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I am Don Cook, and I hope to return to the KF Local Station Board. I little suspected when I resigned from the board to pursue matters which would have constituted a conflict of interest that my return would be delayed by the postponing of board elections. Advocating radical democracy, I am appalled by its unscheduled delay, but a combination of global warming with the broad economic has contributed to KPFT’s dire situation.

Hurricane Ike contributed to our problems by knocking us off the air and damaging our broadcast infrastructure to limit, to this day, our broadcast signal. The quickest simplest way to increase our audience and thereby our income is by restoring the infrastructure which allowed a wider broadcast radius, and draw more membership and revenue from a larger pool of supporters. Whatever obstacles have prevented tis infrastructure restoration must be eliminated.

When I first joined the board eight years ago, conditions were austere enough, but then the Great Recession contributed to the loss of 30% of our listener membership, accompanied by reduction in revenue. the limited recovery of the national economy since has not helped.

But the reduction in KPFT membership also reflects our loyal but aging demographic. When KFT was founded 45 years ago the average age of staff and membership was mid twenties. Average age is higher now. It is clear that we need to attract more Millennials and Gen Xers. Radio being not the hip, cool medium with the kids as of yore, I therefore applaud the current exploration and exploitation of the internet and social media. (Question: How can we further enhance our fundraising via social media?)

We must develop a new leadership to throw out us old geezers. I am optimistic that we can attract new membership and leadership by increasing the processes of democracy. (Ask me about possible reduction of conflict of interest by structural changes in governance architecture. 713-705-5594 zenbews@hotmail.com

Optional Questions


In what ways are the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
I am pleased with the movement to present KPFT and its shows in all the various alternative to conventional broadcasting that are available now. High definition radio, internet streaming, pod casts, social media . . . spreading out in every possible way in every media.

In what ways are the station moving in a negative direction, that you would want to stop or change? What changes would you work for?
Declining membership. Declining revenue. Broken broadcast infrastructure. Aging demographic. Let’s reverse all these trends. Let’s utilize the internet and social media to reach out for listeners, members, and supporters.

What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station's mission?
I’m hard to offend, quick to forget, and willing to work hard for a better world.

What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
An increase in membership, back towards earlier levels in our history would be good. Repairing or obtaining infrastructure to broaden the broadcast area would be the quickest way to raise membership and revenue. Obtacles to restoring infrastructure must be overcome if we are to grow.

So, what do you think ?