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Listener Candidate for the WPFW Local Station Board
Statement
As a lifelong member of the labor, women's and LGBTQ movements who allies with movements for civil rights and criminal justice reform, I hope to bring these values—and my love for jazz—to the WPFW station board. My first involvement with Pacifica station was when I covered Pope John Paul II's 1988 US tour for the network as a volunteer. My work as a journalist has often landed me guest spots on the airwaves of Pacifica stations, including WPFW, KPFA and KPFK. I'm currently the director of Right Wing Watch, managing the day-to-day operations of a multimedia research project that plumbs the depths of right-wing activity, from YouTube to Discord, from Christian nationalists to neo-Nazis and the alt-right. I write for a number of liberal and progressive news outlets, including The New Republic and The American Prospect, and am a winner of the Hillman Prize in Opinion and Analysis Journalism. I believe that recent events have shown us how serious a threat right-wing infrastructure poses to our nation and the rights of all of our people—and the importance of independent media in covering and analyzing current events, human and voting rights. I am committed to helping to bring additional resources to the WPFW news and public affairs programs, as well as supporting WPFW’s great music and culture programming. Because the vanguard of all movements for social change is unfailingly found among the artists. Please vote for me, Adele M. Stan.
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?
  An understanding of political talk radio, as well as radio basics. (Have worked on contract for SiriusXM Progress as a guest host.) In addition, I have social media skills, a love for and knowledge of jazz as an African-American art form, and communications skills in messaging and press-release-writing. I also have deep ties to the Washington, D.C., jazz community.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  WPFW's music programming is superb. Every time I listen, I learn something new from such knowledgable volunteer programmers. The station is truly a gem of creative programming.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  It would be great to bring greater attention to public affairs and news programming, and to amp up audience engagement with that programming through the use of social media tools.
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. Listen & learn - I would be joining the board as a newcomer to an entity comprising people who know PFW's story and challenges better than I.
2. Help amp up WPFW's social media footprint
3. Engage with listeners using multiple digital tools and platforms
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?
  Re-engaging in media sponsorships by the station; partnering with entities that will continue to stream shows (because another lockdown may be in the offing) to share streams from jazz venues on WPFW website for possible monetization; survey grants available from appropriate arts grantmaking programs
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I'm originally from New Jersey but moved to D.C. in 1998, and never really looked back (except for a brief one-and-a-half period where I moved back North to look after my parents). I hadn't planned to stay here, but I found my people-–DMV jazz people–so here I remain. And WPFW had a lot to do with that.
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