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Listener Candidate for the WBAI Local Station Board
Statement
In considering how to stand out among 40 candidates, I'd planned to share some of the things I learned on WBAI because I thought that could build a bond between us.

But after a couple of opening drafts, I realized that the most important thing I could tell you was that I am committed to ensuring that WBAI and the rest of Pacifica stay on mission--challenging convention, bringing opponents together in search of resolutions, creating community on all sides of the microphone--for our children's sake. All our children.

And I believe that to do this we must make a deeper investment in how we work, and how we support and disagree with each other.

Specifically, there must be honesty and respect:
A Community Advisory Board to assess broadcast needs that resembles our listening area should be transparently created after open announcements about the opportunity to apply. This hasn't happened in more than a decade • Producers & staff need processes regarding program evaluations, non-emergency preemptions, and permanent program changes. Requiring no standard is the equivalent of encouraging abuse • In 4 months, our sister station, KPFK, placed ads, conducted interviews, and created a pool of candidates from which a new General Manager was successfully hired. WBAI has had an interim Program Director for 3 years and its LSB search committee has not managed to cobble together a list of candidates in more than a year. Whose interests are being served by this "inefficiency"?

Accountability is important. I will question and report clearly and promptly.

I am asking for your support, and urging you to use the following rankings to maximize the value of your vote (it is not a reflection of the value placed of any of us individually).
1. Errol Maitland
2. Hazel Pinder
3. Geoff Munroe (Bounubti Kamenthou)
4. John Brinkley
5. Harriet Hines
6. Josie Gonsalves
7. Sarah Klepner
8. Cerene Roberts

FINALLY, I want you to know about the Pacifica policy on "Communications With Members" that monthly provides 1-hour on-air interactive access to information about how our governance works. Station management must also regularly communicate with listeners and staff.

The details are here: https://pacificafightback.org/knowledge-is-power/

Stay strong and pay close attention!
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?
  • Familiarity with the Pacifica network and our bylaws
• Attuned to area communities
• Attentive to detail; willing to listen and learn
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  The range of current topics and the possible range of on-air topics.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  • Greater diversity of program messengers including voices from inside NYCHA and beyond the 5 boroughs of NYC
• Programming space for the next generations of Pacificans
• Mutually beneficially partnerships with small and large cultural and educational organizations
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Interests / concerns:
• Budgeting and spending
• Program evaluations
• Vibrant outreach
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?
  • Require and support diverse income generation on-air and off
• Regular and safe social events. Revolutionaries (armchair types and others) need all kinds of interaction
• Approve a needs-based budget for predictable expenses and current debt with an aspirational / conditional multi-level supplement aka wishlist to be considered if there's extraordinary income
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I am persistent.
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