“About my returning to The Prison Show this Friday: www.kpft.org is in its Fall fund raising mode and I want all of you to consider offering your $$$ help. In 1968 in a small office on Bissonet four of us: Larry Lee, Don Gardner, Debra Danburg (then just a child prodigy U of H student) and I were plotting to give Houston a vehicle of free speech on the radio. From that came KPFT. The station became the vehicle for Wilde n Stein our pioneering GLBT program (evolved now into Queer Voices and After Hours) In 1980, I became the first openly gay and first ex-convict to be authorized to be general manager of an FCC licensed station in the country and began The Prison Show, an iconic effort at expanding to an otherwise neglected audience. The station needs and deserves your tax deductible support and you can support The Prison Show now on the KPFT web page or listen Friday and call a pledge into the station.”
“I borrowed this note from Writer’s Almanac and would add that in 1949 Lewis Hill and a few friends began non-commercial FM broadcasting in the San Fransisco Bay Area leading to the founding of KPFT, Houston in March 1970. She is still there globally at www.kpft.org Where The Prison Show will be broadcast tonight at 9:00 pm Houston Time. Listen up and support.
On May 13, 1939, the oldest commercial FM radio station in the United States made its first broadcast from Meriden, Connecticut. FM — or “frequency modulation” — radio was the brainchild of Edwin H. Armstrong, a radio pioneer who had been designing technical improvements to radio broadcasters and receivers for many years. Radio signals were transmitted using “amplitude modulation,” and although AM radio signals traveled great distances, they were full of static and the quality was poor. Armstrong tried varying the frequency of the radio waves, rather than their amplitude, and the signal became much clearer. Armstrong received a patent for FM radio in 1933, and in 1934 he broadcast an organ recital from the top of the Empire State Building over both AM and FM frequencies, so people could hear the difference for themselves.
While FM was being perfected, a few experimental radio stations were trying to increase the quality of the AM signal. These were known as “Apex” stations, in part because their transmitting antennas were so tall. One of these Apex stations, W1XPW, was licensed to Franklin Doolittle in 1936. He built his station atop West Peak, in Meriden, Connecticut, and first began his test broadcasts on this date in 1939. By the time the station began full public programming six months later, it was broadcasting on the new FM band, under the call letters WDRC-FM. It’s still on the air, serving listeners in the Hartford area, 75 years later.”
“Hoover was a staunch believer in public control of the airwaves. He wrote that when he arrived at the Harding Administration in 1920, radio broadcasting developers wanted regulation to prevent interference with each other, but “many of them were insisting on a right of permanent preemption of the channels through the air as private property – a monopoly of enormous financial value.” Mr. Secretary thought this was crazy. Their arguments for total privatization were “in a fashion comparable to private ownership of a water navigation channel,” he wrote.”
From: John Proffitt < email@example.com>
To: Stephen D Cohen < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tue, Sep 15, 2015 9:41 am
Subject: Re: OUR COLLECTIVE SADNESS AT YOUR DEPARTURE AND HOW YOU CAN HELP US
Dear Dr. Cohen,
Thank you for your letter — I do appreciate hearing from you.
My reasons for departing are fairly simple and twofold: (1) family responsibilities and (2) a clash of culture between Pacifica and myself. That clash makes it impossible for me to be effective in this job, thus my decision to resign.
In my opinion, the historic and deep-seated problems of Pacifica can only be addressed through consensus within the Pacifica family, which is not going to happen given the current poisonous factional atmosphere, burdened with personal attacks, paranoia, obsession with conspiracy theories and other historical baggage that has, in effect, rendered Pacifica ungovernable.
I care very deeply about the history, legacy and role that Pacifica should be playing in American life, so perhaps after some of the dust has cleared I will go into detail as to my recommendations and thoughts for a way forward.
From: John Proffitt
Sent: Sep 14, 2015 1:09 PM
To: Pacifica National Board , Janet Kobren , Quincy McCoy , Berthold Reimers , Duane Bradley , Leslie Radford , Jerry Paris
Subject: My departure
To the Pacifica National Board
To the Pacifica General Managers
Today I have submitted my letter of resignation as Executive Director to the PNB Chair, Lydia Brazon. My last day will be on or before October 14th.
I am deeply appreciative of the opportunity — the privilege — I’ve had to work with you as your Executive Director. I’ve come to know and appreciate many for your professionalism and dedication to Pacifica, and I want to thank in particular my National Office colleagues Lydia Brazon, Margy Wilkinson, Jon Almeleh, Efren Llarinas and LaSchele Moseley.
