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Listener Candidate
for the KPFK Local Station Board
Statement
Hello, my name is Paul Roberson and I am running for the local station board of KPFK. I would like to solicit your support and your vote.

I am a recent law school graduate, a listener, and a member of the community, and the current Vice Chair of the Listener Station Board.

I want to continue play a positive role and make the world a better place. I have a strong passion for community engagement, community service and direct advocacy for communities of color and demographics that have been marginalized, discriminated against and whose voices have been silenced or ignored. I would bring to this board a youthful idealism, stamina and a new fresh perspective.

As a recent graduate, a resident and an activist, I have been involved in campaigns to address police brutality, LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, the increase in the minimum wage and prison and education reform.

I want to serve on this board, because I truly believe in the mission of KPFK and the ideals of freedom of speech. I also want to work for the development and growth of the station so that it can be a resource for another generation and provide insights into other cultures, people, opinions and perspectives that are often ignored by the main stream media.

Please consider voting for the great candidates I am running with from The Committee to Strengthen KPFK. See them at CandidateSlate.org.
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 a strong passion for community engagement, community service and direct advocacy for communities of color and demographics that have been marginalized, discriminated against and whose voices have been silenced or ignored. I would bring to this board a youthful idealism, stamina and a new fresh perspective.

· LA City Attorney’s Office Victim Assistance Program (Advocate)

· Goodwill SoCal (Job Coach)

· Long Beach Community Action Partnership (Program Coordinator)

· Morehouse College (2003)

· University of New Hampshire School of Law (2011)

· Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout 2003)

· Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated (2008)

· Phi Alpha Delta (2011)
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  I appreciate the vast array of ideals, cultures, topics, personalities and viewpoints expressed. It is so refreshing to hear. This is one thing that I value in the station’s current operations.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  The station can better serve its listeners by engaging a younger audience, and by soliciting and appealing to communities of color. This assignation can be completed by formatting specific radio content on topics and themes that relate to our experience. Additionally, advertisement dollars and or funds can be spent in the inner city to directly promote the station to potential listeners. These funds can be targeted in publications, community events, schools, and social media.

4. Describe what you anticipate would be your top three priorities or areas of focus if you were elected to the local station board.
  I would directly solicit these communities for their input for insight into the type of content that they want to be represented on air. I would also utilize people from the local schools as volunteers, staff and on- air talent to support and provide different perspectives on air. I would also do special townhalls to directly incorporate and include local communities in discussions about programming, content, and introduce them to the network. Lastly, I would have special live tapings or airings at satellite locations in diverse areas 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?
  First, the radio station needs to embrace, maintain and preserve existing relationships with current donors. We can utilize social media, and mobile connections to track specific donors and to continue these financial gifts. There are also both private and public foundations that can be of financial assistance. (Family/Community). Listeners are the life blood of a station and relationships and bonds are indirectly made over the years. Bequests are typically large financial contributions and are made as a result of years of positive engagement and left in a will can also be a source of funding.

6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I would like the prospective voters to know that I will represent ALL the communities of listeners who want this station to succeed. I will represent speak for a progressive and uplifting message that unites and does not divide, that uplifts and does not separate. I want to bring this station into the future so that it can reach it’s true potential and be beacon in the darkness.
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