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Contact Jack Neff
Listener Candidate for the KPFK Local Station Board
Statement
I am Jack Neff and KPFK radio works best when it broadcasts diverse voices giving controversial political news, critical education, and soul-stirring entertainment from a local and global perspective. I love KPFK because it gives voice to people from all walks of life, from perspectives which are directly engaged in the struggles for existence and dignity. KPFK and radio in general create solidarity for people living in our common struggle to get information, education, access to the big world around us and enjoy some entertainment.
KPFK is free radio, without broadcasting commercials. I appreciate listener-sponsors pay the bills at KPFK. It takes work to accomplish our mission within financial constraints. The LSB must look at a large amount of data critically, with a professional eye for development and good radio. Every situation is different, and the important elements are always the values of the people involved.

The KPFK Local Station Board (“LSB”) is a democratic committee created under the bylaws of the Pacifica Foundation National Board (“PNB”) so listener-sponsors and KPFK staff can be involved in KPFK decision-making. In Southern California 98% of the commercial radio market is about corporate-controlled for-profit messages. KPFK is the exception to media censorship and KPFK's LSB should support the PNB mission of a not-for-profit radio station, listener-supported and independent.

Critical issues face KPFK and the country. KPFK listeners need information and KPFK needs revenue. I agree KPFK needs to attract new, younger listeners with younger voices and should attract pledges by offering controversial investigative news and by premiums from within the Pacifica Archives.

Work and cooperation between management, the LSB and paid KFPK on-air staff are needed to create a relentless, wide-ranging publicity campaign to show the wide world of LA radio listeners that censored information, critical education, diverse analysis and shake-it-up entertainment are always there on KPFK. If a new publicity campaign can show that the world really needs KPFK and the PNB mission, the LSB is doing its job.

KPFK is an educational organization airing voices for peace, justice, liberation, self-inquiry, skepticism and real-time political struggles as they happen on live radio. KPFK is the only reliable radio media outlet giving regular air time to voices from incarcerated communities, the transportation-dependent, disabled, labor, feminists, Native-Americans, alternative cultures and to political progressives. KPFK is also changing the system by broadcasting censored voices in English and Spanish, which reflects the population realities of Los Angeles. I love KPFK's gumbo of programming which educates children, techno geeks, youth from various immigrant backgrounds and has music shows for almost every taste. KPFK's website archive uploads programming on the internet for 60 days after broadcast, making KPFK unique radio. A publicity campaign should use KPFK's website to open up to round-the-clock, real-time livestream reporting from Southern California to the world.

I am with Grassroots Community Radio Coalition www.gcrc-socal.org I encourage listener-sponsors to vote for my fellow candidates. Please help make the LSB serve KPFK to PNB principles and to our KPFK communities.
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?
  My experience as an activist/organizer in social justice and environmental arenas comes with connections to several communities in Los Angeles each of which make up a segment of the KPFK audience needing media content about political decisions about our local, state and federal governments, poverty, food sovereignty, fossil fuel pollution and public health, immigration and indigenous rights. My experiences and connections are important for KPFK audience and for the Pacifica network.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  My experience as an activist/organizer in social justice and environmental arenas comes with connections to several communities in Los Angeles each of which make up a segment of the KPFK audience needing media content about political decisions about our local, state and federal governments, poverty, food sovereignty, fossil fuel pollution and public health, immigration and indigenous rights. My experiences and connections are important for KPFK audience and for the Pacifica network.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  KPFK needs to survive in both financial and free speech areas. I will unify the voices calling for financial austerity with the voices calling for diversity. The voices calling for financial austerity need to be understanding of the voices calling for diversity. The voices calling for diversity are being flexible in adjusting their programming so the voices calling for financial austerity need to accept some important details coming from the voices for diversity in programming. This way we can reach the hearts of the voices calling for austerity and bring the voices calling for diversity into a public discussion worth listening to.
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. KPFK must return to its commitment to training young people in radio news;
2. KPFK must attract younger radio listeners to be sponsors and station supporters;
3. KPFK must ethically combine the Pacifica mission of free speech radio with the need for financial solvency without factions tearing the station apart.
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?
  KPFK is in the largest radio market in the world, with popular programs and personalities, some good politics, well-educated management and staff. All the ingredients are there to re-invent LA Radio for 2021 in the vision of the people who are involved. KPFK has gigantic celebrities listener-sponsors. A strong, united LSB which uses the skills of everyone involved cannot be stopped.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  Vote for Jack Neff because KPFK radio is impossible without broad community involvement and I am a person to creates community involvement.
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