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

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

Moe ThomasThank you for taking note!

Don RushInteresting

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

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

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

Moe ThomasUhuh …

NEXT What follows are the suggestions and answers to Her Questionnaire, as published by her:

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

Jane Fonda never heard of New Day

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

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

https://pacificafightback.org/

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

A further excerpt:

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

What are Left and Right Media?

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Thanks again to Pacifica in Exile and Tracy: “Let me help you out, Kevin. What you are saying is not what journalism experts actually think.  

The Times’s problem, Jarvis said, is that manufacturing conversation by ensuring different viewpoints are heard,, is overly simplistic and does a disservice to the newspaper’s readers.

“Again, what is The New York Times’ north star?,” Jarvis said. “Neutrality is a myth. Journalism cannot be objective but we must be transparent. We get in trouble all the time when we try to chase the god of objectivity to balance neutrality. I think that’s what happened at The Times.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/05/old-and-new-media-continue-to-be-dogged-by-both-sides-philosophy.html

“We’ve seen too many journalists confuse not taking sides with not calling out liars and frauds,” says MIT researcher and author.

https://news.mit.edu/2018/seth-mnookin-fallacy-of-both-sides-journalism-0112

The report found that several BBC shows fell victim to an “over-rigid application of editorial guidelines on impartiality,” resulting in far too much airtime for climate change deniers. A follow-up report published in 2014 concluded that this key conclusion “still resonates today”.

This situation, known as false balance, arises when journalists present opposing view-points as being more equal than the evidence allows. But when the evidence for a position is virtually incontrovertible, it is profoundly mistaken to treat a conflicting view as equal and opposite by default

https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2016/nov/08/impartial-journalism-is-laudable-but-false-balance-is-dangerous

Allowing storytellers to center a perspective in news is not new, and in fact was commonplace in a great deal of news reporting throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries. The Muckrakers who exposed corruption in government, the work of Ida B. Wells-Barnett, which exposed the horrors of lynchings in America, these were not objective narratives. Wells-Barnett was not out to show some balanced perspective on why Black people were being murdered in the South without justification.

What are some of the problems that arise with both-sides reporting?

First, as mentioned, it centers perspective as opposed to truth telling. That in turn leads to the elevation of absurd ideas for the sake of balance, which is what we call the creation of false equivalencies.

Virus-free. www.avg.com


On Sun, May 30, 2021 at 8:19 PM Kevin White <cuitlacoche1@yahoo.com> wrote:
Dear “Journalist,”

Have your ever asked a supporter of New Day Pacifica a single question? You seem to just continually publish your own unsubstantiated opinions like some like some old political party hack. Let me teach you journalism. You’re opinion isn’t the story. The people and the happening are the story. Please ask both sides or just shut up.

Kevin White

On Sunday, May 30, 2021, 9:56:04 PM CDT, Ann Garrison <ann@kpfa.org> wrote:

Kevin, there’s no one I’d rather see endorsing New Day Pacifica.
On Sun, May 30, 2021 at 6:57 PM Kevin White <cuitlacoche1@yahoo.com> wrote:
Do you support New Day Pacifice? I do. I consider them them the real path out of this nonsense. Please streamline our governance.

Kevin White

On Sunday, May 30, 2021, 8:11:28 PM CDT, Pacifica Democracy Project <voting@non-profit-elections.org> wrote:

Some things are beyond

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Excerpt ” . . . can be found later at http://www.somethingshappening.com and click on ‘what happened?’ Thanks to Sha Tahmasebi for redesigning and maintaining the website.
AUDIO ARCHIVES  “Something’s Happening!” (and the Sunday ‘Alan Watts’) are available for listening on demand for 60 days after broadcast. Go to www.kpfk.org and click on ‘Audio Archives.’ Be sure to use the handy search engine to list only the program (s) you are interested in listening to. “Something’s Happening!” and “Alan Watts” are not downloadable because they contain program material which is not owned by Pacifica (nor me).
BEHIND THE SCENES The fund drive will go on another week, until June 4. With a $650,000 original goal, we have just made $300,000 at the end of May – a problem we are sharing with other non profits.
“Something’s Happening!” Has maintained #1 position of all programs in the amount of pledges taken as well as the level of listenership. Buzz and I have brought in far beyond our salaries and program expense which should make the ongoing program good for the station’s budget but things haven’t seemed to be evaluated that way in current bookkeeping by the boards. And we certainly contribute excellently to the Pacifica Mission! (for over 70 years combined) And Buzz has served both on the national and the local boards. Our proposed layoffs reek of Qanon logic. . . . “
This page is from 2015:

From Counterpunch.org

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Excerpt: . . . “Pacifica stations but to be able to personally pocket some of the proceeds. That unaccountable National Board led to crises that culminated in the lockout of KPFA in 1999 and the Christmas Coup at WBAI in 2000, triggering a long struggle that culminated in the current democratic bylaws structure.

Flash forward to 2019, and a rogue minority faction on the National Board, intent on selling the New York station, WBAI, and use the proceeds to benefit the Western stations in the network, launched a coup. Farcically insisting they were attempting to “save” WBAI, coup mongers, led by since fired Interim Executive Director John Vernile (then on the job for all of two months!) and National Board Secretary Bill Crosier, removed WBAI from the air in the midst of a fund drive.

The fund drive was stopped, the web site at which listeners could make donations was disabled and all local programming was taken off the air, replaced with canned programming from California with no local content. The team led by Mr. Vernile that descended on WBAI the morning of October 7, 2019, dismantled the equipment, rendering it impossible to broadcast; immediately fired all employees; confiscated the station bank account; took checks left in the office; put padlocks on the doors; and told the station’s landlord she should find a new tenant while cutting off rent payments. The WBAI web site, including all archives of past shows, was wiped clean and replaced with a one-page site with a propaganda message justifying the coup. Not the actions of people with the interests of listeners at heart.

That coup would be reversed a month later, but the other half of the coup attempt, a referendum on bylaws proposed by those behind the WBAI shutdown, remained to be contested. It was defeated by a nearly 2-to-1 margin by both listeners and staff a year ago.

Nonetheless, we have to go through this again, instead of putting energy into tackling Pacifica’s problems. This time the proposed bylaws, while still . . . “

Ed. Note: KPFK would not, would never be a beneficiary or perpetrator of this, just KPFANationalOffice.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2021/05/21/the-fight-for-independent-non-corporate-radio-flares-up-again/

On Making a New Station

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Excerpt from: You Know you Work in Radio When

Anne Vydra GonsoulinAsk Jace Edwards

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Dan KelleyReally depends on what you need it to do. I just helped a new FM get on the air using StationPlaylist, which is a $600 buyout. Also hear great things about PlayoutONE. Both budget line systems. On the other side, there’s Zetta.

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Dan DeWittAuthorDan Kelley really just automation and voice tracking. No satellite.

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Dan KelleyDan DeWitt will PM you

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Cj ColeI hate to say this but once we got radio station in a box… it actually worked pretty well lol

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Dan DeWittAuthorCj Cole is this for programming or equipment? I’ve seen this, but it seemed like programming.

This book is maybe 50 years old. S.

New Day is soliciting KPFT members & listeners

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Dear New Day Pacifica supporters (KPFTers–see #2 below–we need you tonight!!) We’re in the home stretch, with the New Day ballots being sent out on June 7, just 26 days away. Our support continues to grow (6000 petition-signers!) and we are positioned to win—except for the fact that the Pacifica General Counsel and Executive Director and the WBAI-NY General Manager and Program Director are openly using the resources of the Foundation to aggressively fight New Day. The Vote No campaign is being lead by Pacifica’s general counsel and executive director, and WBAI-NY’s General Manager and Program Director. These four people are fighting New Day with the ferocity and lack of ethics of any union-buster New Day volunteer Beth Kean saw in her 30-year union organizer career. New Day won some very important arbitration victories on Friday, but the sheer volume of misconduct by the Pacifica Four may be overwhelming the arbitration system, and as you know justice delayed is justice denied. (READ MORE) New Day is needed now more than ever to save Pacifica’s 5 stations for future generations. Pacifica just failed another financial audit. We need your help to put us over the top, win the New Day changes and save Pacifica. Here’s the help we need today:
1–100 Phoners needed ASAP! We need volunteers to do 3-4 hours of leaving messages for New Day supporters the two weeks before the ballots go out. This is extremely important and also lots of fun, because you will be connecting with other listeners who care about Pacifica as much as you do! Tap here to sign up.
2–KPFTers TONIGHT!! attend KPFT Local Station Board Zoom Meeting from 7:50pm to 8:50pm CT. If you are willing to give a one-minute comment supporting New Day, write a note in the chat saying you want to be on the speakers list, then when they call on you unmute yourself and give your comment. If you can attend but not speak, thank you!–please wiggle your fingers in support after New Day-ers speak. Public comment starts at 8pm and goes at least until 8:30pm but may go longer if a lot of us want to speak. Join KPFT Zoom Meeting TONIGHT, Wed May 12 from 7:50pm to 8:50pm (meeting starts at 7pm but you don’t need to attend until 7:50pm) https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89083812959?pwd=bkh3VER4ejdWaVl1c09lK3lBRzNwQT09 Meeting ID: 890 8381 2959     Passcode: 896587 3–KPFAers SATURDAY!! attend KPFA Local Station Board Meeting this SATURDAY May 15 from 12:50pm to 1:30 pm PT. If you are willing to give a one-minute comment supporting New Day, write a note in the chat saying you want to be on the speakers list, then when they call on you unmute yourself and give your comment. If you can attend but not speak, thank you!–please wiggle your fingers in support after New Day-ers speak. Public comment starts at 1pm and goes at least until 1:30pm but may go longer if a lot of us want to speak. Join KPFA Zoom Meeting SATURDAY May 15 from 12:50pm to 1:30pm (meeting starts at 11am but you don’t need to attend until 12:50pm)
https://zoom.us/j/94161817522?pwd=My9wbTlablZNcUJ1b2xUSWpIR0dsUT09 Meeting ID: 941 6181 7522             Passcode: 883168 4–Ballots arriving by email June 7. Mark June 7 on your calendar. Fill out your YES ballot and email it back right away. If you don’t receive it by June 8, Pacifica has improperly taken you off their voter list and you need to request a replacement ballot. Let New Day also know you didn’t get your ballot at info@NewDayPacifica.org so we can fight with you to get you your rightful ballot. 5–Indispensable: donate $5 to $500 to New Day to help New Day get the word out, if you haven’t already. We can’t do it without you. If there are any remaining donations, they will help pay our legal bills to ensure your right to vote. Donate here
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“The Confustion of Ian Masters”

