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I urge you to re-elect me to the KPFT Local Station Board, on which I have served repeatedly since 2002. Locally, I have been active on Outreach and Development committees. On the national level, I have served on Archives, Personnel, Affiliates, Coordinating and Elections Cmtes. KPFT Radio is invaluable to this community– an informed citizenry is essential to democracy. The Pacifica Mission includes educating, training, entertaining, encouraging dialogue and certainly empowering people in community. Lew Hill’s words, “As long as I can communicate, I can create and as long as I can create I am free,” are an inspiration.

News and public affairs beyond sound-bytes and untainted by corporate influence is our challenge and our joy. We need to help people dialogue, perform critical analysis, educate themselves and interact in community– outside of failing civic structures. If you have read Putnam’s Bowling Alone, you know that in community people are participating, communicating and trusting less than ever– an unhealthy, disempowering isolation. At KPFT our goal is to encourage such opportunities for cooperation, interaction and service—and I have striven to make that happen.

Pacifica has 5 stations, an associate station and more than 150 affiliate stations (see www.pacificanetwork.org ); I have visited community radio stations in Tampa, Moab, Minneapolis, Jeffersonville, NY, Ames, IA and most recently, KBOO in Portland, OR—where I have seen how other communities have utilized this resource. While we can always improve upon KPFT’s programs and services, I am proud and constantly pleased by what KPFT has to offer. I look at and listen to the programs of other stations, and bring those ideas to KPFT. I have attended Grassroots Radio Conferences, have been influential in the licensing of two radio stations, and have encouraged others to apply for licenses and participate in community radio– so from the ground up I know how important community radio is and encourage that “can-do” attitude.

I am cognizant of the responsibilities of board members—which include determining mission & purpose, selecting, supporting and evaluating the chief executive, planning and implementing goals, monitoring, and strengthening programs and services, ensuring adequate financial resources and providing proper financial oversight, strengthening the board, ensuring legal and ethical integrity, and enhancing the organization’s public standing. I try to assume good intentions when working with people, but I maintain a healthy skepticism. I seek out problem-solvers, team players and those with the professional expertise as well as broad range of talents to accomplish goals. This is how I would devote my time. I hope that you will give me your vote. teresajallen@sbcglobal.net

Optional Questions

In what ways are the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
Every LSB member must be committed to raising money and goodwill for the station. This was shown at the Ray Hill Roast and our Indiegogo campaign for the transmitter. We are using social media more effectively. i would like to have several designated volunteers to help programmers and board members utilize social media more effectively & more consistently. it is good to see so many interns working in the News Dept.

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?
I see a lack of appreciation of other organizations & less organized outreach– must be addressed! Some Board members place more emphasis upon berating the station in email & social media than promoting. The negativity comes back to bite us. Board training & strategic planning would be useful. I would like to see the Program Council re-activated, without individuals attempting to take over the PD’s job. I would like to see more grants applied for (with accomplishment), the staff to be better paid and more interns and volunteers in the News Dept..

What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station's mission?
My work with other community radio stations is very useful; I see some stations accomplishing a lot with less. I network and love to leverage for local fundraising.

What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
Use social networking more effectively. Approach big donors more strategically and consistently. Use more challenges and leveraging. Utilize ethical underwriting. Give credit where credit is due.

So, what do you think ?