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Listener Candidate for the KPFA Local Station Board
Statement
My name is Donald Goldmacher and I currently serve on the KPFA local station board. I am an experienced documentary film maker, and a board-certified psychiatrist. Both of these occupations require seeking and reporting the truth, which is something our radio station does and must continue to do.

I have been a proud supporter of KPFA's diverse management team and its brilliant Gen. manager, Quincy McCoy. I was on the local board when Quincy was interviewed for the position, and I was ecstatic at the time, quickly realizing how experienced, skilled and forward thinking he was. My hopes for him at that time have been fulfilled as he has been able to upgrade the station's technical and digital capabilities, and brought the station to 21st-century broadcasting norms, as well as continuing to raise sufficient donations to keep not only KPFA solvent, but also keeping the network afloat.

I am running again for the local station board because I am deeply concerned about the future of Pacifica Radio, our parent network. It is currently in the hands of people who have no professional media experience, lack understanding of non- profit finances and an unwillingness to work cooperatively to develop this network to its urgently needed potential.. At the present time, the network is saddled with a $3.1 million loan that it cannot repay without selling off assets of the network. This disaster is due to mismanagement and sectarian politics. The current governing bylaws have allowed this catastrophe to take place, and must be replaced with a nonprofit corporate structure utilizing other successful models for 501(c)(3) board structures. Failing that, we will go under as a network. As a local station board member, I will do all in my power to continue exposing this failure of The Board of Directors to fulfill their fiduciary duties, while striving to improve our local station's outreach to the broader progressive community in the Bay Area and across the country.

During my current tenure on the board I have encouraged management to create new programming that reaches new audiences. I am happy to report that one of my suggestions regarding reporting on the climate emergency has been implemented through the show “A Rude Awakening". I also support new programming that addresses the daily struggles many Americans are facing just to stay afloat, with financial advice about how to make it through the week and a show that monitors how the right wing is maneuvering politically, financially and socially.

I have been, and continue to be, very supportive of KPFA programming that reports on the race and class divides in this country, immigration, women’s and LGBTQ issues and recent coverage exposing anti Asian hate crime. I believe that the station has been a pioneer in Broadcasting voices from diverse communities in the Bay Area for decades with the only full news department in the Pacifica Network.

Please VOTE for me, Donald Goldmacher, and other KPFA Protectors candidates.For more information go to KPFA Protectors.org
Answers to Candidate Questionnaire
1. What experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the local station board to advance the station's mission?
  I am a media professional, having produced four award-winning documentaries on social and political topics. Three of those films have been featured on KPFA fund drives. I also have nonprofit management experience that allows me to view the efforts of our diverse management team from a supportive and positive lens.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I most appreciate the inspired leadership of our general manager and the team he has assembled around him to continue to improve the operation of the station and its programming.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  We need to do a better job of understanding how to effectively utilize social media to attract new and younger audiences.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  My first priority is to continue to provide support to our gifted management team. My second priority is to continue to examine the current programming and what new shows are needed in this most perilous political Time in our country.
5. Sustainability is an important part of any nonprofit operation. What are your thoughts on how the board can help to improve the station's financial footing?
  The divided board can most help our station and the network by ceasing and desisting from its baseless attacks on our management team.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  Please VOTE for me, Donald Goldmacher, and other KPFA Protectors candidates for investigative news, in depth analysis and inspiring culture in challenging times. For more information go to KPFA Protectors.org
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