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https://pacificainexile.org/archives/9946
“Many of Pacifica’s members received a letter from KPFK programmer Ian Masters, who hosts Background Briefing at Pacifica’s LA station. While the upcoming bylaws referendum redux will lead to many, many, many letters to the members filled with questionable, if not downright false assertions, and it would probably be tiresome to rebut them all, this particular one is so convoluted that it deserves a response. For anyone who doesn’t have it or doesn’t have it handy, we have placed a copy here for your reference.

Masters begins his screed with the “shocking news” that KPFK programmers have been told that a fund drive is coming up in May of 2021 and the station’s employees have been told they have to raise $650,000 in the May fund drive. This shouldn’t have been overly shocking since Masters has been a five day a week programmer at KPFK since 2009 (and a one day a week programmer since 1980) and KPFK always has a fund drive in May and that fund drive always has a goal between $500,000 and $750,000. Every single year. Along with similar fund drives that generally occur in February, August and October.

The goal of each fund drive is to raise all or most of the station’s expenses of around $240,000 a month or $720,000 a quarter. If that money isn’t raised during the fundraising marathon, then the station will not have enough money to pay its bills. That is the reality of listener-supported radio, and it has been for a very long time. It’s not very shocking at all.

Masters then goes on to state that something untoward has happened with the Paycheck Protection Program loans that were secured by the Pacifica Foundation to offset some of the financial pain caused by the pandemic. With the time spent making vague accusations of derring-do, Masters coul . . . “

From Rescue Pacifica

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Traditional AuthorityEgalitarian/Consultative
Situation: management sharing a decision
Members ask logistical clarifying questions to effectively implement the decisionMembers ask questions to understand rationale, measure against mission, express concerns, and possibly co-create something better.
Asking management questions about decisions in private
Purpose: manager gets member “on board” with decision. Convincing through fallacy, seduction, or threat is allowed. Member’s questions not to be answered unless the answer gets them “on board”.Member seeks to understand manager’s proposal, how it flows from and is related to common purpose (mission), and may raise concerns which are expected to be addressed, possibly resulting in a proposal modification.
Asking management questions about decisions in public
Threat to authority. Not being a team player. Management must re-establish authority or lose face and power.Seek to understand proposal and assess how it matches the common purpose (mission), raising concerns about mismatches, propose possible modifications to address mismatches. Proposal will NOT go forward while significant unaddressed concerns persist.
Discussing and critiquing management decisions and edicts among members
Polarizing the organization. Threat to authority. Mutiny. Disrespectful to avoid using proper channels.Benefitting from diversity’s wisdom. Safeguarding against decisions counter to mission. Combatting marginalization.
Failing to produce the membership list when requested by a member
Protection. Protecting members from harassment. Securing lines of authority and communication. Squashing divisiveness and pain. Possibly saving face.Censorship. Free speech rights violation. Legal violation. Trying to avoid responsibility to answer relevent questions.

Please note that member lists cannot be accessed by members to get addresses etc., they go to Mailing House to have the messages be sent out to members.
https://rescuepacifica.net/

KPFA built its building, KPFK built its building in 1971, enabling:

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May 4, 2021, 5:29 AM (8 days ago)

On Tue, May 4, 2021 at 2:01 AM <> wrote:
> Your philosophy would have worked well when WBAI was financially supporting the whole network including the struggling CA stations, which I guess would have been sold off in the 70’s when they were flailing.

i’ve heard of such times, but haven’t seen documentation. pacifica did
sell a national office in 1981 to bail out WBAI and WPFW, so 1925 MLK
wasn’t the first casualty.

> I know divide and conquer is appealing to some, but cannabalism is what it is. The reality of paying the bills sometimes calls for belt tightening, but you always hold onto the stations and local broadcasting because
> that is Pacifica’s mission and delivering on what the mission demands is what controls the actions of nonprofit organizations. That’s the difference, by the way.

that is certainly the important difference. pacifica’s mission is
nonspecific as to location, and as i’m sure we all know, reads in
part: “To establish and operate for educational purposes, in such
manner that the facilities involved shall be *as nearly
self-sustaining as possible*, one or more radio broadcasting
stations…” if a station or facility chronically fails to sustain
itself, trying another market is an obvious idea.

pacifica foundation board meeting, 11/21/81:

…SALE OF THE VENICE BOULEVARD BUILDING
After a long discussion of needs and alternatives, a Resolution was
adopted, 16 for, 0 opposed, 1 abstention, as follows:

Moved (Mel Reich) Seconded (Alex Vavoulis), carried:

That the President be empowered, in consultation with the Executive
Director, Treasurer, KPFK Station Manager, and the Board of Directors
members in Los Angeles, to mortgage, sell or otherwise dispose of the
National Office building as quickly as possible; provided that
$216,000 shall be available in the first year for National Office debt
retirement, moving expense, retirement of first mortgage and real
estate commission.

The motion on use of the money that would become available was passed
14 for, 0 opposed, 1 abstention as follows:

That to the extent monies are available from the sale or other
disposition of the National Office Building, or financing relating to
the sale or other disposition of the National Office Building, the
monies shall be applied to the following matters:

1. Retirement of National Office debt of up to $120,000;
2. Moving expense of National Office of approximately $25,000;
3. Loan to WBAI of up to $60,000; and
4. Grant to WPFW of up to $60,400…

Some of the Arguments, there are lots more, about WBAI’s antenna on the Empire State Building

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<>May 4, 2021, 1:28 AM (8 days ago)

Here is the copy of the lease with ESRT
https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/fbem/DocumentDisplayServlet?documentId=PzGBqn/Cq63U0gAHkXfLxw==&system=prod

The assumptions that the revenue captured every year could meet the rising rent is where I would like to know what they were thinking.
Since one of the people has passed and the other one, Mr. Coughlin, has skin in the game and will not talk, we can only surmise about their MENTALITES as the French cultural theorists like to say.
My reasoning of the background to it has another factoid in the mix. The ESRT transmitter was the only game in town after 911.

On Monday, May 3, 2021, 11:55:50 PM EDT, <>wrote:


I think there needs to be clarity on what may have been the factors for signing the lease with Empire.
This regards the initial euphoria from the new bylaws.
First, there was a growth in revenue taken in after the battle to “re-take” the Foundation. Revenue rose and so did audience. That was true in the first years after the re-writing of the new bylaws.
Second, the people who seized control politically of the Foundation had been organized around a set of assumptions. They were valorizing without question the essence that the eclectiv and diverse programming that in their percpetion was the strength of the system should be preserved and its purity defended. They had been galvanized by the implementation by the PNB of the conclusions that the CPB reached after their fiscal crisis of the eighties. That was the need to develop strip programming and high levels of audience ratings to sustain themselves. 
The Healthy Station Project comes into that mix. The old PNB sought to take the lessons derived from insights such as what David Giovannoni reached. https://groups.google.com/g/misc.activism.progressive/c/fKd8bE37ed4

The NATIONAL PROGRAMMING STRATEGY of 1992 is worth re-examining because what we are going through now is a evolution of those arguments in the present day battle over what the by laws should be or not be.
http://freepacifica.savegrassrootsradio.org/fp/oesfnp.txt

The actual numbers for WBAI were going up in terms of audience and revenue so that needs to be put into the mix in terms of looking at the agreement signed by the decision makers at that time. 
What began to alter the situation was the collapse of revenue the next year when there was a $500,000 dollar shortfall at WBAI. This is when the numbers started to decline in NYC.
How the board in all its factions had dealt with this since has been to me the most glaring example of their overall incompetence. That comment is directed to all the faction accolytes.
Because they were acting on the assumptions that all the grassroots programming was not to be questioned and valorized there has never been a honest examination of what was going on for the next 16-17 years. 
I would argue that coming in with the new PNB with the  new bylaws they were clueless as to the innards of how to manage a 21st century broadcasting entity. Posturing for “reevolution” foes not cut it when the numbers for listeners simply caved.
That is glaring when one looks at how far behind at key turning points in terms of digitization/social media Pacifica as a whole has been behind the eight ball ever since 2000. And the speed of that evolutuion as we all know has been at a lighting pace while Pacifica has moved and acted as a snail.
The PNB has always studiously ignored as a WHOLE the reasons why the revenue has collapsed for two decades because it would be forced to admit that the local programming in each signal has simply not performed with some exceptions.
So, the ESRT sword of damocles was always a known threat and without the Foundation as whole dealing with its root causes we are doomed to repeat it again and again.

