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KPCW icon is still off the air

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

Trustees for Community Wireless of Park City met behind closed doors Thursday to debate whether Blair Feulner, the founder of KPCW, will stay employed at the National Public Radio affiliate.

Feulner, who about 30 years ago applied to the Federal Communications Commission to create KPCW-FM, did not immediately respond Friday to a telephone call from The Park Record. The newsman announced on the air this month that July 15 was his last day broadcasting for a while.

But the reasons for his departure are unclear.

Feulner became an "at-will" employee at the radio station when he resigned as president of the non-profit Community Wireless March 25, said KPCW spokesman Joe Wrona, an attorney who belongs to the group’s board of trustees.

Feulner did not have permission from the board to take a "sabbatical," according to Wrona.

"The board of trustees met [Thursday] night in executive session to discuss and consider Mr. Feulner’s employment with Community Wireless," Wrona said in a telephone interview Friday. "It may be that three or four days from now there could be a lot to say."

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Ten of the 11 board members attended the closed meeting, which lasted almost three hours, Wrona said, adding that board member Rich Sonntag missed the meeting due to vacation.

Other Community Wireless board members include Bill Mullen, Judy Hanley, Bob Wells, Tina Lewis, Bill Coleman, Flint Decker, Diane Foster, Mark Fischer and Tom Sly.

"I’m still negotiating with the board regarding the leave of absence and other issues," Feulner said in a recent e-mail to The Park Record.