Category Archives: KPFK

Please, let this squelch it:

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I’m sorry about being Partisan on this, but I can’t stand this ‘and I’m not going to take it anymore’.

Inshallah

Excerpt:  “DANNY GLOVER, CINDY SHEEHAN & JACKIE GOLDBERG ASK YOU TO VOTE ‘NO’ ON PACIFICA BYLAWS PROPOSAL

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“Dear Sue, please join us in voting against these deceptive amendments. Please forward to your friends. We must protect Pacifica Radio! Warmly,  Danny, Cindy and Jackie
Join activistsJackie Goldberg, Danny Glover, Cindy Sheehan, Joan Sekler, KPFK’s JimLafferty (The Lawyer’s Guild), KPFA’s Dennis Bernstein (Flashpoints), WBAI’s Bonnie Faulkner (Guns & Butter), WPFW’s  Verna Avery Brown (‘What’s At Stake‘ and past host of Pacifica Radio News) and the 21 of the 24 KPFK Local Station Board members who voted ‘NO’ on these bylaws changes: Jan Goodman, Grace Aaron, Ken Aaron, Michael Adler, Allan Beek, Fred Blair, Jeanette Charles, Bella de Soto, Eric Jacobson, Evelia Jones, Ali Lexa, Michelle Manos, Barbara Marbach, Michael Novick, Jim Osborne, Nancy Pearlman, Lawrence Reyes, Paul Roberson, Oscar Ulloa, Polina Vasiliev and Beth von Gunten.MEMBERS: Did you get your ballot?
First, look for your email ballot sent Feb 18 from ‘Pacifica Foundation <vote@simplyvoting.com>
If you did not get your e-ballot on Feb 18 or paper ballot by Feb 20… CLICK HERE TO REQUEST A PAPER BALLOT, replacement e-ballot or new e-ballot
Eligible voters are those who donated at least $25 between Jan. 03, 2019 and Jan. 02, 2020. Voting ends Thursday, March 19. For your vote to count, your paper ballot must arrive by snail mail March 19 (so mail it early) or your eballot must be cast by 8:59 p.m. PST on March 19. If you donated $50, then your spouse or other household member is also eligible to vote. See Danny Glover in this 45 second video https://youtu.be/dHnLsBG2wYM. Danny urges Pacifica members not to change the bylaws which would eliminate staff representation on the Pacifica board. This move toward corporatization would lead to an NPR operation with appointed boards of directors and eliminate the democratic governance led in part by the workers who produce programming at Pacifica.What’s going on:Some of the proponents behind the bylaws referendum have urged bankruptcy, been in favor of shutting down and/or selling the Pacifica New York and Washington, D.C. station signals, and pushed for breaking up the network.  They have:

  • cost Pacifica over $100,000 in expenses for this bylaws referendum
  • cost Pacifica about $200,000 in legal expenses from the October 2019 shutdown of WBAI
  • throttled Pacifica’s revenue streams by shutting down WBAI at the beginning of a fund drive costing that station at least $200,000 in income
  • impeded audits through their actions and inactions, thus preventing Pacifica from qualifying for up to $5 million in Corporation for Public Broadcasting grants over the past 5 yearly grant cycles
  • in 2017-2018, tried to stampede the Pacifica National Board into filing for bankruptcy which many think, including 2 highly qualified bankruptcy attorneys, would result in the rapid sale of station building(s) and the end of Pacifica as we know it.

 

  •  some of the new-bylaws proponents have been in favor of voluntary bankruptcy. However, 2 highly qualified bankruptcy attorneys told us that bankruptcy proceedings alone would cost between $500,000 to $1,000,000. No money would be saved in bankruptcy because bankruptcy law states that if the assets of a nonprofit exceed its debt, the debt would have to be paid off at 100 cents on the dollar. Plus, Pacifica’s main debt is the $3,100,000 loan which is due in 14 months. This loan has a bankruptcy clause, such that if Pacifica declares bankruptcy, our buildings will be put up for sale to satisfy that debt. Bankruptcy would not be able to prevent that….”
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The interview from the Atlanta Pacifica Affiliate is long but it includes some good descriptions.  I think that they want to disenfranchise the paid staff (and the unpaid) because they make the stations run and they know the real dirt.  Prices and ploys would make it harder for the poor and oppressed to become members/voters.  Elected Board members would become severely limited, and hand-picked At-Large members would have a lock on the boards.
“14. ED may dispense with hired outside election contractors and order board secretary, who can be at-large director or hired employee, to act as election supervisor.
17. All vacancies filled by board. If an elected station director resigns, their successor will be picked by the board w…
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Board secretary authorized as an outside hired employee.
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Vice-Chair, Secretary, CFO and Treasurer can all be the same person.
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CFO is supervised by the ED.
25. General managers and program directors, as well as other staff, are removed from indemnification from lawsuits filed against them in the context of performing their work.
29. Removes description of conflict of interest criteria from the bylaws.”

https://pacificafightback.org/

https://pacificafightback.org/

The  photo  and the  quote by Alice Walker were taken when “National Pacifica” tried to take over KPFA and locked out all the paid and unpaid staff.

 

More of the New Bylaws

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“There will be no Delegates, no Delegate elections, and no Local Station Boards. The members of thecurrent Local Station Boards may join their station’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) but will have no role in governance. A CAB is required at each station by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and will operate under the CPB requirements. https://www.cpb.org/stations/certification/cert3
Staff-Members and persons hosting or helping to produce a regular program airing on any Pacifica radio station will not be eligible for service on the Board of Directors, nor are any station or Pacifica Foundation employees.
Six Transition At-Large Directors will be seated at a Board meeting during the last two weeks of January 2020. They are: Heidi Boghosian, Judy Graboyes, Bob King, Barbara Ransby, Walter Riley, and Norman Stockwell. Their biographies are posted here.If any of those six becomes unable to serve before the first meeting of the new Transition Board in January, then those remaining will select alternates in the order they choose from the following alternates: Terri Burke, Mustafaa Carrol, and Louis Vandenberg. Their biographies are posted here.
The 5 Transition Station Representative Directors will be elected by the members early next year and will be seated at a Board meeting during the first 2 weeks in May 2020.  The 2019 Board’s terms will expire upon the commencement of the January Transition Board meeting.”

 

Now I Know Why

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https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2020/02/17/ed-brazon-spreads-the-calm/

Excerpt:  “…Pacifica Foundation, Inc. has engaged two specialty firms helping us with the tax lien for KPFA and the transmitter property as well. Both firms have clearly made this a priority. The law firm helping us with the tax exemption has great expertise in this particular area and the lawyers and [sic] communicated with someone with the authority to grant us some status relief, pending the submission of our exemption application by Friday, February 14. Relief regarding the lien is not guaranteed, but I think we can be cautiously hopeful. KPFA produced the final financial documents needed for both properties on Thursday, February 14 [sic: the 13th].

However, it is also the case that the Organizational Clearance Certificate I sent them which we’ve always used, and which grants the Pacifica Foundation, the property tax exemption status as a non-profit entity, must be reapplied for. It turns out such a Certificate had to be applied for when the name was changed in 2013 and again when we changed it back in early 2015 to Pacifica Foundation, Inc.. That further complicated the application attempted by KPFA during that same period. KPFA already had a reduced tax amount as a result of previous tax exemptions applied for, but the subsequent one was intended to render the properties totally exempt from taxation. The lawyers also believe all of Pacifica’s properties should qualify for full exemption status….”

“…As the situation progresses toward resolution, I will update your PNB directors [sic].

Than [sic] you,

Lydia Brazon
Interim Executive Director
Pacifica Foundation…”

I didn’t know that she was in charge again!

QNoJusticeNoPeace

 

 

 

Keeping Up With the Bitter and the Better

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. . . “This led to a notice of public auction and sale of the studio building at 1929 Martin Luther King Jr Way for seven years of unpaid property taxes. A certified letter sent to KPFA on January 17, 2020 from the Tax Collector’s office has disappeared into the ether.

In comments to station staff and to the press, UIR members of KPFA’s station board and KPFA’s business manager have blamed the default on an involuntary name change forced on the Pacifica Foundation when a scam outfit registered the Pacifica Foundation name with the state. However, that is not the reason for the property tax default.

The last filing made to the Alameda County Assessor was filed on February 15, 2012. The 2013 filing was due on February 15, 2013 and was not made. The filing at the Secretary of State of another Pacifica Foundation by the scam outfit occurred on February 26, 2013, or 11 days after the initial default. The Pacifica Foundation did not change its name until March 19, 2013 or 34 days after the property tax default. The failure to file and the initial property tax default on February 15, 2013 was not caused by the name change because the name change had not happened yet. Unless someone was in possession of a crystal ball, the two things were unrelated.

In other news, Pacifica members should shortly get a ballot in the mail asking them to weigh in on a proposed substitute set of bylaws, created mostly by the UIR/Save KPFA group at KPFA. These anti-democratic . . . ”

Thanks to ” https://pacificainexile.org/archives/2978

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Better Vote

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This site won’t let me copy its URL website, so here it is:

https://elections.pacifica.org/wordpress/  

There are also the reports from the last elections.

