I am a teacher and writer and retired higher-education administrator who has listened to and supported WPFW since the week I moved to this area in 1997.
Elected to the Local Station Board in 2019, I rolled up my sleeves and immediately immersed myself in the day-to-day workings of the Board. I have served on the Program Committee, the Community Outreach Committee, the Committee on Standards and Enforcement, the Evaluation Committee and the Relocation Committee. I currently serve as Chair of the Local Station Board at a critical moment when the station seeks to reinforce its post-pandemic identity in the community.
Part of the groundbreaking Pacifica network that created public radio, WPFW remains a unique media treasure, rooted in the soil of Washington, DC (Douglass Commonwealth) and sharing its message of jazz and justice throughout the digitized world. It is also extremely vulnerable, both because its financial health depends on the largesse of supporters and because progressive voices are everywhere threatened by the forces that oppose freedom. Of course, WPFW needs all of us to survive; we need WPFW even more.
There is work to be done. The station needs a new home. As always, we need financial stability and sustainability. We need a clear management plan. We need to foster a culture of internal trust and cooperation. We need to develop and implement a vision for a how a "legacy" media outlet--a radio station--functions in a multimedia world and a dynamic market of distinct and intersecting communities.