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Suggestions From Outside


Sharon Kyle, editor of LA Progressive will become Pacifica’s ED if the proposed bylaws are adopted. She did a questionnaire which follows the below. Below are my responses/questions to the answers she posts from that questionnaire. My answers are on KPFK Los Angeles 90.7 on Facebook:

Sue Cohen JohnsonAdminSell what off, KPFK? Hire outside professionals? That would make us into NPR!
Sue Cohen JohnsonAdminManager Tarabu Betserai tried really hard to write a killer grant for KPFK, but was crushingly denied. And no CPB either. Grants are not the answer.
Sue Cohen JohnsonAdminBetserai was from KPFA, for KPFK’s mgr.
These are comments from outside people, they show how un-aware outsiders are.
Listen to our listeners! They are desperate for health info. Don’t demean assuming they don’t know which is true and false. They want alternative points of view just like they want alternative News and public affairs.
And those are the plurality of our financial support.
What do you think they mean when they say tell the truth about Covid?
Something’s Happening successfully plays alt health info, he knows his overnight audience, leave him alone.
Cut off WBAI? Throw away a huge potential audience in the biggest city and market in the country? Don’t you care about those people?
Last time we had a National fundraising office, they not only sent direct mails to the members of the stations but also wanted the proceeds of station fundrives to go directly to them. And they had a National Program Director. With no local money there’s no no local hiring and no locally chosen programming, like a repeater station?

Moe ThomasThank you for taking note!

Don RushInteresting

Sue Cohen JohnsonAdminThis poll was done by Sharon of LA Progressive who would become the ED of Pacifica if the new bylaws get approved. Can you say “self-serving”? Serve self-interest!?

Moe ThomasSooooo … it is true! The sale of the stations and the wholesale slaughter of the network is definitely on the agenda, despite the denials?

Sue Cohen JohnsonAdminThese are responses to her questionnaire, selected and edited by her. Pollsters know that it’s easy to skew the answers by careful questions.