On Monday, May 3, 2021, 02:30:44 AM EDT, <> wrote:

Without doubt.  I just question someone including that in the fundraising section of what purports to be a new plan.

From 1997, the Healthy Station push

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“The “Healthy Station project” comes to KPFA

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unread,Jul 10, 1997, 3:00:00 AMto
Lynne Chadwick, co-founder of NFCB’s “Healthy Station
Project” named as new manager for KPFA
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

On July 3, 1997 KPFA management announced that Lynne Chadwick,
Director of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, would
take over for outgoing KPFA GM Marci Lockwood. Chadwick is one of the
founders of the “Healthy Station Project” which pushed community
stations toward commercialization and “professionalization,” and
advocated the use of more paid staff and a reduced role for community
programmers and members in decision-making.

The Grassroots Radio Coalition, whose second annual conference will
take place at the end of this month in Boulder, Colorado, is composed
of a growing number of stations who have rejected the “Healthy
Station” premise. In many cases, these community stations have had to
fight long hard battles to take their stations back. Because of this,
the GRC conference attendees understood and were supportive of Free
Pacifica delegates who attended last years conference to publicize our
struggle.

This a further ominous step in the program of the current Pacifica
regime of Executive Director Pat Scott, whose “5-year Plan”
articulates a goal of re-creating Pacifica Stations as a “professional
broadcast organization.”

Jesse Walker, a community broadcaster and journalist, has provided the
following excerpt from a work- in -progress which explains the
“Healthy Station” project and the struggle against it. (WERU is one
of the co-founders and sponsors of the Grassroots Radio Coalition.)

For more info on the GRC, visit the GRC website:
http://www.kgnu.org/grassroots

In an excerpt from an early draft of a forthcoming paper, J . . . “

Pacifica Radio on your screen?

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From Studio B, where most talk radio shows originate? With a toggle switch between B and Master Control?

“My question still is what plans do you and your allies on the Pacifica Board and elsewhere have to bring Pacifica into the current era and capture a younger audience.

form a task force to figure out what has driven the younger audience
from streaming and digital physical media to retro electromechanical
phonographs (ie, “vinyl”). then adapt that driver for the type of
sound pacifica creates, to facilitate easy migration of this younger
audience from streaming and audio podcast / download to pacifica’s
retro FM broadcasts.

maybe what pacifica needs are more music programs certified to source
all sound from vinyl. i think free radio berkeley had a program called
“vinyl time machine” which did just this. fortunately for KPFA, they
never acquired an FCC license. so let pacifica seize this opportunity!
pacifica could augment the audio broadcast with jacket and liner notes
images over the Internet, and more fully recreate an album experience
which would be new to this younger audience. make sure the task force
examines any necessary licensing for the images.

too bad the younger audience will most often have to appreciate a
seventeen inch image on a six inch screen, but maybe they’ll gather
around the iMac for a nicer and more social experience.”

from Kim, former Treasurer and Nat’l Board Mbr.

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https://kimkaufman.medium.com/an-open-letter-to-the-proposed-transition-board-members-who-will-be-the-sole-trustees-for-the-bc30bb891e6c

Excerpt: “

Kim KaufmanFeb 12, 2020·5 min read

An open letter to the proposed Transition Board Members who will be the sole Trustees for the Pacifica Foundation if the proposed new Bylaws are approved by the membership

[*2/13 update question #10]

February 12, 2020

VIA EMAIL & US MAIL

To: Judy Graboyes, Bob King, Walter Riley, Norm Stockwell, Terri Burke, Mustafaa Carroll, Louis Vandenberg

I am writing you because you have all been chosen to be “Transition Board Members” as part of a set of completely reworked Bylaws for the Pacifica Foundation. These Bylaws will be voted on by the membership of all five Pacifica radio stations very soon and you are part of the package. If they are approved by the membership, you will become the new Directors of the Pacifica Foundation in a little over a month.

Here is a link to the proposed bylaws that includes short bios for you and other information: https://www.pacifica.org/. (Two of the original proposed Directors have withdrawn.) If these Bylaws are approved, you will have almost unlimited control to do whatever you want to Pacifica. However, we have heard nothing from you beyond the printed bios. One of the fears is that you will be puppets for the people who picked you, that you have been told you won’t have to do much and they will “advise” you.

I am a member of KPFK and I was on the KPFK local board, and was its Treasurer for several years, as well as on the national board. I have spoken with other members and former board members and we have some questions. We’d like to hear from you directly in order to inform us in the upcoming vote. I have set up a Facebook group called Pacifica’s Proposed New Bylaws where people can further discuss these issues and you can respond there and engage with the members directly. Since your new job will be so crucial to Pacifica’s future, it is critical that the membership hear from you directly.

1.      What is your understanding of the responsibilities and duties of Transition Board Member that you have committed to?2.      Some of you have full time jobs. How much of a time commitment do you expect this position will require? How much time can you commit to Pacifica should it require more time?3.      How much do you know about Pacifica? 4.      How much do you know about Pacifica’s current financial status?5.      It is possible that at the time of your seating, there will be no Executive Director or Chief Financial Officer. If that is the case, the elected board Chair among you is required to take over the ED position and the elected board Treasurer is required to take over the CFO position according to the new proposed Bylaws. Is someone prepared to take on these responsibilities if needed?6.      During this transition period you will be the only Trustees of the Pacifica Foundation and will be responsible for all the business of governance and oversight of Pacifica. None of you have radio or radio business experience, except for at community radio stations much smaller than Pacifica’s smallest station or other relevant skills. Pacifica has five financially troubled stations, plus its Archives and an Affiliates program. It is a very compl . . . "

Repeater Station? We’ll hear KPFA over our KPFK 90.7 FM

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  • Excerpt:
  • https://pacifica-democracy-project.org/emails/help-prevent-the-shutdown-of-kpfk/
  • KPFK owes about $300,000 to the Pacifica National Office which imperils the entire Network. (According to the KPFK Business Manager in the KPFK Finance Committee meeting of Jan. 13, 2021 the exact amount is $294,632.) Pacifica owes its accounting firm over $200,000. If this firm stops work for us it could jeopardize our nonprofit status, delay our audits and violate the terms of our $3.2 million loan.

The Pacifica National Office no longer has reserves to cover KPFK shortfalls. According to Anita Sims, Pacifica interim Chief Financial Officer, funds will have to be taken from KPFA to cover them.

KPFK has a narrow window of time to maintain its independence. All efforts to improve KPFK income have either failed completely or been inadequate to make up for revenue declines.Repeater Stations will be run by the Biggest Fish in the pond. If action is not taken to reduce expenses immediately drastic measures very damaging to KPFK may take place. If KPFK can’t raise enough money to pay its expenses it may have to be shut down or its building sold.

Sharon Adams, KPFA Treasurer, has stated several times that any station that can’t pay its bills should have all of its staff laid off and be converted to a ‘repeater’ station. You can hear her saying this in the National Finance Committee meeting of Oct. 27, 2020.”

I Tried Not To Be Partisan,

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Version 2, by Sue Cohen Johnson and others

On Fri, Apr 23, 2021 at 4:21 PM Sue Johnson <3rd1000yrs@gmail.com> wrote:
THE Lists and addresses and emails used to be sacrosanct to the stations; now, not only Pacifica National but New Day proponents have them and are using them to propagandize you for their agenda. There is a law providing for this in California, but they choose to use it against the existing workers/fighters.

‘California law says all members should be allowed to contact all other members.  Nobody is ever given the lists.  A mailing house that signs an agreement to keep the list confidential is used by a member or group to send out emails or snail mail to all members or to members of a particular station.  This is the law.  There’s nothing that can be done about it.  Court challenges protesting this have lost. 
Pacifica has to allow it because it’s in the Bylaws and has to pay for it.  It was proposed as a Bylaws Amendment to have the petition makers pay for the election but it failed, unfortunately..  But I think it will pass if it is proposed again, which doesn’t help now but would in the future. ‘

THEY all told us their plan to eliminate the station boards, and now they’re not telling us any differently. Their new by-laws provide for it. Their plan to have LSBs in the near term, doesn’t preclude their elimination in the future.
‘The New Day bylaws essentially get rid of the LSBs – they would only be able to do fund raising and membership drives.’ 

WE have 2 main problems: local and national board members and the ED did not come up through the ranks of the stations, and candidates for both boards and ED can’t reveal all about themselves on the air and on line. Villains reveal their prejudices and weaknesses in their own declarations, ‘hoist on their own petard’.
THEY want to hire an ED from outside Pacifica, That’s the opposite of what we should do. Up through the ranks.

THE reason we can never complete an audit is because KPFA always refuses to turn over their books to anyone including the auditors, under the same folks who are in New Day Pacifica. ‘Yes.’ 

THE last time we had National Development Director they wanted to directly fundraise from the stations listener-sponsors, and keep the money at National instead of the stations. With the money lies the power. They even wanted to have the local fundrive money go directly to them! ‘Yes.’ 
WHEN we had that Dev. Dir. We also had a National Program Director. All hiring and programming decisions at the National not the stations. ‘Yes.’ 

THE ED works free so she won’t have to be under scrutiny like an employee would.  ‘Yes.’ 

