Monthly Archives: April 2011

Listener outrage forces KPFA management to abandon plans to remove 9AM Democracy Now!

BREAKING NEWS — A VICTORY! Over the weekend, hundreds of you sent letters to KPFA’s managers protesting their plan to make sweeping programming changes without input from staff and listeners. In a hastily-called staff meeting yesterday morning, according to KPFA workers, the station’s interim general manager Andrew Phillips and interim program director Carrie Core agreed to not cancel the 9 AM broadcast of Democracy Now!. They said they’d been influenced by the outpouring of listener letters and phone calls over the weekend. You made the difference! For instance, referring to new revelations of corporate money from Goldman Sachs, Daniel Goodwin … Continue reading

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WBAI funds came from Goldman Sachs, says Pacifica

Three days after the story broke on April 22, Pacifica management is now saying that its New York City station, WBAI, received $10,000 from corporate finance giant Goldman Sachs (not corporate finance giant Merrill Lynch/Bank of America, as originally stated by WBAI’s general manager). The Pacifica network has a long-standing policy of not taking corporate underwriting. The KPFA Weekend News ran a story April 24 about the funding, which included an interview with former Pacifica correspondent Larry Bensky (audio here) on the issues at stake. On April 25, Pacifica executive director Arlene Engelhardt spoke to KPFA News (audio here), and … Continue reading

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Supporting radio, not bureaucracy

On the matter of Pacifica’s finances, Matthew Lasar, writes on Radio Survivor that the network’s “governance sector is still clearly unable to control its own internal expenses.” The newest audit shows Pacifica has spent nearly $3 million since 2002 on governance. If you’d like 100% of your donation to go to KPFA (none to Pacifica), support KPFA’s events like this talk by Pulitzer-Prize winner Chris Hedges next Monday, May 2 in Berkeley. If you live in the Central Valley, consider attending this talk to benefit KFCF (KPFA’s sister station) on Thursday, April 28 by  Against the Grain’s Sasha Lilley. share: … Continue reading

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KPFA’s interim managers announce sweeping changes, cancellation of 9AM Democracy Now!

An email from interim managers Andrew Phillips and Carrie Core announces the most extensive programming changes to the station in the last decade, including canceling the 9 AM broadcast of the station’s most popular program, Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman. There was no consultation with KPFA’s elected local board, or any other parts of KPFA’s community. Phillips and Core were appointed to their temporary jobs only a few months ago by Pacifica’s Arlene Engelhardt. describes the changes: “Management intends to move Flashpoints to 8am and Hard Knock Radio to 9am, while Against the Grain and Living Room would be … Continue reading

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Board member censured for failing to protect KPFA listeners’ email privacy

“None of your business.” That was board member Tracy Rosenberg‘s response at the local station board meeting this weekend when pressed on how she had obtained the email addresses of more than 5,000 KPFA subscribers and donors. The issue arose in early March, when KPFA subscribers received phony email messages promoting the controversial and unpopular Morning Mix program. The emails purported to come from KPFA but in fact came from Media Alliance, which Rosenberg heads. The phony Morning Mix emails linked directly to Media Alliance’s database, which then collected information about the recipients’ viewing habits and actions. KPFA’s board chair … Continue reading

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Monterey Central Labor Council resolution against Pacifica’s anti-union actions

Another AFL-CIO labor council has come out in support of KPFA’s staff. The Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, representing more than 30,000 union members in Monterey and Santa Cruz passed a unanimous resolution taking Pacifica to task for “blatant anti-union actions” in its dealings with KPFA’s paid workers. The resolution specifically criticized Pacifica’s national board for “making individual name recommendations for layoffs” — a reference to management’s targeting of its political opponents on the Morning Show, the Evening News and Against the Grain. Similar resolutions have also been passed by the San Francisco Labor Council, the Alameda Labor Council and … Continue reading

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KPFA listeners, workers picket Pacifica on national day of action for labor

April 4th’s national day of action in support of labor began in the bay area with KPFA staff and listeners outside the offices of parent organization Pacifica. They were protesting the actions of Pacifica’s executive director Arlene Engelhardt, whose campaign against KPFA’s workers has repeatedly violated the station’s union contract. Engelhardt killed the station’s popular Morning Show last November, and has spent over $30,000 of listeners’ money on an anti-union law firm, Folger Levin at the rate of $400 an hour. News anchor John Hamilton spoke to the crowd, describing how his job was saved after  coworkers donated their hours … Continue reading

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