Thursday, January 5, 2017

Comments about KPFK or Pacifica, elsewhere written, shared here:

1.  This was found at their WBAI focused  blogger's site [NY Pacifica's radio station],
and it pertains equally to LA's KPFK too :

"...if you actually listen to all those WBAI shows, to give this rating list, I am amazed at your willingness to numb your  mind with all those spoken-or-shouted words and each program at WBAI as KPFK are not mainly 'informative" but "promotional"...
 "all the while claiming to be "non-commercial"  as if promos, PR, & fake announcements lauded to seem to be "just giving you info,folks, nothing more here ...ha ha " 

"They are P.R. and promotional advertising [aka "marketing", selling, free media displays pretending to be "news" or "local listings of events"...LIES to cover up what is really done, not even covertly !     

"...why does no one ever confront or demand HONESTY from any Pacifica program for their biases, slants, propaganda, Trades in-kind if not for actual cash$$$ ?   

 "What was called "payola" and all Pacifica stations /programmers/ donors/members refuse to admit or remember was continually and openly being done [even w/o the actual cash dollars being traded].       

"Why is this denial allowed ?    

"Is "non-commercial" any different or same:  as what is constantly done at all Pacifica radio stations -  as they ARE broadcasting  "promotional" blurbs from their favored [cronies] "guests" and the faxed promo-blurbs and their own favorite groupies. 

"Why is this allowed w/o comment or supervision or admission of double-talk : 

we do what we say we don't do and we are lying about being 'non-profit' if we advertise even without dollars exchanged for on-air promos.     

"or what is happening ? please explain for the 'rest of us'. "

above was found & WRITTEN ON

wonder if toy people talk like these various comments do too ?

2.             FOUND ON FACEBOOK :           Dec 5 2016  this:

Amy Goodman doesn't dare disclose the real details of how DN! was launched and owned by Pacifica, and she was just another employee. 

"Amy, and her radio partner Juan, led a national boycott and a smear campaign in order to remove the leadership of Pacifica so that Amy could walk off with full ownership of the program, years of archives, a 1/2 million/yr contract that lasted 10 years, and she never had to visit or report to Pacifica from that day forward.

"It was a scheme that matches many other white collar corporate ripoffs that she would otherwise report on! But since she was the architect and beneficiary, she'll never tell the whole truth of DN!, Pacifica or WBAI.” ….

They thanked Julie Drizzen and their other co-hosts like Larry Bensky who they claim voluntarily and suddenly left the program to them.”    

                            and another: 

From where comes this claim that KPFK had a $700,000 debt and now it does not?   I keep hearing [Gen’l Mgr] Radford and [her asst] Rice say this, but it's not true. $250K owed to the national office, $200K loss in arbitration, $100-150K to outside vendors in payables, $70K in back premiums -per Radford's admission - - there's your $700K. Nothing changed at all.” 


3.       Oct 2016 posted on Facebook too
                           and this too : 

"KPFK is being gutted of the brain trust that operates the station by layoffs and buyouts. The MEMBERSHIP Department has been downsized from 4 full time equivalents to 2 1/2. I guess they DON'T WANT MONEY to come in nor to send our promised premium Thank-you Gifts. 

"Programming alone, and revolution alone does not make a station run…..the hostile work environment…. Our Production Dir. has left……because that's what you would do, doesn't mean that that's what we would do….


4.              and more....found on YELP

[see other KPFK Yelp reviews, there are 40 to date, show only "3 *" stars - a low level...a few new listener positive reviews, tho the star system a number of negatively critical ones with more than 'just discovered this !' acclaim.]
                                   and    from 2014

 “New troubles emerge and information is still secretly hidden from the subscribers-members-sponsors of this non-profit but failing corporation. 

"The last begging drive with repeated recordings SELLING products over and over and over lasted 27 days in February 2014. Many of those who previously listened tuned out and away and found their education/ news/ revelations elsewhere instead. 
How easy was that ? too easy, unfortunately.

"Because KPFK before was a great source of unusual, stimulating INFORMATION -  not sales, prejudices, slants or rants mostly, we miss the older version. It was...and on a rarer occasion can still be a unique source for voices unheard elsewhere nor found easily in major media sites.

"The 'spirituality' or metaphysical lectures that played on KPFK regularly have gone stale, tho sometimes a revelation is heard spoken and played there, on RADIO, vs. having to search online on the net. 

"To be able to LISTEN TO RADIO vs. having to search or hear voices on-line is a big difference when multi-tasking, being able to keep eyes and hands busy on other tasks. 

"The occasional dissident, whistle-blower, or educated thoughtful academic, or an author interviewed, still is a good surprise- when it does happen, rarely now - and is stimulating. 

"That was more what KPFK *was* and could be, if only.....'they' could get their financial act cohesively together and make $ sense of their business.
"But the constant pleas, the repetitious exhortations of dubious products [including promoting fake gurus with  media that may or not be as promoted-advertised-publicized] and their ongoing need to claim a 'matching pledge we will lose if you don't send us your money right now !" 

"...those are not what listeners respond to and stay for nor remain loyal to open their pocket books or wallets either. 

"So maybe if things get bad enough and scary enough that KPFK and it's parent Pacifica Fdtn is actually [and it again seems to be there ]  failing, falling, breaking apart or going down financially, then someone there may take organization-Charge ! and reduce the dysfunctional infighting and factional-ization. 

"What is clearly needed is logically planned and diligent CHANGE into a more viable Radio Station business.... for Radio is a business by any other name, the same. 

"The ultra-left-so-called-liberals [ aka KPFK followers ] love to claim they are oh so altruistic and Righteous too... and they do not never ever engage in business, business being dirty business only of course. 

But these angelic ones are only are there to INFORM everyone of their own selected Right Views and Opinions -  that they prefer to brand as 'Programs'. 

"But non-profits are as prone to slants, biases, secrets and collusions as any other entity.....and KPFK is still keeping it's secrets in shame  - and to prevent it's payers from fleeing at the nearest exit. 

"But opacity and pretense will never get the station stable nor pay it's bills. And Change means stop repeating the same dysfunctional patterns of pretense-"democracy" or even claims of being valuable for being odd, different, hard-to-find-elsewhere. 

"Change may mean reality checks on how money is spent, misused, unregulated, and if reductions are necessary, to just do so... sensibly.        

"Can this radio station ever be fixed so it stops crumbling? huh ? We all hope so, but are not sure.”

(c)  btt 2017

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