[nabs-l] An Apology To The List And An Important Message

Littlefield, Tyler tyler at tysdomain.com
Mon Dec 11 17:29:50 UTC 2017


As one of those who has been vocal about whether or not messages that
promote this radio show are on the list, I appreciate the message below.
I have hoped that as NFB was and is live-streaming events now, NABS
could fall under this and have professional live streaming for their
meetings. This isn't an attack on David or the way meetings have been
streamed in the past, but simply an observation; if NFB is working with
the hotel, they can hook up to the sound system in the room that the
meeting is taking place in and provide a higher quality of streaming so
that someone doesn't have to sit back in the audience with a quality
microphone to pick up the audio from the speaker. This would help in the
quality of the stream, but also for those who are hard of hearing as
well. Similarly, hotel bandwidth and internet costs are generally
prearranged, so that would mean that this stream would have a quality
(hopefully) stable connection that could be used in this stream. This
would create a better experience for the listener, and everything would
be under the operations of the NFB stream.

Should there be a point where the board goes forward with this radio
station, I only have a few issues which I and others have pointed out.
My goal is to keep this constructive but still hopefully work out some
solutions to these individual issues. They are not in any way an attack
on this radio station.
1) The radio station has changed a lot in the past, so this results in a
lot of "last night broadcasting," "last night broadcasting tune in," and
"new station" messages that are sent out to the list. The issue here is
going to be keeping the information relevant to students without to much
clutter. For example, many people seem to differ on the opinion that
providing streams of calls means that other advertising needs to take
place simply because this is a station that streams calls. This perhaps
is why I am so strongly in favor of NABS itself creating a stream, or
working with the national office to make this happen. I understand that
as a result of David providing a stream he wants to be able to advertise
his work, and denying that to him or anyone else while still requesting
(has anyone from the board requested these streams) might be a tough
pill to swallow.
2) I don't know how much effort went into getting interviews with
everyone for the last election when there were two people running for
NABS vp, but it seems that it would help greatly, should interviews be
given to have a bipartisan stream with someone asking questions; this
would and could probably take form in simply streaming the call that
Kathryn was holding to help people get to know the candidates, rather
than bringing individual candidates into a radio show.


On 12/11/2017 11:07 AM, NABS President | Kathryn Webster via NABS-L wrote:
> Good morning David:
> Is there a reason 195 The Globe has not reached out to the NABS Board, or
> myself to discuss this further?
> Sorry if there are any harmed feelings involved, but I personally love
> supporting our blind students in their pursuit to a successful life, which
> would include your endeavors.
> Love,
> Kathryn
> -----Original Message-----
> From: NABS-L [mailto:nabs-l-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of David Dunphy
> via NABS-L
> Sent: Monday, December 11, 2017 12:33 AM
> To: National Association of Blind Students mailing list <nabs-l at nfbnet.org>
> Cc: David Dunphy <discoduck221 at gmail.com>
> Subject: [nabs-l] An Apology To The List And An Important Message
> Hello To Everyone!
> This is David Dunphy, asking each of you to read what I have to say here. I
> will be as brief as I can, but I have three things I want to put out here
> for you.
> 1. Apologies:
> Since some objections were raised off list, I want to begin by apologizing
> for the post about the launch of 195 The Globe to this list that came out
> last Saturday.
> . Initially, KJSC Radio was doing coverage for Nabs convention events and
> similar things. With KJSC Radio having been shut down, 195 The Globe was
> supposed to be taking over those responsibilities, which is why you received
> the notification of our launch on this list. However, this, too, has
> changed. Please read below. But to anyone who was offended, I as owner take
> full responsibility for that and apologize.
> 2. I sadly regret to inform you all that as of this time, 195 The Globe will
> not be covering any nabs events of any kind. This includes phone calls,
> national convention meetings, etc. While sometimes we promoted things that
> may not be directly related to students, there have been several occasions
> where I and Chris Nusbaum in particular has done things directly related to
> Nabs with The Blind Side and similar programming. Even when this has
> happened, people have sent to the list and to us complaints about the
> content. We as a station and a group very much support students. They are
> not only the future of an empowering organization like this, but many
> people, including myself when I was in college, wouldn't even know what's
> available to students if it wasn't for Nabs.
> That being said, it is very clear that there isn't a clear direction as to
> how we as a station can best serve this organization in a way that will be
> as positive as possible to all people. Obviously, not one size fits all, but
> there has been enough concern raised that it is clear that things aren't
> being done in a way that is as suitable to membership here as a whole as it
> should be.
> While positive feedback and encouragement for us to keep going with our
> coverage would be great to read, if you would like to see the globe or
> another station covering your organization's events, please contact the
> president or your other board members. You have elected them to serve you,
> and they are moderators to this list, too.
> So contact them. We are happy to work with them to provide content to you in
> a way that would be more positive. But clearly, there is some misdirection
> and disagreement as to how that should be done, and in order to keep our
> station going well and in a positive light, and to keep your organization
> happy, we are pulling out of all Nabs related coverage until such time as we
> are told how we can best serve you by your leadership. If we are no longer
> given this opportunity, it was an honor personally for me to have recorded
> and streamed your calls and to have been part of your national convention
> meetings. I hope for the opportunity to serve you in this way again, but it
> will be up to your leadership and to you.
> Should you wish to get in touch with me, please email me at
> ddunphy at 195theglobe.com but I would encourage you to contact your board if
> you'd like us as a station to be involved again.
> 3. I'm including at the end of this email for those who would like to keep
> up with the globe information for doing just that. If this is of no interest
> to you, you can safely close your email down or move on to your next
> messages that you would like to read.
> But for those who are interested, since no more emails will be sent out, at
> least at this time, about what's going on with the globe, read below this
> message so you know how to keep up. Thank you for taking the time to read my
> email, and I hope you all have a happy holiday.
> All the best,
> David Dunphy
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