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Listener Candidate for the WPFW Local Station Board
Statement
Hi. My name is Anita Irene Adams and I am running for WPFW’s Local Station Board. I am a native Washingtonian and I currently work for the US Department of Labor. I have also have experience working for event planning and funds development. I have worked on events planning, telethon and fund development for the Arthritis Foundation on a national level and, on a local level walk-a-thons, memorials and gala events for the American Diabetes Association. As a listener, member and volunteer for over 30 years, I would like to step up my game and provide more support to WPFW by volunteering my time to the listening board. I believe my energy, connections to the community and added support will enhance fund raising potential to our station. I will work to add visibility and meaningful partnerships without compromising the integrity of the programs offered by our station.
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 a lister for 25 years. I decided 16 years ago to donate my time as well as dollars to the station that I love. I manned special events, acted as hostess, ticket taker, membership drives and answered phones, I have also pitched during fund drives on the Saturday shows.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I love the community talk shows that discuss local issues. These programs are important as they keep our ear to the ground as to what is important to our listeners. I love the variety of music, and the buy in of the hosts of both the talk shows and the music programs. Most of all - the unbiased news. News without spouting the point of view or perspectives of sponsors is information we can trust.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I would like to see the station primer better with the businesses and organizations in the community. Visibility and connectivity to the community as a whole fosters partnerships, which will preserve the rich traditions, trust and buy in from the community.
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 Sustainability. We must find more ways to obtain funding in addition to quarterly fund drives.
2. Visibility. We - WPFW - have been a part of this community for far too long for me to mention the station and get a puzzled look.
3. Partnerships to obtain and retain connection to the community and off more community events to maximize funding and keep the listener sustained status.
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?
  Dig deep. And have enough connections to maximize contributions to the station.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I am a native Washingtonian with stron ties to the community. As a Hand dancer, I believe that preservation of hand dancing and our music is essential to the DC culture. But I also believe that the preservation of WPFW is essential to the culture of DC past, present and future and the station should be a reflection of the culture of our community. Jazz. Blues. Caribbean. R&B. Talk. WPFW is the nucleus of our culture.
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