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My name is Nancy Sorden. I came to DC 1974 for graduate school in Cell Biology and Biochemistry. Since 1977, I’ve listened to the voice of WPFW – Pacifica’s mission in DC to be the voice of the voiceless – speaking truth to power and promoting jazz and justice, and started supporting the station about 14 years ago.

Because WPFW has been instrumental in broadening my view of the world, unlocking prejudices, and bringing inspiration into my life and home, in 2014, I became more involved after meeting many WPFW supporters, programmers, and board members at an outreach event for Concerned Members and Supporters of WPFW. I joined the Programming and Finance Committees summer 2014, as listener-members are encouraged to do. I was elected to the LSB (by the LSB to fill a vacancy) in Jan. 2015 and appointed Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair, Pro Temp in June 2015. I joined Relocation and Outreach, and Development Committees in Jan 2015 and as WPFW’s Treasurer I am also on the Pacific National Board Finance Committee.

WPFW has a big voice – 50,000 Watts – reaching all the way to Ocean City, up into Pennsylvania, over to the hills of WV and down to NC – broadcasting independent artists – who express truths from our souls, and reporting what is ignored, suppressed, or made-up by mainstream media to sell corporate messaging detrimental to our world, reporting the truth about history, and the world we live in.

WPFW and Pacifica belong to the people and need support of the people to survive. To increase listener-support, I want us to increase transparency, train more volunteers and staff in broadcasting, journalistic, technical, and financial skills, increase programming with state-of-the-art technology, and have permanent home.

For experience, I’ve organized and participated in a variety of social justice and community projects in the Washington DC area. I am my neighborhood’s civic association acting secretary (in Montgomery County), a voting integrity activist working for secure, verifiable, and accessible voting in Maryland, a board member and Finance committee member of Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice, a steering committee member of the first annual Greater Washington Immigration Film Festival, Washington Ethical Society participant with Friends and Families of Incarcerated Persons and Washington Interfaith Network, a member of the Earth Ethics Team, former chair of the social justice group “Act for Good”, the Helping Hands Crafts Sale Gala chair, and organizer and facilitator for food justice activities and events on money in politics and economic justice. I have also done training in relationship building, facilitation, and governance.

WPFW and Pacifica has such talented, dedicated staff and volunteers, great programming and passionately involved community members. It would be a great honor continue to serve with them.

Those who have nominated me include: Vanessa Dixon, Benito Diaz, Tony Norman, Ron Pinchback, and Gloria Turner.

Optional Questions


In what ways are the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
LSB committees are discussing need and plans to move the studios and offices to a stable location and discussing a move to digital broadcasting. I support continued plans for these. – WPFW promotes local artists, and broadcasts shows that provide information to the local communities about issues they need to know about. This should be expanded recruiting and training more local journalists and writers, programmers, engineers, journalist, and technical staff. – WPFW brought back Community Comment. Expand community input by bringing back Townhall meetings. – WPFW airs programming that mixes social justice messages with other programming like “The Collision”, and recent HipHop shows playing artists expressing the messages of Malcom X. Do more of these artistic mixtures of jazz and justice. – WPFW needs to continue to push the Black Lives Matter and similar movements and an understanding of the African ancestry of all people.

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?
Announcing that basic membership is more than $25 is misleading, inaccurate, and discourages listeners from joining. Instead WPFW should offer different types of membership to encourage higher levels support. –
Because of the current governance structure at WPFW, factionalism has developed between groups of board members who essentially have the same vision for WPFW as the founder Lou Hill. This factionalism has people working at odds instead of with each other wasting energy, time and money. I want work with WPFW and Pacifica to find ways to improve communication with each other that could reduce the factionalism inherent in the current structure.

What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station's mission?
For experience, I’ve organized and participated in a variety of social justice and community projects in the Washington DC area, serving as chair, secretary, facilitator, organizer or member of steering, finance, outreach, and strategic planning committees. I have also done training in relationship building, facilitation, and governance.
I tend to be open-minded, idea-generating, problem-solver, encouraging, optimistic, fair-minded, and technically-minded. I once managed an electronics shop for a geological testing equipment manufacturer. I work with databases and spreadsheets in my job. I have a research background and have worked with software programmers who develop software for my use. I am experienced at reading treasurers’ and financial reports and working to meet an organizations financial goals. I have also built, published and maintained websites.

What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
Encourage Pacifica to buy equipment, software packages, and other services in bulk to save each station costs on initial outlays and upgrades. –
Use social media more to raise money for special projects. –
Invest in equipment needed to do digital broadcasting to increase our programming slots and thereby our listener support. –
Increase our transparency and financial stability to become qualified for CPB grant money. –
Help listeners to understand the level of support it takes to run this operation at the level of quality we all strive for and enlist their help (time and ideas included) in raising money.

So, what do you think ?