joan Curts, Tim Decker, Mark Edwards, Sally Gaskill, Gary Hallum, Cullen McCarty, Lynn Schwartzberg, John Nash, Mike Conway, Martha Nice, Tom Bunger, Mike Hefron

Staff Members:

Mary Ducette, Nancy Krueger, Marianne Woodruff, Laura Baich, John Bailey, Eva Zorogski, Perry Metz



At December’s meeting, it seems that we may have voted on a couple of positions too quickly. Following the meeting, there was a little confusion surrounding who landed in the roles of Chair and Secretary.

These officers have been chosen and confirmed-

Chair Pam Davidson

Vice-Chair Martha Nice

Secretary Sally Gaskill

Nominating Joan Curts

Mike Hefron

Tim Decker

Mark Edwards

Alternate John Bailey (non-voting member)

Spectrum Auction

WTIU is getting repacked.

In Indiana, WYIN-Lakeshore/Merrillville and WNIN-Evansville are not getting repacked.

May 2017 - Engineering submits list of repack equipment

October 2018-April 2019 rebuild the transmitter.

ATSC 3.0 ready equipment:

New possibilities for interactivity, geo-targeted messaging including public safety alerts/directions, and membership/donations.

WTIU Channel Lineups

WTIU-KIDS 30.5 launched Monday, January 30, 2017

The group talked about the importance of this new channel as kids, specifically those in lower income homes are watching more television, especially in the evenings from 6pm-11pm.

WTIU-KIDS 30.5 launched Monday, January 30, 2017

What will happen to WTIU-Espanol 30.4 (V-Me)

At this time, V-Me has let us know that it will be dropping from the PBS system all together.

V-Me sent WTIU notice that it will terminate its service to PBS stations as of March 31, 2017.

WTIU has been proud to partner with V-Me. Since we launched our multicast service in 2009, WTIU-Espanol has served as a 24x7 channel stream aimed at reaching viewers in underserved/Spanish speaking households. V-Me is currently seeking agreements with cable providers in order to continue their service, independent of PBS stations.

Some PBS series, including children’s programs (The Cat in The Hat Knows A Lot About That!, Dinosaur Train, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and WordGirl) are available with a Spanish Second Audio Program. When available, viewers can access this SAP feature via their SAP, Audio, or MTS buttons on their remote control, or television’s menu.

Going forward, WTIU-ECHO 30.4 will give viewers the opportunity to time shift the best of PBS’ primetime programming. Most signature series will replay two days after their premiere on WTIU-HD 30.1. Plus, WTIU-ECHO will also offer additional same-day broadcasts of news and public affairs programming.

Social Media Policy/Feedback

Mr Metz handed out the new Social Media Policy that applies to the CAB members. There was discussion that the policy only applies to staff and CAB members if they are representing themselves as being affiliated with the station. At this point, the policy is still in the "draft phase" and members were encouraged to submit their ideas and suggestions.

APTS Recap

On Wednesday, March 1st, Brent, Lynn, Pam and Lloyd Wright of WFYI visited the offices of Senators Donnelly and Young, as well as Representatives Brooks, Bucshon, Messer, Hollingsworth and Rokita.

Lynn Schwartzberg gave us a full recap on the events of the week. She reports that overall the support in DC was very strong for the PBS system and that she felt very positive about the experience.

2017 Meeting Schedule:

March 2, 2017

June 1, 2017

September 7, 2017

December 7, 2017