Why should anyone care about the mission statement anyway?

Nobody would suggest that KRFC becoming a top-40 music station is the right thing to do, but why?

KRFC was founded upon principles of programming and of governance. These were recorded in the founding mission statement, which is the core agreement for all members of the organization. KRFC's bylaws legally require the board to support KRFC's mission. The programmer's contract requires programmers to support it. The mission is a compass showing the direction of good service for KRFC programming and other principles of the organization. Some volunteers joined KRFC specifically because its (original) mission was right for them.