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Contact Matthew Moore
Listener Candidate
for the KPFT Local Station Board
I am the current Chair of the KPFT Board and in short, I would like to continue the good work that we have started in the past year. My approach to the Board and its place in the Pacifica universe differs greatly from many of the Delegates who have preceded me.

1. Oversight, not Governance. This is a subtle distinction but very important. It is not the Board’s place to tell the Station’s staff what to do but rather to evaluate the job the General Manager and Program Director are doing and make recommendations when the Members, Bylaws, Corporate Code or Mission are being ignored or violated. The Board is there to “right the ship” at the end of the day.

2. Be a partner to the Station. Our Station has a small staff but a lot of work to do. It is up to the Board’s committees to provide the extra help to organize events, provide meaningful data regarding the Members’ needs and ensure that the Station is living up to the Pacifica Mission. If this help is ignored or used unwisely, then it’s the Board’s responsibility to act.

3. Only accept decency. Decorum and decency in the Board room is paramount. Everyone deserves to have their voice heard. At the same time, the Board Members who observe rules of decorum deserve to have a Board meeting that is productive, calm and includes their voices as well. The LSB doesn’t belong to the Officers, or just a couple of Delegates…it belongs equally to all 24 elected representatives. Disagreements are natural but personal attacks and disregard for the rules is not welcome.

At the end of the day, these 3 beliefs are about one thing only: survival of the Pacifica Foundation. Its no secret that the Board’s infighting has led to Members leaving Pacifica. It is also true that when the Board and the Station are fighting for control of the airwaves, our much-needed programming changes can’t happen. If we move forward together as partners and act as if we are on the same team, we can improve our programming, increase listenership, expand our Member numbers and become not only profitable but useful to the diverse Houston community.

These are not just philosophical or esoteric ideals: the Board has functioned under these principles this past year and already Delegates are happier, Members are commenting on the lack of “drama” and we’re regaining the trust of Staff and Programmers.

There are a lot of issues to untangle and I feel like I’m just getting started! I would appreciate your vote so that I can continue the good work that has begun!
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 am a progressive, an environmentalist, a problem solver and strategic planner. I have a solid background in technology and business analysis but more importantly though, I’m solutions oriented and able to think outside of the box. The people that I work with know that I can be trusted to make solid decisions and work across multiple groups to achieve positive outcomes.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  The Station is trying to move towards alternative revenue sources which is vital to our survival. Also, the dedication of the StaffProgrammers who have been riding the wave of change at the Station for a few years is amazing and humbling.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  Programming changes should be a priority. There is a lot about the Station that works and works incredibly well! Conversely there is a lot that is not. Smart changes to our schedule driven by educated decisions is what we need.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  Continuing to foster good relations between the Board and those who work at the Station while continuing to foster an environment in the Boardroom where civil discourse is encouraged and disruptions and personal attacks are not. Supplying data to the Station to enable them to make educated decisions about programming and expanding KPFT’s relationships to new segments of the Community.
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?
  Financial sustainability is best achieved by increased listenership which becomes a reality when the Station is able to determine the wants and needs to the community that are currently not being addressed. The Board can be of assistance in this effort by providing data derived from research and outreach to various Houston Communities – both those that we already have relationships with and those that have been overlooked.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  Help me usher in a new chapter in KPFT’s history! Let’s build a foundation which will lead us to profitability so that we can become Houston’s loudest alternative voice in a time when it’s needed most!
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