Candidate Statement 2016
I am Carl Makower: listener-supporter ( a WBAI Buddy) and a Community Advisory Board (CAB) member who is very concerned with the future of WBAI.
I am a retired art educator with an accounting background. I have been a successful retailer, teacher, counselor and founder of a thriving not-for-profit progressive residential children’s camp.
As a member of a number of social action boards and committees, it has been my experience that to be successful, these bodies work cooperatively to advance and achieve their goals.
My knowledge of the current Local Station Board (LSB) is that factionalism and discord obstruct progress rather than advancing it.
For those of us who have supported WBAI for many years, it is discouraging to experience the sad and dysfunctional state of the LSB and the continuing loss of listeners and financial stability.
We need positive, cooperative change starting with reasonableness in approaching problems.
Why haven’t we seen real efforts to drastically change programming that would attract new listeners?
Why has WBAI not received hundreds of thousands of dollars in Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) monies?
Why has the LSB been unresponsive to CAB suggestions for increasing our listener base as well as the many fund raising ideas presented.
I have been heartened by the recent return of WBAI news reports and Linda Perry’s After the News listener call-in programming.
We need transformation.
I, along with other independently minded candidates, are qualified and prepared to initiate change.
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