Community radio station mourns losses but celebrates current good health

Provincetown, MA, November 20, 2018: Lower Cape Communications—community radio station WOMR – held its 2018 annual meeting on Saturday, November 17, at the Provincetown Inn.  

The annual meeting was well-attended by staff, volunteers, board members, and other interested persons.

Board of directors president Ira Wood summed up what has been a very good year for the community radio station.WOMR compares favorably to 70% of nonprofits in US, he noted, and it’s been a community effort: “We succeed by working hard together,” Wood said. “We have an excellent staff that works long and hard hours. We have wonderful, dedicated, and talented volunteers. We are truly in the top tier of small indie radio stations.”

The station lost some exceptional people over the past year, and they were honored at the meeting. Susan Lindquist, longtime volunteer, committee member, and supporter to the station, passed away a couple of days preceding the meeting; she was awarded the Ernest Cooper Award for Outrageous Support, one of only a dozen people awarded the honor. Former station manager Robert Nelson died within the two weeks running up to the meeting and another volunteer recently retired for terminal health issues.

A major topic for the meeting was the capital campaign for new studio and transmitter equipment for the station. There has been phenomenal response from the board and the public, and the campaign finds itself only $100,000 short of its goal. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the capital campaign may call 508.487.2619.

“We have had a year of transitions and we’re very strong, committed to the community and to carrying out our mission statement,” said John Braden, executive director. “I’m feeling good about who we are and how we’re doing going into the new year and beyond.”

The group thanked board of director members terming off, and welcomed new members—Georgene Reidl, Sandra Hemeon-McMahon and Sheila Lyons—as well as celebrating new DJs, new spoken-word shows, and the myriad people who have volunteered from one year to the next and have brought a richness of talent and experience to the airwaves.

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