I wish the very best for Pacifica, its staff, volunteers and supporters!
4 1/2 minutes
Part 5 of KPFA On The Air, 8:22 minutes, where Alice Walker fought for KPFA, saying “this is something that is precious, this is something that is ours, this is something that we paid for, this is something we believe in, and this is something we intend to keep.” Word had spread that Pacifica had considered selling KPFA, and 10,000 people took to the streets in front of KPFA.
39 1/4 minutes interview with still picture
3 1/2 minutes Video with Audio of important voices
Pacifica depends upon presenting ourselves on radio (and online) for listenership, donations and Arbitrons. But we know so little about marketing:
Go see this video for some detail on marketing: http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/why-the-oscars-really-lack-diversity-630844995608
#FBF :: As we level up into 11 years of being On Air via Aziatik Rhythmz on @kpfk, we pay tribute to our original musical endeavor that got us the keys to all the doors we open today. The legend of sun doominal will forever be the portal into anew world of creation… :: #dankradio #sundoominal #DIY #community #radio #aziatikrhythmz #KPFK #flashbackfriday
#TBT :: before we closed out the night w/ sunrise sets on the radio, we were opening nights at the local bars. this is a photo of our first SUN DOOMINAL show at the original Blue Cafe LB on the promenade. Shoutout to Scott from Mambo Studios who gave us kids a place to play some loud music! the very very first catalyst for a wave of momentum. :: Circa Early 2000s :: #throwbackthursday #dankradio #sundoominal #bluecafe #LBC #DTLB #punkrock #DIY
Excerpt from: “FAIR Fairness And Accuracy In Reporting
More from him, I have not vetted him but his statements should be easily verifiable, and pertinent topics:
(HUAC) the House Un-American Activities Committee began the investigation of 7 radio commentators on November 6, 1945. This list includes: Bertolt Brecht, Norman Cousins, Carey McWilliams, Dorothy Healey, and W. E. B. DuBois… most of them worked for Pacifica.Starting in the year 1946, HUAC issued general reports on subversive activities, based on its research and hearings. Their first report contained a very partisan section on the radio broadcasts of “certain unnamed liberal commentators.” The committee found the radio commentators to be pro-communist based on their comments regarding the State Department, presidential appointees, foreign governments, and General Douglas MacArthur. [Yes, the far right has really been trying to convince America that liberals are communists for that long.]
Three ex-FBI agents in 1950 published a booklet titled Red Channels: The Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television. This tome listed people, organizations and publications purported to have ties to communism. Among those people cited for their ties to communist organizations the following peopel in radio: Rod Holmgren, Lisa Sergio, William S. Gailmor, William Shirer, Johannes Steel, J. Raymond Walshand even Orson Welles!
By the time the book was published, all six commentators listed in its pages had been forced off the air. More here:http://www.moderntimes.com/palace/huac.htm
This crap went on for more than a decade with the FCC withholding the license renewals of KPFA, KPFB, and KPFKpending its investigation into “their communist affiliations.” but after McCarthy Sputtered and crashed like the paranoiac alcoholic that he was, the whole movement loast steam. He had been reckless and like a gambler on a winning streak he had not planned for failure. He imploded and drank himself to death. The radio men he ran out of the buisness mostly met sad ends as well, but some found new work writing under psudonyms.
At the end HUAC offered lines of poetry by Sir Walter Scott in defense of their witch-hunt in their final report. I think they misread him myself. Poem Here:http://www.writing.upenn.edu/~afilreis/50s/scott-quote.html
great documentary here:http://radfilms.com/huac.html
Richard Wolff explains debacle in Greece
See Uprising’s website http://uprisingradio.org/home/
Pacifica Radio’s From the Vault
Post by Brian DeShazor, Pacifica Radio Archives
From me: I put the following exciting news before the rest of the article:
“We are always seeking ways to make the materials contemporary and reach new audiences. In the works is a program on the 50th anniversary of the Watts Uprising in Los Angeles. We will be using the KPFK 1965 radio documentary, The Fire This Time, but not in the traditional way. On July 10, 2015, the archival sound will be used in a live concert event produced by Grand Performances as source material in a new hip-hop/ rap music mixtape performance curated by Lyricist Lounge co-founder Anthony Marshall, featuring dead prez, Jimetta Rose, ill CamiLLe, Bambu, food4Thot, and members of the Watts Prophets. From the Vault has produced 486 one-hour episodes to date.”
