Urbanists to host WAIF discussion Monday

Monday, July 31st from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. The Urbanists — an informal group of city-centered residents and professionals — have agreed to help lead a discussion about the future of WAIF community radio. We hope you will join us.

One of the only community-membership-based radio stations left in the country, WAIF holds tremendous potential to unite diverse urban communities and build on our urban assets. As the recent CityBeat article demonstrates, this potential is not being realized, so many would like to explore how an expanded membership could bring new life to this unique community-building tool.

The plan put forth to help the station is pretty simple.

  • Create a truly inclusive WAIF-FM community that represents and mirrors the residents of the City of Cincinnati.
  • Work to create and institute processes that will insure open, fair and ethical dialogue and participation that is open to everyone.
  • Implement professional and sound management and financial accountability.

Come to Simone’s restaurant, DeSales Plaza, 1544 Madison Road in Walnut Hills for this discussion. We’ll provide free appetizers and great networking from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and then we’ll use our small group discussion format to explore the WAIF opportunity—especially how and why to grow the membership. The discussion will be lead by Jeffrey Stec, a professional facilitator and leader of The Urbanists.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for About.com's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, iRhine.com. He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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