I’m running for re-election as a Staff Delegate to the WBAI Local Station Board (LSB) so that I may continue the work of building a stronger WBAI by improving: 1) communications – vis-a-vis the Pacifica National Board, the Local Board, the Staff and the Listeners. 2) accountability and 3) transparency.
During my tenure, I’ve posted reports regarding the work of the LSB, its committees and the PNB. I’ve also spoken, one on one, to many staff members seeking their input on various issues. Moreover, I’ve demonstrated fiscal responsibility and I’ve consistently voted for the interests of the Staff.
Through my committee work, I’ve demonstrated the ability to work with a variety of people – a skill that is crucial to the success of anyone serving on the LSB. Locally, I’ve served on the 2004, 2007-2012 LSB Radio Committee, and on the 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2012 Waivers Committee. On the National level, I’ve served on the 2005 PNB Programming Committee, on the 2006-2010 and 2013-2015 Affiliates Task Force, and on the 2011 and 2012 Archives Committee.
For those who don’t already know, I came to WBAI as an Arts Producer in the Spring of 1994. Over the years, I’ve worked on a variety of shows and specials. I’m currently known for my work as a member of the Midnight Ravers.
In the Fall of 1995, I attended my first Program Council meeting and as a result, I became involved in the internal affairs of WBAI/Pacifica. Some issues of concern to staff that I’ve helped to address include “strip programming”, “must carry” programs, “union busting”, and the removal of Staff at Pacifica stations here and across the country. As part of the mobilization around these issues, I’ve attended staff meetings, union meetings – both local and national, contract negotiation sessions, LAB meetings, and listener meetings. I’ve even attended hearings of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding the “union busting” matter and I’ve traveled out of state to protest the actions of Pacifica national management at National Board meetings. Additionally, I’ve worked with the union, the staff and the listeners to put on forums, teach-ins, and demonstrations, and to help draft literature and flyers.
When I first came to the station, I was taught that WBAI respects the intelligence of its listeners. Putting that in a new context, I respect the intelligence of the Staff to make wise choices in this election.
Some of the Staff nominating me: R. Paul Martin, Kathryn Davis, Janet Coleman, Reggie Johnson, and Max Schmid.