“Referendum Rules and Work Plan – Vote on Revised Bylaws February-March 2020 
A bylaws amendment petition will be going for a vote of Pacifica’s members on Feb 18th 2020. There will be two parallel elections nationwide, one amongst listeners (10% quorum) and one amongst staff (25% quorum). Ballots must be received before 11:59PM EST on March 19th in order to be counted.
Starting on Feb 18th, please look out for an email, paper ballot or postcard (with voter credentials beneath a scratch off). All members who donated a minimum of $25 or who volunteered a minimum of 3 hours between Jan. 03, 2019 and Jan. 02, 2020 are eligible to vote. Examples of eligible volunteer work are: working in the fund room during fund-drives and serving on local station board committees. In order to qualify to vote as staff you need to be paid staff (on payroll as of Jan 2, 2020) or unpaid staff (defined as having completed 30 hours minimum of work (outside of fund-drives) between Oct 3 2019 and Jan 2 2020 (3 month period) at KPFK, KPFT, WBAI and WPFW. At KPFA, the definition for unpaid staff is 30 hours of work (outside of fund-drives) between Jan 3 2019 and Jan 2 2020 (12 month period).
If you do not receive a ballot please fill out a ballot request form (link to be posted on Feb 18th, 2020). All members (staff or listener) who requested a paper ballot in prior election will receive a paper ballot in this election.
Prior to requesting a ballot, please make sure to check your SPAM folder and safe-list vote@simplyvoting.com and nes@pacifica.org.
TIMELINE
• Feb 1-7 Prepare mailing lists
• Feb 18 Ballots go out (e-ballots, paper and postcards)
• Feb 18 Open election (all)
• Feb 18 – Mar 19 Fulfill ballot requests and provide customer support
• Mar 19 Close election (all)
• Mar 20 Ballot data entry
• Mar 21 – 22 Provide results
If you would like to review the proposed bylaw amendment, you may view the posted notice announcement here.
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Democracy Leaves Pacifica unless we Fight

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Better read the 31!.  They make me sick.

31 Things About the New Bylaws Proposal

31 Things About the New Bylaws Proposal

“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:January 26, 2020

It’s Up To You Now

 

Berkeley – On January 23, an Alameda County, California courtroom decided to allow 600 members to force their late-submitted anti-democratic bylaws proposal to a referendum vote immediately at the expense of Pacifica’s membership. The January 23 decision pauses the results of the last delegate election, which 6,085 members participated in. It delays the seating of national board reps selected by newly-elected delegates and keeps the outgoing national board unwillingly frozen into place for another seven weeks. Each Pacifica member faces a bill of approximately $1.50 each for what will be the third nationwide election in little more than a year. Ballots are expected to go out in mid-February.

This publication had previously suggested that Pacifica members would be well-advised to simply ignore these bylaws ballots should they receive them. But we are now changing that advice. On further review of this ill-advised proposal, we strongly recommend a loud and decisive “NO” vote. We will talk a bit about why below.

For those who want to climb into the weeds, (and pretty much everyone now has too), Pacifica in Exile has prepared a detailed guide called 31 Things About The New Bylaws Proposal. You can find it here. Please distribute widely.

Below we will highlight a few general points about the Pacifica Restructuring Project proposal that you should keep in mind.

1. The referendum the Court forced despite the lateness of the original proposal is NOT a referendum on the current bylaws, but on this specific proposal. This proposal was drafted in secret by less than a dozen people and never vetted beyond this tiny group before being foisted upon the network.  Acceptance would impose a permanently un-elected national board majority. The proponents generally argue on the basis that the current bylaws have problems, which is a position most would agree with. But instead of putting their proposal up for broad discussion as one possible alternative among many, they have short-circuited dialogue and proposed an ultimatum: their way or the highway. These are not the values a community-based membership organization should espouse.

2. The new bylaws proposal installs immediately, 6 particular people, who would compose a permanently un-elected majority on an 11-person board. Those 6 seats would be filled by other national board members into infinity and this group would be free to operate the Foundation more or less as they please, since they have an absolute majority and can establish the board quorum of 6 entirely by themselves. The installed directors require no consent for any board action d by the pro forma member-elected portion of the board (5 seats – 1 from each station signal area). In other words, in this model you get a vote, but it is only symbolic.

The original proposal, which was sent to 47,000 Pacifica members and signed on to by less than a thousand of us, named 6 individuals and 3 alternates. Of those 9 individuals, two have dropped out since the proposal was floated in September. Of the 7 remaining, only 2 have media experience. The most heavily represented constituency is civil rights lawyers, who compose 3 of the remaining 7. 2 are based in the San Francisco Bay Area, 2 in Texas (the smallest Pacifica signal area) and 2 in the Midwest, a region which does not have a Pacifica-owned station. None are located on the Eastern seaboard where Pacifica maintains WBAI-FM in New York and WPFW-FM in Washington DC. None of the 7 people asking you to install them has made a single public comment about what they will do if placed on the board of directors.

3. We encourage you to read the full 31 Things About the New Bylaws article. Here is a quick touch on a few of the salient changes:

* While your vote drops in value from 4 seats on the national board to 1 minority seat, the cost of that vote doubles to $50/yr from the current $25/year.

* There is no residency requirement for a sole elected station representative on the national board.

* Quorum drops to 5% for future changes to the bylaws including station license sales.

* Station unpaid and paid staff are prohibited on the national board. Pacifica affiliated stations no longer have seats for their representatives on the national board.

* While there are nominally 5 member-elected directors (1 from each station), they are not only a permanent minority, they are prohibited from serving as the board chair or board treasurer. Only the self-appointed directors can chair the board or serve as the treasurer.

* Conflict of interest rules for board members are loosened so that any claim that a director has a “personal interest” in a board decision can keep them from voting. This explicitly allows the prevention of directors from voting as happened with the exclusion of WBAI’s representatives from voting on the raid of their station. That action was thrown out by NY’s Supreme Court as “trumped-up” based on the current bylaws. It wouldn’t be in the future.

What Will Happen If These New Bylaws Are Adopted

It doesn’t take a crystal ball. ​After 7 weeks of bylaws election, then Pacifica will have to have 5 more elections, one at each station, to select a new sole station director. After that is all over, this new board will finally sit down and realize they have a loan principle payment of $3.2 million due in less than a year. The new board will panic, examine their assets, and immediately call yet another election seeking member permission to sell a station license. What else can they possibly do? What we are looking at is just another pathway to the unnecessary break-up of Pacifica. The people’s media assets, which are held in trust by the Pacifica Foundation, deserve better.

We know there are other answers. $1.9 million dollars was given to this organization in one calendar year in 2019 in windfall gifts. Loan obligations can be met, if we want them to be. Bylaws don’t replace the will to survive and putting the public interest first.

Vote to keep your membership rights and vote NO on the break-up bylaws. 

If you value being kept up to speed on Pacifica Radio news via this newsletter, you can make a little contribution to keep Pacifica in Exile publishing . Donations are

secure, but not tax-deductible”

More: No paid or unpaid staff on the board. Both paid employees and any member of the unpaid staff including hosts, producers and technical staff are prohibited from board service.
Price of a voting membership goes up from $25 per person to $50 per person per year. This is a bigger annual donation level to maintain basic voting rights and requires $100 a year from couples if both wish to vote.
Volunteer for membership goes up from 3 hours to 15 hours a year. People who pick up memberships by volunteering in the fund drive room or tabling at events would have to book 5 times as many hours each year
Location of the Pacifica Foundation national headquarters. They place the headquarters of the national foundation inside KPFA at 1929 Martin Luther King Jr Way when the national office has never been permanently lodged inside KPFA and is in the process of moving to Los Angeles right now. All vacancies filled by board. If an elected station director resigns, their successor will be picked by the board with a dominant preselected majority, so in the event of a resignation by a station-elected director, that signal area will have no member-elected representative for as many as three years until the next election

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Balance of Power? or KPFA and Friends

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When ‘National’ tried to take over KPFA, the communities filled the streets to take back their station. ‘This is ours, this is something we paid for, we believe in, and that we intend to keep,’ paraphrase of Alice Walker.  A balance of power with less power for National and more for the stations would be better.  KPFK, for one, and its building, was built by people in L.A., not National.  At-large PNB members is just a scheme to dis-power the local reps.
An excerpt that I’m speaking out against: “Also, as a guide to how we treat one another, the egalitarian principle is not to reward & punish given one’s endowment: just because some stations use Pacifica-owned buildings, not their buildings, isn’t justification for looking down on & disparaging WPFW & WBAI. It was a mere historical accident that at the beginning, Pacifica & KPFA constituted an identity, the one-and-the-same. A station’s financial performance may be criticised, but one must recognise that (1) some of its contracts may have been agreed, even negotiated, by the executive director &/or the National Board, & (2) the station manager (called in Pacificanese the general manager) isn’t appointed locally but by the executive director. Please don’t mistake the locus for the cause.”
https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/category/authoritarianism/

KPFK in the 70s, 80s

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A reminiscence from the past:
“Pacific [sic] was so relevant when I started listening. Sundays were the reading of the John Birch Blue Book, followed by the Ameircan Nazi Party, followed by Dorothy Healy and the American Communist party. Dick van Dyke came down to the old studio (what is now the parking lot) to sing some show tunes, Aldous Huxley came down to the studio to do his show live (I only listened, never came to the studio until 1972). … far left, far right, minority/community and introduction to civil rights from many viewpoints. When I was there, even under the bizarre 50s revolutionary regieme of Ruth Hirshman, we had the Larmans, Paul Verdier with Sunday Bach, David Cloud, Carl (can’t think of his last name – atmospheric composer) Stone?, Johnny Otis, proto rap, garage band, tango nuevo, Peruvian pipes, and a dozen other flavors of music so people could get introduced and choose. Mario Cassetta alone brought 25 kinds of music. And incredible readers choosing amazing books ot share. And Hour 25, Nightangels, Something’s Happening… There was one invitation after another to get outside the oppressive overculure … and it was nowhere near as bad as it is now. ”

From me:  Everyone agrees that KPFK needs to change, but no one agrees as to how it should change, or in which direction.  From 1976-Robert Altman, Betty Friedan, Gus Hall Comm. Pres. Candidate, Jim Berland
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New, Old, Funday Gummies

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ADAMS AND ROEBUCK MINUS ONE
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He’s not Adams and he’s not Roebuck.
In March 1972 one young guy (Joe Adams) headed in to KPFK in Los Angeles after wrapping up his swing shift warehouse shipping clerk job, to help answer phones for their on-air fundraiser. When he walked into the phone room there were a bunch of people answering phones and another almost-as-young guy (Gregg Roebuck) was already there and answering phones.

