Saturday, February 12, 2022

It's been a long enough time - to review how well KPFK's money problems improved. Did they?

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For so long we have all been waiting for the promised stability, changes,  honesty and relief from the continual misnamed "fund drive" that more often drives listeners away from listening to what were assumed... mis-taken-ly again... 


for informative, provocative, out-of-the-usual-USA-boxes.... 

for dissident alternatives to ponder, wonder, consider...

 if true?    if real ?   if relevant ?  or just another free-styled  venting by a puffer =

 claiming OUR airwaves [ these are all owned by all taxpayers, not corporations - check Ralph Nader's continually reminding us of reality ].

 

 Again there is 1 other online site that provides good substantial stats, data, & info about the turmoils, conflicts, 'facts', finances et    allllllll that is otherwise never heard on radio or elsewhere either. ... 

 

re Pacifica - the head 'umbrella' over a few still-struggling-old- original-radio guys   angry-ranters  &  anyone wanting to be a celebrity-star-famous  "Hero"....

                                                                                                                                            or pretend to be heroic - when insisting they are The Only Right 1 and the only few who KNOW "The 1-Only Truth" - 

 

with everyone else being discarded &  dismissed & rejected, of course.                              No one else is allowed that privilege unless obedient, agreeing and allied. 


Heard these called "programmers" who 'own' a slot on KPFK radio that refuse to ever leave or give up their prime [free-no pay, no fee] airtime.... to claim they are "free"                    and their speech is "free speech" w/o telling 'the rest of us' what that legally means. 


It cannot be the freedom to say anything at all anywhere or at any time ...                      check this 'fact's' real-ity plse.  Those in 'official' &"authority" & higher ranked positions immediately & quickly remove that mis-applied word ...

 

that is so common that 'free' has become not a benefit  - but a weapon  with which to hurt others /  to reject /  & to take-over anyone else's freedom... with a  of their own few strong-backers, of course, This is noticed in all coups, revolutions, changes of presidents & dictators, too. 

 

                                Conformists Cartoons and Comics - funny pictures from CartoonStock

                                             credit: Chris Madden cartoons. thanx

 The subtle, hidden to ‘the rest of the world :  of listeners/ donors/ subscribers of KPFK         & the rest of limping along Pacifica stations is revealed again: as copied from -see below : 

 

https://pacificainexile.org/archives/9997#more-9997 of July 27, 2021

 

who Wrote:    "Since there are only about 90 paid staff, and about 1/2 of them vote, a bylaws amendment under Jan Goodman and Sharon Kyle’s proposed “New Day” bylaws, could have been “vetoed” by as little as 24 paid-staff voting in their own little class.... 

 

lots of angry emails and posts... ....language in the Pacifica bylaws about members voting in classes wasn’t invented by Pacifica. It’s in the California Corporations Code Section 5033-5034.     The literal meaning of “class of members” in not for profit law is the ability to vote on matters as a separate class. “....

 

 the New Day Bylaws were defeated in the just-completed referendum with a rejection by the staff member class of 58% (No) to 44% (Yes). 76% of the listener members did not vote in the referendum, but of those who did, 56% supported the proposed new bylaws.” “...

 

the LA Progressive, which competes in the same market with Pacifica’s KPFK-FM. “ “that worksheet describes KPFK as the leading source of financial distress in the network,    and identifies KPFA as the unit with the largest downward profit trend over the past 18 months. The losses at KPFK have been alarming....“ 

 

 + “....a current proposal to remove accrued severance pay beyond 4 weeks for long-term employees at KPFK....” 

 

+  “Roy of Hollywood’s long standing monetization of the overnight hours as a unique accomplishment within Pacifica....” 

+  “....hope the PNB and SAG-AFTRA can work together to make reasonable expense cuts at KPFK.....” [ A key player at board meetings: uses “trigger words,... blames “democratization” & “the magic words were referring to the $80,000 KPFA secretly transferred to the attorneys trying to shut down WBAI in 2019. “                      /////// 

 

                                        Conformity in art – cartoon 

credit: Chris Madden cartoons. thanx

Next subsequent article: Aug 1 2021

                              

“On Friday, July 30 [2021], Judge Michael Stern dismissed the Pacifica Safety Net lawsuit for the failure to make a viable complaint after four tries. A demurrer filed by defendants Grace Aaron and Alex Steinberg was upheld without leave to amend and the plaintiff’s case dismissed with prejudice. The court order can be seen here. “....