Moe ThomasUhuh …

NEXT What follows are the suggestions and answers to Her Questionnaire, as published by her:…/…More to the point than these general statistics are over 300 comments from survey takers. The vast majority of survey respondents who listen to Pacifica believe it is in trouble. Their recommendations fell into five major categories:Fix the FinancesBroaden Its ReachImprove ProgrammingAddress Internal ConflictsDeclare War on Conservative/Moderate mediaWhen asked how they would improve Pacifica, many respondents laid out very specific recovery plans. Others had thoughtful comments about the current hullaboo. Rather than attempt to sort, group, or skew those responses, we list a number of them here, followed by a link to all of them. You’re welcome to add your comments below.Break up Pacifica. There seems to be no other way to get rid of all of the problems. Maybe keep those stations which function well. Get rich supporters like Martin Sheen, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Jack Black, Joni Mitchel, Mimi Kennedy, Lebron James, Jane Fonda, Al Gore, etc to give a lot to pay for the launch of the new station that has hired real professionals and accountants. The big signal has to be maintained.Pacifica missed the opportunity to become a university of the air-waves…thus allowing degree earning students to be supported and funded by their local Pacifica radio station…and in turn providing income to the stations involved…allowing for a rapid spread trained journalists, technicians etc..Pacifica has taken a real dive in the last year or so. Instead of edgy, radical news breaking reports, Pacifica has gone the way of NPR with human interest and liked news. I would return to the original format.I think the first order of business needs to be to get more people like me aware of Pacifica. Next would be to generate a backing of paying subscribers. Third would be to develop effective outreach to counter the inevitable badmouthing of Pacifica that can be expected from the likes of Fox News.It may not be the best advice, but I really want to see the Left become more assertive. I do not want violence, but the Left could be more aggressive in attacking the Right.It may not be the best advice, but I really want to see the Left become more assertive. I do not want violence, but the Left could be more aggressive in attacking the Right.Not to feel as dry. Also, it’s good to have progressive leftist programming but also have Moderate programming with leftist viewpoints so that more of a mass audience can relate. More programming from the viewpoint of the everyday person and what they are going through and how progressive policies are helping them in their life.Declare war on liberal AND conservative media – two different flavors of the same propaganda. Be fiercely independent. You cannot frame stuff as “fighting back against the right” since the left as just as, if not more corrupt. Rebrand as the ONLY source of propaganda-free news. Attack the phony narratives. tell the truth about Covid and Israel and the USA being the world’s biggest terrorist state and Biden being a lifelong conman/grifter. That’s a good place to start. You have to win people back by telling the truth. That’s how Krystal and Saagar did it.Oh, so many ways. There has to be a rejiggering of mentality, and there should be a push for foundation money — really — to create real people’s news. Produced and directed by and given by the people — the poor, the disenfranchised, the downtrodden, the BIPOC, marginalized, and those of us who are hard left socialists, communists.Dispense with the snake-oil and magic crystal shows. How can Pacifica brag about its honesty when it is peddling false medical claims for untested products?KPFK needs to be better integrated with the struggles and issues of local communities. Needs to do better outreach and marketing. Many local people are not aware of Pacifica. Beyond issues taken on by progressive, issues of concern to regular working people need to be highlighted.Get the financial house in order so we can stop being in perpetual fundraising mode. Ditch the new age hucksterism. Selling highly questionable items and get rich programs belong on the home shopping network for gullible morons not on Pacifica and FIRE Christine Blasdale because she is the one pushing these things!!!I would make Pacifica more present and participatory in society beyond its daily broadcast. I moved to LA in 2003 and was immediately aware of KCRW and KPCC, and LA Weekly. They sponsor and are present at cultural events. Many people talk about them. I do not ever recall Pacifica arising in any conversation. Pacifica has never come up in web search results for any news story for which I have ever searched for more information.Sell it off and use the proceeds to finance a modern, progressive digital imprint.Hate, really HATE to say it, but one has to somehow catch people in their 20’s and 30’s a bit more (I’m in 60’s)… if only fleetingly that their electronic address in given if poss. Then keep up-dating them with things periodically. And making the archive system as cutting-edge as possible, so, for example, “Something’s Happening” doesn’t HAVE to be listened to in the middle of the night, possibly increasing listener-ship by a dozen-fold eventually. Other matters deserve hard thinking about.Improve the financial condition of the station so we are not subjected to the incessant fund drives! Cut WBAI and Gary Null off and stop paying the rent/mortgage on that expensive NY office building. Make Democracy Now! broadcast from Amy or Juan’s place and declare a jubilee on the massive debt Gary Null has accrued towards Pacifica. He’s got enough moolah from his health food store there in Manhattan.People used to listen to FDR’s “fireside chats,” because they knew who was speaking and what time the “chat” was going to take place. What if organizers selected two hours per week as “21st Century Fireside Chats.” Schedule well known Progressive leaders to share their thoughts about issues that are crucial to the lives of “ordinary people.”Get the hippie-dippy New Age baloney off. More Barbara Prescod, more Rich Jeserich, more Marxist analysis, more communists.Reorganize a la New Day so that the larger stations won’t be broken up to save the debt-ridden stations….and keep our local control to address the needs of all of Pacifica.Get your top media people to become household names with a rigorous PR campaign that gets them on TV, radio, social media, etc.Streamline the governing process; create a fundraising arm or development office nationally with networks in every Pacifica region or market area. Actively survey the listeners on usefulness of program offerings; stabilize the management and leadership locally and nationally.The non-stop fundraising let’s the audience know that something is not right with the organization. I listen all the time and have to wonder who is running the organization. I know there’s support for the station + incredible amount of quality volunteers donating their work. It would be great to get a solid business structure to match the strength of the signal.Make it less corporate and more diverse. Talk about workers and unions and have cultural programs that reflect the communities they serve. What happened to “Straight No Chaser”? I loved that music program. another great show? Smoke Rings. Have music appreciation programs with the experts in music like Gustave Dudamel. Interview guests like Professor Gerald Horne who wrote the authoritative book on Jazz titled, “The Political Economy of Jazz”. interview real intellectuals, not posers.By maintaining its democratic governance structure and establishing a task force to learn and teach — working with all five stations — how to effectively utilize the network’s archived programs (which is most of them) to tap into the podcasting world, the medium typically used by members of younger generations to access audio programming. And NEVER AGAIN cynically betray the founder’s pacifism (the source of the network’s name) by resorting to transparent fascism: sending violent thugs to a Pacifica station (that was, btw, GIVEN to the network, along with more than a decade of massive financial support from the benefactor, which is how Pacifica was able to survive and expand) to terrorize staff, cause extensive damage and frighten the landlord, who had always been a Pacifica supporter, with the goal — at the very least — of quashing local community control at that station.Better organized websites would permit access to podcasts by subject. Comments within those areas could be moderated. Content could be tagged and reposted to social media sites.Pacifica needs a social media strategistPacifica can spread itself into red states via social media, especially with regard to Calendars, elections, events, and partners

