Bill Crosier, a reform candidate for KPFT’s Local Station Board (LSB)
I believe strongly in the Pacifica mission, feel it’s critical that we continue to broadcast programming that other stations refuse to let people hear, and know that KPFT is needed even more today than when it first went on the air over 40 years ago.
KPFT has been paying its bills, but Pacifica has growing, significant debt and is in deep financial trouble, with boards at each station, plus the Pacifica National Board, who frankly seem unable or unwilling to do much about it other than talk. This threatens the survival of all Pacifica stations. There have been heroic efforts by some board members to fulfill their fiduciary duties to keep KPFT and Pacifica strong and to fulfill its mission. But unfortunately, other board members don’t understand what their role is, and spend time finding fault and blaming, rather than working together with others at KPFT to solve problems and helping KPFT to grow.
Please go to the Pacifica in Exile web site at pacificainexile.org for some easy-to-read but very informative articles about why Pacifica is in the mess it is today, and even more important, what we can do about it. It will help you understand why this year’s LSB elections are so important.
I’m asking you to support LSB candidates who:
* understand that the LSB needs to take on a leadership role in helping the station
* will work to reform our Bylaws to make our boards more functional
* can work together for constructive solutions to make our mission statement more than just words on paper
We need to stick together and make responsible reforms so all of our stations can not just survive, but grow, and ensure that many more people know about and listen to the voices and music of those shut out by the corporate media. I also support programming changes which can help get more listeners and members but which also help to fulfill the Pacifica mission.
Pacifica has dysfunctional local boards and a national board that’s even worse, wasting huge amounts of time on trivial matters while largely ignoring big problems, and with majorities that suppress responsible Board members who want to address real problems
We need board members who will take the time to understand the root causes of our problems and work to fix them. Some board members do this, but others don’t take the time. Our Boards are filled with nice people with progressive political views, but many of them don’t do their homework, disregard warnings about impending problems, and don’t understand why our finances are in such awful shape. Some do not even help with fundraising and outreach except to help their friends to get elected to their LSB.
Please support reform-minded candidates who understand that LSB members need to be leaders, and that their role is not to just complain, but to work to help KPFT!