I am Robert Payne, writer of novels and articles, now working also on video documentaries.
In the 1970's, the voice of Alan Watts drew me to KPFK. And I enjoyed the exotic midday music. I listened with intense interest to the reports from Central America.
I may owe my life to KPFK reports from Central American wars. I worked there throughout the 1980's and 1990's. The New York Times and the LA Times offered only what Reagan, Bush, and Clinton permitted. I subscribed to KPFK and I listened to English and Spanish reports of the wars -- what I learned guided me through many difficult situations.
Pacifist Luis Hill founded Pacifica Radio in 1949. He spoke against world conflicts through the non-commercial radio format of KPFA, Berkeley. KPFK came later, then other stations of the network.,
Pacifica challenges the vast corporate networks. We must defend and strengthen KPFK.
If I am honored with election to the KPFK Local Station Board, I will advance the outreach, membership, and income of the station.
Expenses and lack of listener numbers threaten to silence KPFK. My primary issues, my central concerns, will be outreach, membership, and money for KPFK.
Interview programs involve telephone expenses. Reporters need per diem for their time and reimbursement for the gasoline and recording equipment. Editing of audio requires software.
KPFK members advocate video to increase news coverage. Video requires cameras, SD cards, computers, editing software, and internet lines for uploads.
New administrations at Pacifica and KPFK present the opportunity to follow the interests and accept the contributions of progressive individuals and groups throughout Los Angeles, California, and the world.
We, the progressives, offer intelligence, experience, and imagination to the world. Pacifica and KPFK expand the radio model to allow all voices to be heard, English and Spanish.
On the Local Station Board and attending KPFK events, I will meet other KFPK listeners. We can exploit our skills and involvements to present more issues to the listening public.
I make documentaries all over the world. The cameras and editing machines I use in Central America, Africa, and Asia, I can use in Los Angeles. We need local news video.
As a member of the Local Station Board, I can train volunteers in audio and video editing. On projects in other nations, I trained assistants to operate cinema-quality video cameras on the first days of tours.
Yet all radio operations and new project ideas require funding. The realities of funding and the expense of technology challenge KPFK.
We must accept new technology and incorporate all possible media channels. Radio gains the mass drive-time audience, yet social media can parallel KPFK to equal and surpass corporate media. This will require more members, more volunteers, more workers, and more money.
Other media operations on other channels show models. We must learn from the success of others.
I want to strengthen KPFK. As do the other candidates of The Committee to Strengthen KPFK. See them at CandidateSlate.org.
|Answers to Candidate Questionnaire
||What experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the local station board to advance the station's mission?
Adobe: Premier & Audition & PhotoShop & Illustrator & InDesign & AfterEffects & DreamWeaver / international video & audio data management / poster design & trade show brochures & business cards.
* International video assignments and projects. Clients include tourist bureaus of Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malaysia, Azerbaijan. Charity media in Kenya. See VideoAdventures.Info.
Nominated for awards as director and videographer. Google: Maasaicameramen
* Writing, publishing, and promotion via internet and print-on-demand in English, Spanish, Arabic
PAST MEDIA WORK
* Video productions and commercials in United States.
* Academic and tourism promotion in Syria as Media/SEO Specialist, see arabicindamascus.us. Operations suspended due to war. (Incomplete http://www.arabicindamascus.us remains in operation with hope of end of conflict.)
* Instructor of Presentations in Advanced American English -- Personal, Sales, Academic -– for Syrian professionals speaking to English-only international audiences. Assembled website and delivered material via text and audio for students. Website lost to war.
* National University instructor of American Literature, World Literature, Essay, Creative Writing, Technical Writing, Business Communications, and Information Research and Report Writing. Classes uploaded to university instructional websites.
* Los Angeles Mission College instructor of Literature and Essay. Assembled website to offer distance learning for students. Discontinued.
* Writer of 22 published novels, novels translated to five languages, one novel achieved New York Times Paperback Bestseller List for series, other novels scored other bestseller lists; sold cinema stories; poetry; wrote video projects.
* Writer/reviewer appearing in U.S. and foreign periodicals, including N.Y. Times ( Paper editions! Not online comments. ).
* Writer/designer of United States patents, technical manuals, Spanish language copyrights.
* Certificate, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA
* B.A., M.A., American Literature
* Multiple for-profit enterprises in foreign cultures and foreign languages.
||What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
||KPFK serves as my continuing education in world affairs. Writers, activists, American foreign policy experts, distant wars, developments in new technologies -- all come to me via KPFK. I want to expand the media spectrum of KPFK beyond the radio to video, websites, and print.
When I worked in Central America, audio reports on KPFK surpassed the shallow reporting of the LA Times and New York Times. The reports on KPFK provided cautionary information guiding me through very difficult situations. I may have survived the years in the wars due to information from KPFK commentators.
Without KPFK, many other writers and reporters operating in distant lands would blunder into bad situations, for unfortunate outcomes.
||What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
||New administrations and policies at Pacifica and KPFK present opportunities for growth. I want to accelerate those changes.
||Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
||Membership. Outreach. Money.
||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?
||Increased membership, Digital media outreach, income.
In whatever way possible, members of the Local Station Board must engage with individuals, groups, and communities throughout Los Angeles and the world.
In my other work, I already meet and work with diverse individuals and groups. I need only add the link to KPFK.
||Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
||In the United States, at this moment, we suffer under the unrelenting assault of corporations
extracting all possible wealth from working Americans as those same corporations attack the
other peoples of the world.
Ignorance, corporate lies, vast corporate wealth, and the political manipulation of our democracy threaten the future of our nation and the world.
Our nation now fights a civil war within the United States and multiple wars in distant lands.
And the enemies of Americans are winning.
Pacifica and KPFK offer defense and progress.
Here, in the United States, working people cannot gain from their labor. Students struggle under the
debt of education. Entrepreneurs and innovators cannot enter the corporate-dominated economy.
We are losing our lives to low-pay work, children are denied time with their parents, parents cannot
participate in the guidance and education of their children, we are losing our health to a toxic environment, youth suffer chronic illness, the old die young -- all for the profit of corporations owning
our economic and political environment. Assaults come from all sides at all times.
The alternative media of Pacifica and KPFK can offer guidance in the chaos of our modern society.
As KPFK advances into alternative media, I want to offer training to activists in media. Volunteers will
learn through action to change their future and the future of their nation.
KPFK can become an engine of information and opportunity.
I offer this.
As a writer, photographer, and now maker of video documentaries, I have traveled and worked in many
wars. Central America, Asia, Syria, Los Angeles.
The international conflicts must end. The vast wealth wasted on warfare impoverishes all nations.
War does not bring victory or conquest. "Winners" of wars are they who lose less.
The recent wars of the United States against the world deny our nation a future.
The new F-35 costs the price of a college or hospital. The cost of training a combat pilot would pay for the education of a doctor and clinic for the doctor to operate. A soldier in Afghanistan costs the expense of ten four-year college scholarships.
Watch a war movie on television, listen to the fire of automatic weapons. Every bullet fired, when
calcuations include the expense of training soldiers, arming the soldiers, transporting and maintaining
those foreign lands, then caring for the wounded and their families ---
Every bullet is a day's pay taxed from the working people of the United States.
The nightmare of horror and waste must end. KPFK offers information not heard from other radio
sources, not seen on network news programs.
Information can guide us to a sane future.
K P F K is the source.