THERE ARE MANY ELITISTS among the endorsers and prospective National board members. ‘Yes.’

THE perennial treasurer of KPFA, its LSB and the Pacifica National Board, has even said, ‘When the Network vitally needs some money, ‘we’ have to take the money from somewhere in the network to pay that required money to protect the organization’. If KPFA or national want money, they just pass it back and forth without any process or due process. ‘Yes’. 
KPFA is in the hippie heaven/haven of the world. It was always lefty and the site of the Free Speech Movement of the 60’s. Those listeners take it for granted that they should support their lefty radio station. ‘Yes.’
Yes KPFA gives money to the rest of the network sometimes, doesn’t mean they are qualified to be the messiah of Pacifica. They are in a blue bubble and don’t pay enough attention to the rest of the country.

IT’S easy to balance the budget by laying off staff. ‘Yes.’  

PACIFICA RADIO ARCHIVES, it’s easy to bloom from small numbers when you don’t have digital and internet resources to count with, until you do have those resources. It’s a false comparison, apples and oranges.

FOR STRATEGIC PLAN, read Brainwashing Session. They are bunched together, separated from their workplaces, environmentally controlled, and the supposed leaders and supposed ‘experts’ have the charge to address and convince the workers.

THE new By-Laws at every point change the rules to eliminate any democracy, and their new process is almost impossible to revoke or make changes to. Please check the sites that narrate the differences between the old and new By-Laws. We will end up with only 7 hand-picked members of the National Board.

Existing By-Laws: https://pacifica.org/documents/bylaws_160721/Pacifica_Bylaws_Jan-1-2016.pdf

New Day By-Laws: https://newdaypacifica.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Proposed-New-Day-Pacifica-Bylaws-with-contents-on-p1.pdf

A Finance researcher of Pacifica https://kimkaufman.medium.com/an-open-letter-to-the-proposed-transition-board-members-who-will-be-the-sole-trustees-for-the-bc30bb891e6c

A Newsletter re KPFA, Pacifica

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http://www.kpfahistory.info/hist/lengthening_shadow.htm
Excerpt:
From “Cracking the Ike Age”, The Dolphin No.23, Aarhus University Press, Denmark
©1992 John Whiting May be quoted in part with credit as below:

THELENGTHENINGSHADOW:
Lewis Hill and the Origins of Listener-Sponsored Broadcasting in America 

By John Whiting

THE GOOD OLD DAYS  

American radio programs of the thirties and forties are easy to get nostalgic about now that the issues they didn’t confront and the questions they didn’t ask are well behind us. They were intended to entertain or stimulate the listeners in such a way as to promote the sponsors’ products. To that end they tried to amuse, excite, even frighten the punters into a state of mind in which they would be susceptible to the Big Sell.

As the great radio maverick Henry Morgan explained, the air time on all the network stations was filled by a small number of announcer/actors whose ranks were extremely difficult to break into: “about thirty of them did ninety percent of the work”. (BUX p. vii) Morgan was himself one of this elite, having worked his way up quickly from page boy to full-time announcer by 1932 and by 1938 to his own comedy show on WOR, New York (which, at the age of seven, I half-listened to only because it occupied, on alternate days, the same time slot as Superman).

The “radio voice” was established early: it demanded a norm of intonation, inflection and voice projection which was as absolute in its rules as the BBC’s so-called “standard English”. Deep chest tones, bland assurance, total lack of hesitation or error were essential, so as to convey that ineffable, indispensable quality-Sincerity. This exaggerated diction also helped to compensate for the primitive equipment and the bad reception in “fringe” areas.

Lewis Hill, the founder of listener-sponsored broadcasting in America, described in 1951 one of the standard audition procedures, symptomatic of the principles and practices which had led him to seek an alternative to commercial radio:

“The test consists of three or four paragraphs minutely constructed to avoid conveying any meaning. The words are familiar and every sentence is grammatically sound, but the text is gibberish. The applicant is required to read this text in different voices, as though it meant different things: with solemnity and heavy sincerity, with lighthearted humor, and of course with ‘punch’. If the judges award him the job and tur . . . . “

Advice from a Listener/worker

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Thanks for this: Sidney Smith”Change your formats upgrade the tech refine your world view to attract new generations of progressives. Become more effective by going back to the foundations of the network. That is be interesting inventive humorous inviting thoughtful. Humane to all points of view. Even with those we don’t agree with…this was a foundation of Pacifica which was lost from the 70’s on. We became a cult an already converted choir to be preached to. The main critical sense I get from people is that we talk of what’s wrong, but rarely of how to actually fix it. Fix it in a way open to all as opposed to the doctrinaire. Do this, and an audience a 21st century audience will come. Don’t, and be stuck with an shrinking listenership of the stubbornly convinced. I joined WBAI when I was 28. I left or was forcible retired during one of the cyclic purges for the usual reasons at 63. So I have some notion of how things are. Circular firing squads of varying kinds. Some better some worse, but all in that circle. Open up to this now not so new century. This with all of the complex changes it has wrought. Mind I know many former staff, and supporters have been saying this since at least the 90’s. For 30 years such simple suggestions have been ignored. So here you still are hanging by the skin of your teeth. There are other kinds of Listener Sponsored radio stations, and networks out there. They mostly thrive. Ask them why. Hint…they advance, and change with the times, and eras. They are open to new ways of doing business performing on the air, and just being…being in this era, and looking ahead. I know this first hand having been part of a few since retirement. I expect this will be ignored by the entrenched powers or ruling ideological cliques. Though perhaps some individuals working in these digital fields of grass might pause, and consider. Regardless good luck you all.”

Bob Fass at WBAI nights,

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Sidney Smith
This two minute video I recorded in our Wall Street studios. This of Bob Fass doing his long time program Radio Unnamable during a fund raiser. We’re a non-commercial network founded by Pacifists in 1947. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6K0CDaBUAY

My dear friend Bob Fass has passed away.
He was a fixture in New York radio for 50 years, and more. I was honored to work with him during my broadcast career. He was noted for his courage compassion wit, and unique humor. Also the man could be impossible sometimes. Which was added seasoning to the experience of knowing, and loving him. He was much respected by the arts, and political communities. Below a very short video I recorded of him on air. Bless him. ❤

Computer Age News

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https://slate.com/business/2021/04/substack-media-new-york-times-subscriptions-poaching.html?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits
Excerpt:
“This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg granted a rare, live, hourlong interview to a tech journalist, where he revealed the company’s plans for a slew of new audio products. Normally, such a scoopy, wide-ranging interview would be a coup for the media company that landed it. But in this case, there was no traditional media company: The interviewer was Casey Newton, who writes a Substack newsletter called Platformer, and the setting was a new Discord server that Newton and seven other independent writers have created called Sidechannel. A thousand people—paying subscribers to at least one of the newsletters—tuned in.

It was the latest milestone in Substack’s ascendance as a platform for high-profile journalism. The company’s rise, punctuated by a venture capital round that valued it at $650 million, has been fueled by an influx of well-known commentators formerly employed by major media outlets such as the New York Times, Vox, and BuzzFeed. Some are lured by the editorial freedom, others by the cash on offer, which for top writers can hit seven figures. Several outlets have lost their biggest names to Substack (though not always unhappily); Slate and New York recently lost their star advice columni . . . . “

Their Local Paper

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Pacifica Radio: Let’s talk about the debt

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Welcome to KPFA. Station headquarters are located at 1929 Martin Luther King Jr Way in Berkeley. KPFA invented listener-sponsored radio – and listener-governed radio.

by Ann Garrison

In early June, listener subscribers and staff of the Pacifica Radio Network’s five nonprofit metropolitan stations, KPFA-Berkeley, KPFK-Los Angeles, KPFT-Houston, WBAI-New York City, and WPFW-Washington D.C., will receive ballots to vote on yet another new set of bylaws that would largely do away with its democratic governance structure. The first attempt to do this was resoundingly defeated at the end of March one year ago. This time ballots will go out during the first week of June, and most subscribers and staff will choose to vote online. The network also includes 200 smaller affiliate stations, whose staff and listener subscribers will not be included in this election, but who have two representatives on the Pacifica National Board. 

The first attempt to do this was resoundingly defeated at the end of March one year ago. This time ballots will go out during the first week of June, and most subscribers and staff will choose to vote online.

As a longtime Pacifica programmer and listener, I am as adamantly opposed to this new bylaws proposal as I was to the last – first and foremost because it would disenfranchise the two East Coast stations, WPFW-Washington, D.C., and WBAI-New York City, which have the largest Black audiences, and give disproportionate power to my own station, KPFA-Berkeley. Black Agenda Radio, hosted by Glen Ford and Margaret Kimberley, airs on both WBAI and WPFW but not on KPFT-Houston, KPFK-Los Angeles or KPFA-Berkeley, which is not to say I haven’t suggested airing it on KPFA.

My other reasons for opposing these bylaws is that they are fundamentally undemocratic and that they will lop off Pacifica programmers’ anti-imperialist wing. In the late 1960s and early ‘70s, Pacifica was a radical, antiwar, anti-imperialist network, perhaps most admired when WBAI sent the first American reporter to broadcast from North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Today, however, much of Pacifica has – like the rest of what now passes for the left – given way to identity politics, Democratic Party politics, Trump Derangement Syndrome and even national security state narratives. I wrote ab

I can’t help but refute New Day

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It’s easy to balance the budget by laying off staff.

