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Ralph Nader and Amy Goodman urge support for Pacifica network

Thanks to all who donated so generously to the station’s winter fund drive, which ended today with $335,000 pledged. That’s only $25,000 short of the goal. Please consider making an end-of-the-year, tax deductible gift to help put KPFA over the top. You can pledge securely online at KPFA.org, and while you are there, have a look at the colorful new graphics that are enlivening the station’s webspace. Meanwhile, supporters of all five Pacifica stations are receiving this letter from Ralph Nader urging them to help the network “remain a vibrant and sustainable source of information that serves the public interest … Continue reading

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Long-time programmers Denny Smithson and Mary Berg pass

KPFA lost two long-time programmers last month.  Denny Smithson, who worked at the station for 47 years, much of it interviewing authors about their work, died November 1. KPFA’s website has this photo of Denny in the studio and a link to the obituary that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. On November 29, Mary Berg, long-time host of the crack o’ dawn early music show, A Musical Offering, died. Former KPFA music director Charles Amirkhanian and morning host Bill Sokol write about her here.  Both Mary and Denny will be greatly missed. share: Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Buzz … Continue reading

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Mark your calendars for talks and films in the new year

From economics professor Richard Wolff, to philosopher Cornel West portraying Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, KPFA has begun announcing its 2015 line-up of talks and events. Check ‘em out. And with Cuba in the news, the fascinating photo at right surfaced of KPFA’s own unsung hero Bob Baldock, who has produced KPFA events for over two decades. Learn more about Bob’s remarkable life in this 2011 interview he did with Sasha Lilley on KPFA’s Against the Grain.   share: Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share on technorati Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments … Continue reading

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KPFA’s new program director: Laura Prives

After a year-long search for a program director initiated by KPFA’s elected Local Station Board, KPFA general manager Quincy McCoy has announced he’s promoting long-time KPFA producer Laura Prives to the position Prives began volunteering in KPFA’s News Department in 2003, on the day the US began bombing Iraq. Later, she moved to the Morning Show, where she worked her way up to executive producer. She helped launch two of KPFA’s most successful new programs: Letters and Politics with Mitch Jeserich, and UpFront with Brian Edwards-Tiekert. Currently, she’s working as a producer on both of those programs and Hard Knock Radio. Previously, she had worked … Continue reading

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Mark your calendars: LSB meeting & KPFA Crafts Fair

All are welcome at the next KPFA Local Station Board meeting, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 18 from 11am to 4 pm at 100 Oak Street in Oakland (that’s the SEIU Local 1021 office). You can find details, including an agenda here. And don’t miss KPFA’s legendary Crafts Fair scheduled for the weekend of December 20-21. The fair is returning to the East Bay after 20 years in San Francisco, to the stunning Craneway Pavilion on the Richmond waterfront. Be there! share: Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin Share on technorati Tweet about it … Continue reading

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Devoted local station board member passes

We have learned that Local Station Board member Paula Erkkila, a member of SaveKPFA, died recently. Fellow board member Margy Wilkinson, who is also currently serving as Pacifica’s interim executive director, reports: “Paula was present at our September board meeting and so we are all shocked by the news of her death. Paula was a mental health professional in Contra Costa county for many years. She was devoted to her patients and her community. Many saw Paula as a peace maker. She will be missed here and in all of the groups in which she was active.” More details as … Continue reading

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Pacifica: putting the pieces back together

Last month, we reported on the dire state of the books at Pacifica, the nonprofit that owns KPFA. Pacifica’s new CFO Raul Salvador and board chair Margy Wilkinson (a member of SaveKPFA) found an operation in disarray, after being locked out of the network’s National Office next door to KPFA for two months by ousted executive Summer Reese. Bookkeeping entries had not been made for nine months, and there were unpaid bills lying in large, unorganized stacks, some of which were slated to be shredded until Wilkinson intervened. After weeks spent reconstructing financial data, Pacifica’s new staff have now issued … Continue reading

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Pacifica board votes 11-5 to censure Gray and Uzzell for role in secret contract

The Pacifica National Board (PNB) voted 11-5 on August 14 to censure members Heather Gray (affiliates rep) and Richard Uzzell (KPFT) “for the illegal, unauthorized, and irresponsible act of signing a secret contract with the former Interim Executive Director Summer Reese, which they dated January 30, 2014 and in which they made promises that exceeded the terms approved by the PNB, and which a judge has affirmed is invalid. Their action, the ill will and controversy it caused, and the continuing costs to defend against a lawsuit in which the false contract was used have caused serious damage to the … Continue reading

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Fixing Pacifica

Pacifica is the nonprofit that owns KPFA and 4 other radio stations across the country. When this summer started, it was in chaos. Recently-terminated executive Summer Reese had barricaded herself in Pacifica’s offices, blocking elected board members’ access to Pacifica financial records. Her supporters were suing to reinstate her and throw some elected members off Pacifica’s board. And vendors whose bills Reese had left unpaid for more than a year were starting to file lawsuits to collect. SaveKPFA‘s members and representatives have been hard at work to put things to rights. In May, long-time civil rights attorney (and SaveKPFA member) … Continue reading

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Judge’s decision order Pacifica exec to leave offices

Here’s where you can read Judge Ioana Petrou’s decision on the terminated Pacifica executive. 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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