My name is Frank T. Sterling, Jr., aka Freewillin' Franklin. I graduated the KPFA Apprentice Program in 2006. Upon my graduation I was awarded "The Golden Stride Award" by the other members of my group for tremendous growth throughout my time in the program. After only a month off from KPFA after graduation I returned as a "Fellow" to the Apprenticeship Program in the form of "Technical Director," and have now helped to graduate six more generations of apprentices, receiving two more awards for being a "Tremendous Ally" to the Program. I have been both volunteer and paid staff, and as Technical Director of "Full Circle" I have provided engineering and technical support to the premiere apprentice inter-generational show. I also continue my work with the Apprentice Program as teacher and mentor, and continually volunteer to help outside the station in the form of helping facilitate live remote broadcasts, such as Alcatraz Sunrise Gatherings, Anti war demonstrations,and Power to the Peaceful. I have worked as producer, engineer, host, and board operator for not only "Full Circle," but for many other shows including "FlashPoints," "Voices of the Middle East and North Africa," "La Raza Chronicles," "La Onda Bajita," and many others.
In this past year and a half that I have been a member of the LSB and I have tried my hardest to learn how the system works and be an active participant in the functioning of the board. If re-elected I would like to continue to use my good standing with both sides of this factional board to try and work together and unite our energies into moving the station forward, instead of standing in one place "fighting" with each other.
Before I became part of the KPFA staff, I was and still am an avid listener and supporter of KPFA, Pacifica and the mission of our Free Speech Community Radio Station. I believe in and work for peace and social justice. As a board member I would continue to represent the staff of KPFA, ever mindful of the mission and the potential of KPFA as a community resource, a green common space for expression by, for, and of the people a place where the people can be heard.