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Contact Eleanor Elizabeth Forman
Listener Candidate for the WBAI Local Station Board
I am a former WBAI unpaid staff member who is throwing my hat into the ring as a WBAI Local Station Board Listener candidate because there are not enough people running who are firmly against the New Day (also known by other names) Visigoths who took the station in October 2019 literally at gunpoint, removing all local programming, to turn it into a repeater station for California canned programming with the eventual goal of selling the station and dismantling Pacifica to turn what might be left into a defanged, middle-of-the-road-liberal NPR Lite. Although their New Day amendment was just now voted down overwhelmingly by the staff, and thus did not pass, they are right now claiming victory (while chanting Stop the Steal and planning lawsuits) and dealing with vendors and others as if it were true, doing ongoing irretrievable damage. I will work against this.

I was an unpaid staff member of WBAI when it was located at 8th Avenue and then when it was located at Wall Street. I started in the newsroom, went on to engineer at different times for Through the Opera Glass, Bob Fass, and Tom Wisker, who made me his peacenik (nonviolent peace activist) co-host on the Weaponry Program, where I did a segment called Weaponry Disarming. I was the first, and for a long time the only person who was board certified for the new board, and was always available at a moment's notice to engineer if someone was needed last-minute. I know how important the opinion of the staff members who actually run the station is when it comes to voting on an amendment.

Besides being a member of WBAI, I am currently a member of Pacifica FightBack, WBAI FightBack, and the Pacifica Democracy Project, all of which are struggling to keep WBAI and Pacifica safe and true to the mission statement. The staff that voted to preserve Pacifica were not exercising an unfair "staff veto" but protecting both their rights and WBAI.
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 long-time supporter of WBAI, and as an unpaid staff member, bringing my engineering and other radio skills along with a willingness to work with anyone who wanted to work with me. I know how important the staff is to the continued existence of the station.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  WBAI is filled with people who are for Pacifica's mission and democracy, and against the Visigoths who still seek to sack and sell it.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I would like to see less—or no—infomercial programming hawking thank-you gifts of dubious worth.
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) I would take a strong stand against the Visigoths who seek WBAI and Pacifica's destruction.
2) I would welcome programming and projects that would bring in greater listenership and involve the various WBAI communities.
3) I would try to increase WBAI's financial stability in ways that do not commercialize it.
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?
  This is not an area of expertise for me, so I would listen carefully to those who are better-informed on the subject. One thing I would not consider, though, would be a frequency swap, which would be a kiss of death, nor a Public Service Operating Agreement [PSOA] which would take away our independence. That does not mean that we could not work together with Manhattan Neighborhood Network [MNN] as equal partners, extending our radio programs to include television versions as well, which would reach a greater audience, and hence, bring in more financial support.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  Please feel free to contact me by email [—Please put your subject line in ALL CAPITALS] with your questions and input, both before and after the election. I hope you will be kind enough to vote for me as someone with WBAI's best interests at heart.
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