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Carol Spooner on KPFA Local Station Board Election
Exchange with a confused voter ... thought you all might appreciate
A listener wrote:
I just got my ballot in the mail today. I have no idea which of the two
sides to vote for. I have great admiration for some of the endorsers on
each side. I am on the email list from each camp. I cared enough for
KPFA that I was at the barricades in '99 at Grove and University Avenue,
yet with the best will in the world to do right by the station, I just
don't know what that right is. Any idea to help me be clearer?
I am one of the endorsers for the "United for Community Radio" group. I
hope you will rank them #1 through #10 on your ballot. I have great
admiration for some of the endorsers of the other slate, too. But I
think they are very narrow focussed on preserving jobs that KPFA cannot
afford to pay, and unfortunately, many of them don't really know much
about the internal struggles at KPFA that are the source of the whole
I believe the UCR candidates are more well-rounded, better connected to
more communities that KPFA needs to reach to expand and rebuild its
dwindling listener & donor base, more focussed on financial
responsibility, and also more likely to eventually bring peace between
the warring factions on KPFA's staff because of their respect and
support for both the unpaid staff and paid staff. I hope so, at least.
Thanks for asking!