Some arguments from Inside

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Fri, Jun 11, 6:06 PM (4 days ago)

Our Board problem is that the members don’t know who they’re voting for or against. We need to wake up and join the computer age, and really show who we are on line. And we should show pro and con arguments for all issues on line.
I have many more arguments, but I don’t know if.

Jun 11, 2021, 5:43 PM (4 days ago)

The problem is not this or that form of governance. The problem is the people who have been in governance all these years. NDP are the same old people who not only created the “bad” bylaws but are now putting themselves in unremovable leadership positions. The same people who broke Pacifica can not fix it with a “new methodology,” which really does little more than try to eliminate the “other faction.” 

Taking the loan was in and of itself not negligent governance, although it was not great. Needing the loan was the result of negligent governance. “Working on audience,” Pacifica’s core business, should have been a focus and I believe that almost everyone in governance for the last 20 years believes they have/had the key to that – if only the other faction didn’t get in their way. Each faction has had their turn, with only decreasing results with each switch. NDP are the same people who think they’re geniuses and some of them have now been part of both factions, all of which has produced negative results. Even if NDP is approved, there will be new factions from the same old people making more bad decisions.

John Vernile may be a professional in some areas but not, as far as I can tell, in the radio business. KPFA will be making the decisions and if you like that, then bravo, you’ve won the brass ring. This is, of course, what KPFA has been trying to do for over 20 years. There’s not much more to it than that. It’s a crapshow either way.

Next: Facts:United Electrical moved their office from the Bay Area to LA and the staff needed a union with local support. The NLRB ruled that unions can’t represent unpaid staffCWA reps at KPFA represented many KPFA unpaid staff over the years and helped  negotiate a grievance policy for unpaid staff. 
Facts:KPFA has 4 training programs in news, operations, drive time UpFront and the apprentices with a social justice orientation.  It gets grants.  It upgrades technology and supports a full news department.  In this challenged media market it has continues to be self sustaining because of a skilled diverse management team and production and programming training for staff.  
Why is WBAI’s low listenership programming still on the air?   Why is there not a major effort to improve the same old vapid programming and infomercials.  Is it factional control of management, conflicts of interest or lack of broadcasting management skill? It may be a self serving issue for some.   It needs to be investigated and improved.  I appreciate that you care about programming Jim.  It is key to improving WBAI and all the stations. Swearing doesn’t really help convince people. 

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Why is WBAI’s low listenership programming still on the air?   Why is there not a major effort to improve the same old vapid programming and infomercials.  Is it factional control of management, conflicts of interest or lack of broadcasting management skill? It may be a self serving issue for some.   It needs to be investigated and improved.  I appreciate that you care about programming Jim.  It is key to improving WBAI and all the stations. Swearing doesn’t really help convince people. 

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Subject: Re: A Message From Pacifica’s General Counsel About A False Posting Regarding Jane Fonda

On Fri, Jun 11, 2021 at 9:13 AM >wrote:

> Who knows or cares what level of acrimonious bullshit the various
> factions and sub factions will put forth to justify inertia

it’s a fascinating miniature of the left’s foibles. isn’t resistance to amending those bylaws which have served the foundation ill over the last twenty years properly characterized as self-destructive inertia?

> They have studiously avoided for twenty years dealing with the
> broadcast issues That was obvious from the start during the bylaws
> process and remains so today

eventually, destruction will overcome inertia. if the current bylaws repeatedly failed to install governance which drives audience building via talented managers, shouldn’t the foundation try a new methodology?

the admirable drive to reacquire CPB funding, if it succeeds, may free just enough other revenue to cover interest payments to FJC. taking the loan was negligent governance. needing the loan should have been a strong signal to work on audience, if not in NYC, then somewhere else.
but pacifica did nothing except extend its interest payment obligation.

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