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Listener Candidate for the WPFW Local Station Board
I am looking at better ways to grow WPFW listenership. I’d worked as a music promoter in the 90’s and had the opportunity to meet and promote a diverse group of musical artists.
Even in the Hip Hop community, most producers such as DJ Evil Dee and the late J Dilla we’re inspired by jazz musicians. Prolific drummer Questlove of the iconic group The Roots was one of the groups that I promoted with my company in the 1990’s.
Bringing in evolved Hip Hop enthusiasts to WPFW as supporters and members would be my focus. By being a native Washingtonian, I am familiar with the live music foundation that is the heart and soul of the city. I have a goal to tap into that music appreciation in order to activate more listeners.

In addition, I know that more people truly miss the dialogue of radio talk shows. Having the pandemic of 2020- now has left a vital link missing; it has converted the warm, passionate dialogue into a cold monologue of social media without a means to respond effectively.

Bringing more dialogue is a necessary goal to open up people’s minds and hearts.

When Hilary Rodham Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama’s organizations United, their teams formed watch party events nationwide to unite the diverse groups into a unified force. WPFW can benefit by such a plan; uniting Potomac with Southeast DC, Bowie with Alexandria and points all over and in between through music and dialogue would be a powerful means of having the medium of radio be used for what it originally created: a stronger sense of community.

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’ve had experience in running a marketing & promotions company with my former company Parascope Entertainment Inc wherein I was the CEO and COO. I know the value of getting out into the community to let people know the offerings of a radio station. One of the things that people enjoy is connecting with talk shows replete with information. WPFW-FM is that pre-existing method to allow people to connect effectively and organicall.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I appreciate that WPFW -FM gives some obscure economists and professors to come onto the station to be interviewed. M.I.T. educated Dr. William A. Darity was one of the esteemed economists was on the program to speak on the racial wealth gap and myths regarding closing the gap.

WPFW-FM allow us to be more profound than other FM stations in the area ton speak out on pressing issues.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I would like to see more Black American writers featured inn interviews in addition to exposing local activities and events in the DC/Maryland/ Northern Virginia Area.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  1. Grow the audience.
2. More Black American focused content.
3. Education resource for all listeners and patrons.
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?
  We can have more creative means to fundraise.
Whether through grants, merchandising or partnering with local merchants, I believe that we can come up with various means to raise capital for the station.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I am a native Washingtonian who wants to see the success of WPFW as a beacon of community outreach and growth.
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