“The Pacifica Foundation, founded in 1946 by Lewis Hill – a Quaker, conscientious objector, poet, and pacifist – began broadcasting at KPFA, 94.1 FM in Berkeley, California, on April 15, 1949. It was the first of its kind. The mission was to create a new kind of radio, supported by listeners, owing nothing to sponsors, providing an outlet for poetry, independent journalism, free speech, creative expression, and a safe haven for artistic experiments with the radio medium. Predating National Public Radio, over the next 28 years, the network added four stations: KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, CA (1959), WBAI 99.5 FM NYC, NY (1959), KPFT 90.1 FM Houston, TX (1970), and WPFW 89.3 FM Washington D.C. (1978). Perhaps best known as a chronicler of social justice movements and cultural change, Pacifica stations contributed to their communities by broadcasting unique coverage of HUAC hearings, the civil rights movement, the anti-Vietnam war movement, the women’s movement, the gay liberation movement, the student free speech movement, the Black power movement, the Native American Indian movement, and many others. Pacifica stations consistently embraced the performing and literary arts, offering sometimes the only forum for cutting edge and classical arts, as well as providing a stage to experiment with music, radio drama, spoken word, sound sculpture, and the art of radio documentary. This may be my favorite description of the programming ideals from a 1960 KPFK member folio program guide (all of which are freely available online at Archive.org):
“As a listener-sponsored station KPFK is free from the restrictions and inhibitions of commercial radio. We may attempt to discharge our special responsibility to the community with vigor, intelligence and imagination.
Our approach to broadcasting is permissive, bold and somewhat naive, because we feel that these attributes hold the secrets of growth and true wisdom. We choose to focus on the positive aspects of our freedom; what we are freed for; rather than what we are freed from.
We are free to serve: By tapping the creative resources of our nation and community we give hearing to deserving and unknown literary and musical talent, we provide a forum for the full discussion of public affairs, and we serve the community by an active participation in its cultural and intellectual life.
We are free to explore: In public affairs we are free to probe beyond the superficial level. Our programs are designed to stimulate, not to mirror complacency.
We are free to innovate: By broadcasting original works, special interviews, and live concerts, we can give free radio its rightful position as a provocative and intimate communicative medium. We are free to create new formats and recombine old ones. We can afford to risk without fear of the consequences on a popularity rating scale.
We are free to challenge: Our view of current happenings and long-term trends in this community and the world can be fresh and insistently honest, equally free to challenge the dogmas of the avante garde or the traditionalist, the intellectual or the anti-intellectual, the happy few or the complacent many, as the occasion requires. We frankly admit our prejudice, against the pretentious in any form or walk of life. Sacred cows find no sanctuary in our studios.
We have no commitments other than to these ideals.”
The Pacifica Radio Archives has over 60,000 program units, and has digitized approximately 10% since the advent of the digital age thanks to several grant funded projects and by public request. We are currently in the final months of a two-year project to preserve and make accessible 2,000 programs covering the women’s movement, in a project titled “American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982”, funded in part by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission at the National Archives and Records Administration.
From the Vault is the Pacifica Radio Archives radio series produced weekly to rebroadcast and contextualize the history captured on reel-to-reel tape from 1949 to about 1999 by the Pacifica radio stations. The series is heard on the Pacifica Radio stations and its 200 affiliates. The series was created in 2006 in an effort to disseminate the history preserved to new audiences, promote the grant funded projects that helped digitize selections of the collection, and raise funds to continue preservation and access projects.
With thousands of tapes to choose from, it’s no easy task to curate. We begin each week mindful of current events and obituaries. We work from a calendar of historic events, commemorations and anniversaries to motivate our research. Programs of note include: The first march on Washington for Gay Rights, 1979; a previously unknown 1964 speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and my personal favorite, Flora Molton, a blind blues street singer from Washington D.C.”
Away from a radio? You can always listen to
@KPFK live at
From me: However I disagree with Mr. Lasar about not voting in the current LSB elections, I think we have to influence things from within (as well as without).
