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Listener Candidate for the KPFT Local Station Board
Statement
I am asking you to vote for me as a listener-member of the KPFT Local Station Board. As a long-time listener and a sustaining member of KPFT, I would love to apply my skills and experience to help the station. I’m an organizer and a leader, and can apply my skills as an engineer, manager (including an MBA from our very own University of Houston), executive, and corporate board member.

I understand, based on years of experience both reporting to and being on boards, how a board works with management and within the financial, by-law, people, and other constraints that exist. The board is also responsible for looking outward to how funds can be raised, what relationships can be formed, and what can be done to strengthen the organization’s position.

The GM and others at the station are tasked with specific programming and day to day decisions, where the board’s job is to support them through policy, sound guidance, and providing, finding or otherwise enabling resources.

Pacifica is unique in the country, and KPFT is unique in Houston. Nowhere else on your radio dial can you find the breadth of music and programming, from public affairs across languages to news to the so-important community access. From the Prison Show to Arab Voices to Pan African Journal KPFT gives a voice, and in so doing lets others hear.

Any time you tune in, you will find someone pouring their heart and soul into their show. As an LSB member I would work to enable these people, supporting the Pacifica Mission and supporting the station’s management.

My experience managing small companies is getting people who don’t agree working toward a common goal, part of which is raising sufficient funds to support operations. Policy, outreach, and fundraising are areas of work that support the station and I’m ready to help.
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 am an organizer and a planner, and above all a listener. I believe in the station’s mission and will bring my experience as a manager and executive to providing support for the station’s mission, management, and people.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  KPFT currently runs programming that can’t be found anywhere else in the city or that your radio dial can bring in. Voices are heard, from public and community affairs to music commercial stations won’t touch. These voices are brought to you through a unique organization that deserves to be protected and preserved and cared for over the long run by people who give their time and energy and money to make the station the star that it is.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  The members of KPFT work hard to make it what it is today, from the bottom to the top. The station should continue to give voice to the full range of voices, musical, dramatic, and across cultures and focus. Investigate alternative methods of outreach for increased membership.
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) Evaluate fundraising status, possibilities, and review fiscal responsibility.
2) Programming that is relevant and vibrant but can drive membership and fundraising.
3) Listen, evaluate, formulate, articulate, and implement within the board’s mandate.
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?
  Understanding current status and upcoming events are important. Most important is understanding the flow required for fiscal sustainability, and where we now are with respect to that required flow. Important decision-making follows this analysis. What follows is work on how to improve the financial footing to relieve the stress, and also allowing more freedom in choices.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I’m happy to have been a listener and sustaining supporter of the station, and even more happy to step up and add my experience, skills, and energy to KPFT as an LSB member.
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