Monthly Archives: May 2011

Call for “evidence-based” programming, while KPFA’s manager blames staff and listeners for funding decline

Aileen Alfandary, co-director of KPFA’s News, explained to local KPFA board members on May 21 how top-down program changes have damaged the station. | LISTEN TO 4 MINUTE AUDIO CLIP She asked the station’s board to require management to adhere to “evidence-based” decisions, and presented the graph at the right comparing hour-by-hour fund totals for the first two weeks of the recent fund drive to those a year ago (when the Morning Show was on 7-9am).  Here’s an audio clip of Alfandary’s comments at the meeting. Thanks to all of you who gave during KPFA’s fund drive. It was the … Continue reading

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KPFA fund drive ends, thanks to all who contributed

UPDATE: The fund drive is over. Your pledges made a real difference during the last week, pulling the station out of an expected $150,000 deficit to an a smaller $80,000 shortfall, and raising $10,000 alone in the last hour of the drive during the Evening News.  Thank you!  You can still donate anytime at KPFA’s online site. To support KPFA’s Spring Fund Drive, the station’s staff passed the hat at union halls, and circulating fundraising appeals online at KPFAWorker.org. They raised over $13,000 for on-air challenges “in support of KPFA’s workers.” Those pledges, raised during the last week of the … Continue reading

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KPFA’s Fund Drive desperately needs your help

Largely because of a drop-off in giving during the mornings, KPFA is likely to end its Spring Fund Drive over $150,000 short — which could be catastrophic. KPFA’s staff have launched an EMERGENCY APPEAL for pledges “in support of KPFA’s workers.” It’s a way to publicly register your dissatisfaction with Pacifica’s actions, while ensuring the station stays afloat long enough for us to win the fight. Pledges from labor and community activists have started rolling in, encouraged by this letter from former Morning Show programmer David Bacon. Let’s send a strong message to management: support KPFA’s workers and return our … Continue reading

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Survey results show 91% support Morning Show return, listeners ready to act

Thanks to all of you who participated, SaveKPFA has just completed our first-ever survey. The survey was a response to KPFA management’s announcement of drastic programming changes — all without consulting KPFA’s listeners. Seventy percent of those surveyed said the changes would decrease their listening time, and 65% said the new changes would decrease the likelihood they’d give financially to KPFA. Of the specific changes announced by management, pariticipants most opposed proposals to move or eliminate the 9 AM broadcast of Democracy Now!, and to move Hard Knock Radio and Flashpoints to the morning hours. In all, 948 people responded … Continue reading

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What do KPFA listeners want? Tell us.

As we announced last week, the interim managers that Pacifica has installed at KPFA have announced sweeping program changes. Problem is, they haven’t bothered to ask KPFA’s listeners what we want. So, we’re doing it for them. Please take a moment to answer these 12 QUESTIONS FOR KPFA’S LISTENERS & STAFF via this SaveKPFA ONLINE SURVEY. We’ll use the data to show KPFA and Pacifica management what the KPFA community wants out of our station. It will also help us plan SaveKPFA‘s work in the coming months. Many of you have said you’re tired of writing letters to management that … Continue reading

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Goldman Sachs funding causes uproar

Twelve members of the local station board have written an open letter to KPFA’s interim general manager Andrew Phillips objecting to what they say is “completely inappropriate” behavior on his part toward the station’s journalists, after news staff broke the story of a $15,000 donation from Goldman Sachs to Pacifica. A scan of the actual checks from Goldman Sachs Gives raises more questions than it answers, showing that the funds were earmarked for a series on hydro-fracking, but leaving off important attachments and presenting conflicting information, which is being investigated. The fund was started by the firm’s partners in 2007, … Continue reading

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Four reasons to give to KPFA’s Spring Fund Drive

KPFA’s Spring Fund Drive is about to start. We want to heartily encourage you to give, despite the turmoil. Here’s why: The more money KPFA raises, the less of an excuse Pacifica has to interfere with the station. Your donations are the only thing standing between KPFA’s union staff and further retaliatory layoffs. Change. Donating gets you the right to vote in KPFA board elections, bylaws amendments, and recalls of board members. Warts and all, KPFA is worth it. USE YOUR PLEDGE TO SPEAK OUT IN SUPPORT OF KPFA’S WORKERS: If you are able to make a contribution of $200 … Continue reading

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Understanding the relationship between KPFA and Pacifica

How could the Pacifica network, which KPFA listeners and staff fought to make accountable a decade ago, now go to war with local staff and listeners? Listen to this short audio clip (7 minutes) of SaveKPFA-affiliated board member Matthew Hallinan explaining the big picture on Friday’s KPFA Local Station Board Show. You can find the entire show here (50 minutes), including many interesting listener call-ins and a dramatic performance at the half-hour mark by Pacifica/KPFA board member Tracy Rosenberg. Meanwhile, twelve members of the local station board have written an open letter to KPFA’s interim general manager Andrew Phillips objecting … Continue reading

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“Oops, sorry for the election fraud!” says Pacifica

Last week, Pacifica executive director Arlene Engelhardt sent out a mass email that apologized for Pacifica’s attempt to throw out the ballots of three staff members, which would have cost SaveKPFA supporter Lewis Sawyer his seat on KPFA’s local board. A judge’s injunction reversed Pacifica’s actions in December. Pacifica had decided whose ballots to throw out only after the ballots had already been tallied. “It was a clear violation of state law for us to deprive members of their right to vote without notice, let alone due process,” wrote Engelhardt. “It is still more egregious to breach the secrecy of … Continue reading

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