Here is an example from about 2003, I think:
For the Whole Article: http://acksisofevil.org/cointelpro/list.html
“The COINTELPRO-Type Operation Against Pacifica and KPFT Progressive/Leftist Broadcasters
Table of Contents
- The Story So Far
- The Targets Of The Smears
- Propaganda Techniques Used
- The Perpetrators Of The Smear Campaign
- Their Previous Disruptions Of Progressive Organizations
- Major COINTELPRO-type Actions Of The Gang and When They Began
The comments on this Web page represent only my own opinion. That’s
because Dan Jones has already closed down a public KPFT communication
forum and has threatened to sue or otherwise harass many fine people for
talking about what he and his collaborators have been doing. — Mark S. Bilk
Please examine the evidence for yourself and reach your own conclusions.
The evidence is the over one hundred messages that can be read below.
The descriptions are my opinion of the message content, but the messages
themselves are reproduced verbatim from their public forums, exactly as
written by their authors. If those who originally posted the messages
claim that their reproduction here is defamatory, then they have defamed
The Story So Far [top]
Since January 2002, a handful of people in Houston have posted hundreds of
derogatory propaganda messages on Pacifica mailing lists and chatboards.
These messages contain vicious and unsupported lies about some of the
finest Progressive/Leftist broadcasters in Pacifica, and those who support
them, including many people who were instrumental in freeing the Network
from the anti-Left hijackers. If the smears from this group are believed,
and their recommendations followed, the result would be the abolishing
from Pacifica broadcasting of accurate and uncensored news and analysis.
This was clearly the goal of the Pacifica National Board hijackers, working on
behalf of the wealthy oligarchy that controls the U.S. economy and government, ….”
You know what Hispanic countries celebrate the independence of Spain in the month of July? That and the other questions we will answer this evening in our first weekly “in few words”. Don’t stop tuning in at 9:30 pm in the 90.7
Just finished interviewing James Blumenfeld the Regional Administrator Region 9 for the United States Environmental Protection Agency for our next show March 6th @ 7pm on #KPFK
When great minds collide. Rebels bringing ideas to the table.
Audio-On Ecology, 10-year anniversary show: http://archive.kpfk.org/mp3/kpfk_150501_190230soulrebel.MP3
Published on Mar 1, 2012
APCH, A Place Called Home, members put together this 5 minute segment for Soul Rebel Radio. It will air Friday, March 2nd at 7:00pm. Please listen in as they discuss “Women Who Rock” and hear about some of the women who inspire our members such as APCH Founder Debrah Constance. We’ve also added this cool slide show.
So thanks to Randy Thom, 94 year old Erik Bauersfeld (head of KPFA’s Drama and Literature Department in the 1970s and 1980s) is in London recording the voice of Admiral Ackbar, (as he did in Return of the Jedi) for the new Star Wars movie. Go, Erik!!
To be taken up by the Pacifica National Board for acceptance or rejection on September 24, 2015, and then to go to the Local Boards for approvals by Nov. 22. 3 of the 5 must approve.
How proposed bylaws amendments are approved
For most amendments to be approved, they must pass the Pacifica National Board by a majority of its membership, and then be passed by a majority of delegates at each of 3 of the 5 stations. Particular types of bylaws amendments also require approval by the members via written ballot, and some bylaws amendments may be approved directly by the members even if the boards do not approve them.
For more on amending the bylaws, see Article 17 of the Pacifica Bylaws, the most current version of which is here.
This is from Pacifica.org
The following is the amended version of the by-laws they suggest, on the last of the listed amendments:
Article Six, Meetings of the Board of Directors, Section 3: Telephonic Meetings The Board may hold regular and special meetings by telephone conference, video screen communication or other communications equipment, provided, however, that telephone appearance at meetings scheduled as “in-person” meetings is not permitted. Participation in a telephonic meeting under this Section shall constitute presence at the meeting if all of the following apply: A. Each Director participating in the meeting can communicate concurrently with all other Directors. B. Each Director is provided the means of participating in all matters for the Board, including the capacity to propose, or to interpose an objection to, a specific action to be taken by the Foundation. C. The Board has a means of verifying that the person participating at the meeting is a Director and that all votes cast during said meeting are cast only by Directors.
This concerns me because it might limit testimony by public/community comment sections of meetings. Sue
The ballots were to have been sent out and the ballots returned by Oct. 22nd, but that has been delayed.
Staff Candidates: Alexander, Johnathan
Cohen Johnson, Sue
Grewall, Tejvir “Tej”
Listener Candidates: Aaron, Kenneth
Anderson, Charles “Chuck”
Caukin, Bruce L
Corral, Michael A.
Clayton “Jeff” Jeffries
Eisen, William “Bill”
Elizondo, Rose Mary
Gomez, Jaime L.
