Candidate Statement 2016
Hi. I’m a new programmer at WBAI but I’ve been a regular guest and performer on the station for 30 years.
My new program airs Saturday mornings at 7-8am. It’s called YOU’RE CRAZY IF YOU’RE UP THIS EARLY, and friends say that I’m crazy to run for the WBAI Board.
But I can’t just sit around and do nothing while the station goes down the drain.
I think prior boards have been too passive. They failed to map out a plan to improve programming and increase listenership.
Or if they did have a plan, they failed to implement it.
I want to apply my 30 years’ experience as an activist, organizer, fundraiser and political satirist to boost fund drive revenues and attract new listeners.
I know how to do this by creating major fundraisers and public events OUTSIDE our airwaves through my contacts with celebrities and public figures who want to help the station to survive and prosper.
My resume as printed in the 2016 New Left Forum program shows that I know how to do this.
Check it out at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByvjlST-TrchSmRkdHlBQmxEblk.
I hope it convinces you to vote for me.
Thanks — Randy.
|Answers to Candidate Questionnaire|
|1.||In what ways is the station moving in a positive direction, that you would want to continue or perhaps improve?|
|Program Director Hopper has added some interesting new programs that might attract a wider audience. But no publicity is being generated to let the public know — outside of our already existing audience — that these new programs exist. We don’t even let the public know that the station itself exists. It doesn’t matter how good our programs are unless we tell the public otherwise we will remain invisible, with a tiny audience that cannot keep us alive.|
|2.||In what ways is the station moving in a negative direction, that you would want to stop or change? What changes would you work for?|
|The station has a very bad record in fulfilling its premiums. I have talked to angry donors and have seen some of their emails. This is bad policy, not to mention bad ethics. We are alienating our most loyal listeners by not sending them the premiums they have paid for. That is why our fund drives are now at the lowest level in our history, as low as $3,000 a day, whereas we used to get $50-$60,000 per day. Mails I have seen indicate that the station is keeping Gary Null out of our fund drive when he is our biggest fundraiser. This foolish and must stop.|
|3.||What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station’s mission?|
|Because I organize frequent regular protests against the drug laws, police abuse, and other issues, I am often in the public eye through appearances on mainstream TV and radio, and able to promote WBAI as a forum for progressive ideas. I also have many celebrity friends who would gladly appear on the station and in outside fundraising events to help raise some of the money we need to survive. As a result of my recent campaigns for Senator, Governor and Mayor, I am followed on Twitter and other social media by many reporters who can help publicize the station and attract new listeners. If elected I will help the board implement the above strategies. See my resume at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByvjlST-TrchSmRkdHlBQmxEblk.|
|4.||What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?|