It was Monday night. The on air-talent named Rick Bralver, one of the DJs in the after-midnight slot dubbed “NightAngels,” ran into the phone room to ask if anyone wanted to come up to the control room and go live on the air with him. The two guys did.

It wasn’t anything spectacular. They chatted, passed a joint, and cracked wise. Like y’do. The two realized they were both fans of Bob & Ray, Firesign Theater (who had started on KPFK), Lenny Bruce (who had not), and other contemporary subversive comedians of the day.

The next night, another member of the NightAngels did the same thing – Bruce Gossard. And the same two were joined by two more phone answerers. Phil Tuttle, a guy going for his First Class FCC license and a career in broadcasting and a young drama student named David Arias. They chatted and cracked wise. A good time was had by all.

The next night they were not asked to join the NightAngels on the air (Captain Midnight, Steve Tyler), but the next night the following NightAngel, Tom Sanford, did. And the Next night “Jason B. Good” asked them to join again and invited them to be part of the regular Saturday night NightAngels shift dubbed The Heavenly Miracle Air Experiment.

They did and the four dubbed themselves “The Sunday Gummies,” because Saturday midnight was actually Sunday Morning, and one irate listener was annoyed with all the cracking wise had called in to growl, “You gonna’ play music or gum all night?” To which Gregg Roebuck snarled, “We’re gonna Gum, how you like that?” And the Gummies were born. Phill Tuttle left to run a station in Kingman Arizona, and a friend of David’s, Cheryl Branson, joined them on the air, and another woman, Cheryl Jacobs, joined them.

It only lasted about a year, but we had fun. The Gummies wen their separate ays, but Joe and Gregg stayed to become the Mondy Gummies (after N’Wana Davis’ Music Black and White after midnight show), and stayed in the after Captain Midnight slot on other nights, first as the Sunday Gummies but eventually as Adams & Roebuck.

Things changed and David Arias is now David Arias-Rios who has been the morning man on KOMO in San Antonio, and I am retired and living in Raleigh, NC. Barbara is still around, but I have no idea where Phil or Cheryl are.

And Gregg died.

It’s been a few years, but with the Gummies Gregg and I began a long trek as friends and performers on radio, as stand-up comedians at the Troubador and the Pasadena Ice House open mike nights. We discovered I hated being seen on stage, and Gregg loved it. I went to out of sight positions s writer and director for radio theater and stage in Hollywood, and Gregg as a performer on radio drama, stage, commercials, and television (“Charlie” in the last season of GRACE UNDER FIRE).

We shared a couple of houses together. With David L. Krebs we did shows together as teachers for the American Radio Theater and short-lived NewRadio commercial radio drama Project. We did stage together and even quit drinking and drugs together. Some people suggested we were lovers, but we were never sexual with each other. He was my brother, and a bit more.

And I am finally to follow through with something he wanted to do before he died. We talked about using the internet to do a new incarnation of the old Adams and Roebuck show. And he died and I couldn’t even listen to the old shows that had survived.

Time heals and I was able to look at the idea of doing something with what he wanted, and one of the people who was there in the middle of the KPFK years, Ed Hammond, made the perfect suggestion for the new project. Me alone equals “Adams and Roebuck Minus One.”

I’m thinking – Podcast with the old comedy we used to play, little excerpts from the old shows, sides of comedy music and bits, just like we did before. But Gregg isn’t there. From 30+ years of collaboration and knowing each other, I don’t think he’s floating around – looking down and smiling.

But I think it can honor him, and honor is something the living do in name and remembrance of those who have based beyond.

It will take a while to get the show up on its legs, but it begins with a concept and a name. And a desire to honor my gone brother and funny, funny man.

Gregg Allyn Roebuck, you are missed.
http://adamsandroebuckminusone.blogspot.com/2018/05/once-upon-time.html

KPFK Phone Room

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KPFK Phone room in richer days, another table full of phones is behind the camera and there are 2 along the left wall. This was before computers in the phone room. Zuberi and Jonathan and Terry slaved long and hard on an emergency basis to get the new computerized system working (during the beginning of a FunDrive).

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KPFK’s hard politics popular s/heroes

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48+ so far, just on this one type of programmer on KPFK:

Robert Scheer, Alan Minsky, Ian Masters, studio B, Truthdig, P.D., Background Briefingkpfkscheerminskymasters

Sonali Kolhatkar, Thandisezwe Chimarenga, UpRisingkpfksonalithandisiezwe2

Ralph Nader et. al., studio D
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Friend, Ramona Africa, Margaret Prescod, break area, Sojourner Truth show
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Zuberi Fields, Teddy Robinson (music), friend, Josh Scheer, Jim Lafferty, break area
iGM, Stairway to Heaven, friend, Truthdig, The Lawyers Guild
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Christine Blosdale, Senior Producer
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Ernesto Arce, News head
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Nana Gyamfi, Margaret Prescod, Asafo Edition, Sojourner Truth show
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Fernando Velazquez, Informativo Pacifica (Spanish language News)
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Brad Friedman, Desi Doyen, Master Control, The Bradcast, Green News, KPFK News
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Tony Bates, Lila Garrett, Don Bustany, studio C, consulting expert, Connect the Dots, Middle East in Focus
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Richard Wolff, Economic Update
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Ariana Manov, Lynn Ballen, et. al., Feminist Magazine
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Jon Wiener, 4 O’Clock Report
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Ruben Tapia, et. al., Enfoque Latino (in Spanish)kpfkenfoque

Jimmy Dore Show, et. al.
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Mitch Jeserich, Letters & Politics, on KPFK 4 days per week
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Brian DeShazor, Cornell West, Pacifica Radio Archives, From the Vault, featured guest
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Assumpta Oturu, Spotlight Africa
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Y, X, Brian DeShazor, Steve Pride, IMRU Show, PRA
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Dedon Kamathi, (R.I.P.) et. al.
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Eric Mann, Voices From the Frontline
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Dr. Gerald Horne (weekly guest), Sojourner Truth Show
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Y, Ernesto Arce, Y, Lalo Alcaraz, Jeff Koller, News, Pocho Hour of Power
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Soul Rebel Radio, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAra_j2AkEQ
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Suzi Weissman, Beneath the Surface
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Thom Hartmann Show
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Michael Slate show
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Maria Armoudian, The Insighters
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Janine Jackson, Counterspin
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Blase Bonpane, World Focus
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Scott Horton, Anti-War Radio
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Antonio Gonzalez, Strategy Session
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SWANA Region Radio hosts
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Chris Burnett, IndyMedia On Air
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Jackie Goldberg (weekly guest), Sojourner Truth show
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Amy Goodman, Democracy Now, 10 hours per week
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Barbara Osborn, Howard Bloom, Deadline L.A.
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Beautiful Struggle
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Bernie Sanders (was weekly guest), Thom Hartmann show
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Experience Talks, Connie Corley et al
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Cynthia McKinney, Midnight Oil
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Roy Tuckman, Something’s Happening
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Sis. Charlene Muhammad, Liberated Sisters, studio C
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Think Outside the Cage, Geri Silva, et. al.
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Earl Ofai Hutchinson
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David Feldman show
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John Cromshow, Politics or Pedagogy
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More to come . . . .

KPFK has the Truthdig show on Thursday afternoons

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For the Whole Article:  http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/2016_election_lawsuit_tracker_20160814

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August 15, 2016

Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

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John Oliver: We Should Be Really Worried About the Subprime Car Loan Bubble About to Burst (Video)
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The New Election Laws and the Suits Challenging Them

Posted on Aug 14, 2016

By Sarah Smith / ProPublica

Fifteen states will have laws in place this Election Day that have never before been tested in a presidential election. (Map: Sarah Smith and Al Shaw/ProPublica, Source: Brennan Center)

There are 15 states with new voting laws that have never before been used during a presidential election, according to a report by the Brennan Center for Justice. These laws include restrictions like voter ID requirements and limits on early voting. Many are making their way through the courts, which have already called a halt to two laws in the past month — one in North Carolina and one in North Dakota.

“All the sides were pushing for opinions over the summer so that nobody would run into the concern that it was all of a sudden too late to shift what the state had been planning to do,” said Jennifer Clark, counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program.