It’s easy to bloom from small numbers when you don’t have digital and internet resources to count with, until you do have those resources. It’s a false comparison, apples and oranges.

For Strategic Plan, read Brainwashing Session

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They above day-sheet is unususal in that Sojourner Truth did not make $3,000, and neither did Background Briefing. This is from a 2015 FunDrive. Roy’s Something’s Happening did excellent for an overnight show. Now they want to lay him off. And they laid off Christine Blosdale, who made maybe 1/3 of total FunDrive money.

Why lay off staff at KPFK, KPFA keeps bragging that it’s the financial rock upon which the network stands? They have a flush staff. Last time I was allowed to look, they even employed someone with a developmental or other mental disability, to do small work in the Membership department. And their dept. head said about another membership task, “you can do it during your free time at work.” Yes the disabled should be respected, nothing against the disabled, we always hire them if they are capable, but at the cost of laying off essential personnel who are keeping the station from going under? Why lay off the news staff at KPFK? And money-making programmers? Don’t get me started!
Membership is the department that physically and digitally brings in the money! KPFA is in the hippie heaven of the world. It was always lefty and the site of the Free Speech Movement of the 60’s. Their listeners take it for granted that they should support their lefty radio station.

At KPFK-Please don’t let this happen: Roy of Hollywood, Something’s Happening: “National board meeting will meet Thursday night to discuss layoffs of Roy and Buzz and others. If you want to help write an email to ed@pacifica.org. and the national board at pnb@pacifica.org. (a single email to both is OK). “

Roy gets a little pay as programmer and overnight staff/boardop. His show makes amazing money for an overnight show.

Yay us!

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The Pirate Radio Broadcaster Who Occupied Alcatraz and Terrified the FBI

Over fifty years ago, John Trudell overcame tragedy to become the national voice for Native Americans—and a model for a new generation of activists.

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Trudell had one thing the FBI could not stop: his voice. Image by Michelle Vignes/Gamma-Rapho, via Getty Images

He sat at the same table each evening, sometimes with lighting and sometimes without, a cigarette often in hand, a guest always by his side. In the background, the sound of waves rolling against the rocks and the stuttering of a backup generator were constants. Then, with a crackly yet true radio connection, streaming through the wires from an unthinkable place — Alcatraz Island — he began speaking in a calm, determined voice. The nation was listening.

In the Pacifica Radio Archives, located in a modest brick building in North Hollywood, you can hear what hundreds of thousands of Americans heard on those evenings.File through the cassettes and you will find more than a dozen tapes labeled with a single word: Alcatraz. Each is followed by a date, anywhere from December 1969 to August 1970.

But these were not simply programs about Alcatraz, that island in the notoriously frigid San Francisco Bay that was home to a federal prison until it closed in 1963. Rather, they were broadcast from the former prison building itself, from a small cell without heat and only a lone generator for power rumbling in the background.

The show was called Radio Free Alcatraz , and it was hosted by John Trudell, a Santee Sioux Native American activist and broadcaster.

By the winter of 1969, Trudell could be found in that austere cell, speaking over the rush of waves in a composed Midwestern accent. And by 1973, he had become one of the FBI’s most feared activists, with a file that would eventually run longer than 1,000 pages.

Why would the FBI compose its longest dossier about a broadcaster speaking from a rocky island a mile offshore? What was Trudell saying that frightened them so much?

Trudell was advocating for Native American self-determination, explaining its moral and political importance to all Americans. On air, he often revealed the innumerable ways the government was violating Native American rights: obstructing fishing access in Washington State, setting unfair prices on tribal lands, removing Native American children from local schools. But he didn’t just reveal the cruel contradictions at the heart of American society. He imagined a future in which equality — between different American cultures, and between all people and the earth itself — would become a reality

And for the first time, non–Native American communities were listening. More than 100,000 people tuned in to Pacifica stations in California, Texas and New Yo . . .

Latest, and they call the LSB board members crazy-

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Excerpt and excerpt:

  New Day’s Jan Goodman Accused of Financial Misconduct by KPFA Board Members   Berkeley-In a second amended Turner vs. Pacifica Foundation complaint filed at the end of February, KPFA board chair Christina Huggins, KPFA LSB member Donald Goldmacher and Pacifica director Andrea Turner accuse Jan Goodman, the proposed new vice-chair of the board in the “New Day” bylaws proposal, of prohibited self-dealing and financial misconduct while on the board.  The complaint states:  On or about March 28, 2018, the transaction of a $500,000 loan to PFI from Pacifica Supporters Loan LLC. The principals of PSLLC are Jerry Manpearl, an attorney and Goodman’s husband, and King Reilly. At the time of the subject loan transaction, Goodman was a member of the Pacifica Foundation board. … Despite her obvious conflict of interest on account of being married to a principal of the lender, Goodman did not recuse herself or abstain from the PFI Board of Directors vote approving the loan, but instead voted to approve the loan. $28,000 was paid to Manpearl, Goodman’s husband, for legal fees and expenses and $10,000 was paid to Reilly as a brokers fee…. The PSLLC-PFI loan was unlawful and a prohibited self-dealing transaction”.  Now to be clear, like pretty much everything in the sloppy lawsuit from “Pacifica Safety Net”, this charge is bogus and untrue. For one thing, Goodman did recuse herself from the closed session vote on the loan. But what is important to note  is that Goodman is being put forward as the future vice-chair of the board for 3 full years, with the power to personally select enough of the other board members under the New Day proposal to ensure her agenda will prevail. Yet some of those at KPFA on the record loudly supporting the New Day bylaws revisions have no compunctions about swearing in a court of law that Goodman’s behavior has been unlawful and unethical.  We hate to cite this lawsuit at all, as it is such a ridiculous piece of work (pretty much what would happen if you took a Save KPFA propaganda email and cut and pasted it on to legal paper without the most basic fact checking), but here at Pacifica in Exile, we provide documents, so here it is. You’re paying for it.  What this episode reveals is that the New Day folks, while they may be promising you smaller boards that will never fight, in reality have absolutely no hesitations turning on each other with bogus accusations whenever they feel it is advantageous. The “New Day” will be much like the old days. We can’t come up with any justification for them  trying to revise the bylaws to install a board member that they would testify to a court under penalty of perjury is guilty of unlawful and unethical conduct.  The moral of the story is that you can’t fix bad behavior with bylaws. Under any set of bylaws and any organizational structure, people that want to wreak havoc and sling allegations at their colleagues, will do so. The “New Day” alliance between KPFA, KPFA and possibly KPFT against the two east coast stations is built on a highly shaky foundation that is coming apart before their bylaws revision even comes to a vote in May. It won’t fix Pacifica. It won’t even stop the board members from suing each other. Vote NO on the New Day bylaws in May and more importantly, start taking names. The KPFA and KPFK board members who have refused to condemn the Safety Net lawsuit from Goldmacher, Huggins and Turner should not be returned to any Pacifica board. The New Day supporters pretending that changing the bylaws is changing the bad behavior on the boards are not what Pacifica needs. If you reject the New Day proposal, you’ll still have the ability to vote off bad behavior and those who sanction it. And that is how you really create a new day for Pacifica. 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. To subscribe to this newsletter, please visit our website at www.pacificainexile.org ### Started in 1946 by conscientious objector Lew Hill, Pacifica’s storied history includes impounded program tapes for a 1954 on-air discussion of marijuana, broadcasting the Seymour Hersh revelations of the My Lai massacre, bombings by the Ku Klux Klan, going to jail rather than turning over the Patty Hearst tapes to the FBI, and Supreme Court cases including the 1984 decision that noncommercial broadcasters have the constitutional right to editorialize, and the Seven Dirty Words ruling following George Carlin’s incendiary performances on WBAI. Pacifica Foundation operates noncommercial radio stations in New York, Washington, Houston, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and syndicates content to over 180 affiliates. It invented listener-sponsored radio.
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Even Mummia speaks on Pacifica

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https://www.facebook.com/PacificaFightback-for-Democracy-Accountability-100629658187564/

Excerpt: “About the newest events occurring at Pacifica stations… centralization is essentially one thing and one thing only: CONTROL. Centralization is how the system reproduces itself, by quieting the voice of those people it deems deviant, those people it deems dissident, those people it deems other than human, other than people. … Centralization is about control. And de-centralization is about liberation, freedom, and liberating voices, personalities, identities that have been under the thumb of repression.

So I know what side I’m on.
I hope you’re on that side.”

~ Mumia Abu Jamal, December 7, 2020

On Tuesday, December 8, four KPFA plaintiffs – Pacifica National Board (PNB) member Andrea Turner-Dyson, Local Station Board (LSB) Chair Christina Huggins, LSB member Donald Goldmacher, and former LSB member and secretary, Craig Alderson – sued to put Pacifica into receivership. Their complaint featured provably false claims about Pacifica’s relationship with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the status of our audits, and includes events that occurred while many of the “New Day Pacifica”(NDP) / “Pacifica Restructuring Project” actors were part of management and/or governance majorities.

The Los Angeles court attack was sprung just days after the PNB agreed on a timeframe for a 2021 Bylaw Replacement Referendum from NDP. Although most 4th graders could have convincingly argued that NDP’s “new” proposal was too similar to the resoundingly rejected 2020 Referendum to warrant the expenditure of the organization’s limited funds, the Board acceded to the NDP demand / threat rather than going to court.

