The Berkshire Community Radio Alliance (BCRA) is a volunteer-based, noncommercial, community broadcast station in the town of Great Barrington, MA licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. We make broadcast air-time available to the general public; and offer resources and education to all members of the community for the production and dissemination of community media.
BCRA seeks to create a forum to educate and entertain the community by offering a broad mix of cultural programming and views which reflect the diversity of the local and world community, promoting access for underrepresented voices and providing an opportunity for members of the public to produce their own programming.
According to our Bylaws: "The affairs of BCRA shall be controlled and managed by its board of directors. The directors shall manage the business and property; provide for the operation of the broadcast facilities; make decisions of policy; employ, appoint or remove employees, agents and representatives to carry out the purposes of the corporation; and shall do all other things in the management of the business, property and affairs if this corporation necessary to carry out its purposes."
Article IV of our Bylaws sets out two categories of membership: Subscribing Member. A subscribing member shall be any person who, in the last twelve (12) months, has contributed the minimum membership contribution established by the board of directors, or who has provided a contribution of property or services valued by the board as equivalent to a membership contribution.
Volunteer Member. A Volunteer Member shall be any person who has made a contribution of service to the station, without compensation, of at least the minimum hours established by the board of directors. Such volunteer work excludes airtime, but does include, in part, meetings of any committee established by the board of directors, of which the participant is a member.
All active Volunteer Members and Subscribing Members in good standing shall be able to vote for:
a) Election of a specified number of directors to the Board of Directors at the annual meeting.
b) Ratification of amendments to the Articles of Organization or Bylaws.
c) Matters submitted to them by a majority of the board of directors.
d) Matters submitted to them by petition of the voting membership (see 6.1.4).
Much of our work is performed by our Committees.
Article V of our Bylaws provides that:
"The Board of Directors may from time to time, by resolution, constitute such committees of Directors, Members or Staff with such functions, powers, duties and tenure, as the board of directors shall determine. Committee guidelines are as follows:
1) All committees shall consist of at least one (1) Volunteer Member, except as otherwise noted in these bylaws.
2) Committees may contain Staff members and Subscribing Members, in such quantity as is decided by the board of directors.
3) Committee Chairpersons do not need to be board members, except as otherwise noted in these bylaws. Chairpersons shall be nominated by consensus of the committee and approved by the board of directors.
4) Directors shall be nominated by the board and approved by a majority vote of the board; Staff members shall be chosen by consensus of the staff and approved by a majority vote of the full committee; Members shall be chosen by a vote of the full committee after having attended at least one committee meeting.
5) To be eligible to serve on committees, Members must be in good standing with the corporation.
6) Committee members may be asked to leave by consensus of the rest of the committee, with notice of seven (7) days being given that such an action will be proposed at the next regular meeting.
7) Committees will meet at regular times, if possible. Times and dates will be posted in a public area of the corporationâ€™s principal office or studios so that the information is available to anyone who is interested.
8) All committee meetings shall be open to all Members and to the public, except when the Board of Directors meets as the Personnel Committee. Visitors to meetings may speak but not vote on issues.
9) Directors, Staff and Members may chair only one (1) committee, but may serve on more than one.
10) Committees must keep regular minutes of their proceedings, cause them to be filed with the corporate records and report the same to the board from time to time as the board may require."