Monthly Archives: July 2015

KPFK’s Bobbee Zeno tribute

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Bobbee Zeno - podium
An important announcement from our friends at KPFK-FM radio:

KPFK experienced the sudden loss, on March 19th, of the very engaging, multi-faceted producer and host, Bobbee Zeno. His work at the station goes back 15 years. Bobbee was currently co-producing and co-hosting “Experience Talks” — the popular show that focuses on senior life —  and had just launched his new on-line venture, “Culture Vortex.” But there are several other lives Zeno lived, as metaphysician, healer, theatre producer, and seniors advocate.

Family, friends and co-workers share their “Zeno moments” this Saturday, May 3rd, at 8:00 a.m. , in the time slot that “Experience Talks” normally airs. Even though we’re in pledge drive, this hour is all for Bobbee.

(Also streaming live and archived at KPFK.org and here on our website.)

90.7 Los Angeles    98.7 Santa Barbara     93.7 San Diego   99.5 Ridgecrest

                                              www.KPFK.org

                             produced by S. Pearl Sharp & Mark Maxwell

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Articles & Audio: Greg Guma of Vermont was CEO of Pacifica

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Burlington resident for 40+ years; member, Burlington Telecom Advisory Board; and mayoral candidate in 2015… editor, business owner, author and civic leader; former Pacifica Radio CEO & Editor of Toward Freedom, Vermont Guardian, Vanguard Press, Public Occurrence, and Vintage.  And he writes about Bernie Sanders as he progressed.

http://muckraker-gg.blogspot.com/2008/03/when-radio-was-new.html

Audio 12 mins.:  http://www.kpftx.org/archives/pnb/pnb070727/friday/pnb070727_greg_rpt.mp3

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http://muckraker-gg.blogspot.com/2008/07/planet-pacifica-inside-story.html

http://muckraker-gg.blogspot.com/2008/03/managing-pacifica-how-it-began.html

http://muckraker-gg.blogspot.com/2008/04/managing-pacifica-in-bubble.html

http://muckraker-gg.blogspot.com/2008/04/practical-idealism-pacifica-realities.html

How WBAI came to be:
http://muckraker-gg.blogspot.com/2008/06/wbai-legend-that-lost-its-way.html

Article: KPFK and Pacifica National Board member Don White passed 2008

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https://pacificaradio.wordpress.com/2008/06/25/pacifica-mourns-the-passing-of-don-white/#respond

I knew Don White primarily in his capacity as a member of the Pacifica National Board, and I was always struck by how up-front and genuine he was. In Board activities, he had a knack for disagreeing without being disagreeable. In conversations, he was charming and kind. It was several months later that I learned about Don’s other activism and his connections with progressive and radical movements throughout the hemisphere. He was a great guy, and his passing is a sad loss to us.

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A [Critical] Voice in Oakland CA

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Why am I not listening to the radio station I support?

Because they are never out of pledge drive mode and they are quite ugly at it.  I tried to listen this morning to the radio station that I support twice a year only to be told “come on people, it is time to cough up what this station is worth” and something about how much I might spend on coffee.  The tone that they take is something between petulant and accusatory and the discourse sounded like a berating for not having given enough.  There is also a pitch language that seems to treat the public as if we were all in the same place together listening to them.  A few people call in, and it is a “rally” and nobody calls and we are not getting “with it”.

Now Denis Bernstien can be all of that any time he does a pitch and I have no idea how many listeners he has personally and permanently lost to the station, but the others don’t pitch much better.  Somehow being told how exceptional the news will be whenever we stop this fund drive by Amy Goodman, who will have dinner with me for a cool thousand dollars does not sound like a radio station reaching out to its community.

Speaking of that community, where is KPFA?  Are we doing anything to increase listenership? Are we doing anything to bring in new voices?  Seems like I only hear from Pacifica when they want us to donate or when they are infighting.  For anyone who is paying attention the infighting is vicious and destructive.  On the one hand we here endless and misleading vitriol from the “Save KPFA” group and on the other, we have groups of people who seem to be holding on to some kind of turf.  I do not watch it close enough to know who is entrenched and how but the shows do not change much and I have no idea who some of them are reaching out to.  Serious HR practices are not being dealt with and programing seems more like a confederation of non-profits than a coherent radio station.  It seems to me that as our national government is shut down and paralyzed by two similar groups fighting for turf something not so different happens throughout US culture.

So I switch off the radio station that I support and listen to the biased, high class version of the corporate news on KQED, which I tell people not to send money to.  Is there any wonder why my son and girlfriend both have KQED membership gifts?

