Thursday, February 26, 2015

[this is reposted from laindymedia.org that relates to KPFK local LA Pacifica stn]

KPFK and Pacifica still in moras, chaos, financial turmoil....why ?   

posted on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 at 12:07 PM

KPFK is still losing money, begging daily and irritating all who have pledged $$$$ and are stakeholders who turn away from what seems endless fractionalized disorder. Some info from available sources about how the problems also emanate from 'the above' organziation's sludging on without any honest improvements or doing real elections to show the way....or stop requiring payments to this nat'l office that is killing off any local gains or attempts to reduce, never stop, the infighting.
excerpts from  http://www.unitedforcommunityradio.org/?p=2042  
as of Feb 17  2015...

attempting to give our local KPFK readers/listeners/stakeholders some reporting of what is occurring behind the secret doors, halls, elections, and maneuverings of it's umbrella parent: Pacifica....

these are partial excerpts here, more relevant to LA's own, vs all the other 4 stations with their own separate but allied and conflated problems and people who create problems for their own needs for power & control... 

there can be no other explanation for what has continued destructing, distressing, and ruining KPFK as well .... as the parent and siblings are dragging down the only station that may have a chance at survival...maybe.

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"'Pacifica has been trying to fill the position with no success for almost a year, after ousting the last executive director in March of 2014. The current chair of the board, Margy Wilkinson, a retired clerical worker, has been doing the job for most of the year on a part-time basis. She was briefly interrupted by former KPFK manager Bernard Duncan, who submitted a letter of resignation soon after taking the job citing a pre-existing plan to relocate to his native New Zealand. When the board finally selected a new executive director in January of 2015, the candidate, now identified as labor writer Bill Fletcher Jr, declined the position.....


'Instead of then turning to the second place candidate, who received strong support from many members of the board, the board of directors embarked on a brand new election, apparently unwilling to abide by the results of the first.  ....... 

'......opens the question of whether the board of directors as currently constituted is capable of performing the functions of a nonprofit board or if things have deteriorated beyond that point......

"Winter fund drives underway or recently completed at all of the stations were disappointing, with KPFT reporting $207,000 on a $280,000 goal and KPFA reporting $542,000 on a $630,000. Partway through their fund drives, the other three stations were reporting 10-30% shortfalls to date.

"The shortfalls will exacerbate the cash crunch of the past fall when $500,000 in expense reductions were mandated for the network’s two large California stations, KPFK and KPFA, both of which are now fundraising from dawn to dusk for more than 90 days per year or 25% of their total daytime airtime....

"Pacifica in Exile readers may write to the board at pnb@pacifica.org. They may want to suggest a year without an executive director is enough and it is time to make a legitimate job offer to a candidate who has now  been through three hiring processes between 2013 and 2015 and cease the shenanigans.

"In other news, Pacifica’s large pile of documents is due to the Attorney General of California in the correspondence audit launched by the Registry of Charitable Trusts on December 17, 2014. Among those documents will not be the long-delayed audit of the year ended 9-30-2013, which remains undone after 17 months. Auditor Armanino has declined to sign an engagement letter with Pacifica for the next fiscal year, which ended on 9-30-2014.....

also see article from Truthout here : 
http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/28824-crises-at-pacifica-

"Started in 1946 by conscientious objector Lew Hill, Pacifica’s storied history includes impounded program tapes for a 1954 on-air discussion of marijuana, broadcasting the Seymour Hersh revelations of the My Lai massacre, bombings by the Ku Klux Klan, going to jail rather than turning over the Patty Hearst tapes to the FBI, and Supreme Court cases including the 1984 decision that noncommercial broadcasters have the constitutional right to editorialize, and the Seven Dirty Words ruling following George Carlin’s incendiary performances on WBAI. Pacifica Foundation Radio operates noncommercial radio stations in New York, Washington, Houston, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and syndicates content to over 180 affiliates. It invented listener-supported radio."
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so?

anyone who cares about KPFK's decent into money grubbing for over 25% of it's airtime and alienating any newer listeners and mostly it's already-paid-up-to-the-hilt stakeholders should get a phone call, an email, a visit even or some words not of comfort but of confrontation for why KPFK is allowing even this small 1//5th part of what once was valuable unique LA Radio to fall into nagging routines that alienate all, reducing any possibility of this station's getting it together...ever..at all.

sad story but what can be heard on 90.7 FM.
kpfk.org
tel 818 985 2711

dont just send in your last pennies, tell KPFK adm & staff how you feel about being bombarded by money guilt-trips to give even more and more and ask why they accede to what ails Pacifica without fighting back those who may want to sell KPFK or another station to pretend to save the failing ailing ones that will fall faster right afterwards.

or ignore it all and let another LA institution dis-appear, die off, and be done with all the trouble this non-conforming-to-laws non-profit org. has become. a skeleton of it's original prior self.
how sad.

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