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I, Mansoor Sabbagh, am running for KPFK’s Local Station Board (LSB) as a listeners’ representative, and I am seeking your support and vote.

I have done everything at KPFK except hold a managerial position: board operating, producing shows, hosting shows, sitting-in for the host of “Something’s Happening” show while they were vacationing, fund drive phone room administration during the night hours and on the weekend, pitching and soliciting financial support on the air, training volunteers, and whatever needed to be done to make the station a better place. Most importantly, I have never stepped on anybody’s head gain a position or paycheck during my tenure with Pacifica; my experience, skills and abilities have always take me to new positions with more responsibilities.

I have been involved with KPFK since the mid-1980s and wholeheartedly close to two decades. I have attend many LSB and Pacifica National Board (PNB) meetings. I have volunteered and organized tabling for KPFK for years. I have worked with many managers and program directors.

My name is Mansoor Sabbagh and I am seeking your vote to become a listener representative on KPFK’s LSB to render my experience, skills, and knowledge to further Pacifica’s mission.

Here is a bit more information about me. I am the director of Global Voices for Justice, a non-profit media organization based in Long Beach, California, since 2003. I have been recording lectures, panel discussions, conducting interviews, and arranging guest for hosts, from time to time, ever since. My radio shows have been broadcast on all Pacifica Radio Stations and many more of its affiliates nationwide. I have friends all over the foundation and a lot of colleagues in the media world. I have provided fund drive premiums for close to ten years.

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?
I would like to establish and or improve communication/relationship between LSB and the management, staff, and listeners. I also would like to establish and/or improve outreach activities to our listeners and small (mom and pop) businesses. I further would like to hold LSB meetings in different communities.

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 role and function of the LSB and PNB must be amended to accommodate the (business) needs of the Pacifica Foundation.

There is a lack of evaluation processes to asses and measure the performance of management team, programmers, quality of programs, and an overall station’s success or failure.

What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station's mission?
I am a journalist and have produced radio and TV shows for over a decade. I train people in audio and video editing. I have pitched for funds on and off the airwaves.

What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
Pacifica/KPFK has to become a multimedia platform to reach out to new listeners.

LSB members must solicit funds on their own for the station and make a commitment to help out with all aspects of the fund drives’ needs and requirements. LBS meetings should be held a different locations within reach of the station’s signal to attract new listeners and subscribers.

So, what do you think ?