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This is the twenty-third post in an ongoing series as we file Missouri Sunshine Law (RSMo 610) requests and investigate the non-renewal of the contract of University of Central Missouri President Aaron Podolefsky. Links to previous coverage are below the fold. BG and MB

Uh, that grade would be “epic fail.”

We have made a total of three Missouri Sunshine Law requests to try and ascertain the dates of required payments made as outlined in the contract (pdf) between D&H Media (KOKO Radio) and the University of Central Missouri. Well, we think it’s the university.

The parties to the contract. Just who is “the Central Missouri State University Sports Network”?

As far as we can tell, we haven’t received the information on the actual dates of all of those payments yet.

Paragraphs 12 and 13 of the contract between D&H Media and “the Central Missouri State University Sports Network”.

Paragraph 12 of the contract requires D&H Media to pay $15,000 divided equally among four quarterly payments for a “broadcast right fee”. Okay, so what actual entity gets those payments? Because the [last] annual (2008) NCAA “report on the revenues, expenses and capital expenditures of the institution’s athletics department” doesn’t report any such revenues:

….10. Broadcast, Television, Radio, and Internet Rights. [$] 0

Include institutional revenue received directly for radio and television broadcasts, Internet and e-commerce rights received through institution-negotiated contracts….

[emphasis added]

Okay, so what did we get with out third request?


date: Wed, Nov 4, 2009 at 3:46 PM

subject: Re: Request for information – RSMo 610


Pursuant to your request of October 30, 2009, wherein you ask for copies of all documents, including but not limited to – copies of all checks, documents showing all individual payment amounts, and documents showing the date received for all  individual payments in reference to the 2005 contract to broadcast intercollegiate athletic events between  D&H Media and the University and to the document provided to you by the University on October 23, 2009 in response to your October 19, 2009 request titled “KOKO Revenues”, in the category of “Compensation Remitted to UCM”, [and] in the subcategory titled, “UCM Advertising Sales Collections” for the amount of:

1.  $29,000 as  indicated for 2009

2.  $29,380 as indicated for 2008

3.  $27,100 as indicated for 2007

4.  $24,300 as indicated for 2006

5.  $23,100 as indicated for 2005

our search resulted in the documents contained in the attached .pdf file.



[emphasis in orginal]

Somebody corrected our grammar with the [and]. That was very thoughtful.

So, we got a number of documents (pdf), but we can’t figure out when payments were made. We guess they can’t either. That’s the “epic fail” part. Note: the first page of this document is one we received after our second request.

A question: If you don’t differentiate between the general fund accounts and ancillary accounts from the university which commission ads and then you mix those in the calculation of the distribution of the gross ad receipts, isn’t that an accounting nightmare? Just asking.

This is good accounting practice? We seriously need a forensic auditor.

Like we said, “epic fail”.

So much for transparency.

Our previous coverage:

Three steps behind, and to the right (January 25, 2008)

Three steps behind, and to the right, part 2 – a microcosm of our universe (September 21, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”? (October 15, 2009) (transcript of a portion of the live radio broadcast)

It wasn’t just about a tree (October 21, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement?”: I heard it on the radio (October 21, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement?”: let’s not get cut out of the will (October 22, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement?”: $87.75 will get you one sheet of paper (October 23, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement?”: They’re not playing hardball, they’re playing cat and mouse
 (October 23, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement?”: a cola and some scoreboards (October 24, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement?”: a few more pieces of the puzzle? (October 28, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: your silence means consent (October 29, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: let’s not get cut out of the will, part 2 (October 30, 2009)

Old media irony impairment (October 30, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement?”: I heard it on the radio, part 2 (October 31, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: where everybody knows your name (October 31, 2009)

Methinks that someone is paying attention! (November 2, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: Bond, Stadium Bond (November 4, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: where everybody knows your name, part 2 (November 4, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: I heard it on the radio, part 3 (November 5, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: nothing succeeds like success (November 6, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agre
ement”?: your Friday news dump
(November 6, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: nothing exceeds like excess (November 7, 2009)