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Contact Patrick Hoyt
Listener Candidate
for the KPFT Local Station Board
Statement
KPFT in Houston reaches thousands of people every day, and a bunch of those people just happen to tune in and probably never heard anything like KPFT before. All of the other media sources in our city are owned and operated by the rich- and as a former employee of KUHF, I can say that includes the NPR station.

We must keep KPFT alive as a source of Progressive, 'we-the-people' programming. We must support each other in creating interesting, worthwhile programs of all stripes that average people actually want to listen to. And we must fight those among us who want to use KPFT just to benefit themselves.

I have helped in many ways at KPFT for the last 20 years, including the weather and traffic morning announcements many remember, as well as helping with the People's News, Progressive Forum, Living Art, Vegan World Radio, and Junk Food for the Mind. I am not presently producing programming, but I'm now willing to do a tour of duty on the local station board to help protect the fundamental mission of our non-profit, independent, community operated radio station- let's not forget- we're the only one in Houston!
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 worked for several different non-profits, and volunteered for even more. I think I have some good ideas how to practically support the people who create and broadcast of interesting and worthwhile programs.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  The music people love brings lots of people through the door- my grandmother got me listening in the 80s because she loved the bluegrass. At once, I think the Progressive political content is what moves the world just a little more towards justice.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  We need to recognize and appreciate our volunteers that are doing good stuff, and find and foster new volunteers to help them do good stuff. We also need to recognize the grifters that exploit our good intentions to hold on to an easy job or to produce self-indulgent programming, and don't care about our community mission.
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. appreciating those who do work towards the mission. 2. finding and supporting people who will do good work for the mission in the future. 3. keep the life-support of non-profit housekeeping so the station can survive.
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?
  Some employees work really hard for the station mission. Others are mostly leeches. While we struggle to survive on an internet radio dial where we are one of thousands of stations, we must keep costs down. And if people can truly believe in us, they will donate. You can hear insincerity on the radio in a heartbeat. There's way too much of it there now with our current socially predatory manager. We must be real, be doing good stuff, and be doing it on a budget to survive.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  I'm a listener now, but I've demonstrated my true belief in community radio and social justice over the last 5 years, most of which I worked 10-20 hours a week and volunteered 20-40 hours a week. KPFT is a great thing, and it has even more potential-- if it can be made into a truly welcoming place that is operated for the sake of the community. Sadly it very often has not been allowed to be that kind of place my management that have put their own self interests above that of the mission. You know people by their actions, and we must support those on the board and in the studio who have show that they put the mission first. We must pay our bills and stay legal. We must establish a collective ethos that values interesting programs that never take the audience for granted. And then we must attract more good people of all ages and stripes to help us grow into what we were always supposed to have been.
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