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Listener Candidate for the KPFK Local Station Board
Statement
I love radio. I love KPFK. I’m a student of the history of radio. Just finished reading Lasar’s history of Pacifica’s first half-century. A once-great network has somehow fallen into a financial mess and questionable dealings. I’d like to see the station and network make its way out of this mess. Experience: Radio (host, writer, continuity director); Board member of several not-for-profit organizations; Active member of union committees (member of 4 unions over the years). Also: TV writer-producer, with Emmy and Writers Guild Award nominations. It seems civility has been less than prominent at KPFK board meetings. I’ve never served on a board where this is case.
CRAZY IDEA: Perhaps if we bring enough new blood – and experience - to the Local Station Board, civility will return to the meetings, and productivity might return.
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?
  Radio work (host, writer, continuity director, etc.); board member of several not-for-profit organizations, union committees. Also TV writer-producer.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  Ralph Nader, Amy Goodman,, Ian Masters, John Wiener, and others who may or may not still be on the station (as so many recent lay-offs have occurred).
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  Upward, rather than downward, progression.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Sanity. Order. Productivity.
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?
  Shape up.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  Change is overdue here.
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