We’re tracking the new laws and the suits against them in the run-up to Election Day. We’ll keep this updated as decisions roll in.
Excerpts:

Georgia
Status: A voting law passed in 2009, but only now in force, will be in place on Election Day. Litigation pending.
The GOP-dominated legislature passed a law back in 2009 that required voters to show proof of citizenship when registering. But the state couldn’t implement it until received the go-ahead in January from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. The EAC is a federal government agency that was created by the Help America Vote Act in the wake of the 2000 Florida election fiasco. It develops election-administration guidelines and serves as the election administration clearinghouse. The League of Women Voters filed suit a month later over Georgia’s proof-of-citizenship requirement, as well as similar ones in Alabama and Kansas, and lost. Another lawsuit is pending alleging that the state illegally purged voters from the rolls.

Indiana
Status: New voting law will be in place on Election Day.
Indiana has long had a photo-ID law. In fact, the Supreme Court case that ultimately found voter-ID laws to be constitutional, Crawford v. Marion County Election Board, originated from a 2005 Indiana law. A 2013 add-on allows partisan election officers to ask for anyone’s proof of identification.
In 2015, a judge ruled in favor of an ACLU lawsuit challenging a law that made it a felony to take a photo of your own ballot.

Michigan
Status: Voting law overturned
A federal judge struck down Michigan’s ban on straight-ticket voting in July, ruling that it would unfairly burden black voters. In straight-ticket voting, a voter can select all candidates from the same party with one stroke. African-American voters are more likely to vote Democrat, and lawyers opposing the ban found that 70 percent of ballots in Detroit and Flint – cities with high percentages of African Americans – were cast with straight-ticket voting.

New Hampshire
Status: New voting law will be in place on Election Day, with a fail-safe.
New Hampshire’s photo-ID law was first passed in 2012, when a Republican-controlled legislature overrode a veto by a Democratic governor. In September 2015, the state added a safety net for people without ID: They’ll have their picture taken at the polls and get cards sent to their home address to confirm their identities. In July 2015, Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, vetoed a bill that would have required a 30-day residency to vote.

North Carolina
Status: Voting law overturned. State intends to appeal.
An appeals court struck down North Carolina’s voting restrictions — which were introduced the day after the Supreme Court decision in 2013 that limited enforcement of federal Voting Rights Act. The North Carolina law added a strict photo-ID requirement, shaved a week off of early voting, and cut same-day registration, preregistration and out-of-precinct voting. The Circuit Court found that the law’s provisions “target African Americans with almost surgical precision.” The state legislature, the ruling said, had specifically requested data on which racial groups benefited from certain voting mechanisms. The legislature then created laws which targeted the tactics most likely to make it easier for African-Americans to vote. In a rare move, the appeals court reversed the fact-finding of the district court, writing that it “fundamentally erred”.
“We can only conclude that the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the challenged provisions of the law with discriminatory intent,” the circuit court found.
While the state’s attorney general, Democrat Roy Cooper, said his office would not appeal the ruling, North Carolina’s Republican governor, Pat McCrory, says he’ll appeal and suggested that Cooper should stop taking his salary until he does. Cooper and McCrory are running against each other for governor.

Ohio
Status: New voting law will be in place on Election Day
On May 24, a federal court threw out measures in this swing state that cut early voting from 35 to 28 days. The measures had also eliminated “Golden Week,” which let residents register and cast absentee ballots simultaneously. On June 7, a federal judge blocked other restrictions on absentee ballots as discriminatory. The law had required that absentee ballots be rejected if a voter made an error such as writing their address incorrectly, and shortened the time a voter had to fix such mistakes.
Ohio had also prohibited poll workers from helping voters fill out the absentee ballot unless voters were disabled or illiterate. A June 7 decision blocked that restriction.
The state is appealing all of the rulings.
A separate lawsuit challenged restrictions on absentee ballots that prohibited unsolicited absentee ballot mailers and prepaid postage on absentee ballots. The plaintiffs lost and the case is being appealed.

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KPFK current jobs 30-07-2016

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I don’t know how long it will take, but I believe they are reactivating the hiring process for a Program Director at KPFK.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

TITLE:                 BUSINESS MANAGER

STATUS:              REGULAR PART TIME — EXEMPT/CONFIDENTIAL

SITE:                    KPFK-PACIFICA RADIO, North Hollywood CA (Los Angeles Metro)

BENEFITS:         MEDICAL, DENTAL, LIFE, DISABILITY (Upon Completion of Introductory Status)

CORPORATION:The Pacifica Foundation is a non-profit agency providing educational services. Mission: To establish a foundation organized and operated exclusively for education purposes no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any member of the Foundation. Corporation services are provided in Berkeley/North Hollywood, CA, Washington, D.C., Houston, TX and New York, NY.

DEFINITION: The Business Manager will work under the supervision of Pacifica’s Chief Financial Officer and/or Controller, and administratively under the station’s General Manager. The Business Manager is responsible for payroll and payroll reporting; accounting/bookkeeping for KPFK, financial reports to local management and local station board, Pacifica National Office (PNO) management,  This staff will also be responsible for 1099 preparation, audit support; account reconciliation, credit card processing/deposit, and coordinate with Membership and Development departments as necessary and other duties assigned. This is a full-time exempt confidential position, with all work to be performed on site.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

1.        Process, review and submit station’s payroll information to Pacifica National Office (PNO)

2.        Maintain the station’s personnel files, insurance and benefit plans, update payroll and personnel info as necessary

3.       Maintain union dues, seniority pay and other union-related benefit plans and reports

4.        Track and administer employees’ earnings records and process employee garnishments and voluntary deductions

5.        Review and process of Accounts Payable invoices/bills and other disbursements

6.        Update accounts payable schedules and vendor files/information, reconcile outstanding A/P against general ledger.

7.        Schedule, secure approval and pay station obligation and payables

8.        Prepare and maintain monthly ledger, coordinate with the PNO in generating financial statements monthly, quarterly for use by local management and local station board and committees.

9.        Prepare and maintain grant and special fund-raising project worksheets as necessary.

10.        Collect and review 1099 information — maintain associated records.

11.        Coordinate with Membership / Development Departments in recording cash deposits and station’s income and revenue

12.     Maintain files for deposits and other cash receipts, prepare bank reconciliation

13.     Assist the station’s General Manager in developing annual station budget

14.     Assist in the preparation of year-end audit schedules and reconciliation and compilation of supporting documentation for external auditors and the PNO finance staff.

15.     Assure that office systems are maintained and functioning.

16.     Troubleshoot accounting software and computer hardware as necessary.

17.     Follow and implement Foundation, KPFK, and PNO policies and procedures.

Job descriptions are subject to change without notice based on the needs of the KPFK and/or the PNO.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education: One year certificate from college or technical school; or 2 — 3 years accounting course work

Experience: Progressive experience in A/R, A/P, Payroll and other accounting activities preferred.

Skills and Abilities: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commission, proportions percentages. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra. Common sense of understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Excellent problem solving variables where only limited standardized instructions exist. Aptitude to read and interpret documents such as financial statements, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedures manuals. Ability to produce routine reports and correspondence. Strong computer skills, Great Plains or any accounting software exposure, spreadsheets, word processing, internet. Must be customer service oriented and able to relate well with management, staff, board, vendors and the general public. Strong ability to prioritize and multitask.

Ability to think clearly and manage multiple changing priorities, and remain pleasant and positive. Requires critical thinking and ability to support people with difficult challenges. Requires good judgment.

License Required: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work, 21 years of age or older, verification of degree/credentials, satisfactory health exam, credit check, agree to uphold all of the Pacifica Foundation Policies and Procedures, Confidentiality Agreement, Policy on Outside Employment, Policy on Prohibiting/Preventing Workplace Violence, Policy to Prohibit Harassment in the Workplace, Policy on Ethics, adhere to Drug-Free Workplace Policy, compliance with Workplace injury and Illness Prevention Policies, and compliance with HIPAA Rules and Regulations, (by signature).

THE PACIFICA FOUNDATION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Pacifica Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, age, marital status, equal pay, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, and genetic information. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

 


 

JOB TITLE: Program Director
Original Posting Date 8/24/11
Program Director sought for listener-sponsored, free speech radio KPFK-FM 90.7 FM Los Angeles. Candidates should be experienced.

The program Director Search is currently on hold. A new search will be launched soon. Please check back for info this position.

 

Pacifica Foundation/KPFK is an equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status.  Pacifica Foundation/KPFK provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities.  Applicants seeking reasonable accommodations in the hiring process should contact the General Manager.

KPFK and Pacifica are founded upon a Mission Statement, which to this day remains unique in radio broadcasting:

  • To contribute to a lasting understanding between nations and between individuals of all nations, races, creeds and colors
  • To explore the causes of conflict; to promote the study of political and economic problems, and of the causes of religious, philosophical and racial antagonisms
  • To provide outlets for the creative skills and energies of the community and to serve the cultural welfare
  • To obtain access to news sources not commonly brought together in the same medium; and to employ varied sources to present accurate and comprehensive news on all matters that vitally affect our community

BACKGROUND OF THE PACIFICA FOUNDATION

Pacifica Foundation is a 501(c)(3) radio broadcasting organization with five member stations in New York, Houston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Berkeley, California. We employ 179 full-time staff and each station also utilizes an average of 200 unpaid staff. We are a membership-based organization and our five stations have approximately 95,000 members nationwide. In September, 2009, members in each of the five signal areas will elect nine (9) Listener-member delegates and three (3) staff delegates to sit on their local station boards (LBSes). The returns of candidate choices by Listener-members nearly always exceed the quorum of 10%.

KPFK Changes 8-9 pm Lineup

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http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2016/06/kpfk_dropping_deadline_la.php

KPFK dropping ‘Deadline LA’ show after 20 years?*

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[July 4 update: “Deadline LA” is staying on the air.]

