I have been on the current Local Station Board for the last 18 months through a very turbulent time, but there are more crucial times ahead for Pacifica. In a little over a year, we will have to begin maintenance payments on a loan we took out to pay off money owed by WBAI to the Empire State Building for a lease for their Broadcast tower. WBAI owed several million dollars. Pacifica had to take out a $3.2 million loan to settle Empire State Realty Trust’s suit against Pacifica. KPFA is not an independent station. We are legally one part of the Pacifica Network. Everyone’s debts are everyone’s debts. This will be a crucial moment for our organization that will require prudent thought and careful planning. I am one of KPFA’s Director’s on the Pacifica National Board. I have both the ability and the desire to see to it that Pacifica and KPFA survives, pays our debts. The loan is secured by all of Pacifica’s property including KPFA studios in Berkeley. A vote for me is a vote for responsible governance during this difficult moment for the organization.
This will be my second and final term on the board. I bring with it the experience of the last two and a half years, the understanding of where we are and where we need to be, and the knowledge and know-how to help get us there. I consider myself a centrist, capable of working with all sides in bitter debates. I want to finish the work that brought me here, and to bring my knowledge in running profitable enterprises to bear with the Pacifica organization.
My hope is that the KPFA will be guided by clear thinking informed opinions to produce quality, serious programming for these difficult and dangerous times. Please stand with me, other listeners, and loyal KPFA members in protecting not only our station, but the values and principles that we care about. Vote Chris Cory for the KPFA Local Station Board, 2018.