Jane Fonda never heard of New Day


Jane Fonda “NEVER endorsed” New Day Pacifica’s Bylaws Rewrite! “Vote No!”


Here is an excerpt of a letter from Pacifica Counsel Arthur Schwartz to New Day Pacifica (NDP) spokesperson Beth Kean:”As you know, you sent out an email to the Pacifica list stating that Jane Fonda had endorsed the New Day Bylaw changes. She contacted me and asked what this was about. She said that she had NEVER endorsed […]

Our board trouble is because we don’t know who we are voting for for local board members-there are restrictions on what candidates can say On Line.

A further excerpt:

At Pacifica’s New York station, WBAI, on Oct. 7, 2019, a “professional” Pacifica exec showed up with guards, fired the entire staff and padlocked the door. WBAI became a repeater station, with shows piped in, eliminating local community-based programming. But a NY court granted a grassroots challenge and ruled this drastic action ILLEGAL. They overturned the disenfranchisement of’s board members by a minority faction. Yet this FLAGRANT violation of Pacifica bylaws has been SUPPORTED by 3 out of 4 of NDP’s pre-selected board officers (if their scheme passes)!Then some of them mounted last year’s effort to strip democracy from our governance through a network-wide referendum. But our members defeated them, 2 to 1. Now NDP has forced Vote #2 with — if passed — a new way to marginalize the DC and New York stations—the two with the largest Black audiences & staffs: EXCLUDE THEM from the 4 locked-in officer positions for three years!A “New Day?” Sounds like the “same ol’ same ol'” where someone who knows better than you wants to come into your neighborhood and “improve it.” (Gentrification, anyone?)NDP is asking YOU to help them suspend democracy for 3 YEARS as they “professionalize” the Management and Staff and marginalize under-represented communities!Put out the fireDon’t burn down democracy because “New Day” Naysayers are yelling “FIRE!”
LOOK at recent FINANCIAL STABILITY STEPS by the Pacifica National Board and/or our interim Executive Director Lydia Brazon (working voluntarily with no salary):SAVED $1.9 million in 2018 by negotiating down a huge debt on antenna rental.SET SOUND FINANCIAL POLICY to gradually pay off loan principal via bequest income.IMPROVED OUR FINANCIAL SITUATION AND RECORD KEEPING enough to win an 18-month extension on a loan to repay outstanding debts.SECURED $2.4 million in Federal pandemic stimulus funds.CAUGHT UP ON FAR-BEHIND AUDITS, paving the way to resume much-needed federal grants.FOILED an effort to force Pacifica into bankruptcy, which had been backed by some who are now behind NDP. Bankruptcy like would have led to selling some station signals. 
And, what Pacifica is all about:
RESPONDED TO THE COVID CRISIS with our unique, national COVID Race and Democracy program, created with our Pacifica affiliates. Still on the air & archived online 
NDP A Financial Disaster for PacificaCOMPARE THE MEASURABLE PROGRESS OF THE PNB with the BACKWARD STEPS of “NEW DAY” NAYSAYERS and their supporters in “Pacifica Safety Net” who:COST PACIFICA A FORTUNE by shutting down WBAI in the middle of a fund drive seizing its bank accounts, and shutting down its fundraising websiteCOST PACIFICA ANOTHER FORTUNE by supporting two successive network-wide votes for undemocratic bylaws and expensive litigation to ram them throughOFFER NO FUNDRAISING PLANS…except mystery donors who will magically appear after New Day seizes power!