For at least 20 years, KPFK has been airing a more or less weekly radio show devoted to talking about the news media in Los Angeles and beyond. For most if not all of that time, Barbara Osborn has been the host. Since she has become director of communications for Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, the show has been more in the hands of Howard Blume and Gail Holland, both of them staff writers at the Los Angeles Times. I have been on several times, and the show has tackled issues on the LA media scene from many directions through the years.

Anyway, the show’s run is coming to an end. [* Update: Maybe not. Further discussions are ensuing. More to come.]

On July 11 the Pacifica station at 90.7 FM will be dropping several shows and adding more Spanish-language programming. The note from KPFK general manager Leslie Radford makes it sound as if the shows could have gone on if the program manager had presented the boss with some options, and there is also the possibility of a future podcast.

As of July 11, Indy Media on Air, Deadline L.A., Treasures of the West, Poets’ Cafe, and Theatreworks will no longer be broadcast on KPFK 90.7FM.
In an effort to diversify our programming further, we are complying with the Pacifica National Board mandate to increase our Spanish-language programming by five hours. We will be doing that between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

On June 15, I requested the Interim Program Director give me options to re-arrange the existing programming to accommodate this change. He hasn’t presented me with those options, so I’m left with simply cutting the programming in this timeslot.

I understand this is harsh, but please understand that it isn’t intended to be disrespectful of your contributions to KPFK, nor is it a judgment on the quality of your show. I am very grateful for all you’ve done for KPFK. It is simply that I have no options except to make this cut across the strip. If you would like your show to continue as a podcast, please talk to Interim Program Director Alan Minsky.

Leslie Radford
General Manager, KPFK 90.7FM
Gerente General de KPFK 90.7 FM

KPFK past manager, homeless crusader

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http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2016/07/mollie_lowery_70_longtime.php

Obituaries

Mollie Lowery, 70, longtime angel of Skid Row

Mollie-Lowery.jpgMollie Lowery. Photo: lacatholicworker.org.

Steve Lopez has written a lovely column on his friend Mollie Lowery, the Skid Row organizer and housing advocate and co-founder of the LAMP Community. Lowery died Monday at home in Highland Park at age 70, after having cancer. Lowery had helped Lopez with his column subject Nathaniel Ayers back when Ayers was homeless on the streets of downtown. From Steve’s column yesterday:

For decades in Los Angeles, no one was more dedicated to comforting the sick, the destitute and the forgotten than Mollie Lowery.
Mayors, supervisors and other public officials sought her out for policy advice.

Countless addled, suffering souls who could not help themselves, or would not be helped by others, were reeled in by Lowery. Some of them joined her team, roaming the streets of Los Angeles on a quest to help more people.

Tall and blade-thin, Lowery carried herself with great humility and spoke softly, but worked fiercely.

She was determined to do, as she put it, whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to help homeless people — especially those with severe mental illness — rebuild their lives.

From the LA Times obituary:

Lowery was a fierce advocate for and friend of those she worked to help. In 1985, she founded Los Angeles Men’s Place, a skid row drop-in center for people with mental illness, and later helped expand it to Lamp Community, which provided permanent supportive housing that included counseling and other social services.Lowery served as director of programs and then executive director of Housing Works, another homeless services organization, from 2006 to 2015, and continued as a consultant to the nonprofit until a few weeks before she died.

Mike Neely, chair of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commission, said that Lowery “was one of the first people that said that homeless mentally ill people don’t have to be condemned to life on the street.”

Lowery grew up in the Valley and attended Bishop Alemany High School. She received a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from USC. Lowery, who briefly became a Catholic nun, got into community organizing with the Ocean Park Community Center in Santa Monica. Lowery and philanthropist Frank Rice founded the Los Angeles Men’s Place, or LAMP, in 1985.

Some tweets paying tribute to Lowery.

KPFK Michelle Alexander frequently featured

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Below are excerpts from Michelle Alexander’s article in The Nation titled “Why Hillary Clinton Doesn’t Deserve the Black Vote.”

“[Hillary Clinton is] facing a democratic socialist who promises a political revolution that will bring universal healthcare, a living wage, an end to rampant Wall Street greed, and the dismantling of the vast prison state—many of the same goals that Martin Luther King Jr. championed at the end of his life. Even so, black folks are sticking with the Clinton brand. …”On the campaign trail, Bill Clinton made the economy his top priority. … In practice, however, he capitulated entirely to the right-wing backlash against the civil-rights movement and embraced former president Ronald Reagan’s agenda on race, crime, welfare, and taxes—ultimately doing more harm to black communities than Reagan ever did. …

“Bill Clinton presided over the largest increase in federal and state prison inmates of any president in American history. … He supported the 100-to-1 sentencing disparity for crack versus powder cocaine, which produced staggering racial injustice in sentencing and boosted funding for drug-law enforcement.

“Clinton championed the idea of a federal ‘three strikes’ law in his 1994 State of the Union address and, months later, signed a $30 billion crime bill that created dozens of new federal capital crimes, mandated life sentences for some three-time offenders, and authorized more than $16 billion for state prison grants and the expansion of police forces. …

When Clinton left office in 2001, the United States had the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Human Rights Watch reported that in seven states, African Americans constituted 80 to 90 percent of all drug offenders sent to prison, even though they were no more likely than whites to use or sell illegal drugs. … All of the presidents since 1980 have contributed to mass incarceration, but as Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson recently observed, ‘President Clinton’s tenure was the worst.’ …

“In her support for the 1994 crime bill, [Hillary Clinton] used racially coded rhetoric to cast black children as animals. ‘They are not just gangs of kids anymore,’ she said. ‘They are often the kinds of kids that are called “super-predators.” No conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first we have to bring them to heel.’ …

“As unemployment rates sank to historically low levels for white Americans in the 1990s, the jobless rate among black men in their 20s who didn’t have a college degree rose to its highest level ever. … Why is this not common knowledge? Because government statistics like poverty and unemployment rates do not include incarcerated people. …

“To make matters worse, the federal safety net for poor families was torn to shreds by the Clinton administration in its effort to ‘end welfare as we know it.’ … Experts and pundits disagree about the true impact of welfare reform, but one thing seems clear: Extreme poverty doubled to 1.5 million in the decade and a half after the law was passed. …

“Perhaps most alarming, Clinton also made it easier for public-housing agencies to deny shelter to anyone with any sort of criminal history (even an arrest without conviction) and championed the ‘one strike and you’re out’ initiative, which meant that families could be evicted from public housing because one member (or a guest) had committed even a minor offense. …

Hillary Clinton is still singing the same old tune in a slightly different key. She is arguing that we ought not be seduced by Bernie’s rhetoric because we must be ‘pragmatic,’ ‘face political realities,’ and not get tempted to believe that we can fight for economic justice and win.”


Here’s a quick way to help build the movement: Forward this email to all Californians and ask them to
1) Read Michelle Alexander’s full article.
2) Vote for Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary.
3) Sign our petition asking Superdelegates to vote the way the voters of their state vote.

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KPFK has had a good music show by and for youth for 8 years now

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Soundwaves Radio

 Late Friday Nights 2-4am on 90.7fm KPFK Los Angeles and kpfk.org with DJ’s SeanO, Val the Vandle & Francesca Harding.
Soundwaves Radio strives to bring you the best in all forms of music both new and old. Live guest DJ set’s and producer performances as well as extensive interviews with artists from all over the globe. 2-4am early Saturday morning on 90.7FM KPFK Los Angeles and Streaming worldwide at www.kpfk.org.

FOLLOW US
www.soundcloud.com/soundwaveskpfk
www.twitter.com/soundwaveskpfk
www.instagram.com/soundwaveskpfk

Contact us at: soundwaveskpfk@gmail.com
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KPFK (KPCC) Billboard

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KPCC radio billboard ‘Occupied’ by KPFK radio listener

by Lalo Alcaraz on March 9, 2012 in Cultura, El Now, Las Fotos

Much L.A. radio hay was made over the placing of a KPCC 89.3 FM billboard advertising its “Ideas not ideology” slogan practically on top my radio station’s studios at KPFK 90.7 FM, where I host the Pocho Hour of Power every Friday at 4 PM.

As I walked in today, I was alerted that someone had replaced the KPCC billboard with our own KPFK billboard. Didn’t know we had such a substantial advertising budget.

Nice job! (above photo by KPFK’s Ernesto Arce) Here’s the before picture:

http://www.pocho.com/kpcc-radio-billboard-occupied-by-kpfk-radio-listener/

Note: David Barsamian-Alternative Radio

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Just ahead of a speaking engagement in Kansas City, David Barsamian will be on the phone on a pledge drive edition of Tell Somebody on October 9, 2014, 9:15 – 10:00 am Central Time on 90.1 FM KKFI, streaming at www.kkfi.org.
https://www.facebook.com/events/707444282663151/?ref_notif_type=plan_mall_activity&source=1

OCT9

Thu 9:10 AM in CDT · on your radio dial 90.1 FM KKFI
4 people interested · 15 people going

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KPFK 2015 Election Results

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KPFK Listener Delegates
Jan Goodman
Grace Aaron
Fred Blair
Kenneth Aaron
Sharon Brown
Myla Reson
Mansoor Sabbagh
Steve Kaiser
Roberta Eidman
Lydia Brazon
Christian Beck
Leslie Fox
Michael Novick
Sandy Childs
Write-in (Dorothy Reik)
Charles Fredricks
Aryana Gladney
Reza Pour

KPFK Staff Delegates
Fernando Velazquez
Maggie LePique
Jonathan Alexander
Tejvir “Tej” Grewall
Steve Pride
Ali Lexa
I think I was 10th for 6 seats.

