Monthly Archives: November 2012

Network unites in emergency fundraiser for WBAI

When Superstorm Sandy hit New York, seawater reached up to the second floor of the building that houses Pacifica station WBAI in New York. The flooding ruined the building’s wiring and interrupted a fund drive at WBAI, leaving the station broke, homeless, and unable to raise money to get back on its feet. In a tremendous show of solidarity, all five Pacifica stations joined resources for a national day of fundraising to save WBAI on November 15th. The goal was to raise $150,000 to keep WBAI from going dark. The total raised surpassed $180,000. The emergency fundraiser was initiated by Letters … Continue reading

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Coming soon: the magnificent KPFA’s Crafts Fair!

KPFA’s 42nd annual Crafts Fair runs the weekend of December 8-9 this year, at the San Francisco Concourse Exhibition Center, 8th and Brannan. See the Crafts Fair‘s page for transportation options, or check out the Facebook page to browse the offerings. It’s KPFA’s biggest off-air fundraiser, and tons of fun to boot. Browse the crafts, listen to music, meet your favorite KPFA host, and chow down on good food. Remember too: you can always check out other KPFA benefits, like the upcoming talk by writer David Cay Johnston, at SaveKPFA‘s attend a KPFA event page. share: Blog this! Recommend on … Continue reading

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Honoring activism

Co-sponsored by KPFA, the Mario Savio Memorial Lecture is coming up on November 28 at UC Berkeley — tickets are free, but you have to get them in advance (see details here). This year’s speaker is progressive activist Van Jones, speaking on “Where are we now? Where do we want to be? How can we get there?” The lecture honors the memory of the late Mario Savio, a spokesperson for Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement (1964), and the spirit of moral courage and vision which he and countless other activists of his generation exemplified. The evening includes a presentation of the … Continue reading

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Why I’m Supporting SaveKPFA in KPFA’s Board Election

By Brian Edwards-Tiekert This month, KPFA is going through what will probably prove to be one of the most important elections of its 10-year experiment with democracy. I’m supporting the candidates listed at www.savekpfa.org, along with many other endorsers, because what’s at stake is the survival of KPFA as we know it. Right now, KPFA is slowly recovering from a near-mortal blow. When Pacifica purged The Morning Show two years ago, it removed KPFA’s biggest fundraiser from the air. To compensate, the station had to increase the amount of days it spends in fund drives by 30%–a sure recipe for dropping listenership … Continue reading

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KPFA’s future is on the line: VOTE!

Ballots in the 2012 election for listener representatives to KPFA’s Local Station Board are on their way. Pacifica has reported to SaveKPFA they were mailed from New York November 6, and listeners can expect to see them landing in their mailboxes very soon. [If you don't get a ballot by Nov 13, request a duplicate from Pacifica's Election Services company at 1-866-720-4357. Ballots are due back Dec 11.] This is your chance to support smart and responsible leadership on KPFA’s local board. Endorsers of SaveKPFA‘s candidates include Mitch Jeserich, KPFA’s Letters & Politics; Raj Patel, author of The Value of … Continue reading

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Why this vote matters

“The result of these elections could determine whether Pacifica survives or continues its slide into bankruptcy,” writes Pacifica National Board member and SaveKPFA activist Dan Siegel in Counterpunch. “Pacifica has always been fractious, back to when KPFA was founded as its first station in 1949,” he continues, going on to describe the network’s current leadership as “inept and politically sectarian.” That leadership, he writes, “has brought the Foundation to its knees. It has spent down all its reserves, incurring cumulative deficits of $5.7 million in the last four fiscal years, according to its 2012 audit report.” | READ Siegel’s article … Continue reading

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Keep our station afloat: benefits, KPFA crafts fair

One of the unfortunate consequences of the election is that on-air reminders of upcoming KPFA benefit events are being crowded out by candidates’ statements and other election notices. Remember that the annual KPFA Crafts Fair (the station’s single biggest off-air fundraiser) is scheduled for December 8-9, and that there are several KPFA benefit events on the horizon. These are important ways to raise money for our radio station. share: Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share on technorati Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Tell a friend

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