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Staff Candidate
for the KPFA Local Station Board
I have been with KPFA since 1976, currently host two programs, Bookwaves and Arts-Waves, two podcasts, Radio Wolinsky and Bay Area Theater on the website, and on-air theater reviews.

I was Folio Editor from 1978-1992, am currently a web administrator for, nd help staff members with their webpages if requested.

I am the only member of the LSB with a syndicated program through audioport.

I am running for my second three year term.
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?
  In board meetings, I try to cut through the bloviating of others. If you have a proposal, it must be concrete, otherwise it's word salad. But mostly I represent the people who actually do on-air and off-air activities for the station, and I've been known to help people even if I disagree with their views. My outreach to major Bay Area theatre companies and to the Bay Area Book Festival has created opportunities for new listeners and (hopefully) joint programming ventures.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  Management has done a terrific job in ensuring KPFA as the only fully functioning Pacifica station, keeping up with its bills and improving the station's internal workings.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I would like to see KPFA become as independent as possible from the other Pacifica stations. We can function on our own, and it's tiring to have WBAI and WPFW specifically bringing us down. Pacifica is in debt and could go under because of incompetent management at WBAI specifically, and our building is in danger for the same reason.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Pacifica is due to go bankrupt in February 2021. So 1,2 and 3 consist of ensuring our local representatives to the national board do their utmost in keeping KPFA, Audioport and the Archives alive, and keeping our building in the process.
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?
  To continue to work with management to improve programming and expand listenership.
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