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Listener Candidate for the WBAI Local Station Board
Statement
Hello, my name is Nic Nicoludis and I am a adjunct professor of English at CUNY, a PSC-CUNY union member and organizer, and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, organizing around labor and environmental causes.

I firmly believe in the power and necessity of local, public radio and will, as a board member, further the mission of WBAI by promoting and engaging in local progressive and working peoples' voices. Growing up, my parents were avid public radio listeners and I grew to appreciate what an important service it is. The station, in my view, plays a vital role and I would work to expand the role WBAI plays in the communities who listen and support the station. Making strong connections to local communities, peoples, and organizations is crucial for the continuation and furtherance of WBAI's mission.

As a Local Station Board member, I would make sure that we keep WBAI under local control to further these beliefs and would work with my fellow board members to ensure WBAI remains free from privatization, ensuring that our listeners get quality, engaging, and informative content.

I hope you considering me for the Local Station Board and I would be honored to have your support!
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 experience both working in radio through a weekly radio show I did and with working within committees from my union organizing work at CUNY's Professional Staff Congress (PSC-CUNY).
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  WBAI has been and continues to be a valuable outlet for progressive politics and I would continue to support that mission.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I would like to see more connections made with working people in Brooklyn and find ways to promote working classes shows and issues on the station.
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. Maintain local control of the station and supporting the unionized staff.
2. Creating connections to local working people and organizations.
3. Promoting more programs to address local politics and voices.
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?
  I think sustainability comes through community buy-in. When we involve a community, we can grow our support in that community, turning the station into a common good and necessary informational utility.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  My main goal in becoming a board member is to promote and further the values WBAI is known for and bring in a working people's voice and perspective to our local broadcasting.
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