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The University Station Alliance (USA) is an initiative which began at the system level as a result of ongoing and repetitious challenges experienced by both university-licensed stations and the institutions to which they are licensed.

Board of Directors (2014):

President - John Hess, Boise State University, Boise, ID
Vice President - Kerry Swanson, Northwest Public Radio Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Treasurer - Chuck Singleton, WFUV Fordham University, Bronx, NY
Secretary - Tom Hunt, WCBU Bradley University, Peoria, IL
Board Member - Caryn Mathes, WAMU American University, Washington, D.C.
Board Member - Ed Subkis, KHSU Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Board Member - Ernie Sanchez
, Sanchez Law Firm Washington, D.C.
Board Member - Connie Walker, WUNC University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Board Member - Madison Hodges, WQCS Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL
Executive Director - Craig Beeby

History

A Planning Committee composed of a representative group of managers from throughout the country met in January 2000 to discuss issues that face stations which are licensed to universities, and to lay the groundwork for the USA initiative. A unique alliance between public broadcasting and higher education made the Planning Meeting possible. The meeting was jointly funded by Dr. John Keiser, President of Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). This groundbreaking, cooperative effort not only enabled the initial meeting of the USA to be held, it set the tone for future collaborations. There is additional background information available about the grassroots initiative if you have an interest in learning more.

USA Statement of Purpose

"to create a support system for stations licensed to universities"

What are the USA Goals?

a. to strengthen the public radio system through improving the relationship between broadcasters and universities;

b. to focus on commonalities of purpose between a station and its university licensee; to integrate university/station missions and strategic plans so that stations have a place at the university table;

c. to assist stations in managing licensee relations on a day-to-day basis;

d. to establish "firewall" standards of editorial integrity;

e. to test the assumption that it is in the best interest of all university stations to continue to be owned and operated by universities, and if not;

f. to explore available options and help the station/licensee facilitate the transition

The 2000 USA Planning Committee:

Eleven station managers from around the country comprised the USA Planning Committee. Their charge was to lay the foundation for the project. The group was broadly representative in order to provide a sensitivity to the full range of challenges and nuances within the system. Such things as geographical representation, market size and the various types of settings--from public and private universities, to a statewide network, to an LMA arrangement--were taken into account when the committee was formed. Although these things focused on the differences within the group, there were two key characteristics that members of the Committee had in common: a high level of dedication to the public radio system and the ability to get outside personal needs, looking instead at what would be good for the university-licensed community at large. As a result, the following managers agreed to participate in the 2000 USA Planning Meeting:

Craig Beeby, Current USA Executive Dir, Former KOSU-FM, Stillwater, OK
Regina Dean, WUOT-FM, Knoxville, TN
Arlen Diamond, KSMU-FM, Springfield, MO
Bob Franklin, KASU-FM, Jonesboro, AR
Judy Jankowski, KLON-FM, Long Beach, CA
Dennis Kita, KUOP-FM, Stockton, CA
Caryn Mathes, WAMU, Washington, DC
Pat Monteith, WUMB-FM, Boston, MA
Jim Paluzzi, KBSU-AM/FM, Boise, ID
John Stark, KNAU-FM, Flagstaff, AZ
JoAnn Urofsky, WUSF-FM, Tampa, FL
Linda Carr, Carr Communications, Facilitator

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