Category Archives: fund drives

KPFA listeners stick around for Uprising at 8AM

The new 8AM lineup featuring award-winning Pacifica programmer Sonali Kolhatkar‘s Uprising Radio is doing well. Uprising follows Upfront with Brian Edwards-Tiekert at 7AM. Since the program began in late May,audience retention from the hours of 7 to 8 has improved. KPFA’s interim general manager Richard Pirodsky said he put Kolhatkar’s show in the 8AM slot for just that reason — to solidly keep KPFA’s audience listening during peak drive time of 7 to 9AM, and it appears to be working. The previous morning hosts have been given airtime in the afternoon. Pirodsky delivered a report to last Saturday’s LSB meeting describing … Continue reading

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Message from KPFA’s interim GM

[This message was sent to listeners on 5/24 from KPFA's interim general manager Richard Pirodsky] Dear KPFA Family, KPFA’s Spring Fund Drive just ended. But if you missed it, there is still time to show your support. Please, take 60 seconds to pledge online at www.kpfa.org You rose up and did all you could to make this drive a success.  And so KPFA is rising to the challenge to offer you “Uprising,” a show new to the Bay Area hosted by “Up Front” co-host Sonali Kolhatkar. During its trial run this week, it generated the most consistent support of any … Continue reading

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KPFA’s winter fund drive on track to finish early — help now!

The station’s winter fund drive is chugging along at a faster clip than expected, putting it on track to end in just two and a half weeks — nearly a week shorter than KPFA’s major drives last year. Big kudos to all of KPFA’s staff and listeners, particularly SaveKPFA‘s David Gans and Tim Lynch, whose annual Grateful Dead Marathon raised about $20,000 more than KPFA does on an average Saturday. Success can bring problems, however: the increased number of calls coming in has at times overwhelmed the volunteers staffing KPFA’s phone room. Staff are reporting regular shortages during the early … Continue reading

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KPFA needs YOU!

KPFA launches another on-air fund drive this Tuesday, February 4. Consider how much KPFA’s continuing presence means to you and your co-workers, friends and neighbors, and please make a generous donation by calling the station during the drive at 800-439-5732, or by giving securely online to www.kpfa.org. You can also volunteer in the phone room from 6AM to 10PM weekdays and 7AM to 6PM weekends at 1929 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, near University Ave. in Berkeley. More about volunteer shifts here. share: Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share on technorati Tweet about it Subscribe … Continue reading

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Whither Pacifica?

Last fall, a committee of local KPFA board members interviewed and choose four candidates for permanent KPFA general manager who, they unanimously agreed, were qualified. The names and resumes were sent in early November to Pacifica interim executive director Summer Reese, who has the responsibility under Pacifica’s bylaws to hire one of them. To date, there’s no word from Reese on whom she intends to hire. Meanwhile, KPFA’s current interim general manager, Richard Pirodsky, has now been given the task of also performing the same services at sister station KPFK in Los Angeles. That station, along with Pacifica’s KPFT in Houston, … Continue reading

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KPFA exceeds funding goals, but isn’t out of the woods yet

KPFA’s staff report the station beat its Summer Fund Drive goal by a tidy $10,000. (If you didn’t get a chance to give, you can still do so online). But with Pacifica’s financial problems intensifying, KPFA’s budget could be threatened. KPFA’s fundraising success over the past year is partly a result of former manager Andrew Phillips‘ decision to buck Pacifica and put former Morning Show staff Brian Edwards-Tiekert and Laura Prives back to work in the mornings, producing UpFront, along with KPFK’s Sonali Kolhatkar. UpFront has consistently been the station’s biggest fundraiser since the first day of its existence. According to an … Continue reading

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Pacifica in crisis: WBAI on the brink

This week, Pacifica management laid off two-thirds of the staff at KPFA’s sister station WBAI in New York. The station will no longer have a local newscast; it’s unclear whether it will have any paid programmers at all. Pacifica’s interim executive director Summer Reese broke the news over WBAI’s airwaves, reports the Pacifica Evening News (2 min audio). WBAI has long suffered from poor management, severe deficits, and the high costs of operating in New York City, as shown in Pacifica’s latest audits (to find out how this is connected with KPFA, read the last story in this newsletter). Former WBAI and current KPFA programmer Doug … Continue reading

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KPFA needs you: please pledge!

The on-air summer fund drive is now in full swing and ends FRIDAY, August 2. Consider how much KPFA’s continuing presence means to you and your co-workers, friends and neighbors. [UPDATE: KPFA exceeded its goals! See the results here.] Consider what listener-supported, non-corporate radio means for all people facing a future fraught with dangers to health, education, economic security, civil liberties, and to their very lives. KPFA covers the information, the issues, and the ideas for change — and makes room for a diverse array of the best music and literary programming available. SaveKPFA urges you to donate what you can to the fund … Continue reading

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URGENT: KPFA’s spring fund drive needs your immediate support!

Programmers have been pouring their hearts into KPFA’s fund drive for over two weeks, so far raising over $436,000. The problem? That amount is quite short of the drive’s $750,000 goal. “Let’s all step up to the plate and let KPFA’s staff know we value and support them,” said SaveKPFA‘s Margy Wilkinson, an elected member of the station’s local and national boards. “They have been working under very difficult circumstances for some time,” she said, “and if KPFA comes up short in its current fund drive, we fully expect some in Pacifica management to use the shortfall as a pretext … Continue reading

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Support KPFA: attend a benefit talk, or tune in for fund drive

KPFA’s fund drive begins today, May 2, with a goal of $760,000 — please give generously! You can do so securely online anytime. A minimum donation of $25 keeps your membership in good standing for voting in upcoming local board elections. In addition, KPFA’s benefits and co-sponsored events in the coming months are rocking!  Eduardo Galeano on the missing pages of history on May 21, or Eve Ensler on perceptions of self and body on May 20, or Jeremy Scahill on dirty wars and the national security state on May 10, and many more. Check out the details here and … Continue reading

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