So much for limiting legal expenses… Apparently, there is no . . . “

Whaddiya Know-

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https://www.radiodiscussions.com/threads/pacificas-kpfa-funded-defense-of-the-wbai-takeover.725905/

From RadioDiscussions.com: “

Pacifica’s KPFA funded defense of the WBAI takeover…

Spareparts

Member

Berkeley – Law firm Foster Garvey has revealed that $80,000 was secretly wired from Berkeley radio station KPFA’s operating account in October of 2019 to the law firm that was defending the failed WBAI shutdown. The amount represents approximately one out of every five dollars donated in KPFA’s September/October fall fund drive.

https://pacificainexile.org/archives/6235

TheBigA

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This is what some people would call “inside baseball.”  

Theater of My Mind

Well-known member

TheBigA said: This is what some people would call “inside baseball.”
It is, but I don’t mind seeing it posted since Chris Alberts’ blog and the WBAI blue board are gone now, making it harder to keep up with the antics.

Anyway, isn’t there a long tradition of Pacifica board members spending crazy percentages of their organization’s money on court cases and lawyers to fight their own internal battles? This doesn’t seem like anything new or surprising. The whole operation is like watching the endless petty battles inside a terrible HOA.  

TheBigA

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Theater of My Mind said: The whole operation is like watching the endless petty battles inside a terrible HOA.
Exactly. Here we are, six months later, and how have t . . . “

Picture is from many years ago-

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Peter Sutheim passed

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https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/latimes/obituary.aspx?n=peter-ernest-sutheim&pid=197003690&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=obitshareamp&utm_content=p197003690

Excerpt: “Born in New York City, Peter’s early interest in classical music, radio, and electronics spurred him to collect and modify “mostly junk” from NYC’s Radio Row. He graduated from UConn Storrs in 1961, worked briefly at a Hartford CT radio station, then returned to NYC, where he was mentored by renowned high-end radio manufacturer and philanthropist Avery Fisher, becoming an associate editor with Radio Electronics and a free-lance audio journalist for other magazines. A dream job called him to Los Angeles: Director of Operations at KPFK-FM (1973-1979). Making significant recordings for alternative radio in the 1960’s and early 1970’s with the organization Radio Free People honed Peter’s editing skills. H . . . “

They Threatened to sue Pacifica

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https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2020/12/16/pacifica-safety-net-15dec-breaker-tag-team-gendelman-goldmacher-huggins-alderson-psn-sue-pacifica-directors-for-misfeasance-malfeasance-negligence-unlawful-conduct-gross-dereliction-of-fiduciary-duty/

Excerpt: “Two websites created F18Sep2020: https://pacificasafetynet.org (also the destination when keying ‘pacificasafetynet.com’) – and no, there’s no ‘pacificasafetynet.net’. (Thx to a reader for this info.) The main site links show their colours: New Day Pacifica, & Save KPFA – https://pacificasafetynet.org/links/#other-resources a 501(c)(3) registered Tu29Sep2020: doc linked from Pacifica in Exile, please see below – will also be embedded on this webpageof course, a GoFundMe, created 5Oct2020: “Donald Goldmacher is organizing this fundraiser” – well, he is the chief financial officer, according to the Cali Secretary of State; “$60,000 goal”; as of Pacific breakfast, W16Dec, $1 350 had been raised from 8 donors, all within the last 24hrs bar the first donation, made 18 days ago, Sa28Nov; https://www.gofundme.com/f/pacifica-safety-netofficers publicly disclosed M16Nov2020, to the Cali Secretary of State: Sherry Gendelman, Chief Executive Officer; Craig Alderson, Secretary; & Donny ‘do you think I care?’ Goldmacher, Chief Financial Officer – see Pacifica in Exile doc dropa YouTube channel, Pacifica Safety Net, created F20Nov2020: 13 subscribers as of Tu15Dec; no public content, but two vids (detailed below), that are ‘unlisted’, so they don’t come up in a YT search, but each has a URL so can be shared; notably, comments are turned off – these peeps aren’t into conversation, discussion: they’re steamrollers (think tankies), into dissemination, into top-down communication; https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1mgsTKWHgHkxO-yyK83RiQ/about[UPDATE . . . the two vids were made public at c. 1600PT W16Dec (changing the upload date to 16Dec, but leaving the views unchanged).]& a Facebook page created Sa21Nov2020: linked to the primary website; three . . . “

Thanks again to : Pacifica Radio Watch blog- https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2020/12/16/pacifica-safety-net-15dec-breaker-tag-team-gendelman-goldmacher-huggins-alderson-psn-sue-pacifica-directors-for-misfeasance-malfeasance-negligence-unlawful-conduct-gross-dereliction-of-fiduciary-duty/


It Will Never Be Over?

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Don’t let Pacifica national mine OUR listeners with a Fund Drive directly to them over OUR airwaves!
Beware of strategic planning and retreats, AKA brainwashing sessions!
They have taken power at the ‘top’, don’t go for their too expensive Get-rich-quick bright ideas! There’s no free lunch.

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The Sunday Gummies
A surviving shot from the 1972 Marathon where the Sunday Gummies originally got together as guests on “Nightangels” – the KPFK after midnight series (Bruce Gossard, Tom Stanford, Ethelie Ann, Steven Tyler (not THAT Steven Tyler, Captain Midnight), Rick Brawlver, Jay (? – late night OTR guy) and Jason B Goode). The original Gummies were Gregg Roebuck, Joe Adams, and Phil Tuttle (Laura Tuttle, your uncle?). We wound up as regulars on the Jason B Goode’s Heavenly Miracle Air Experiment, but by then Phil would be gone and David Arias was thrilling us with his electric voice. The only picture we have of Phil is this one.
Personnel – woman who took the picture (with her second generation Polaroid Swinger) reflected in the glass – unknown, Phil Tuttle (Brother Phil, tried to do his own show, Mostly Bluegrass, which didn’t work out).
Next to Phil is Howard Larman, Mitchell Harding and Cathy Kulkin, just married.
Seated is Mike Hodel (Steve Hodel take note). He was director of Public Affairs, co-author of a Sherlock Holmes novel (Enter the Lion), and my personal reporting and production mentor at KPFK. He taught how to do invisible edits with a razor blade and follow a story where the evidence led, not where I wanted it to lead. Standing next to Mike is Will Lewis, station manager, and seated next to him – applauding – is Everette Frost.

Phil Tuttle (Brother Phil, next is Howard Larman, Mitchell Harding and Cathy Kulkin, just married.
Seated is Mike Hodel. He was director of Public Affairs, and my personal reporting and production mentor at KPFK. Standing next to Mike is Will Lewis, station manager, and seated next to him – applauding – is Everette Frost

More Shenanigans

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“Before briefly discussing the merits, there is a question of process. Why on earth shouldn’t any bylaws proposal wait until the next election in the summer of 2021 when it can be sent out at no additional cost in a regularly scheduled election? . . . Who wants the energy of Pacifica’s staff going to touting bylaws proposals when earthshatteringly important things are happening every day, much of it misreported by the mainstream media? “
So what’s on the table this time? More handpicked directors. This time, they are:
* Sharon Kyle, the owner of the LA Progressive, an online news site in LA which has had its own financial struggles,
* Jan Goodman, a current director, also from LA, who has already served six consecutive years on the Pacifica National Board and would have to step down at the end of the year, but is proposing via these new bylaws to serve for another 3 years for a total of 9 consecutive years. 
* Lyden Foley, a current director, from Texas.
* Akio Tanaka, a KPFA LSB rep.
All 4 would serve from January 2021 to December 2023 as the preselected officers of the Pacifica National Board.  They would be joined by one representative from each station (none of whom can be officers) and 2 staff reps (one paid and one unpaid) who would be elected in nationwide staff elections, with paid staff voting for paid and unpaid staff voting for unpaid. This cuts staff representation on the national board by 60%, and gives 10x more representation to 100 paid staffers than to the 1,000+ unpaid staffers who produce the majority of the on-air programs. To this group can be added three random at-large directors with no criteria required other than a majority vote by the ad-hoc board. 
It gets worse. After this ad-hoc board does its thing for three years with no input from the listener-sponsors, you will get to vote. You will get to vote in NINE different elections, selecting a person to be the national board chair, a person to be the national board vice chair, a person to be the national board secretary, a person to be the national board treasurer, a person to be the local board chair, a person to be the local board vice-chair, a person to be the local board secretary, a person to be the local board Outreach Coordinator, and a person to be the local board Membership and Fundraising Coordinator. You don’t need to pay any attention to the rest of the local station board since it will be selected for you. “

Next Try

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Do NOT sign the “New Day Pacifica” petition.
This is the same old gang who do not want to share KPFA with the member elected boards. They keep losing so now they want rid of the board again. They already tried this move once this year.

Make peace, the military are ultimately powerful with force

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The above picture is old,

Ellen Weintraub, a member of the Federal Election Commission, warned earlier this month that there’s a “substantial chance” election winners, including for the presidency, won’t be called the night of the vote. The commissioner urged voters to be patient while extra care is taken to tally all the votes “accurately” in order to “ensure that everyone’s vote counts” Weintraub assured voters, however, that mail-in voting is “absolutely” reliable, noting that one-quarter of all votes in the 2016 presidential election were cast with mail-in ballots (which can also be dropped off at polling stations or in drop boxes, she pointed out).
More from yesterday’s article:
Trump voted by mail last week in Florida’s primary.
Critics say Trump’s assault on mail-in ballots is his attempt to sway the vote in his favor by reducing the number of voters, especially supporters of his rival, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden — and to establish a fake justification for rejecting results in the event of his loss.
“You’ll never have an election count on November 3rd,” Trump declared. “You’re not going to be able to know the end of this election, in my opinion, for weeks, months — maybe never. It may be years, but maybe never,” he added. “Because once you go past the first week, you’re never going to know.”
Trump Warns U.S. May ‘Never’ Know The Results Of The Presidential Election
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Trump Warns U.S. May ‘Never’ Know The Results Of The Presidential Election
He falsely claimed that if the “fraudulent” “mail-in ballot deal” isn’t cleared up by the end of the year, he could be replaced by Nancy Pelosi.
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re: Mail-in Voting

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They don’t count these until the night of the election, after the networks have called the election. Please vote in person-it’s a one-shot against voter suppression. Trump is in power and is sabotaging the other kinds of votes.

