Pacifica Radio, the oldest and largest democratic media experiment in the U.S., is currently holding elections for its local boards. These boards govern the 5 Pacifica owned radio stations (KPFK in Los Angeles, KPFT in Houston, KPFA in Berkeley, WBAI in New York and WPFW in Washington, D.C.) In order to vote and/or become a candidate in one of those elections all one needs to do is be a $25 member in the year before the beginning of the election (the deadline this year is Oct. 1st).
Why is Pacifica important? Because it airs information not found anywhere else. Pacifica takes no corporate money, so it is free from the pressure exerted by vested interests. You may already consider KPFK part of your life. If not, you can find it at 90.7 fm on your dial in Southern California or at KPFK.org.
Democracy only works if there is ample participation. These local boards can ensure that these radio stations are run well. But if effective, logical people don’t join these local boards the stations may be poorly governed and decline. Democracy is not a spectator sport.
All the information you need to participate in one of these democratic radio elections can be found at: CandidateSlate.org
This country and the world need more media untarnished by advertising, uninfluenced by pressure groups. Radio not controlled by vested interests or government or corporate money. Pacifica, if taken care of skillfully could grow and be a truly powerful force for peace, environmental health, the arts, truth and social justice. Please consider running for one of our local boards!
Written by Grace Aaron, KPFK Local Station Board Member and Pacifica National Board Director (Thoughts expressed here are her own, not those of Pacifica or any Pacifica radio station.)