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Listener Candidate for the KPFT Local Station Board
My reason for running is to help keep Pacifica stations, specifically my station, KPFT, independent and listener sponsored. I have been an on air and online listener and supporter for many years and think Houston and all of Texas needs an independent voice examining and reporting on events of the day. Also, the music on KPFT is better than any other station and I want to help keep it that way.
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 think I know how to work with groups of people to reach a common goal. I have spent almost forty years as a union political organizer and I believe I've learned how to bring people together. Those are traits that should benefit a board with diverse backgrounds and opinions and ultimately get something done.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I appreciate that it is independent of corporate sponsors. I also appreciate that I hear programs like Democracy Now and music (zydeco!) that is not on any other station in Houston.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  As a listener I am quite satisfied with the current programming and don't have specific changes in mind at this point.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  To keep the music and programming as diverse as the City of Houston. To keep programming focused on things that matter to everyday life, political and cultural coverage on the local, state and national level.
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?
  Everybody can give something. More public events where to proceeds would go to the station. We all want less on-air fundraising so other options should be thoroughly discussed by the Board.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  It would be an honor to help KPFT continue another fifty years!
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