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Listener Candidate for the KPFA Local Station Board
Statement
Kate Gowen - My decision to run for the LSB was inspired by the persistence and initiative demonstrated by the staff who put together the new show "Upfront" in almost no time, with no extra budget-and by the generous expression of approval with which the patient listeners responded. If I had wondered if the station was on the ropes, if old resentments and conflicts would drag it down those doubts were answered most wonderfully, "No! All the potential, the discernment, the energy, and the willingness to 'make a way out of no way'-is still there!" Much more fun to join the productive effort and light another candle, than to sit cursing-- or justifying-- the darkness.
Building on that infusion of energy, what we must do now is clarify the mission and the role of the local station as an autonomous, self-supporting, and collaborative part of the network. Where there is uncertainty or conflict engendered by the structures, regulation, or practice of the network, we must work together with our colleagues to achieve clarity and equity.
I am proud to have the endorsements of Andrea Turner, Margy Wilkinson, Mal Burnstein, and Craig Alderson.
For more information on www.SaveKPFA.org and its candidates, please visit www.saveKPFA.org today!
Answers to Candidate Questionnaire
1. In what ways is your station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
  Under the pressure of difficult financial and other conditions, the News Department, has initiated an extension of its collaboration with KPFK, in producing "Up Front"-- this is the sort of thing I enjoy seeing. I think it is crucial to encourage such informed initiatives.
2. In what ways is your station moving in a negative direction, that you would want to stop or change? What changes would you work for?
  My station is suffering from a long, debilitating struggle for self-governance, exacerbated-- at the very least-- by the PNB, its ED, and those within station governance who are willing to allow or abet those forces, to the detriment of station functionality. I see it as the duty of the LSB to act on behalf of the listener-supporters, not for some personal political aspiration. When the listeners clearly don't like, listen to, or support programming-- the response can't be to virtually tell them, "Who cares what you want?"
3. What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station’s mission?
  I'd say the key experience and skills I bring to the job are those I gained as a single mother raising a family of three, in the face of difficult financial circumstances and the challenges of a non-cooperative non-custodial parent. As to connections, I'd say my strength is that I have no pre-existing allegiances or vendettas to pursue. I am interested in NOW, and what can be done in the present.
4. What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
  The first step, clearly, is to make a fair assessment of what those challenges ARE. To this end, there has to be competent business management at the station; and those persons have to be respected and allowed to do the job. Structurally, it should not be possible for ANYONE, most especially members of the LSB, whose responsibilities include passing a budget up the line to the PNB, to impede or disable that process.
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