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Listener Candidate for the KPFK Local Station Board
Sue Cohen Johnson, Please Vote for me

In 1980, I started going to KPFK, then got hired on as Membership Dir., in 1985. I worked for KPFK for a total of 19 years.
I lived in and around Los Angeles for about 50 years.
From 1986 I had a show, was its board-op., managed the phone room, and was a receptionist/operator there.
Folks always say that they want to increase the listenership and the income to the stations, as do I, of course, but I know how.
We station staff, took pledges in the phone rooms, I read the comments on the mail sent in by the listeners, I tracked which shows got more pledgers and more money, and I took subscriber complaint calls. I know what they want and need.
And I know my way around a spreadsheet.
More and better staff and board members means better broad – casting and youth, outreach, and on line information.
KPFK and the rest need to have a bigger on-line presence, possibly with video connected to our shows, so that we can hear and also see the shows, not to mention blogs and podcasts, etc. KPFA has something like this.
I love the diversity and the scholarship aired on KPFK.
I need to improve my Spanish so that I can always tune in on their programming.
We always must keep a good balance between Lefty political information and music and cultural and the newest ideas. We should address world news but also how we folks can pay our rent and other bills.
We should not be smug or narrow or elitist. Some of us use Left-ism to say that some of us are better, more qualified to govern the rest. Our internal fights and factionalism should produce healthy discussion, but we vie for control instead. We all care about Pacifica, we should compete, not fight.
All our board members should have SOME experience working at a station, and not just be wanting power or a show.
I was against the New Day Pacifica stripping us of democracy and the cementing the rule of the bad board members and their pals.
Some folks want to sell off WBAI, our station in New York City, and spread the income around the remaining Network or to their favorite station. We need to reach more people, not less, in my opinion.
We are lucky to have a transmitter on The Empire State building in NYC, and it should be broadcasting both its locally tuned content as well as a few highlights from our other stations. WBAI has the huge expense of their transmitter on the Empire St. Bldg., but think of the people from all over the world we can share with, and draw from.
I have lots more ideas, see my blog, in work: Sue Cohen Johnson
Please ask me questions, listener questions are always the most interesting and insightful.
Please vote for me to represent you and your community and your issues.
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?
  Having been the Membership Director I know everything about what prospective listener-sponsors want and need and how to make the money that supports the programming and all the other workers that make a station, non-profit, 112 thousand watts.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  This station has been being fine tuned to the needs of our communities since 1959. Of course there is always room for improvement. And the world and the station have become more and more aware of the problems of humanity, nukes, viruses, global warming, etc. And this station is responding.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  We should get a big on-line presence to supplement our programming, and maybe video, and be transparent about our Mission, our staff and volunteers, and programmers, and board candidates, so that we can elect good ones. Come into the computer age.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Studying to put out the fires/votes that come up, push for a better on-line transparency, etc., getting to know my current fellow board members, my manager and staff, sharing my money-raising expertise, studying to vote on the budget, hearing the folks that want to talk to me,
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?
  Use my Membership Director experience to get money and sponsors and prospective listeners and sponsors and grow our on-line presence, and use my marketing talent to try to reconnect with lapsed subscribers, and bequests, and endowments, maybe qualify and write grants.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I was previously an English as a Second Language teacher, and as it happened my students were Spanish speakers. My BA is in English. I speak enough Spanish to chat with folks. I made it my business to go to local and national Pacifica board meetings and sometimes comment. I worked on the first PCs
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