This is an open letter regarding KPFA’s cancellation of Guns and Butter, a public affairs show that has run weekly on KPFA-FM since 2001.
Pacifica In exile’s editor, Tracy Rosenberg, was employed at the time as KPFA’s program coordinator, and in that capacity facilitated a program council at KPFA that greenlighted the program for broadcast 17 years ago. I firmly believe that over the program’s 17-year life span that it has been a service to KPFA’s listeners, has been appreciated by them and provided an important source of alternative information on a variety of issues, and has made a great deal of money for the station and for Pacifica Radio. There is no doubt that the programs’s overall impact has been beneficial. I am distressed at the cavalier treatment of a long-time programmer. Continue reading An Open Letter Regarding The Cancellation of Guns and Butter
New York – The Pacifica Foundation announced today the settlement on a series of agreements that release WBAI, the organization’s New York radio station, from a court judgment as well as the last two years of its lease at the Empire State Building as of May 31, 2018. The Foundation is also in the final stages of completing an agreement to relocate its transmission facility to a new site nearby. The agreements and move will preserve Pacifica’s service to millions of people in the New York Metro area.
The settlement, announced by the Pacifica National Board, relieves Pacifica of a $1.8 million 2017 judgment for Empire State Realty Trust (the organization that operates the Empire State Building) and against WBAI and Pacifica, additional rent and penalties accrued since the judgment was issued, and any remaining obligations that would have incurred after May 31, 2018. Continue reading Pacifica Announces Settlement With Empire State Building and Empire State Realty Trust (Pacifica press release)
This is a public copy of an email sent to the Pacifica National Board on 12-16-2017
A couple of things. I think it would help to publish an accounts payable listing. The throwing around of vague figures regarding the total amount of debt isn’t really that helpful. Can you provide a list of amounts owed?
If this $8 million dollar figure is true, then what it means is that Pacifica’s debts have doubled, increased by 100%, with no help from a Democracy Now contract, in the last four years – ie. from the close of the 2012-13 fiscal year at 9-30-2013 to the current day.
Continue reading Request For Information (and Notes on Suicide)
Berkeley – A source who wishes to remain anonymous reported to the NY-based blog WBAI Then and Now , that the 50-year old KPFA reel-to-reel master tapes being sold on eBay.com came from a storage container formerly located in Rosemead, California that was maintained by Pacifica’s national office for over 20 years and it contained thousands of tapes and old folios. Continue reading eBay Backstory
By John Ervin
(Posted at http://www.opednews.com/articles/Civil-Liberty-Alert-Liste-by-John-Ervin-Civil-Liberties_Civil-Liberties_Pacifica_Radio-160404-143.html
Civil Liberty Alert: Listener-Funded Pacifica Radio Under Siege In N.Y. And D.C.
When it comes to dissidence and democracy, nobody does it better than KPFK, KPFA, WBAI and their sister stations in DC and Houston, and more than a hundred eighty affiliates. Continue reading Civil Liberty Alert: Listener-Funded Pacifica Radio Under Siege In N.Y. And D.C.
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.
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
The so-called “New KPFK” post-midnight weekday schedule will kick off on Monday January 11th. It turns out new may not be so new, as the first two hours consist of a bunch of old George Carlin comedy routines. After that, Radford’s roommate Adam Rice DJ’s for an hour. Continue reading Money Down The Drain
Apparently wary of solvency, KPFK general manager Leslie Radford has changed midnight to 3am programming Monday to Thursday nights from the long-running and popular Something’s Happening hosted by Roy Tuckman a.k.a Roy of Hollywood. Continue reading KPFK Cuts Roy of Hollywood