KPFK Election Results

KPFK reminiscence

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January 9, 2016, at 11:56pm
Joseph K. Adams
Joseph K. Adams When I was there, we had a village. We shared meals, some lived with each other, some brought food to the station (some Johnnie Otis buffets were intense), did picnic jaunts to the old zoo at Griffith park, met in the conference room to talk about programming, episodes of upcoming shows… even when you didn’t agree with someone, there was respect and communication.

On 13 September 2015 at 06:17, Joseph Adams wrote:

Re: Johnny Otis- “I think he was earlier than that [’78]. My first time in the new building was March, 6th or 7th of 1972. I had been at the old building before that, but Johnnie and his clan were there when I arrived. I know because they always brought LOTS of food down to the studio, and Shuggie was only about 14. But I have to say I don’t really know his tenure… Wikipedia says he was on KPFK in the 1980s, but I stopped being a programmer at K by 1978, and Johnny (that’s how Wikipedia spells it, but I thought it was spelled the other way – for many years) had been on for years by the time I was leaving.
I think the only connection I had …was a couple of guest spots I did for Roy – the last being about 2 weeks before the 1989 quake in San Francisco. ’78 sounds about right…  I came back from Phoenix after a failed relocation to find Chapel Perilous on the air….I was really very happy to find that when I came home with my tail between my legs, my work was being appreciated.
I haven’t tuned in for him for a while – is Something’s Happening still a going concern?
Don’t be too surprised at the events at K – when people show up, form a community and create something of value, cons and scavengers try to get what they want from it, even if it means the thing they are raiding dies.
On the other hand, it becomes a Golden Age we got to experience. People don’t believe me when I talk about my regular interactions with Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury, John Hartford, Roz and Howards parade of musical guests, Hour 25’s parade of writers, newsmakers of ‘the day’ and the things that were just going on… they think I’m delusional. But not about THAT.
I knew KPFK when it wasn’t painful.

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Johnny Otis, Bill Gardner, Bernie Pearl, etc.

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Joseph Kessler Adams
Author of CLIMBING THE SPIRAL MOUNTAIN, SONG OF ORPHANS, NIALL’S DREAM, THE MAMA LAWFEVER, ASSASSINS, and LIVING IN THE HOUSE OF ANGELS. Available in paperback from Amazon, in ePub from Kindle, iBookstore, Nook and Kobo.

KPFK Report to the Local Station Board

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Report to the Local Station Board by Leslie Radford

The whole thing:  http://kpfk.org/index.php/k2-categories/from-the-general-manager/9319-report-to-the-local-station-board-15-november-2015#.VkqbZHarQy5

Excerpts:

“…OCTOBER FUND DRIVE

Our fund drive came in at 80% of goal. Although that’s not enough, it is better than recent fund drives.  I previously distributed a spreadsheet of the amounts raised by each show per day to the LSB.

Looking forward, we will continue to ask our unpaid staff to take more of a role in the fund drive. The drives are particularly demanding on unpaid staff because they need to acquire premiums and prep for pitching, in addition to their regular contributions to the station. We also need to find ways to maximize fund raising in our overnight hours. We tried putting health and spirituality premiums in that stretch, but it didn’t result in enough revenue to keep the phone room open overnight.

Thanks to two volunteers, the copy room where stationary is stored, has been organized so that we can inventory what we have and what we need in advance of the tax season mailings.

The Halloween Monster’s Ball essentially broke even, but it did open up a solid connection with The Airliner for future events. Batacuda, organized by one of our unpaid collectives, was last night….”

[From me, Sue:  Why should the phone room be open overnight on weekdays, it’s not open overnight on weekends.]

Article KPFK Pacifica decline (3/2014)

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http://www.laweekly.com/news/left-wing-darling-pacifica-radio-is-sliding-into-the-abyss-4521218

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“NIMBY-ism, but with microphones”

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[I am putting the latter part of this article first, it has lots of history (from a slightly skewed point of view, imho.]

“Before there was NPR, there was Pacifica.

Its founder was Lewis Hill, a pacifist and conscientious objector in World War II (during which he was assigned to a work camp “moving rocks from one side of the road to the other,” as he later put it), along with his friends Eleanor McKinney and Richard Moore, a married couple. Their first application for an AM-band radio license in working-class Richmond was rejected by the FCC. And so it was that the first station, KPFA, was launched as an FM station in 1949 in the university town of Berkeley.

“They wanted it to be more of a popular station than what it became,” says Matthew Lasar, a former Pacifica volunteer, who has written two books about the network. “It became sort of a station for people around UC Berkeley.”

FM was so new that KPFA had to give subscribers FM radios in order to be heard at all.

Although Hill’s goal was to promote pacifism and civil liberties, the concept was to give both sides time — and foster robust debate. Emerging conservative leaders such as National Review founder William F. Buckley Jr. and then–young Republican Caspar Weinberger were heard often. That changed when the McCarthy era set in, and Pacifica’s board of directors was dragged in front of a U.S. Senate subcommittee on subversive activities.

“They barely survived it, but once they did, their public justification was no longer ‘free speech for everyone,’ it was ‘the place where you hear the point of view you wouldn’t otherwise hear,’ ” Lasar says.

Pacifica flourished: KPFK launched in L.A. in 1959 (its 110,000-watt transmitter, perched atop Mount Wilson, is the most powerful antenna west of the Mississippi River; it can be heard to the Mexican border), followed by WBAI in New York in 1960, KPFT in Houston in 1970, and WPFW (devoted mostly to jazz) in Washington, D.C. in 1977.

Film critic Pauline Kael got her start at Pacifica, and philosopher Alan Watts had a show for two decades. Bob Dylan appeared frequently on WBAI, which became hugely influential.

“Much of what you hear on talk radio today, certainly Howard Stern, stems from the experiments and from the pioneering of WBAI,” Lasar says.

Pacifica pushed boundaries: In 1957 it broadcast a recording of Allan Ginsburg’s profane Beat Generation poem “Howl,” albeit in an awkwardly edited version. In 1973, WBAI broadcast George Carlin’s “Seven Dirty Words” routine and was censured by the FCC. The dispute was resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that Carlin’s sketch was indecent — but not obscene. A year later, the Symbionese Liberation Army delivered tape recordings of the kidnapped Patty Hearst to KPFA and KPFK. The FBI demanded that KPFK turn over the tapes, but general manager Will Lewis refused and was thrown in jail.

No other event shaped and galvanized Pacifica in the 1960s more than the Vietnam War. It opposed the war long before Walter Cronkite or any other mainstream media outlet. WBAI’s Chris Koch became the first American to cover the war from Hanoi in 1965, and the station later broadcast the Senate’s Watergate hearings gavel to gavel.

Pacifica’s decline in the late 1970s can be attributed to the end of the Vietnam war and the rise of NPR.

“National Public Radio was kind of a body blow to Pacifica,” Lasar says. “It was a more professional and less strident alternative.”

In Los Angeles, ousted KPFK program director Ruth Hirschman (now Ruth Seymour) built KCRW into a powerhouse. Many of Pacifica’s volunteer programmers were happy to let “corporate” NPR surpass them in listenership; Pacifica was “community radio.”

“The central underlying problem at Pacifica,” Marc Cooper says, “is that in the end, what dictates everything is the individual programmer’s desire to hold onto his or her airtime. Management has always been weak.”

Volunteer hosts with half-hour or hourlong weekly shows viewed them as their personal property. According to legend, one elderly activist tried to will away his time slot when he died.

But most paid news staff, like Cooper, as well as upper management, wanted to professionalize Pacifica and unite in one network. Satellites were becoming affordable enough for Pacifica to produce a network show and beam it to its stations and affiliates, as NPR was doing with All Things Considered.

Pacifica launched Pacifica National News, a national, half-hour newscast, and despite resistance from some stations, especially Berkeley, modernizers pushed ahead in 1996, launching Democracy Now!, an hourlong, guest-oriented show. First designed with a preposterously unwieldy structure, co-hosted by four anchors in four cities, it eventually was consolidated to its two current hosts: Juan González, a New York Daily News columnist, and WBAI’s talented news director, Amy Goodman.

Cooper has plenty of bitterness about Pacifica but saves his real vitriol for Goodman: “Amy’s an evil bitch. Amy would be perfect in the [New Jersey governor Chris] Christie administration. She’s a brass-knuckles fighter.”

The revolution began innocently enough. In the 1980s, tension grew between the modernizers and the local programmers, some of whom had been pushed out for new shows. Others feared they’d be next. It was NIMBY-ism, but with microphones.

In 1999, Pacifica CEO Lynn Chadwick fired KPFA Berkeley general manager Nicole Sawaya. When KPFA staffers asked Chadwick who was in charge, she replied, “I guess I will be for now.”

KPFA was the most insular and provincial station, highly resistant to change or centralization. “The Berkeley station is like an ethnic radio station,” Cooper says. “It speaks Berkeley to everybody with a ponytail and long hair.”

On the air, programmers openly revolted against Chadwick’s maneuver: Every hour they read a one-page statement denouncing Pacifica and calling for the rehire of Sawaya and another host.

