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Contact Robert Gartner
Listener Candidate
for the KPFT Local Station Board
Statement
Robert Gartner has supported and loved KPFT since its inception in 1970. Sol and Thelma Meltzer, founding board members were my friends. They and KPFT/Pacifica supported and nurtured me. The information borne on the airwaves of KPFT increased greatly my awareness of how things are in society, its needs, and the needs of the planet itself.

Of late the strength of KPFT with its mission has seemed to have diminished, yet there remains much community need identified and unmet by Pacifica. I am determined to help restore, nurture, grow, and work interdependently with the family of KPFT. Together we will prevail and flourish.

We will be that voice of vitality and education to awareness. I am a good listener and have good organizational abilities. I have served on the station Board for the past three years and would appreciate your vote for re-election.
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?
  Robert Gartner has been a lifelong member of KPFT. Robert Gartner has been a daily visitor to KPFT for 12 years now. Robert Gartner has spent his time and resources helping to create an acceptable and lovely environment for visitors who come to the station. During the past 12 years he has protected the physical security of the station. He has observed the daily goings on of the paid staff of the station and of the programmers. He has communicated with them listening and exchanging thought. He has served as a sound and program engineer for such programs as The Monitor, Execution Watch, Houston Indymedia Show, Progressive Forum, Arab Voices, and others. He built a lovely garden around the grounds of the station too, a project that has taken years to bring into fruition. This has enhanced greatly the experience of visitors. He has done much repair indoors too, painting, controlling rodents, vacuuming flea infestations, removing rotten and scummy buildup obstructing the ability of the vacuum cleaner, purchased and pasted abrasive tape on the steps of the station, repaired windows, scrubbed walls, painted walls and doors, repaired the KPFT sign, repaired the roof outdoors. All this serves to enhance the availability and functionality of the Pacifica Mission. It has helped to provide a welcoming environment for sharing and exchange.
2. What do you appreciate and value in the station's current operations?
  There is not much that I appreciate currently. I do value the work of the station's business manager Markesha Van Zandt and the work of Leti. There are a few programs that I think are important. KPFT seems to be caught in a stranglehold that is choking the life out of it.
3. What would you like to see improved or changed in the station's current operations?
  The manager must be replaced. Station needs a Program Director. The News Department must be restored. The entire operation of KPFT's airwaves needs impartial review. Programs must be initiated that bring exposure to the needs of listeners. Some shows need Producer/show replacement. Some shows need elimination. Some shows need to be brought back. New programs and programming desperately needs to be incorporated. We must find, solicit, and listen to the community/geography served by KPFT and incorporate identified community need and desires. Existing methods must be restored forthwith to hear and respond to allegations of abuse and mismanagement. Existing rules regarding abuse have been ignored for at least the past four years. Every effort must be made to regain Federal CPB funding. and more...
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. Restore CPB Funding. 2. Rout the crisis of dysfunctional behavior sucking the life out of effective achievement by the Local Station Board. 3. Replacing the station management with functional management.
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?
  We must go to the people and help them. We need programs that provide support for community need. We need to have public events that attract the public and provide for them an experience that makes them hungry for the ability and the power KPFT to be their voice and represent them.
6. Is there anything else you would like prospective voters to know?
  Pacifica and of course KPFT as a member station of five stations under the umbrella of Pacifica has been in a crisis for the past five years. The Foundation is teetering on Failure. Some think there are major efforts being made among some to effect this failure. Behavoirs around KPFT have been similar. A holy war seems afoot. I am determined to fight resistance to success and I feel I am well informed to bear this burden and effect a return to vitality. .
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