Berkeley–Thursday’s Pacifica National Board meeting turned into a Mozart sonata after the Siegel/Brazon faction insisted on preventing both the 2016 and 2015 directors from WBAI-FM from voting in the meeting. The music, which played for more than 40 minutes on the conference call line, was preceded by numerous objections to the board majority’s actions, which included trying to seat two affiliate directors self-nominated by stations without affiliate agreements to represent the 200 affiliated stations, refusing the seat four directors elected by NY’s delegate assembly on January 26th: staffer Shawn Rhodes and listener reps Bob Young, Alex Steinberg and Frank LeFever and refusing to allow the 2015 directors from WBAI to vote in their stead, leaving the NY station completely disenfranchised. A clip of some of the meeting can be heard here.
Continue reading Mozart Meeting: Civil Disbedience
Berkeley-Within days of the seating of the new KPFK local station board after the landslide victory of the Committee to Strengthen KPFK, GM Leslie Radford and roommate Adam Rice suggested to staff members the LA station was in “lockdown” after banning volunteer receptionist (and one of the Committee’s staffer candidates), Allan Coie from the station. Coie, a retired attorney, stated the reasons for his firing were that he gave out the number of the Pacifica National Office to a caller and gave program director Alan Minsky listener complaints that were called in about the substituion of Something’s Happening in the M-Th midnight to 3am hours. Coie said Radford told him the listener complaints were “personal to her”. Rice then fired him and told him he would no longer be admitted on station premises. Continue reading Lockdown
Safe Harbor’s attempt at a community conversation went terribly awry when the only caller in the hour-long program, Denise, said the program was getting on her nerves, called the hosts kids in a candy store cursing because they could, and said she would never donate to KPFK again. Continue reading The Only Call: Safe Harbor’s “Community Conversation
Restore “Something’s Happening” Hours
Hosted by Roy Tuckman
We the signatories, are petitioning KPFK’s General Manager Leslie Radford, Interim Program Director Alan Minsky and the Local Station Board to fully restore “Something’s Happening” show hours hosted by Roy Tuckman.
The station has received many complaints and distressing calls and emails from its listeners and subscribers expressing their dissatisfaction about recent cuts to the show.
The show was originally broadcast from midnight to 6:00am Monday nights/Tuesday mornings through Thursday nights/Friday mornings but since January 11th, only from 3-6 am. The show had the highest share from midnight to 1:00am , which is the percentage of radio listeners who are listening to the station. Roy’s program was the only post-midnight show in the entire 5-station Pacifica Network to raise a significant amount of support during fund drives , which no other Pacifica station has been able to do until this day.
Roy Tuckman has been working on staff at KPFK for 44 years after volunteering for the previous 10 years. He has been a paid programmer for 39 years. He is a staunch supporter of democratic media at KPFK. The station had no all-night weeknight programmer for the first 18 years of broadcasting until Roy was asked to try out the position in 1977.
Roy’s prize-winning show exemplified the spirit of the Pacifica mission and should be fully restored.
King Reilly M.D. KPFK listener and subscriber
Please sign the petition here to tell the KPFK GM and IPD to restore Something’s Happening’s show hours.
Berkeley-In the wake of the overwhelming election victory for the Committee to Strengthen KPFK and the rejection of current IED Lydia Brazon’s handpicked slate by KPFK’s donors (depending on how you count the votes, Brazon’s slate held 3 or 4 of the 18 seats up for grabs), the Siegel/Brazon faction has resorted to numerous shenanigans to retain control of the foundation after their April 2014 coup. Continue reading Control At Any Cost
This interchange, while lengthy, is very worth a read. It covers many aspects of Pacifica history and the destructive contributions of attorney Siegel.
Documents referred to in the text are hyperlinked. All of the claims made by Brown can be substantiated by documents. Many are posted, some have not been to protect the privacy of other parties.
Text in black was written by attorney Siegel. Text in blue by outgoing national board member Stephen Brown.
Disclaimer: Pacifica in Exile editors are mentioned in the body of the text by Brown. We would attest Brown’s statements are entirely accurate about the events we were directly involved in.
Hi, Dan –
I am grateful you finally found time to respond to one of my emails — I know you’re a busy man. But haven’t you forgotten something? Isn’t it customary, when one responds to an email, to include a copy of the email to which one is responding, so that your readers will not wonder what you are talking about – or, worse, see only your paraphrase of what I may or may not have said?
I have therefore corrected your omission, and attached a copy of my original email, the one that offended you (“Why the judge ordered Pacifica to pay an extra $32,000 re Silverman v Pacifica”). I will also try to correct the many half-truths, and whole falsehoods, in your response to my email. My comments are below in blue.
And never mind thanking me for correcting the record, Dan. Glad to do it. Continue reading Time To Stop Dan Siegel
Here’s a sampling of the emails flooding into KPFK after “Safe Harbor” replaced the first three hours of “Something’s Happening” Continue reading Emails To KPFK About Roy Of Hollywood Cut
Berkeley-Pacifica’s 2015 board elections ended with a bang when the KPFK election delivered a huge supermajority (17 out of 24 seats) for the Committee to Strengthen KPFK/Candidate Slate group in a stinging rebuke for the majority Siegel/Brazon faction. The last time any Pacifica local board had a supermajority was more than five years ago. Continue reading Landslide in Los Angeles
As Safe Harbor grinds along into its third episode, Wednesday morning brought us sex education featuring stripper poles, a Section 8 stud and a sleepy phone booth guy. Continue reading “Sex Education Baybee” or “The Phone Guy is Falling Asleep”
On Day 2 , the student shrink presiding over Safe Harbor heard from KPFK’s listeners as he tried to counsel them to accept changes they didn’t like without a fight. Continue reading Shit, Goddamn, Fuck Yeah: The Revolt of the Listeners