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Listener Candidate
for the KPFT Local Station Board
In this age of disinformation, relative truths, and news manipulation, Pacifica radio is more important to me than ever. Although I enjoy the music, particularly the eclectic cultural blend KPFT is able to broadcast, it is for the conversation between people who have relevant things to say, to hear news found and reported by trustworthy people and the opportunity to hear different perspectives that make the struggle to keep the station strong and worthwhile. Toward that end, I am, once again, running for a seat on the board.

I will be part of a group of dedicated people who will put aside petty rivalries and struggles for the appearance of power and I will work with others toward the real function of our board: finding common ground with all supporters, creating new members, and ensuring financial stability for our station, and perhaps the network.

I believe the world is still struggling away from the dark ages and lurching toward sanity. We no longer throw unwanted children into the streets to fend for themselves as we used to.

It is harder to look at the political system and see real progress, but the outrage felt toward the current US president is indicative of our unwillingness to tolerate incompetence in positions that matter and incompetent decisions that hurt individuals, the nation and the world.

Pacifica has a role to play in this growth process, and I want to be a part of the struggle.
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 have volunteered, made phone calls, cleaned (in the old days), donated, been a guest on a few programs. I am a techno jerk, unfortunately, but I am willing to do whatever I can to support those who keep us on the air.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I highly value the feeling of cooperation and a shared understanding of the importance of what we are doing to promote growth as a society, as individuals living within it, and working toward a world that works for all.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  I believe that, without exception. the folks involved, both paid and volunteer are doing their utmost. There have been some troubled folks who have unawarely involved the station in their private struggles, but I think we have turned the corner on that and many of the most contentious are no longer on the board.
4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  1. Effective fundraising and community involvement. 2. Although I think our music programs rock (pun intended) I would like to hear more thoughtful conversation, and perhaps, different points of view. 3. Station maintenance and possibly a new location/new facilities.
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?
  I believe that each board member is, or must become an ambassador to the various communities we represent. We need to broaden our outreach and help the public understand the importance of having a non-commercial voice in our city. We can air views and speakers and music that is just not to be found on commercial airwaves. Additionally, in times of emergency, I will trust the opinions and points made on a non-profit station to be of greater public use and good than those who use the airwaves for their own or private gain.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I was one of those who picketed, lobbied and spoke out to preserve community radio when others were ready to sell out and take the profit. I and others who are running,have been in the struggle to preserve and protect our stations while allowing Pacifica to respond to current economic and political difficulties.
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