Carol Wolfley

Carol Wolfley—Listener Representative

Carol Wolfley

Carol Wolfley

As a candidate for KPFA’s Local Station Board, I want KPFA to cover YOUR interests: on the radio; on the community calendar; on podcasts and on website videos, I advocate for dependable reporting of people’s responses to political, economic and environmental challenges, discrimination and militarized violence; and for drama, comedy, and enlivening music that heals our souls.

As a KPFA Community Advisory Board member, I’ve gathered input from hundreds of people in diverse communities from Sebastopol to San Jose and beyond. I’ve loved bringing KPFA news, public affairs, and cultural radio hosts together with listeners to explore programming options. People tell me they don’t want pro-corporate spin and they oppose KPFA’s recent censorship of Guns and Butter, reliance on mainstream newsfeeds and proposals for corporate underwriting.

KPFA is one of 5 Pacifica stations with 200+ affiliates. Let’s facilitate program sharing among Pacifica stations to increase membership and revenues. Let’s connect with grassroots media-journalists, and provide training for new reporters. Help us build an independent, diverse and technologically innovative network for global survival.

Lisa Dettmer

Lisa Dettmer

Lisa Dettmer

I am Lisa Dettmer and I co-produce KPFA radio’s only feminist show Women’s Magazine which I started with 3 other woman in 2006. I have been at KPFA for over 10 years and producing radio for most of that time after I graduated the apprenticeship program in 2005. I also have over 30 years of activist experience working in the field of police abuse and tenant eviction defense, as well as LGBT and feminist issues.

I would like to see KPFA be the community radio station it was meant to be. One where there is actual respect and cooperation between the staff and the listeners so that we are living the mission of democracy that we preach. And I would like to see KPFA expand it’s audience which is absolutely necessary if we are to survive by hiring a development/marketing director who will expand our audience and bring in some much needed grants for invaluable programs like the Apprenticeship program.

I want to see a management that is truly interested in involving all the staff in the station and who treat all staff equally. And, provide a council where staff and listeners can communicate.

Akio Tanaka

From Akio Tanaka—Listener Representative

I first encountered Pacifica in 1970 t the height of the Vietnam War, an amazing new station came on the air broadcasting anti-war progressive voices. It was exhilarating and at the time a somber experience because the station was bombed off the air shortly after it began its broadcast, but it crystallized for me why Pacifica needs to survive.

With the young people burdened student debt and facing prospect of no jobs, they need Pacifica more than ever.

The enemy now are the corporations that own the media and the two political parties. The methods that the corporations use to try to silence Pacifica are more subtle and subversive, so it is critically important that we defend and strengthen this vital source of progressive voice.

We need to bring the internecine factionalism within Pacifica to an end, and focus on making the Pacifica Network relevant for the young people.

I served as a County Councilor for the Alameda County Green Party for many years, and previously served on the KPFA LSB.

I am retired but have worked as engineer, manager, and director for number of Silicon Valley start-ups.

KPFA’s Election Calendar

Candidate Nomination Ended:
Jun 30, 2016 at 9:00 PM
Voter Date of Record:
Jun 30, 2016
11:59 PM
Ballot Return Deadline/Online Voting Begins:
Aug 15, 2016
9:00 AM
Ballot Return Deadline/Online Voting Ends:
Sep 30, 2016
11:59 PM
Unless the election is delayed (which is very possible given the state of Pacifica’s finances) it is too late to become a new member and vote in this election.   But, it is never to late to support KPFA.  To become a member, link to the Support / Donation / Membership Page at and make a donation of $25 (or more). This must be done ON OR BEFORE JUNE 30, 2016. If you want to check on your membership, or call the station  (510) 848-6767
If the need arises, contact KPFA Election Supervisor
Earl Johnson, Jr,
510 848 6767 x605
The elections at all Pacifica’s stations are being run by an independent person, the National Election Supervisor.
NES, Lynne Serpe

KPFA Community Input Meeting


FullSizeRender-62The KPFA Community Advisory Board (CAB) sponsored a community input meeting on Saturday, March 26.  It was well attended, with about 55 people showing up.  The meeting started with CAB member Rahman Jamaal outlining the meeting format.

People were given 30 seconds to say who they are, and why they were interested in KPFA.  A broad range of interests were represented, including interests in the news, education, culture, children’s rights, homelessness, gentrification and more.



People then came together in smaller break-out groups, to discuss their areas of interests, and how to improve KPFA.

The break-out groups included News and public affairs programming; Drama and literature  programming; Resisting privatization in public education; Pacifica finances and governance; Pro-corporate political party bias at KPFA; 80 year history of morning radio; and Social Justice including black lives matter, gentrification.


After meeting in the break-out groups, people came back together to report on what was discussed and provide ideas for the next steps needed.


The Pacifica group agreed to try to meet with the new CFO to get more information to try make some headway on the finances. Other groups created a task forces to continue to meet and work for solutions.

Contact the KPFA Community Advisory Board to find out more.