I am running for re-election to the KPFK Local Station Board (LSB). I’ve been a listener-sponsor almost continuously since the inception of KPFK. I am running with a slate from Grassroots Community Radio Coalition. I believe that the changing times require a far greater emphasis on local affairs. Conditions of homelessness, joblessness, attacks on immigrants, and cuts in education, which is priced out of the pocketbooks of most people, are examples of threats against a caring society.
President Obama has continued the move toward a unitary presidency, accompanied by war, begun by George W. Bush. The US is pursuing seemingly perpetual war, pursuing a new empire of American hegemony. So, our programming must be strongly for peace. We must steer our programming also to fight for migrant rights, for racial equality, against the prison industrial complex, and for economic equality. We have to build our listenership on these matters and not on solutions which are based on quack medicine and other magic solutions. Otherwise we are doomed to rapid obsolescence.
We must increase our coverage of global warming on KPFK. I, personally, believe that the present trajectory of the environment will take us to extinction along with all other living things, unless we stop the accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere. To stop burning fossil fuels, we will, according to the first article in the March 2010 issue of the Monthly Review, have to live more simply. We will have to abandon a “greed is good” philosophy. This problem is so important to me that was enrolled for two years in a Senior Scholars program at UCLA to study global warming.
I am for the continuation and the augmentation of our Spanish language programming. We have the largest Spanish-speaking population of all American cities, but there is a movement in Los Angeles to eliminate Spanish language programs from KPFK. Instead, we must learn to benefit from the large population. Many of the biggest contributors to the station are Spanish speakers, and many of them desire to bring in more members. The attack has been especially focused against Spanish language news, which has recently gained world-wide attention. This trend must be reversed. Some programming in other languages should also be considered. For example, if there is a big crisis in the Korean community, special programming in the Korean language should be considered.
Finally, I feel we must reintroduce local English language news. Especially in times of a huge intensification of local problems, we need up-to-date, high quality local news. The need for news is not satisfied by using programs from KPFA.
Currently, I have participated on the Finance, Outreach, and Town Hall committees and on the PNB Spanish Language Task Force and Committee of Inclusion. I am now a member of the Local Station Board of KPFK
Vote for me, Ronald Spriestersbach, rspries [AT] mindspring [DOT] com, (323)-876-1767