From: Brad Friedman <Brad@BradBlog.com>
To: ‘Clifford Burton’ <nimaste@verizon.net>
Sent: Tue, Aug 18, 2020 3:53 pm
Subject: RE: Mail-in votes

That is not entirely correct. MANY jurisdictions begin counting mail-in ballots (the ones that have arrived early, in any event) well before Election Day.
 
While voting in person may be a good idea for those healthy enough to risk it, they also risk finding they’ve been purged from the roles if they wait until Election Day. And, of course, in jurisdictions which force voters to vote on a 100% unverifiable touchscreen voting system on Election Day at the polls, they should DEFINITELY vote with a HAND-MARKED paper absentee ballot (though delivering it in person on or before Election Day is a very good idea.)
 
Brad

Pacifica Watch blog

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https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2020/06/05/within-the-hour-facebook-inexplicably-deleted-the-post-about-the-pnb-zombies-and-karen/
https://pacificaradiowatch.home.blog/2020/06/05/within-the-hour-facebook-inexplicably-deleted-the-post-about-the-pnb-zombies-and-karen/
How did Brazon get back in charge?

The Takeover of 1999, and Now

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A vote yes is to vote for the so-called elites to dictate to the people, or even sell off the stations. But a big infusion of cash from that would just go right away for their pet projects or into their pockets. These are the folks responsible for the possible loss of KPFA’s building. Disenfranchises the 200+ affiliate stations.

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Pacifica by Kim [this is a long one but most of these aren’t]

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KPFK and Pacifica: Update 2019
Kim Kaufman

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Pacifica is the last network of independent non-commercial radio stations operating in five of the largest media markets in the country. They are KPFK, Los Angeles, KPFA, Berkeley, WBAI, New York City, WPFW, Washington D.C. and KPFT, Houston, Texas. Many observers — and listeners — have written Pacifica off as a pathetic in-fighting mess as it has long been irrelevant in the larger media world. But the fact that this organization still owns and operates five very valuable radio licenses in major U.S. markets is worth taking a look at, especially from the financial aspect which is rarely exposed.

Since KPFK (and the other stations) are having another election for their Local Station Boards (LSB), what follows is information for anyone considering running, or voting, from a former KPFK LSB member. I will highlight some of the critical issues facing KPFK and Pacifica to consider.

This is also an update to KPFK and Pacifica: A Quiet Coup from October, 2015 which detailed problems with the finances then — the lack of several years of filing annual audits to the CA Attorney General, the lack of adequate bookkeeping, etc. I advocated voting for one faction of new and returning former LSB members (which I had then been aligned with) to replace the other faction. They were elected and have had a majority on the local and national boards for the last three+ years. During this time, however, the financial picture has only gotten worse. Pacifica’s factional infighting is somewhat notorious but is the problem only the factions or is it something else?

As to my qualifications for addressing these issues, I was on KPFK’s LSB from 2009 to 2015 when I was termed out. I was, at different times, Treasurer of KPFK, on the National Finance Committee, Director on the Pacifica National Board (PNB), on the Audit Committee, on a Financial Recovery Audit Task Force, and other committees. I have been involved in and focused on the finances of KPFK and Pacifica for many years and in many capacities. I have written many analyses of budgets and actual income/expenses, been a whistleblower and advocated for transparency and honesty.

The main job of KPFK’s LSB is to approve yearly budgets from management and make quarterly reports on the station’s finances and to make sure the station is on solid financial footing. Good budgets are based on historical data and formulas that are specific to non-commercial radio whose revenue comes largely from on air fund drives. Management has not availed itself of those tools for the last two budgets and produced overly optimistic budgets. Nevertheless, KPFK’s Finance Committee brought the budgets to the LSB, which were approved with little to no discussion. The estimated $500,000 end of year surplus for FY2018 wound up being a ($67,000) deficit. This is a notable “mistake” but to date has never been analyzed by the Finance Committee.

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Thus, the FY2019 budget repeated the same errors as were in the FY2018 budget. There have been verbal reports from the Treasurer, such as revenue was “better than the budget and better than the previous year.” But they have never been supported by documentation or actual data and were, in fact, false conclusions. This sort of statement is typical and shows a lack of attention and/or expertise that is needed for the required oversight duties of the board.

Because of decreasing revenue from KPFK’s on air fund drives, there are now various forms of desperate acts to raise money, most of which are forms of underwriting that violate FCC and CPB (Corporation for Public Broadcasting) rules. Underwriting is allowed and the FCC has specific rules that need to be followed but management is not complying with them. The Finance Committee has been made aware of these violations but have thus far not taken any action. Further, KPFK is misleading the public with programmers saying that KPFK takes no underwriting, it’s all “powered by the people,” etc. This is not true and has not been for about two years.

If there are discussions about the finances at KPFK going on, they are being made behind closed doors and not at either the Finance Committee or the LSB meetings.

This lawsuit of Empire State Realty Trust against Pacifica happened because of lack of oversight by the PNB.

In October 2017, a judge ruled against Pacifica and awarded ESRT [Empire State Realty Trust] a summary judgement of $1.8 million plus attorney’s fees. ESRT sued Pacifica in February 2016 to recover back rent and tower fees, interest and attorney costs. In the years-long dispute, Pacifica accused ESRT of price gouging and “holding the network hostage” with a contract that required WBAI to pay tower rent that increased about 9% per year. . — Inside Radio

Members and programmers from WBAI called ESRT “greedy capitalists” but Empire would not back down. In fairness to all of the involved parties, Pacifica voluntarily entered into the tower rental agreement with ESRT in 2005 with full awareness of all of its provisions for potential future rental increases.

On the PNB, there was dithering and inaction. Many secret and some public meetings were held, arguing between filing for voluntary bankruptcy or taking out a loan to pay off the judgment and the rest of the contract with Empire. The decision was to take out a loan. The argument against bankruptcy was that legal fees would be high — but the loan’s fees, legal fees and interest wound up being, by my calculations, about $900,000 or more, the same or arguably much more than bankruptcy would have been. Time will tell as to the real cost of taking out a loan.

Most elements of the reported 150 page loan agreement are still secret, with claims from the PNB there is a provision in the document that requires it being secret. Requests to provide that particular provision to the public have not been answered. While a press release about the loan is still on KPFK’s website, and easily found elsewhere on the internet, it is now forbidden to name the lender publicly.

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This “Summary of the $3.7m Loan” was released to the public by the PNB. The figures offered in the Summary, however, are incorrect. It appears to be an early draft as the actual amount of the three year interest-only loan is $3.265 million and the adjustable interest for the first 18 months is $379,556. Pacifica could not get KPFK’s tower included as collateral because the US Forest Service, on whose land it sits, would not allow it. The tower was supposed to be used as collateral to borrow, and pay interest on, the first 18 months of interest payments.

Thus, two buildings adjacent to Berkeley sister station KPFA were sold to pay part of the ESRT settlement and the rest used for the first 18 months’ interest. One building housed the Pacifica National Office, with offices for the Executive Director, CFO and accounting staff. The other building had been vacant for a decade or so.

The CFO at the time resigned when the loan was signed, claiming the loan was in default because Pacifica could not provide any of the lender’s required financial documents, such as a current audit, profit and loss, etc. In a leaked document, Pacifica’s general counsel also weighed in on problems with the loan.

Pacifica must start paying the interest for the second 18 months starting October, 2019. It’s hard to see how Pacifica can come up with monthly payments of $21,000+, especially since KPFK is unlikely to be able to cover its own basic operating expenses going forward and will need help from the rest of the network, which has no help to give. There’s even less hope for paying off the $3.265 million balloon payment due March, 2021.

Those supporting the loan have made repeated claims that Pacifica can easily refinance for a better loan, that “a loan is not in default until a judge says it is,” and that the loan is secured by real estate only. This paragraph #4 from the Summary, however, shows this is false:

“[i]n addition [to the real property: buildings & land, three buildings housing radio stations KPFK, KPFA (Berkeley) and KPFT (Texas)], the Collateral includes accounts receivable, tangible goods, equipment, rental income, sales proceeds, contracts, intellectual property, furniture, cash and proceeds of insurance or sales — in short, virtually every real, tangible and intellectual property right in which Pacifica has an interest.”

This provision also includes the Pacifica Radio Archives. It’s much more than just real estate. Whatever the outcome of a potential default on the loan, lawyers will be involved — and Pacifica is required to pay legal fees for both sides.

