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My name is Maskeelah-Myrtle Washington. I am a lawyer by training and an inactive real estate professional. I want to be on the LSB to help “Save Our Station”; to support our community station in doing better. WPFW was placed in DC by Pacifica to be a radical beacon of truth, to be a thorn in the side of the imperialist powers. That necessity is as ever-present now as then and maybe even more so. But we must bring the station back to financial health and stability.

WPFW needs to move into the 21st century: from analog to digital and then we would be able to have a music station and a public affairs station — same as other radio stations in the area. We must be broad in our thinking, and astute in building alliances with like-minded groups, organizations, and people. We must realize, and act as if, we are not in this thing alone. WPFW programming must matter to more people!

We must have regularly scheduled Town Hall meetings so that listeners have an opportunity to help with LSB and Staff programming decisions. WPFW needs a larger space with a lower cost with, preferably, an option to buy.

Optional Questions

In what ways are the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?
The station has some great public affairs programs like Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod, Letters and Politics with Mitch Jeserich, The Collision: Sports and Politics with Dave Zirin and Eton Thomas, Arise with Bill Fletcher, MyndTalk with Pamela Brewer; I Mix What I Like with Jared Ball and a few others. I would like to see more programming directed toward the political mission of the station/the reason why Pacifica placed WPFW in DC: to be a thorn in the side of the imperialist powers.

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?
While music can be an important component of culture, much of the music broadcast on WPFW is presented not as a response to problems we face in the community but as an inexpensive way to fill air time. WPFW must become a catalyst for mobilizing the DC community to confront the legacy and root causes of racism, sexism and corporatism in this society. We should be different from our neighboring NPR and commercial radio stations.

What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station’s mission?
I am a lawyer and an inactive real estate professional. I am a member of the LSB Relocation Committee because WPFW must have a larger space at a lower cost, preferably, with an option to buy.

What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
The Local Station Board must create a capital building fund and oversee the relocation process that would enable WPFW to purchase and control its space. But we must get donors. A good way to get them is to improve programming and to hold regular (quarterly) Town Hall meetings where listener-sponsors could voice their concerns and see their suggestions become actualized by the LSB and WPFW management.

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