Wednesday, March 30, 2016

“Pacifica is in a dangerous process, again. Careful. Here is summary.

An informative timeline of events happening at Pacifica, KPFA and KPFK and other stations has been posted and is being quoted below with acknowledgement of work/writing done to inform ‘the rest of us’  - those of us who are donors, sponsors, stakeholders of Pacifica who have no voice and little information available.  

Anyone want to read older posts at this same site or subscribe there for future news articles are listed also.

If anyone has ‘other information’ or different versions of what is explained and exposed here could help balance or correct or inform ‘the rest of us’ -  of what else someone else KNOWS - or has evidence to show they know more or better too.  It can be written in comment here or at the poster’s original  comment site also.

Please do share and expose what else is to be known, to help those who otherwise are fast drifting, swimming, escaping away from the chaotic non-business-like moves occurring at  our radio stations or their umbrella network and management at Pacifica and it's board. 

There is so much hidden and denied that end up affecting what we, the radio-listening-audience-supporters do not know and can do nothing about - when we are left out of all information loops. 

We only hear what is externally presented as-if all was healthy, well, organized and honest inside the radio stations and their management/ staff operators too. It apparently is very different inside from what we hear -outside.

Secrecy, hypocrisies, conflicts and in-fights happening verbally, and maybe in other financial fighting ways also, leave all the the donors feeling helpless and cheated as well. The hypocrisy is the difference between the on-air presentations and the realities taking place inside, and with their board meetings & decisions.

Not knowing becomes  not trusting.

And then it becomes not paying again, either.  The more the differences are hidden, even of how to save or even improve Our Radio Stations, the poorer the organization we are $$$-invested too remain. 

So when real honest revelations are given some ‘light’ - and honest access to information is made available, we all want to help and keep our station safe and stable.  

Then also the more everyone who cares can and wants to contribute – in any way. Not just monetarily. Tho that is all that is ever asked for, more and again.

So:  here is quoted and re-posted revelations and a summary of events, from Pacifica In Exile. Org  is below  - for further exposing what is known and named by some few willing 'whistleblowers' and honesty-demanders. 

And if others may be posting differently elsewhere, let everyone share that too -  but where and what is said otherwise there ? And who dares tell The Truth without using  self-serving purposes ? 

We would like to be able to read, hear, learn and make some cautious judgements for ourselves, without interfering in any essential work of those paid to work & maintain Our Radio Stations.      

Wishing for good luck is not enough.    
We need to know, to share actual information of what is going on at Pacifica and Our own Radio Stations and let them be sold off or die away and regret our non-involvement later.

                      here is the news article from  :   


              "A Timeline of the Coup"

"September 2013 KPFA-affiliated board member Margy Wilkinson and former corporate counsel Dan Siegel secretly incorporate the “KPFA Foundation” to scoop up KPFA’s license and maybe some others should they become loosened from Pacifica.

 February  2014 – KPFA’s Margy Wilkinson declares herself the winner of a tie vote for board chair on the basis of a “fifth place vote” ranking when there were only two candidates running.
March 2014 – the board fires the executive director Summer Reese only 6 weeks after she signed a 3-year contract. Reese was pushing to get the audit done and cracking down on allegations of piracy at the NY station (and elsewhere throughout the network). Wilkinson appoints herself the new executive director

April-May 2014 – Reese occupies the national office until forced out by court order. Initial complaint filed at CA Attorney General by 8 former board members alleging financial mismanagement. Dan Siegel is secretly retained as Pacifica’s lawyer by the board majority.

June of 2014 – new board majority tries to amend the bylaws and vote down 9 of 10 amendments, all suggested by themselves. The only one they pass is one that allows them to try amending them twice a year instead of once a year. Wilkinson loots the restricted fund for the renovation of KPFK’s music studio to pay operating expenses.

July 2014 – former board majority member Hank Lamb calls for booting Wlkinson for dishonesty and withholding documents from the board. His motion is never heard by the board. Wilkinson dispatches experienced radio station manager Richard Pirodsky from KPFK and installs the former facilities manager as the GM to “save money”. The first comments about “amputating WBAI” are heard from board members.

October 2014 – Thee “call center” imposed on the California stations turns out to be run by a Tea Party politician in Oregon. Pacifica accepts a $156,000 loan, later a gift, from Southern CA real estate millionaire Aris Anagnos, the employer of board member Lydia Brazon. Brazon handles the gift/loan and does not recuse herself from the board vote to accept the money. Wilkinson loots the restricted fund for Uprising’s Indiegogo TV campaign to pay health benefits.

December 2014 – Bill Fletcher declines an offer to become Pacifica’s new ED. Pacifica’s 2013 audit enters its 13th month undone, now six months past the legal limit. The year goes by with no board election held.

March-April 2015 – 2013 audit finally appears, 18 months after the end of the fiscal year. John Proffittt, a Texas NPR exec agrees to be the new ED and to sart in June.

June of 2015 – Wilkinson appoints Siegel/Brazon board crony and community college speech teacher Leslie Radford the new GM of KPFK on her last day over the head of incoming ED John Proffitt. CFO Raul Salvador quits. Wilkinson’s “notepad” from 2013 appears with a list of her fellow board members categorizing them as “us”, “them” and “workables”.

September 2015John Proffitt quits as ED after 4 months on the job and is replaced by Lydia Brazon. 4 KPFK music programmers quit on air decrying Radford’s destructiveness and the entire station’s staff is put on involuntary half time. SAG-AFTRA takes Pacifica to arbitration for labor violations. The secret 2013 filing of the KPFA Foundation comes to light. Election delayed a month because Pacifica says it cannot pay a $20,000 postage bill.

November 2015 – Board members talk about mortgaging buildings and former Dan Siegel employee Jose Luis Fuentes describes bankuptcy as “a beginning”. KPFA is asked to return a $400,000 bequest made out to Pacifica that KPFA’s GM signed for instead of Pacifica’s CFO and deposited in KPFA’s bank account. Emails released show Radford’s “security guard” Adam Rice, who she has made the station’s volunteer coordinator, is providing instructions about program changes to the GM. Rice is overheard talking about carrying guns on KPFK’s facility.
December-January 2016. The board majority appoints two 2016 affiliate directors, neither affiliated with a station that is a current Pacifica affiliated station with a written agreement. Something’s Happening, the highest rated program on KPFK is shrunk to half its former time and is replaced by a program strip anchored by Rice that is premised on using profanity in the late night. KPFK rejects the board majority in a landslide victory for the independents that is overwhelming, but the rest of the stations end up with majority-affiliated or closely split boards.

Feb-March 2016 – Board majority insists on filling a NY vacant seat with last place finisher from 2012. When NY rebels, national board refuses to seat them on national board at all. New CFO is hired. Last job is a state department funded NGO that sets up American-positive community media projects in developing countries. 2014 audit now becomes latest audit ever. Two straight board meetings disrupted with music in acts of civil disobedience. CFO announces that NY and DC stations may face liquidation and sale in as little as 60 days."

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© 2016 mm  [for parts outside of quoted section above]

1 comment:

  1. KPFK's GM acknowledges $400,000 of listener support in the budget supposed to come in second half of the year (which starts on April 1) was based on wishful thinking and fairy dust. Second year KPFK's National Finance representatives, Lydia Brazon and Michael Novick, created and approved a budget for KPFK with half a million dollar deficit in it. Is KPFK also on the chopping block?