DEMOCRATIC TALK RADIO is in the process of becoming a network of unique local shows operating under the Democratic Talk
Radio “brand.” We are seeking to become a 501 (c) (3) or 501 (c) (4) non-partisan, non-profit entity that will educate the
public about democratic government, working families issues, social problems, democratic economy issues and social
responsibility while training a new generation of local progressive talk show hosts and commentators. We plan on being
called the Democratic Talk Radio Network.
As part of the process, we are going to move largely away from commercial radio and into broadcasting from college radio stations, NPR stations and community radio. We envision having a local in-studio host (or two) at each station with a more experienced national co-host calling in to the station. We will interview guests who will be either calling in or in-studio. Our national office and staff will arrange most of the guest scheduling with input from the local hosts.
The Democratic Talk Radio Network will be doing interviews with book authors, journalists, commentators, officeholders, union leaders, activists, educators, college professors, actors, government officials, musicians, policy experts, organization spokespersons, notable public figures, business leaders and others. At least in the beginning, we do not plan on taking random calls from the public. Our format will be largely interview based and informative.
Among our first steps will be staffing our national office which will be located at:
Democratic Talk Radio, 698 Old Baltimore Pike, Newark, Delaware 19702.
Our national office will have a full time office manager and a full-time Executive Director the first year in which we are fully funded. We will have a part-time Managing Director and a part-time Treasurer/Financial Secretary. As the organization grows, the part-time positions will eventually become full-time.
The Executive Director and Managing Director will both act emergency call-in national co-hosts as part of their duties. The Executive Director will be tasked with the primary responsibility of growing the Democratic Talk Radio presence on college radio stations. The Managing Director will have primary responsibility for NPR stations and community radio. Both will help recruit and train local hosts including developing a set of written guidelines for all Democratic Talk Radio hosts. Both will help with fundraising along with the Treasurer/Financial Secretary.
We will have a 15 member Board of Directors during the first year with 3 positions permanent (the first Executive Director, Managing Director and Treasurer/Financial Secretary) and growing by 6 more members during the second year. Board members will be selected largely from or in consultation with our largest donors and sponsors. Except for our 3 permanent members who will provide institutional continuity, Board members will serve one year terms. The Board of Directors will oversee all operations of the organization and control the non-profit, educational entity.
Democratic Talk Radio will have an Advisory Council of prominent public personalities and officeholders who will help shape the broader mission of the organization. The Democratic Talk Radio Advisory Council will act as a volunteer “brain trust” that will help us grow creatively and better fulfill our mission.
The previous commercial Democratic Talk Radio name, domain name, website and logo will be donated to the new 501 (c) (3) or 501 (c) (4) non-profit, non-partisan, educational Democratic Talk Radio entity.
If you are interested in becoming involved in this project or donating to it, please contact Stephen Crockett at 443-907-2367 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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