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Staff Candidate for the KPFT Local Station Board
Statement
I discovered KPFT in the days of Country Cookin' and Musical Trot with Liselotte and volunteered as a groundskeeper for several years. During that time, a board member said, "If you don't find a show that offends you, we aren't doing our job." My KPFT monetary contributions go to Execution Watch. The fact that KPFT must continue to air Execution Watch because the State of Texas continues to sanction the death of human beings offends me deeply, so to me, that is more offensive even than a right-wing talk-show host. I contribute because I want it heard until that coming hallowed day when it is taken off the air because capital punishment is a thing of the past. KPFT is the only radio voice seeking to make that happen, and we must protect that voice, the only voice for Peace in Houston.

As to the other shows I support with my ears, I have respect and appreciation for every programmer out there, but I'll call out People of Earth, the Prison Show, On Call With Dr. Samotas, Politics Done Right, Open Journal, Arab Voices, and Connect the Dots, which are foremost among the many KPFT shows that don't let me out of the car once it's parked. I think that if you listen to the Church of the Infinite on Wednesday nights or in the archive, you'll know that I'm happy with hearing music on KPFT as well.

The LSB should be developing a strategy for making KPFT a go-to to hear those and all our other important messages, involving a broader Internet presence. That can't be done without improved outreach and fundraising. I am a software engineer who understands the web from browser to server. I have served as a board member of other organizations; I consider my chief contribution to those organizations to be maintaining focus on the pragmatic concerns that stand between a committee and its accomplishments.
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'm a software engineer with "full-stack" experience and knowledge of the Internet and Web. I can help focus a meeting. I am a pacifist who understands the important role that embrace of diversity has in helping the world to live in peace.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  The efforts made by our current staff to keep the station alive in trying circumstances.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  Beyond a robust programming environment that would allow Larry Winters once again to produce a show, I cannot speak until I have had the opportunity to understand our current operations.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Expand our web presence, integrate it more effectively with our broadcast media, and expand membership outreach.
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?
  Identify the modes of charity in millennials and GenZ and learn to capitalize on them.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  On the day that George W. Bush sent human beings to kill other human beings in Iraq, Hitaji's voice on KPFT kept me sane.
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