KPFK News: The Watts community is commemorating the 50th anniversary of a rebellion and riot that radically changed the face of Los Angeles.
Fifty years ago, Marquette Frye – a 21 year-old black man – was pulled over for drunken driving by a white California Highway Patrol officer near 116th Street and Avalon Boulevard in South Los Angeles, setting off a chain of events that led to a six-day uprising.
Angelenos will gather at a variety of events throughout the week to remember that fateful day, which escalated when Frye’s mother arrived at the scene, devolving a so-called routine traffic stop into a melee.
The incident attracted a large crowd fueled by simmering racial tensions punctuated by high unemployment, poverty, and police brutality. Those tensions exploded on that August night.
Six days of fires, clashes with police and violence followed that traffic stop. Thirty-four people died, more than 1,000 were injured and scores of buildings were damaged, looted or destroyed – causing an estimated $40 million in damage.
Religious leaders gathered at 116th and Avalon in remembrance of the events of 50 years ago, praying that the city never re-lives the type of violence of the Watts riots.
Los Angeles author and political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson said conditions in Watts and South Los Angeles are similar – if not worse – today than they were in 1965. Hutchinson, who recalled the violence and the chaos of the riots, pointed to increased levels of joblessness, poverty and police tensions in the area.
23 of those who died in the riots were killed by Los Angeles police officers or National Guardsmen. Nearly all of the injuries and deaths were civilians.
The Watts disturbance was the deadliest in the history of the city until the uprising and riots that followed the 1992 acquittal of the police officers who beat Rodney King. In that uprising, 55 people died and 10,000 businesses were destroyed by fire.
Groups such as the Youth Justice Coalition will hold teach-ins on the benefits of community policing and the need to address and solve the root causes of economic inequality and poverty.
On Saturday, the all-day “Watts Revolt: 50 Years Later Symposium” will be hosted by Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Human Relations Commission at Charles Drew University in Willowbrook. That same day, Grant AME Church will hold a commemorative church service at 9:30 am, with a community fair and block party planned at noon.
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Elaine Carr I attempted to share my experience and this posting and my culturally diverse FB friends ignored it. No likes. No comments.
So I seek a braver audience: I was 12 when it happened. I sat on my lawn with dad’s Blaupunkt short-wave radio watching tanks roll by & listening to police calls. Illegal? Who knows? I was a skinny little shy 12 year old kid. And I thought it was a cool thing that Marquette & Chuck Frye were always hanging out at our house — until dad banned them.
That’s it. It’s my story coming of age in south LA that went from LA to Watts to South Central to South LA. Just about as many labels as my ethnicity…and I still prefer to be called American.Peace.
This past weekend a few members of the KPFK Local Station Board, and other volunteers called 500 lapsed KPFK members to get their feedback on the station, and why they stopped subscribing, We received some great suggestions, as well as several renewed subscriptions, and over $1000 in new donations! Over just the last few years we have lost over 8,000 listener subscribers, and over the next few months we will be calling all of them, taking their feedback as to why they lapsed, and inviting them to participate in rebuilding a KPFK that reflects and serves their communities. We need you in the phone room, so we ask all our current KPFK family to be on the lookout for phone volunteer call out.
KPFK Would like to thank all those who donated their time this weekend.
Bella De Soto, R, Alaniz, Michael Novick, Lydia Brazon, Adam Rice, Lynn Ballen, Valeria Phillips, John Boden, Lawrence Reyes, Ronald Spriesterbach, Rose Mary Elizondo
KPFK would like to thank all who participated, as well as all the lapsed subscribers we called, for their time and feedback. Together we will build#yourKPFK
KPFK Programmer Activist Dedon Kamathi/Ken Carr passed, retro on Sojourner Truth: http://archive.kpfk.org/mp3/kpfk_150827_070010sojourner.MP3
Dedon was a member of the Black Panther Party, member of Peoples Revolutionary Party, member of All African Peoples’ Revolutionary Party, community activist, b. 1949 BA Political Economy of 3rd World, former Black hippy, surfer, TM practitioner, father, mentor, Phd program in African studies, Pan-Africanist, journalist, propagandist, programmer for about 30 years on KPFK.
“Our warrior is now free”
“Ready for the Revolution!”
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
produced by S. Pearl Sharp & Mark Maxwell
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?
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.
- Molly Crabapple
- Ralph Engelman
- Jules Feiffer
- Ron Rosenbaum
- Garry Trudeau
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
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