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Listener Candidate for the WBAI Local Station Board
I was recently on WBAI'S Living For The City. I sent a notice on my social media pages that I was going to be on WBAI. Some friends who are longtime activists commented that they didn't know that WBAI was still around. I was shocked! With the recent rejection of Pacifica's attempt to control WBAI and probably try to shut it down, we have an opportunity to right the ship. Please allow me the chance to help put WBAI back on top! My history as a guest going back 20 years has given me a free speech platform and time that no other station would provide. My history with Bill DiFazio, one of my mentors (RIP), and City Watch helped me grow as an activist. I love WBAI and I want to do whatever I can to help the station grow and flourish. We have some big challenges ahead. Please give me the chance to help. My goal is that I will never hear an activist say they did not know WBAI was still around.
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?
  As a longtime activist, writer, DSA Member, and government affairs consultant, I have so much experience to offer. I also am a US Navy Veteran. For the last 20 years, I have dedicated my life to help people challenge the government. I welcome you to google my name and see my history. I also co-authored a landmark book called Zoned Out! Race Displacement and City Planning. I think I am a perfect candidate that respects the mission of WBAI.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I have so much admiration for WBAI surviving the attempts by Pacifica to shut down the station! I remember the rally at City Hall that put the struggle that the station was facing front and center. It was a dark time for the station but the leadership and activist from all over the City fought back against Pacifica.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I believe that we need to join the modern age in many aspects. I think we need some new programming that will attract younger viewers. The station's podcast presence has to grow since so many younger potential listeners use podcasts to access information. Bringing the station up to date could bring opportunities for viewership growth. HD broadcast programming is now possible with the unused HD antenna. This could allow WBAI to expand WBAI’s music programming and the potential for new listeners.
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- As a longtime community organizer, I believe my skill set could help the board get through differences in changes that need to happen.
2- Building a larger listenership. We must do a better job of reaching potential listeners by addressing issues that are rarely discussed. Issues that have been twisted and distorted by local and national news and talk shows. We have to give a voice to those who are not being heard!
3- Making the station programming a must-listen platform. I believe we must expand how people listen to us. I believe podcast growth and access to HD programing through our unused HD Antenna are vital to our growth. We also need to create new programming that is not repetitive. I feel this is a current issue that has to be addressed.
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?
  Without programming that people want to listen to, we will not grow. Programing has to be informative, diverse, and exciting. It has to create a bond with the listener. We need to be relevant. We need to be vibrant. We need to reinvent WBAI to a station that has the potential to change the landscape of NYC radio! If we can do this when we ask for funding it will come because we matter to the listeners.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I love WBAI. I have been listening to it since I was a teenager. Over the years I have been a guest on numerous shows that have given me a platform that no one else offered. I believe this is a watershed moment for the future of the station. With an infusion of new ideas and voices, we can create a station that can grow and become profitable. We can become the voice of the voiceless. We can be the station that plays the music that is not played anywhere else but packs the NYC clubs. We can actually make a difference in people's lives. I see some names of people running for the board that excites me and I would love the opportunity to work with them and make WBAI the place to be in NYC Radio. I am running as a candidate on the Indy slate of Independent candidates. Please vote for me and the others on the Independents slate

• Michael D. D. White
• Priscilla Cancar
• Katherine O’Sullivan
• M. Kay Williams
• Scottye Battle
• Jim Dingeman
• Matthew Reiss
• John Hoffman
• Joseph Graziose
• Bruce Greif
• Stephanie Byers
• Benjamin Garron-Caine
Please vote for them, like me high on your ranked-choice voting list. I thank you for your consideration and best of luck to all the candidates.
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