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Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Ian Masters writes about his experiences, reposted here for info re KPFK's internal mis-doings.
KPFK programmer of important political interviews and one of the only-4
paid staff programmers on the station expresses his concerns and reveals his
experiences with the new Gen'l Mgr. Recent changes to reduce staff work time
may be the final 'shoe to drop' that will break whatever all stakeholders liked
and paid for at Our Radio Station - paid for by listener-stakeholders. Excerpts
of his latest revelations and plea is below.
the "<snip> below may be irritating but the
extra parts were excerpted - to make the
essential points more visible. Please contact Ian Masters at his website or
write KPFK.org with your responses, questions or concerns.
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excerpts from Ian Masters' letter sent to many:
-an "Update:Ian Masters and Staff Issues at KPFK
KPFK looks sorta like this now......
I had my meeting with KPFK's new GM Leslie
Radford yesterday along with SAG/Aftra union reps Terry Guy and Christine
Blosdale. It appears I am being scapegoated for the GM's disgraceful decision
to hand over a complete weekend of KPFK's airwaves <snip> who she clearly approves of
since she chose to ignore Margret Prescod and me who had begged her not to put
him on the air.
I have been taken off the air for a
week for mentioning his name at the end of Thursday's program when I announced that I was being
preempted for a <snip>. This of course is a bogus infraction since the rule against naming names only applies
to fellow programmers to prevent on-air sniping, not interlopers<snip>
the larger issue is the edict that all staff are now on half pay for half a
day's work. This means the place will quickly grind to a halt since the
staff will either have to try to live on a 50% pay cut or get another half-day
job which is unworkable.
the intent and effect will be to have everyone give up, <snip>All this is going according to the plan orchestrated by the
head of the "grassroots" faction now in control of the <snip>in a revolutionary cleansing by "grassroots"
volunteers from the "oppressed communities".
<snip>. ….have found a way to break SAG/Aftra's contracts by
cutting the hours in half to force KPFK's workers to quit on their own.
What is particularly telling is that the new revolutionary regime has
absolutely no plans or any ability to raise funds while cutting costs beyond
sustainability. Their only
suggestion was to sell a piano, but meanwhile <snip>[3 paid programmers]the very "elite
one-percenters" they plan to get rid of, <snip>
bitter losers who have <snip>….constantly play the race card because they can't play the talent card.
Already the new regime is
expanding the Spanish-language programming even though it is a complete failure
which they justify by claiming they serve the millions of Spanish-speaking
listeners in the southland. But their embarrassingly bad programming (with some
noble exceptions) only brings in $25 per hour in fund drives, meaning about 100
out of the millions are listening.
while the fault is not with the idea, but the execution, the worst of them is
now effectively running KPFK and he just can't wait to axe the very people who
are bringing in the only revenues. <snip>Then when everybody has turned off and tuned out KPFK, the
network's valuable assets will be disposed of by the very people who destroyed Pacifica. WE SIMPLY CAN NOT ALLOW THAT TO
Already we have had a
heart-warming response from hundreds of listeners along with offers for
professional help and valuable information about the legal coup that led to the
destruction of Pacifica along with the Byzantine bylaws that have crippled
We are putting together a plan
of action, a team of community leaders and a petition and I hope we can find a
way to take some of the burden off me since, while I'm banned from KPFK,
I still have to do the daily program that goes out to the affiliates and is
available at ianmasters.com as well as keep you informed with these
Thank you and keep in touch as
we find a way to rescue Pacifica
and return it to its true owners, you the listener/supporters.<snip>Ian
MastersSave KPFK http://www.savepacifica.com/
Save Pacifica Radio · Los Angeles, CA91604, United States"