Groups of dissident listeners began to form, and disgruntled ex-programmers sprang out of the woodwork, dubbing themselves the “banned and fired.”

Chadwick, to everyone’s amazement, shut down KPFA in Berkeley, had the staff removed by armed guards, cut the live transmitter feed and replaced it with archived shows from Pacifica. The first substituted content was Bus Riders Union founder Eric Mann giving a Marxist analysis of the 1960s.

Protests erupted. No fewer than three lawsuits were filed against the Pacifica board. Ten thousand people marched in Berkeley. Left-wing activists and commentators nationwide, including Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky and Michael Moore, rushed to KPFA’s defense.

“They create this sweeping narrative: ‘They’re going to corporatize Pacifica and sell off KPFA!’ ” Cooper says. “It’s really science fiction, and the left is so stupid that they bought into it.”

Lasar, however, says otherwise, citing an email that Pacifica National Board member Michael Palmer accidentally sent to an outside group, speculating about the sale of KPFA’s powerful radio signal and estimating it could net up to $75 million.

By now the revolution had spread. Cooper remembers walking up to the KPFK offices on Cahuenga Boulevard near Universal Studios, past a crowd of elderly protesters — “professional bottom-door activists with no life and nothing to do,” he calls them — who accused Cooper of being an agent for the CIA. One sign read, “More activists, less authors.” Cooper says: “That’s about one step removed from Pol Pot. It’s like, ‘Let’s kill everyone with glasses.’ ”

Websites sprang up like wildflowers — Save Pacifica, Save KPFA — three or four at some stations. The just-emerging Internet helped dissidents organize and raise money. They hired a campaign consultant, started a boycott that urged listeners to not pledge money to Pacifica — a threat to the network’s very survival — and demanded that the board resign, to be replaced by a democratically elected board.

Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman joined the fray, siding on the air with the revolutionaries, signing petitions and giving an open microphone to the boycott of the network that was paying her comparatively handsome salary. She essentially became the public face of a movement that was targeting board members and posting leaflets in their neighborhoods, which read: “Wanted for criminal theft of a radio station.”

“These [were] brownshirts,” Cooper says. “And Amy was their leader and she knew it. And I told that to her face: She can fool a lot of people a lot of the time, but I know she’s a thug.” (Goodman did not return several calls for comment.)

On Dec. 12, 2001, three months after the World Trade Center towers fell in New York City, the Pacifica board resigned and cut a deal with the revolutionaries — a legal settlement Lasar says led to “the most excruciatingly democratic bylaws in the history of broadcasting.”

The rebels now had control of an organization mired in chaos and millions of dollars in debt, much of it to lawyers. Bills would pile up higher as the new guard purged many old managers, who had to be given sizable settlements (according to one source, the KPFK general manager’s severance amounted to several hundred thousand dollars).

Hours before the settlement was approved, one of the plaintiffs called Lasar and said, “Matthew, the second-worst thing that could possibly happen has happened: We won.”

Within a few months, Democracy Now! was privatized. In what may have been a reward for Goodman’s support of the revolution, she was handed complete ownership of the show. For free. In fact, they paid her to take it, handing Goodman a contract worth hundreds of thousands of dollars a year — and gave her an automatic 4 percent raise every year, regardless of the size of her listenership or the money she raised.

According to former board member Tracy Rosenberg, Goodman now gets fees of around $650,000 for the right to air her show and for her fundraising services. Rosenberg says: “When you go to business school, they tell you that’s how not to sign a contract.”

Today, Pacifica’s debts amount to roughly $3 million; $2 million of that is owed to Democracy Now!, which is also the name of an independent nonprofit run by Goodman.

“Honestly, I get where she’s coming from,” says Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar. “Every journalist fantasizes about having their own media institution, and she pulled it off.” She adds that Goodman “fundraises tirelessly for Pacifica, for all five stations — sometimes simultaneously — on top of doing her own show. I have great admiration for her.”

Today, Democracy Now! is a worldwide brand; it has far more listeners via podcasting and syndication than Pacifica itself, which no longer produces any regular national programming.

Goodman may be Pacifica’s biggest creditor, but she’s far from the only drain on its finances. Board elections cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $200,000 — no small price for a network with a $13 million annual budget. The meetings themselves cost about $20,000 each to fly in 20-plus people and put them up for the weekend, and they’re dominated by bickering. Members regularly invoke Robert’s Rules of Order, and can take half an hour simply to approve the minutes of a previous meeting.

“All sorts of machinations come with that,” says elections supervisor Terry Bouricius. “Rather than seeking common ground, the goal is to embarrass and show up the other side rather than to accomplish something.”

Not even the board members can muster anything more than a tepid defense of Pacifica’s bizarre elections. “I’m 50-50 on that one,” influential board member Lydia Brazon says. “They’re costly. But it’s kind of a safety valve for [avoiding] a lawsuit.”

“The concept was noble,” says Bob Hennelly, but “governance is increasingly Byzantine and inward. Right at the time where Pacifica could be more globally relevant, it’s inwardly focused on itself.”

The station’s legal bills are prodigious. According to former board member Tracy Rosenberg, so many wrongful-termination claims have been filed against Pacifica over the last two decades that it pays $250,000 a year to insure against them, a staggering amount for an entity with just 130 employees. And then there’s WBAI, whose transmitter sits high atop the Empire State Building’s spire, at a cost of $50,000 a month.

Yet opportunities abound for Pacifica, probably the single most valuable asset the left has. Its five broadcasting licenses alone could be worth $50 million to $100 million, according to Lasar, and it owns a studio in Berkeley and another on an increasingly pricey stretch of Cahuenga Boulevard in Studio City. WBAI’s license is said to be particularly valuable, since it sits smack dab in the center of the dial at 99.5 FM — choice real estate in the radio industry.

“Right at the moment where satellite radio is booming, where the web is booming, where Pacifica has to worry about the future of terrestrial radio, all of this is lost,” Cooper says. “They’re consumed with eating themselves over a political fight, which in most cases is about continuing the status quo.”

Perhaps the most ominous hurdle lies with Pacifica’s listenership: It’s old.

“You must develop an audience on the other side of 50, or you won’t have a station,” Rosenberg says. “That’s a difficult thing for many Pacificans to get their head around. I get told all the time, ‘Young people don’t have any money, so don’t worry about them.’ I say, ‘Guys, you’re gonna care in 20 years!’ ”

Pacifica is still far to the left of anything else in mass media, and still gives voice to beliefs and ideas found outside the mainstream. It hasn’t changed; the world has.

Decades ago, the left called for Lyndon Johnson’s head. It was against Nixon, but also against Hubert Humphrey.

Today, those to the left of the Democratic Party have been relegated to the fringes — or perhaps they’ve relegated themselves, favoring new-age beliefs over science, seemingly invested in the idea that society is as bad off as it’s ever been.

Pacifica is only a reflection of that shift. It’s still far to the left of anything else in mass media, and still gives voice to beliefs and ideas found outside the mainstream (way outside).

That core ideology hasn’t changed; America has.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Sasha Futran as Sasha Sutran.”

The LA Weekly‘s piece about the decline of Pacifica is a really terrific read. I’ll pick out a few choice bits at random. First, the ratings:

Pacifica has a long and storied history, and still features such leading liberals as Amy Goodman, the widely known host of Democracy Now! (on which journalists Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill are frequent guests), but it has fallen on hard times of late. Listenership, according Reese, is “extraordinarily low.” During an average 15-minute period, just 700 people listen to its Los Angeles station, 90.7 FM KPFK, for at least five minutes, according to Nielsen Audio, which monitors radio ratings.

For L.A.’s other public radio stations, KCRW and KPCC, that number is 8,000 and 20,000, respectively. KPFK draws roughly one one-thousandth of all radio listeners in the Metro Los Angeles area.

Pacifica’s New York station, WBAI, is even worse off, with too few listeners to register on the Arbitron rankings, and is all but bankrupt. Last year, most of the staff was laid off, including the entire news department.

Facebook and twitter followers will have heard me complain incessantly about the local NPR station’s pledge drives, which rather than what might think is the mutually beneficially arrangement of interspersing the pledge drive with listenable content like news updates, consist of nothing but people asking for money for days on end. (Does anyone listen to this for more than 3 minutes at time?) But, at least, we’re spared Alex Jones-caliber conspiracy theories:

The rest is here:  http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2014/03/nimby-ism-but-with-microphones

[I, Sue, still want to remind us all that Arbitrons are racist and classist, and don’t give a realistic look at what the “have-nots” are listening to.  Plus at KPFK we are terrible at “branding’.  Listeners focus on the particular show names and don’t always identify KPFK, Powered by the People.  And the Arbitron ratings depend upon a few perfect matching names and slogans only.]

http://www.laweekly.com/news/left-wing-darling-pacifica-radio-is-sliding-into-the-abyss-4521218

Clips, article on Henry Jacobs, KPFA, KPFK Alan Watts, musicologist

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He was a staff member early at KPFA.  He now runs the archive of Alan Watts, but has a long storied history with avant garde music, world music, music production.

