Catching up on some items from when I was gone ...
Next week is the big Educational Broadcasting Authority "visionary committee" meeting where West Virginia Public Broadcasting head Dennis Adkins is to present an update on the financial issues facing state public broadcasting, along with his proposals to keep WVPB solvent long-term.
Meanwhile, I'm told employee morale at the headquarters on 600 Capitol St. is fading. (Then again, the only newsroom I've ever known of that had high employee morale was WJM-TV on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show.")
After the June 29 derecho, the management decision was made that West Virginia Public Radio lacked the manpower and resources to do extended coverage of the storm and the recovery efforts statewide.
As has been noted, one of the shortcomings of the state's recovery efforts was the inability to get communications out to the storm victims left without power for days on end.
While some public radio towers were knocked off the air by the storm, some staffers and others believe public radio botched an opportunity to be the statewide clearinghouse for storm recovery information.
Apparently that included the governor's office, which reportedly dispatched Education and the Arts Secretary Kay Goodwin to meet with Adkins and James Muhammad, director of radio services, to express those concerns.
Also, there was more recent employee consternation that Bill Acker, director of broadcasting, obtained the call letters of WWHA (for William H. Acker) for the new public radio affiliate in Webster Springs.
Over at Health and Human Resources, John Law, assistant secretary for communications, Susan Perry, deputy secretary for legal services, and general counsel Jennifer Taylor are still on paid administrative leave pending reassignment, stemming from the July 17 dust-up with Acting Secretary Rocco Fucillo, over the concerns they raised on awarding a $485,000 a year DHHR advertising contract to high-bidder Fahlgren Mortine.
(Actually, the contract is worth considerably more than that, as reported here, since a number of state agencies -- including the DMV, Department of Education, Insurance Commission, and attorney general's office -- piggyback on the contract for their advertising needs.)
Evidently, its not the first time the three had raised objections with Fucillo over the awarding of DHHR contracts.
Speaking of state advertising contracts, there were two bidders for the contract for advertising and public relations for the state Treasurer John Perdue's office: Bulldog Creative of Huntington, which has had the contract since 2008, and the Manahan Group, which had the contract prior to 2008.