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Listener Candidate for the KPFT Local Station Board
KPFT has changed it’s identity from Radio for Peace to Community Radio. Except for a few notable exceptions the music shows are apolitical and the political and educational shows are reserved for early weekday mornings with a handful of them scattered between long blocks music. Our community partners have been devastated by the pandemic. The lockdowns had our honkytonks and juke joints empty shrinking our donations to the point that we have to sell our property. But now that COVID restrictions have been relaxed we have double downed our devotion to the music. Since it’s hard to fill a bar with Quakers and Muslims, we are more concerned with not offending the two fisted, hard drinking Trumpets. A man cannot serve two masters and we have made our choice. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, named for the wife of the inventor of hydraulic fracturing, should not only donate to KPFT an equal amount to what they pay to commercial stations for promoting their concerts plus a little extra for not mentioning catastrophic climate change or destruction of the aquifers. We should also be sensitive to the fragility of the boot scootin’ boogiers that patronize our dance halls by ignoring critical race theory and our history of slavery and genocide. Quoting Orwell,”He who controls the past, controls the present. He who controls the present, controls the future.” But whether you call them our community partners or corporate overlords the fact remains, He who pays the piper calls the tune. I have had the honor of serving on the PNB with George Reider. During that time we developed the framework for a program council. With only one dissenting vote it passed the PNB. We have yet to utilize it at KPFT but if you elect me I will make sure the local station board do their mandated job. We have the regular FM channel and hd2. My suggestion is when you have music on one channel have educational shows on the other. Before the last program changes we had my beloved Flashpoints with Dennis Bernstein on hd2 when the mid morning music shows started. Now it is on opposite Thom Hartmann. Not a choice for me usually because I seldom rise that early. I would also like to have The Bradd Blog at a time when our local listeners could call in. Please vote for me. I care deeply about the Pacifica Mission. Pacifica means peace.
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 am acquainted with FCC regulations and the Pacifica bylaws
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  With my personal tastes I prefer the educational programs. I have many CDs and satellite radio that fulfills my need for music.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  Program schedules.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Establishing a program council and getting the board to work together and ending some of the rancor between opposing groups.
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?
  Programming is our widget. It is what we have to offer the good citizens of our signal area.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I will not be bought by our community partners. Let them comp the ones who serve them.
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