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.
Audio 12 mins.: http://www.kpftx.org/archives/pnb/pnb070727/friday/pnb070727_greg_rpt.mp3
How WBAI came to be:
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.
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
We didn’t make quorum at KPFK in 2012. Shame on us.
“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your INFERIORS” – Plato, 427-347 BC
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.
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?
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.
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!