MEDIA: My career has been both in print and broadcasting working mostly for alternative newspapers and public radio and TV. I reported on social issues as a writer, program host and commentator. I also served on the KPFA Local Station Board, 2006 – 12 was a rebel on KQED’s then -elected board, 1992 – 98.
ACTIVISM: I wrote and spoke about social issues of the day attempting to get as much information public that isn’t reported in mainstream media. My knowingly controversial selection of topics — as well as experts and others to be interviewed — were often challenged by management in mainstream media. However, they appeared unedited. Unsurprisingly, I did lose some jobs along the way.
Working today, I would be unrelentingly looking into discrimination still rampant in this country, the role of the U.S. in other countries, true causes of poverty and its effects, campaign financing, current law enforcement, the environment and more.
KPFA: During the course of my career I noticed alarming changes in the media landscape. Never abundant, today there are few media outlets that deviate from corporate, government and other power brokers interests and press releases. The world of mainstream media never welcomed those questioning systems. Today that door is slammed and locked.
KPFA is one place that doesn’t happen. As such it is as precious to me as it is to you. We must keep KPFA, our sister stations, and the Pacifica Radio Foundation alive and well. More they must thrive and reach as many people as possible.
The news, perspectives and voices of the full array of our communities must be heard . . . and not by just a few. The word “professionalism” is often disparaged, but our sound needs to be as good as all other radio. I believe it can be. There is no reason that talent can’t be found, mentored, developed. I want to spend my time working to that end. It’s what I understand and can do for the station.
SAVE KPFA PLATFORM: I urge you to read the SaveKPFA platform and our commitment in ensuring local control and progressive programming as well as experimenting with new programming and ideas.
You’ll also find out about SaveKPFA’s accomplishments in recent years and our commitment to raise money for the station as well as finding common ground with those on the board not part of SaveKPFA.
THE FUTURE: We absolutely have to work together to forge a vibrant station and develop full social media involvement now.
Our region, this country, and the world are at a point where things need to change dramatically and soon. We can be a means to spreading needed information and bringing people together.
A REQUEST: Needless to say, please vote for me, Sasha Futran, and the other SaveKPFA candidates, a diverse and talented group bringing a much-needed variety of skills, backgrounds, and communities to the station: SaveKPFA.org