Listener Candidate

Name:

Dorothy Reik

Expertise:

  Small business owner. President Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains. Activist in Peace, Economic Justice and Environmental issues.

Endorsements:

  • Committee to Strengthen KPFK
  • Robert Scheer, author, journalist, founder of
       TruthDig.org and co-host on "Left, Right & Center"
       on KCRW.
  • Alan Grayson, representative for Florida's 9th
       Congressional District, currently running for the U.S. Senate
  • Cynthia McKinney, former representative for Georgia's
       11th and 4th Congressional Districts, Green Party
       candidate for President, Political Activist.
  • Statement:

    KPFK has been an important part of my life ever since the day I inadvertently tuned into Democracy Now and found my home. As my activism increased I met Lila Garrett, Ian Masters, Sonali Kolhatkar. Margaret Prescod and Alan Minsky. Their programs and KPFK provided inspiration as well as information.

    Listening to the fund drives I kept hearing that KPFK needed money just to pay their bills. I did not understand why KPFK and Pacifica were having problems. I ran for the LSB and as a board member I began to find out about the workings of KPFK. I was determined to help. I won my first election but was late getting my paperwork in so had to run as a write in and was able to get only a one year term.

    Now I am running again to finish what I was barely was able to start to get KPFK and Pacifica on a firm financial footing, get the CPB funding back, increase and diversify listenership and bring the station into the 21st Century with new platforms and more ways to access KPFK.

    KPFK must furnish the PNB with their financial statements which, as of this writing, has not been done. A business manager must be hired and having the CFO and the GM go back and forth each blaming the other for not getting this done is holding up the audit and keeping Pacifica from qualifying for the funds from the CPB. 

    Donors must feel sure that their money is being spent in a responsible way. Programmers who bring in large amounts of the money during fund drives must be kept on the air and not given away to other stations and to FSTV while KPFK foots the bill for their services. Yes, we are doing this!

    Once we are financially secure new and experimental programming, which KPFK needs to grow but cannot yet carry its own weight, will have a place on the program schedule. Such programs cannot be allowed to experiment during drive time! It is too easy for listeners to change stations! 
    And because we dont take advantage of the great programmers we have during drive time we wind up having to fund drive for more days. Its a revolving door more fund drives, fewer listeners, then more fund drives and even fewer listeners. This is not a sustainable situation.

    I will fight to make KPFK and Pacifica live up to their potential. Noble mission statements mean nothing if the station does not have listeners. I have recruited strong candidates to help me. I need your vote!

    Short Statement
    KPFK has been an important part of my life ever since the day I inadvertently tuned into Democracy Now and found my home. As my activism increased I met Lila Garrett, Ian Masters, Sonali Kolhatkar. Margaret Prescod and Alan Minsky. Their programs and KPFK provided inspiration as well as information.

    Listening to the fund drives I kept hearing that KPFK needed money just to pay their bills. I did not understand why KPFK and Pacifica were having problems. I ran for the LSB and as a board member I began to find out about the workings of KPFK. I was determined to help. I won my first election but was late getting my paperwork in so had to run as a write in and was able to get only a one year term.

    Now I am running again to finish what I was barely was able to start to get KPFK and Pacifica on a firm financial footing, get the CPB funding back, increase and diversify listenership and bring the station into the 21st Century with new platforms and more ways to access KPFK.
     

     

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