“Henry Jacobs is a living embodiment of the picaresque. He seems to have spent his life playing, but in the process kept inventing things for which his successors got the credit. He was fooling around with spacial sound distribution through loudspeakers before Varese’s Poeme Electronique took the 1959 Brussels World Fair by storm—in fact, he was there at the same time doing his thing in another building. He experimented early with multilayered tape loops, quite independently of Pierre Schaeffer in Paris. His free-form radio collages in the early fifties were a whole decade ahead of John Leonard’s Nightsounds, the program which is authoritatively identified as the first of this kind……”

http://www.kpfahistory.info/dandl/jacobs.html

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Article by a long-time skilled, experienced Volunteer, still relevant

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kpfplayoffthepnbThe following is an interesting article-response that I mostly disagree with:

“PNB and staff criticized in LA Indymedia article, response with info is here:

This is a reposting from an article in www.la.indymedia that was in response to allegations and accusations made by another author who chose to remain anonymous – while freely making declarations against both the PNB, specific staff and board members, and named individuals who may need to realize their names are thus used.

Title of that article is :
Pacifica’s Current Board Structure is Destroying the Network
written by Concerned Pacifican
Monday, Sep. 28, 2009 at 5:19 PM {URL is below}
the article can be found at :
http://la.indymedia.org/news/2009/09/230683_comment.php#230721

http://pacificana.org/2009/09/30/pnb-and-staff-criticized-la-indymedia-article-response-info-here

Title: Network
by Terry Goodman Wednesday,
Sep. 30, 2009 at 4:05 PM
tgoodman4@roadrunner.com

As is typical of anonymous Indymedia acticles about Pacifica, the piece “Pacifica’s Current Board Structure is Destroying the Network” is biased, presenting misinformation as fact to manipulate opinion. Such articles reflecting a narrow ideological interpretation of historical events commonly appear in the middle of each Pacifica delegate election period. This refutation attempts to balance those distortions with accuracy.

There is certainly little doubt that Pacifica’s current board structure has problems or that the network is in distress, but the true causes of the network’s disfunction actually predate its democratization. The original article is also generally correct in its central claim that a long-sought purge is underway. But what those primarily responsible for the network’s problems now call an assault on everything good and decent is viewed by others as the long-delayed remedy to persistent mismanagement and the long-needed implementation of needed reform — i.e, the success of the democratic governance model.”

KPFK sponsors Chris Hedges

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Yesterday at 2:04pm · Edited ·Chris Hedges is speaking on Sunday evening in Orange County along with Jill Stein and others; it promises to be one of the most memorable evenings of radical solidarity behind the Orange Curtain! One of the world’s most trenchant contemporary social critics, Mr. Hedges is a brilliant, powerful writer; but he’s on another plain altogether as a speaker – you simply have to experience it first hand. Rebel souls will be converging on Santa Ana Sunday evening at the Delhi Center – all the info you need can be found on KPFK’s website – see you on Sunday!
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Article from the LA Times 1992 on African Mental Liberation Weekend

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KPFK Confronts Charges of Anti-Semitism : Radio: The non-commercial FM station plans programs on multiculturalism while urging employees not to discuss ‘black-Jewish relations’ in broadcasts.

February 29, 1992|CLAUDIA PUIG | TIMES STAFF WRITER
    • In the wake of a charge that it broadcast an anti-Semitic program, KPFK-FM (90.7) is scrambling to smooth over the controversy by planning future programs on multiculturalism and holding a meeting with Los Angeles County human relations officials. In the meantime, management at the non-commercial station has warned staffers not to discuss the issue on the air.
    • http://articles.latimes.com/1992-02-29/entertainment/ca-2630_1_black-jewish-relations

KPFK Youth For and By

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SUNRISE SET w/ @souloverse goin IN. This is what the love of groove sounds like. Tune In. 90.7FM KPFK :: #losangeles #radio #KPFK #DJ #producer #longbeach #analog #live #love #fujifilm #xt10

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LIVE w/ @souloverse goin in for the sunrise set on DANK RADIO’s 11 Year Celebration on Aziatik Rhythmz @kpfk :: 90.7FM LA :: #losangeles #onair #KPFK #dankradio #aziatikrhythmz #DJ #producer #music #radio #anniversary #thankyou #love #community

LIVE w/ @souloverse on 90.7FM LA @kpfk :: worldwide stream on www.kpfk.org :: #losangeles #radio #dankradio #live #goodmorning #interview #longbeach #losangeles #studiocity

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#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

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#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

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Tonight @dankradio is back at @thebrasslamp for another installment of #l_i_s_t_e_n. Celebrating @neonphoenix’s #birthday alongside @jodyg4d @andymx7. $5 Cover. #losangeles #longbeach #music #dankradio #love

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'Hittin' the radio waves again this weekend. Got one of the most trusted ears in the scene LAVASHAK aka @[208917432775006:274:Mango Disco Records] on the decks to share some special selections.'

'LIVE & DIRECT! :: KPFK 90.7FM Los Angeles & worldwide stream at www.kpfk.org'

Videos

Away from a radio? You can always listen to KPFK.org Listen Live, or ANY PACIFICA STATION on the Pacifica App

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Away from a radio? You can always listen to live at
http://kpfk.org/index.php/listen-live#.Ve3yuRFViko

or just go to KPFK.org and select Listen Lived3244857701abfedcede21957c4a7f3f-ListenLiveBuitton

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The Pacifica App for SmartPhones:  kpfpIPhoneButton_WhiteBG or go to KPFK.org & select the Pacifica App

http://kpfk.org/index.php/content-slider/7489-pacifica-app#.Ve4LiRFViko

The Pacifica Radio App version 5 is now available!
Now you can listen to your favorite Pacifica stations anywhere you have a cellphone or WiFi signal!
News feeds from around the Pacifica Network, updates and more…

NOTE FOR APP USERS :
If you have already installed the app, make sure you are using the latest version.
We are up to v5.0.0.2.
The latest version has a new live Twitter feed section and improved functionality and reliability.
Check Google play or the iTunes App store from within your device to see if you have the latest version, and to install the free update if needed.

Download the Pacifica Radio App For iDevices For Android devices

Live Streaming of Pacifica’s Public Radio Stations

Read and listen to news and stories from around the Pacifica network.

Monitor live Twitter feeds from around the Pacifica Network from stations and other listeners.

Note –

  • The iPhone app will run on the iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, and iPod Touch with iOS 5.0 or higher
  • Streaming and connection speed will vary from phone to phone, and will be effected by your connectivity.
  • Some stations may take over a minute to begin streaming on some Android phones.
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New iPhone 5 version now available

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KPFK in Spanish Nuestra Voz

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Gloria Arjona at Kpfk
July 25, 2013 ·

¿Saben qué países hispanoamericanos celebran la independencia de España en el mes de julio? Esa y otras preguntas las contestaremos esta noche en nuestro primer informativo semanal “En pocas palabras”. No dejen de sintonizarnos a las 9:30 PM en el 90.7
http://www.kpfk.org/…/132-nu…/7330-nuestra-voz-07252013.html
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
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Video, Audio, KPFK Show by younger folk-Soul Rebel Radio on for over 10 years now

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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

Soul Rebel Radio added 8 new photos — with Tito Corona and 5 others at Kpfk.

When great minds collide. Rebels bringing ideas to the table.

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In KPFK’s upstairs conference room.
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Audio-On the meaning of Chicano:  http://archive.kpfk.org/mp3/kpfk_150703_190005soulrebel.MP3
Audio-On Ecology, 10-year anniversary show:  http://archive.kpfk.org/mp3/kpfk_150501_190230soulrebel.MP3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Nbt3cuces
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.

KPFK Local Station Board Elections

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The ballots were to have been sent out and the ballots returned by Oct. 22nd, but that has been delayed.
Staff Candidates:  Alexander, Johnathan
Benavides, Jose
Cohen Johnson, Sue
Coie, Allan
Grewall, Tejvir “Tej”
LePique, Maggie
Lexa, Ali
Muhammad, Charlene
Pride, Steve
Turner, Kiyana
Velazquez, Fernando
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istener Candidates: Aaron, Kenneth
Aaron, Grace
Anderson, Charles “Chuck”
Barnett, Douglas
Beck, Christian
Blair, Fred
Blyth, John
Boehm, John
Brazon, Lydia
Brown, Sharon
Caukin, Bruce L
Childs, Sandy
Cho, Jaye
Corral, Michael A.
Clayton “Jeff” Jeffries
Doneen, Ann
Eidman, Roberta
Eisen, William “Bill”
Elizondo, Rose Mary
Fox, Leslie
Frantz, Stephen
Fredricks, Charles
Gladney, Aryana
Gomez, Jaime L.
Goodman, Jan
Halle, Thomas
Hebert, Marylin
Kaiser, Steve
Lawrence, Nancy
Lightfoot, Liberty
Macias, Richard
Macon, Rob
Marbach, Barbara
Medina, Brenda
Medina, Diana
Mizell, Van
Mora, Michael
Novick, Michael
Pour, Reza
Pour, Schyna
Reson, Myla
Reyes, Lawrence
Ryan, Will
Sabbagh, Mansoor
Salmeron, Rolando
Sochaczewski, Alise
Spriestersbach, Ronald
Van, Jerry
Vollbrecht, John

KPFK remembers the Watts uprising of 1965

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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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  • Rick Alvarez This was probably my first recollection of a historical event. Too young to remember the JFK assassination but I sure remember Watts. Could see and smell the smoke for days!
  • 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.

KPFK Development by People to People

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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

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I hope they worked with the Membership Director and existing experts.  I have been pushing for this for a long time, but done by experts, or folks skilled in KPFK and its fundraising.

KPFK Programmer Activist Dedon Kamathi passed, retro on Sojourner Truth

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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!”

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Dedon y yo, and the old “temporary” broadcast board we had for some years.