Posted by Don Macleay at 9:41 AM

On corporate underwriting, Ralph Engelman, Pacifica radio, WBAI, and on satirical cartoons

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Ralph Engelman

Chair, Journalism DepartmentSenior Professor of Journalism & Communication StudiesFaculty Coordinator, George Polk Awards; Faculty Athletics Representative; Administrator, Theodore E. Kruglak Fellowship in International Reporting.
B.A., Earlham CollegeM.A., Washington UniversityPh.D., Washington University

Dr. Ralph Engelman is Senior Professor and Chair of Journalism & Communication Studies at LIU Brooklyn, where he has received the top awards given by LIU for scholarship and teaching: the Abraham Krasnoff Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement and the David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching.  He is faculty coordinator of LIU’s George Polk Awards.
He serves as journalism consultant and member of the academic advisory board for the Archive of American Television, a digital history project of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. In this capacity he has conducted long-form interviews with Morley Safer, Sidney Lumet and Geraldo Rivera, among others.  Since 1980, he has been a participant in the Summer Fulbright Institute on the Civilization of the United States, Multinational Institute of American Studies, New York University.

Dr. Engelman is a former member of the board of directors of the Pacifica Foundation, which operates five community radio stations.  He is also a former moderator of  Reporter Roundtable, BCAT, carried on Time Warner, Cablevision and RCN in the New York metropolitan area.  [Pacifica does not operate the 5 stations and 180 affiliates, it owns the licenses and the stations even when they were built by the local stations-SCJ]

Professor Engelman is the author of  “Friendlyvision: Fred Friendly and the Rise and Fall of Television Journalism,” with an Introduction by Morley Safer (NY: Columbia University Press, 2009) and  “Public Radio and Television in America: A Political History” (Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 1996).  His “The Origins of Public Access Cable Television,” Journalism Monographs (No. 123, October 1990), has been translated into Japanese and Portuguese.

https://books.google.com/books?id=_NVyAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA73&lpg=PA73&dq=ralph+Engelman+pacifica+radio+wbai&source=bl&ots=3qo58T59iH&sig=UYbMeXNAQttdJHxLPUFWNTtytK4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=rYiUU8ywAdbKsQSJ_4DgBw#v=onepage&q=ralph%20Engelman%20pacifica%20radio%20wbai&f=false

Ralph Engelman

LET ME QUICKLY INTRODUCE OUR PANELISTS. TOMORROW, GARRY TRUDEAU WILL RECEIVE THE GEORGE POLK CAREER AWARD. HIS COMIC STRIP HAS ATTAINED THE STATUS OF A GREAT AMERICAN INSTITUTION. FOUR 45 YEARS, HE HAS SPARED NO PUBLIC FIGURE OR ILL-CONCEIVED POLICY IN A UNIQUE SATIRIC APPROACH TO POLITICAL COMMENTARY. HE STANDS ALONGSIDE SUCH LEGENDARY CARTOONIST SUCH AS OUR NEXT PANELIST, JEWELED PFEIFER –JULES FEIFFER. JULES

http://www.c-span.org/video/?324923-1/discussion-role-satire

KPFK’s New Manager as of June 1st, 2015

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People been asking about my vision for KPFK, and my answer has been People’s Radio, that I need to talk to people to find out what they want from their radio station. But I’ll give you a hint of what I’m thinking from a statement back in 2007.
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dismantling a world empire.
liberating the people from the social control of brutality, terror, surveillance, incarceration, and genocide.
defeating perpetual war.
rescuing the ecosystem.
overcoming euro-american cultural supremacism.
surviving technological, economic, and societal disintegration.

These are the defining challenges confronting the 21st century. Their solution demands leadership from those who will live with the consequences of the decisions we make now.

All of the struggles around KPFK are rooted in one question: will we oldtimers continue to tear up KPFK between us, or will we nurture new leaders? Do we have the wisdom to liberate the station from us?
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There’s more but it’s dated. Hope this, as idealistic as it is, gives you some idea of what I dream of.

 The anti-homeless, anti-street-vendor ordinances.
 Occupy Venice Beach's photo.
Call Mayor Garcetti & ask him to veto and rescind LAMC 56.11 & 63.44 B & I – 213.978.0600.
‪#‎StopCriminalizingHomelessness‬

https://www.facebook.com/leslie.radford?fref=ts

KPFK’s Pocho Hour of Power Lalo Alcaraz featured at Comic Con

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Screening clips at “Spotlight on Lalo Alcaraz”

Lalo Alcaraz (creator of La Cucaracha, writer at Bordertown) will showcase his political cartoons and daily comics, plus play animated sneak peek clips from the Seth MacFarlane-exec-produced FOX TV show, Bordertown.

Also being on the panel) “Comic Strips in the Modern Era”

The Pocho Hour of Power Radio Show is the nation’s only English language Latino themed political satire program. Join hosts Lalo Alcaraz, Esteban Zul, Patrick Perez, Jeff Keller and musical DJ Boxy Dee every Friday at 4pm PST on L.A.’s Free Speech Radio, KPFK 90.7FM and online at kpfk.org

Coming soon from McKinney, Texas Police Productions, it’s the next summer horror science fiction cop flick, Attack of the 14-Year-Old Black Girl!
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http://pocho.com/tag/hollywood/