Listener Candidate

Name:

Will Ryan

Expertise:

Writer, producer, radio personality and voice-over actor.

Endorsements:

  • Committee to Strengthen KPFK
  • Statement:

    Will Ryan speaking: As a former or current member of the boards of Arts Alive (a non-profit bringing the arts into elementary schools); the Recording Academy (NARAS, the Grammies organization); the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Short Films and Animation branch (AMPAS, the Oscars organization); Americans for Democratic Action (ADA); the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA-Hollywood, the Annie Awards organization) and as a past-president of the latter, I have some experience as a board member working with others to keep an organization healthy and vital. KPFK has served the people of Southern California since 1959 and, with a solid financial core and a clear and steady course, it has the potential to increase its listenership, expand its influence and effectuate greater change for the good in southern California. I'd like to help KPFK accomplish this.

    It may be worth a mention that I am also a member of three unions, former continuity director of WNCR radio, a former morning host at WBBG radio (both in Cleveland, Ohio) and was a regular guest on Pacificas David Feldman Show from 2011 to 2014. I've also written and produced television shows and specials for Jim Henson Productions, Nickelodeon, ABC network, etc.

    Biography

    Will Ryan speaking: As a former or current member of the boards of Arts Alive (a non-profit bringing the arts into elementary schools); the Recording Academy (NARAS, the Grammies organization); the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, Short Films and Animation branch (the Oscars organization); Americans for Democratic Action (ADA); the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA-Hollywood, the Annie Awards organization) and as a past-president of the latter, I have some experience as a board member working with others to keep an organization healthy and vital. KPFK has served the people of Southern California since 1959 and, with a solid financial core and a clear and steady course, it has the potential to increase its listenership, expand its influence and effectuate greater change for the good in southern California. I'd like to help KPFK accomplish this.

    It may be worth a mention that I am also a member of three unions, former continuity director of WNCR radio, a former morning host at WBBG radio (both in Cleveland, Ohio) and was a regular guest on Pacificas David Feldman Show (2011 - 2014). I've also written and produced television shows and specials for Jim Henson Productions, Nickelodeon, ABC, etc.

    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?
     

    Im happy to see that the offering of and on-air encouragement of sustaining station memberships, which I was proposing during my 2013 run for KPFK board, has become KPFK policy.
    In terms of programming, the creation of a series of such national importance as the KPFK-produced Ralph Nader Radio Hour is an impressive and laudable achievement.
    On a local level, the Harvey Wasserman limited series on the Diablo Canyon nuclear threat is an example of the kind of important programming that should be heard by and could ultimately benefit every person living in southern California.

    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?
     

    Get the CPB money!

    3. What key experience, connections, skills or traits would you bring to the Local Station Board to advance the station's mission?
     

    See Statement.

    4. What ideas do you have for helping the station and the Pacifica Foundation meet the financial challenges currently being faced?
     

    Get the CPB money!