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Hello, I’m David Lynch, a gray-beard software engineer, and I’m running for the KPFA Local Station Board.

The disastrous Bush Administration drove me to listen to Pacifica with riveted attention, because mainstream media had completely dropped the ball. Programs like Larry Bensky’s Sunday Salon and Ian Master’s Background Briefing provided a precious glimpse of reality.

I see Pacifica and KPFA as sacred.

My views on station governance are aligned with SaveKPFA, whose members include Brian Edward-Tiekert, Mitch Jeserich, Mark Mericle, Aileen Alfandary, Philip Maldari, Kris Welch and Larry Bensky.

I’m moved by the words of Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges, Naomi Klein and Alan Watts.

If elected, I’ll make pragmatic decisions to put the network on solid financial footing but without selling our soul. I’ll bring my engineering background to help modernize the network. And I’ll do everything in my power to ensure that KPFA will continue to serve as a lifeline of precious objective information.

It’s hard to say everything in 200 words, so please visit www.savekpfa.org for details. If you agree with what you read, remember to vote for all SaveKPFA candidates. Your votes will make a difference. Thanks for listening.

Optional Questions

In what ways are the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
In recent months KPFA has been on a steady upward trajectory, including the hiring of Quincy McCoy as General Manager and the appointment of Laura Prives as Program Director. We are making good progress with better financial information, a vastly better web presence, and good programming decisions. I would like to continue Quincy’s efforts to modernize KPFA. We need to continue with good managerial practices and transparency to reinstate CPB funding, improve development efforts and do more to attract larger donations.

In what ways are the station moving in a negative direction, that you would want to stop or change? What changes would you work for?
No Response.

What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station’s mission?
Since the 2010 cancellation of the KPFA Morning Show, I’ve done my best to learn about the station and also understand the forces in play, both those that are helpful and those that are potentially destructive. I have a good working knowledge of the key issues, actors, histories and the motivations. I understand the threats and opportunities, so I believe that my votes will be pragmatic and helpful. I bring a solid engineering/technology background, so I have relevant experience regarding station modernization. And, like you, I love KPFA, so I’ll make decisions that will keep the station alive and well. 

What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
Continue on the current path: implement better and more transparent accounting, comply with requirements to reinstate CPB funding. Spend wisely on infrastructure to improve safety and comply with laws. Make careful, pragmatic programming decisions and test them empirically. Continue development efforts with particular focus on large donors. Leverage the internet with vigor to extend reach and attract younger listeners. 

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