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Staff Candidate for the KPFA Local Station Board
I’m Richard Wolinsky and I’m running for my second three year term for staff rep to the KPFA Local Board. I’ve been with KPFA on the air continuously since 1977, with fourteen years as KPFA Folio Program Guide editor from 1978 to 1992. I support the work Quincy McCoy and the administrative staff have done in promoting KPFA, bringing new programmers on the air, expanding the website and enlarging the station’s footprint in the Bay Area.

Because of my long-time tenure in radio, and as a former Board member whose programming is syndicated on Pacifica Audioport to several stations around the country, I’ve worked hard to explain to listener Board members exactly how radio gets created and produced, and what is realistic and what is not. As a board member, I will continue to represent the staff, both paid and unpaid, to the best of my ability and knowledge. I have been with KPFA since 1976, currently host the Bookwaves/Artwaves Hour, two podcasts, Radio Wolinsky and Bay Area Theater on the website, and on-air theater reviews on UpFront and my own program.

Please VOTE for me, Richard Wolinsky, as a Staff LSB Representative
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 have been worked for many years at KPFA as a host, producer, editor of the Folio magazine/program guide.I help with the website and have been on the KPFA LSB. My programs are uploaded to Pacifica affiliates and available to stations across the country. I bring a deep knowledge of the literary, film and dramatic culture and help to support other producers and hosts at KPFA; in addition, my own years at Pacifica and KPFA give me a unique historical perspective to the station and events over the years.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I appreciate the work of our General Manager and the KPFA management team in promoting KPFA, bringing new programmers on the air, expanding the website and enlarging the station’s footprint in the Bay Area.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I would like to see improvement that would lead to all Pacifica stations becoming financially self sustaining and for KPFA to be free of the financial burden of covering losses from other stations that have few members and low listener totals.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Top priorities are to support KPFA management and staff in the face of Pacifica’s mismanagement of staff pensions, non standard accounting practices that transfer KPFA assets to Pacifica and to help listeners to understand the dilemma of KPFA as the only station in the network fully paying our bills and Pacifica obligations.
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?
  For sustainability, I work to increase listenership both at KPFA and its Pacifica affiliates. I believe increasing listenership is the key to KPFA’s future. I appreciate that KPFA has four training and internship programs that bring new voices to the air.

6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  Thank you KPFA staff members for all your helping, hosting and producing.

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