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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

Optional Questions (push the plus sign to see the answers)

In what ways are the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
We are putting more emphasis now on community development, working with different communities throughout Southern California, to broaden our scope and increase our membership. We should send task forces to each of these communities, if practical, to establish their needs and support their efforts.

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?
The station is running big deficits and losing listeners due to programming problems and fund-raising drives which are held too frequently. To adjust, we must make some large cuts in expenses as we intensify the voluntary efforts and those efforts described in question 1 above. We must stop selling magical elixirs, and insist on programming, which either politically or culturally, excites the listeners, and makes them proud to belong.

What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station’s mission?
I have shown my dedication to the Station by being a member practically since its inception. I have been a member of the Local Station Board for a couple of years, and have been a member of about eight committees. I have contributed quite a bit of money to support the station. One thing I have done that I believe has been very valuable is to have attended all of the meetings of that body, which I have noted has been very important.

What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
I feel that the most important thing is to first eliminate our deficit. To do this we need to strengthen our programming and reach out to the different communities in our area. We must increase our number of members, but we must provide a product that the members will feel is essential in their lives. One thing I believe would help would be to have yearly canvass drives where we contact each member, seeking increases in pledges. Members who know we care will care to be members.

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