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Staff Candidate for the WBAI Local Station Board
Statement
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 and even more fiscally secure WBAI. I seek to improve: 1) communications - vis-a-vis the Pacifica National Board (PNB), the Local Board, the Staff and the Listeners; 2) accountability; and 3) transparency.

During my tenure, I've posted - to a variety of listservs - 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. Additionally, through my work on the LSB Radio Committee, I've helped improve the level of communication between the LSB and the Listeners - and in the process, established the template for the on-air LSB Reports admired by people across the network.

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. In addition to the LSB Radio Committee, I've served on the 2004, 2006 and 2007 Waivers Committee. On the National level, I've served on the 2005 PNB Programming Committee, and on the 2006 - 2008 Affiliates Task Force. Since 2019, I've been the Staff Director on the PNB.

For those who don't already know, I came to WBAI as an Arts Producer in the Spring of 1994. Some of the shows and specials on which I've participated include the Black Rock Coalition Radio Show, the Class of '74 Reunion Special, the Prince Birthday Specials, the Rock On specials, the shows I've done on the bylaws/elections of WBAI/Pacifica, the Musicians of WBAI specials and Pacifica's 2006 National election program, Informed Dissent. I'm currently known for my work on 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 U.E. Local 404, 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, once again, make wise choices in this election.

Some of the staff nominating me: Janet Coleman, R. Paul Martin, Reggie Johnson, and Max Schmid.


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'm organized, detail oriented, I have institutional memory, and over the years, 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.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I appreciate that Management has found a way of using various technologies in order for Producers to do their shows remotely during this pandemic so that the health of Engineers and Producers is not jeopardized.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  Now that Pacifica has completed a number of audits, the fiscal security of the network is in better shape than it has been in a number of years. I would like to see major donors who have sensibilities in line with the Pacifica Mission approached about contributing to the station. They will be more inclined now to contribute than they were in the past when Pacifica's books were not in order.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  As I wrote in my Candidate Statement, "I seek to improve: 1) communications - vis-a-vis the Pacifica National Board (PNB), the Local Board, the Staff and the Listeners; 2) accountability; and 3) transparency."
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?
  Here are two simple things that the LSB can do to assist in fundraising: A) Help Management find premiums to offer during fund drives. B) Continue to ask for donations when the LSB does its monthly on-air reports.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  As I also wrote in my Candidate Statement, "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, once again, make wise choices in this election."
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