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It’s hard seeing a way to a refinance since Pacifica has not complied with requirements for the loan and has no way of paying the balloon payment in March, 2021 — unless they sell or swap one of the five licenses (which are under the jurisdiction of the FCC and cannot be used as collateral). The lender did not do its due diligence according to its own website. The mystery is: why did they lend to the obviously deadbeat Pacifica? The loan broker, Marc Hand, made at least $50,000 on the deal. Some speculate the loan has already been sold to a third party, see comment 3 of 3.

The idea of refinancing this loan they cannot pay back or pay the interest on, while adding more fees, interest, legal and brokers’ fees, seems like little more than a distraction to divert and delay the board from dealing with the realities of its insolvency and failing operations.

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Some on the PNB imagined they could save money by outsourcing Pacifica’s accounting and not replacing the CFO. The new outsourced accountants have, as of this writing, produced nothing since their hire almost a year ago. Supposedly, an interim CFO was hired for three months in January but he produced nothing. The PNB just hired a new part-time interim CFO, an employee of the outsourced accountant firm. KPFK’s Finance Committee was told she was being paid “a small amount.” She was supposed to produce financial reports for the last two years by June but now it might be July.

Pacifica is also under investigation by the Department of Labor for violating ERISA laws, which has to do with pensions promised to employees of the five stations. This has been a problem for over two years and, as far as anyone in the public knows, is still unresolved and unpaid. Including penalties, this could amount to a large sum to be paid out.

Pacifica has been trying to catch up on its late audits since 2014 for which Pacifica has been under investigation by the CA Attorney General. The current auditor has been working to complete the FY2017 audit since last fall (originally estimated to take three weeks). It was due to the CA Registry of Charitable Trusts June, 2018. The auditor finally told the audit committee he’s only been able to get about 50% of the documentation he requested and suggested they stop searching for more. He will finish what he has but it will be “qualified” which is auditor-speak for: there are serious problems. In this case, he can only audit what he has and the rest is undocumented and unknown. The FY2018 audit, due June 2019, will miss this deadline and will also be “qualified” for the same reason. Two qualified audits that say your organization is too messed up to audit is not likely to persuade donors, foundation grantors or the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to give funds to Pacifica. It’s unknown whether the CA Attorney General or the lender will accept them.

There was some anticipation that Pacifica would get current on its audits by this June and would again be eligible for CPB grants. That is not to be as CPB’s deadline for qualification is June. When Pacifica last received those grants, in 2012, it received about $1 million a year. Pacifica needs to get current on its financial reporting and compliant with other CPB requirements in order to be eligible for the 2020 cycle in order to receive funds in 2021.

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Why the secrecy and obfuscation? Why the complete lack of financial oversight and fiduciary responsibility? Is it only incompetence?

In my earlier article, I wrote about the KPFA Foundation, a shadow corporation formed for the purpose of taking over the assets of Pacifica. Before that, in 2009, there was another secret 501(c)(3) formed for the Pacifica Radio Archives, supposedly to raise money (which never happened) but rumored that “in case” something happened to Pacifica, i.e., bankruptcy, the Archives could be moved into this non-profit. It was created by former PNB Chair/Interim Executive Director Sherry Gendelman with Matthew Lasar as Secretary. Lasar, a Pacifica historian of sorts, has advocated for breaking up the Pacifica network in alliance with the KPFA Foundation people.

After that came another secret effort from Berkeley by then-KPFA LSB chair Carole Travis who had been soliciting celebrities to join the board of “Big Tent Radio,” a nonprofit she claimed to be starting to acquire Pacifica’s assets after it “collapsed.” Attempts were made to get her to resign as she was clearly working against the best interests of Pacifica but no bad deed goes unrewarded at Pacifica and she remained on the local board, soon to be on the PNB.

There is presently another plan to break up the network from Berkeley, reports of a similar plan from Los Angeles, plus a long-time plan from one faction in New York. None of the breakup and takeover plans seem particularly viable but the absence of any other plan or even a discussion on how to pay back the loan, or interest payments, seems puzzling considering Pacifica’s precarious financial situation. Are they waiting for a sudden “shocked” awareness of financial problems and an orchestrated rush to “reorganize,” creating the opportunity for the licenses going to current favored board members with waiting 501(c)(3)s?

You can hear PNB Director Donald Goldmacher in this clip at a recent Strategic Planning Committee meeting suggesting selling off Pacifica’s assets (possibly to him and his allies around the network). He was recently re-elected to the KPFA LSB and is a long-time member of the Berkeley faction which created the KPFA Foundation, above.

Thus the sale of the Berkeley buildings and elimination of the Pacifica National Office and its accounting staff, which become unnecessary if the organization is going to dissolve, or privatize, itself into board members’ hands, and makes complete sense in this context. There’s no need for a permanent in-house CFO if there’s no intention of Pacifica continuing as a network. Further evidence of short-term planning: the outsourced accountants have a two-year contract.

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Pacifica just had another election for the LSB which ended in March. Those running for re-election were micro-managing their own election. It was delayed, disorganized, over-budget, and the public and members were not properly informed. A 10% quorum of membership is required and KPFK had an 11% quorum — but 9% of the ballots were blank ballots. There was a quiet campaign advising voters that if they didn’t want to vote or if they didn’t know who to vote for, to send in a blank ballot to help reach a pseudo quorum. Those who were asking the membership for election or reelection received so few votes that they amounted to a vote of no confidence. They did not earn even the 10% required votes from the membership.

But like Trump losing the popular vote or George Bush, arguably never legitimately elected either time, that will not stop these illegitimately seated LSB members from acting as if they have a mandate. They are planning a big rewrite of the bylaws. The Pacifica bylaws are terrible, complicated and, in places, contradictory. They were written by a “listeners” after the lawsuits of 1999–2002 were settled. A rewrite by another group of “listeners” will not be better. The problem is not the bylaws, or Robert’s Rules of Order, the problem is electing “listeners” without skills or knowledge of broadcasting, basic finance, management or anything related, and no record of success in anything except getting elected and becoming board members of a multi-million dollar media organization which has only shown consistent decline for the last 20 years under their stewardship. Some of these people have been in and out of Pacifica’s governance for two decades or more. Due to Pacifica’s current structure, it’s impossible to replace them in favor of competent people. Bylaws rewritten by them will only entrench them further.

The first line of The Pacifica Foundation Mission Statement is:

To establish a Foundation organized and operated exclusively for educational purposes no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any member of the Foundation.

Insiders love to toss the Mission Statement around but never remember that first sentence. The reason the federal government mandates that non-profits have outside, independent boards, and also why they’re under the jurisdiction of Attorneys General is that they are funded by public money. Boards are supposed to make sure the public’s money goes where donors think it goes. The main job of a board is to report to the public about its financial operations. Pacifica’s board cannot or simply will not do that. The idea of public service appears long forgotten within Pacifica. One might assume this is just run of the mill incompetence, but it seems way past the time we can blame the chaos only on that.

It’s no wonder the members of KPFK’s Finance Committee refuse to answer awkward questions dealing with the financial realities of the operations. The board members paint rosy pictures of how well they’re doing to “save Pacifica” but, in reality, KPFK is in extremely bad shape and declining. You can hear it in the increasing fund drive days which are not bringing in enough to cover their expenses. Nor is Pacifica, as a whole, faring any better under the present PNB than it was under the previous PNB.

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Instead of focusing on finances and complying with federal and state regulatory agencies the favored subject of discussion by board members has always been programming. The ultimate prize for aggressive board members is to be able to control programming to suit their tastes and ideologies — from expected old guard Trotskyism/Marxism/Revolutionary Communist Party/anarchism (etc.) to Scientology with a few progressive Democrats and black or Latino nationalists in the mix. The boards hire weak managers who they can then micromanage and work to create their own patronage system by giving program slots or jobs to their friends and allies. The resulting mediocrity and lack of cohesion of the program grid is the result. It obviously drives away listeners and extends fund drive which only turn off more listeners. Now those PNB members making decisions are actually proposing programs for the sole purpose of enticing funders. This shows a lack of imagination and any pretense of journalistic integrity. This is only the latest of ideas thought up by amateurs who have done little more than master the byzantine governance system of Pacifica to get themselves into these undeserved positions of authority. Look for sketchy health programs, celebrities and other unimaginative pandering unlikely to excite funders or listeners.

For anyone still considering running for KPFK’s board, or any of the other stations, these are some of the bigger problems KPFK and Pacifica are facing. You will need to be a fighter with an independent mind because the entrenched board members of both factions are not really open to questions or open discussions, especially about financial matters.

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The election information is here and the nominating deadline is June 30. If you have skills, Pacifica needs you. But Pacifica doesn’t have a history of treating talented people well.

The sad irony is that just at the time this country needs a vibrant non-corporate media, Pacifica continues to make itself even more insolvent, unlistenable and irrelevant.

Kim Kaufman can be reached at kim.kaufman@att.net

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Love wins (this round)

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Cubik's Rube

Quoth Steampunk Emma Goldman:

You all know I am no fan of that “poor little State- and Church- begotten weed, marriage,” but I do love angry conservatives, and happy queer people, so today qualifies as a good one.

But as a general rule, if you want to find opinions I agree with, you are more likely to hear them voiced by someone shouting interruptions at a politician giving a speech than in a supreme court decision. Let’s keep fighting for all the LGBTQ folks whose problems aren’t solved by access to marriage.

I’m pretty much down with that. This week’s marriage equality news from the US is a great sign that compassion and reason are both winning the battle at a rate of knots. It opens up opportunities for numerous families who’ve been waiting for acknowledgment, and bodes well for a near-future where same-sex relationships are sufficiently normalised that…

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