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Hello and greetings in the name of Jazz and Justice. My name is Eric Ramey, a candidate running for re-election to our Local station board. I’m running at this juncture mainly for three reasons. I’m running to make sure you get the programming you’re entitled to, I’m running to make sure you get the programming you enjoy and running to make sure get the programming you deserve.

I became a member of WPFW in 1983 and Shortly thereafter began volunteering. In 1984 I became principal anchor of the evening news. In addition since I’ve logged over 1000 hours on our pledge lines. I’ve served on the outreach and the Outreach and Development committee where I’ve enthusiastically supported both the “U” Street Jam and our annual event at LaMonts in Pomonkey. Earlier this year I had the privilege of working with David Vega and supported our Latin fund raiser in downtown Silver Spring.

Early last year I designed and successfully negotiated an underwriting agreement which will bring in much needed revenue. Currently I’m developing a database of 1000 names to contribute $89.30 annually through our sustainer donor program. This will assure an opportunity to continue representing 100% of the 99.

I currently serve on our finance committee which provides assistance in development of sound budget.  I also serve on the Management Assessment and search committee which is involved in the appointment of a new general manager. This is the most important challenge thus far in the history of our station.

Homelessness is a horrible thing. I know after spending many nights in homeless shelters and Central park. I don’t want WPFW to become homeless. That’s why I serve on the relocation committee which will give our station a permanent home, a home for jazz and a home for justice.

My career in public media began in 1968 at the PBS affiliate (WTTW) in Chicago. In 1982 I became the voice on the weather hotline giving temperature and forecast conditions and later became a telecommunications coordinator for the White House. I’m extremely proud of the support I’ve provided WPFW over several decades and plan to continue the challenges.

The latest polling suggest a very competitive race for this election and I’m asking your support. Support to ensure jazz, to continue just and offer the programming you enjoy, you’re entitled to and programming you deserve.

Optional Questions

In what ways are the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
Our committees are working to eliminate the possibility of WPFW becoming homeless. The stakes here are higher than they’ve ever been. 

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?
No Response.

What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station’s mission?
I’ve a long career in public media, especially fundraising. I’ve also been an ardent supporter for the Kennedy center.

What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
As I’ve often mentioned, I’m offering and ambitious plan to have thousands of residents to contribute at least 89 dollars and 30 cents through are donor sustainer program. 

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