When the opportunity was offered to become involved in helping WPFW grow, there was no hesitation on my part. I have long admired the work done by the station and was honored to be asked to contribute. Keeping the station relevant and viable as we move into the future is of the utmost importance, as no other media outlet does the same thing. It’s not only known for quality entertainment but also for information that you may not hear anywhere else. The focus has always been on truth and relevance, whether it was politically correct or not. I look forward to helping ensure that this mission continues. There is much work to be done to help this happen and I have already identified areas of interest where my interests and experience might meet.
As a newly appointed Local Station Board member, I completed the term of a three-year LSB member. I am a former Speech pathologist and kindergarten teacher, who has done fundraising for Public Television, the Museum of the American Indian, the Holocaust Museum, and various children’s hospitals. During my thirteen-year career with AT&T and Verizon, I was a Community Relations team member who participated in the annual Festival of American Folk Arts and the Black Family Reunion. During that time, my customers were civilian agencies of the Federal Government, including the White House Communications Agency, the U.S. House of Representatives, State Department, and even served as Deputy Liaison to the Democratic National Convention for one year. My experience includes having my own radio show, which included interviewing guests and working on closed-circuit tv shows. I am also a writer and poet.
I am a long-time listener and supporter of WPFW and embrace the opportunity to help move the station forward and remain the strong, trusted voice for the community that it has always been. Keeping the community informed and engaged is an important part of Community Outreach, helping to build a strong partnership with the community. It’s necessary that they feel heard, and their concerns and opinions valued. I would love to be involved in putting together the LSB show. Solid fundraising plans are also needed, especially when it comes to annual activities. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel each time. It’s important that the station be financially strong and stable. Helping to make that happen is one of my goals.
It’s also my intention to help foster an atmosphere of inclusion among all parties, as we are all a part of Team WPFW. Each part of the organization has a value that should be recognized and appreciated. All parts working together in harmony are what makes an organization run smoothly, like a well-oiled machine. That makes the main goal what is best for the health and longevity of the station. After all these years, WPFW needs a home of its own. Being at the mercy of landlords with rent increases is not a situation that needs to continue. Moving is challenging and is often disruptive.