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Listener Candidate for the WPFW Local Station Board
Statement
I've been a long time listener to WPFW -- at least 20 years now. I've given money, shared links, told many friends about the station. It's the best station in the DMV, hands down, and that says a lot for the region that is HQ to NPR and has a great set of other station including WHUR. It's the truly left wing voice on the air, and we need much more of this, not less. Add in great musical programming that can't be found anywhere else and you have a recipe for required listening. I don't live in the District, but I consider DC my home city, and the DMV is my region through and through. We need all the sounds of voices of the DMV to list up the voice of WPFW. I'm a local elected Town Councillor, former candidate for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, and the owner of a small business. What I wold bring to WPFW would be the long-term vision and planning that has made my town thrive. We know WPFW has a lot of immediate needs, and those must be solved, but the key to success will be strategy and vision to see us forward to the place we want to be. I feel I can add to that vision.
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 on a town council. I've been elected to that seat 5 times now. I ran for a county-wide seat. I lost, but learned a lot. I run a business, and I have a pretty large pool of contacts and friends in many parts of the DMV. I'm a listener who strives to find a plan of action through consensus rather than fiat.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  It's both aspects -- music and talk. The sounds we get in WPFW are like no other in the DMV. I like hearing the old neighbors call in and joke with a show host -- that;s a treat. I like the syndicated shows especially when they can bring a point that resonates locally.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  Sometimes people talk too much in the music shows, but they're volunteers, they're unique and really, I can live with that.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Stabilizing the budget for the station. Expanding the reach of listeners so more people know what a great thing this is. Working to find other sources of revenue.
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?
  I have read a lot in my emails, but it is hard to judge what's really going on. I know that the station spends a lot of on air cycles raising money, so we need to look at grants, gifts, other methods to keep this thing on air.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I've played bass in a go-go band, and welcome the opportunity to do it again. Just aching for the return of live, in-person events.
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