 

The lawsuit began on Dec 8, 2020 with a demand for the court to take all of Pacifica’s assets, including its station licenses and real estate properties as well as all cash in bank and place them under the control of a San Bernardino attorney named Matthew Taylor under the supervision of the court. After that demand was rejected by the court...” 

 

“...After the plaintiffs revised the complaint two more times, the court has now dispensed of it for inadequacy. .... KPFA, Pacifica’s Berkeley station, has been bearing the cost of the litigation iniated by the chair of their LSB....” 

 

Next article there : “,,,The appeal is unlikely to succeed in anything other than wasting more money, as the dismissal was based on the faulty construction of the lawsuit, including the lack of a clear demand, a misunderstanding of the business judgment rule and as the judge stated: “a lack of facts to substantiate the bald conclusions”,,,      

 

” Re voters of listeners & staff -“ Pacifica’s members” - where more than 80% did not vote for/ in that attempted lawsuit [coup? Steal? Maneuver? ]: 

 

 

 Nonconformist Cartoons and Comics - funny pictures from CartoonStock credit" Chris Madden cartoons" - thanx 



 “Hopefully, the remaining 20% will align their priorities with the 80% going forward.” “They want radio news, information and entertainment, not bylaws”s [END of excerpts from informative essential other site] [Plse see original article for fuller understanding of conflicts forever ongoing & repeated still.... 

 

 www.pacificainexile.org          

 

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                                  Conformity Cartoon High Resolution Stock Photography and Images - Alamy 

credit= Chris Madden Cartoons - thanx  


Re repeated pleas, threats, harangues, long demands for MORE MONEY –no other input wanted/ requested, unless a vote is needed to engage in internal conflicts...    

 

  “KPFK always has a fund drive in May and that fund drive always has a goal between $500,000 and $750,000. Every single year. Along with similar fund drives that generally occur in February, August and October.” 

 

“The goal of each fund drive is to raise all or most of the station’s expenses of around $240,000 a month or $720,000 a quarter. If that money isn’t raised during the fundraising marathon, then the station will not have enough money to pay its bills” “...               allocation of the first PPP [fed funds] grant -which has been fully forgiven- .... 

 

“KPFK received $322, 200.86 in Jan 2021, while KPFA received $365,434.51,     KPFT received $35,142.78,    WBAI received $93,946.23,     WPFW received $111, 422.54, the Pacifica National office received $282,380.41    and the Pacifica Archives received $46,755.67 for a total of $1,257,284.00    -  for the round of PPP  funding.                                                                                                             

According to those same financial statements, KPFK’s monthly payroll and benefits before recent layoffs averaged about $165,000 a month” “...so $1.2 million in payroll protection funds would cover about 9 weeks of payroll and benefits....”

 

 “...the profit and loss statement as of 2/28/2021 here. “       

+ “KPFK, pays less than $100,000 a year to broadcast from Mt. Wilson or approximately $8,500 a month)” + “...the people who have “control of the national board” are the listener members and the staff.     They vote for the delegates and the delegates chosen by the members vote for the national board members.....” 

 

+”... Pacifica’s [2003] “democratization” process ......assigning 1 member, 1 vote. No matter whether you donate $25 a year, $2,500 a year or $25,000 a year, that still buys exactly 1 vote in the delegate elections...”          

       

 + “...in addition to the annual financial audits (which are finally caught up on after a painful delay that began with the 2014 management coup by Margy Wilkinson), Pacifica has already been audited by the CPB (2011), and by the California Attorney General (2014-2015). Pacifica’s financial audits are posted as well on pacifica.org. All you have to do is look at them,...” 

 

+”... in 2020, the wheels fell off and listener support dollars from the fundraising marathons declined to $2.1 million, a drop of $400,000 in a single year. And no listener died and left the station hundreds of thousands of dollars in their will in 2020...”       + “KPFK posted a huge divisional deficit of -($697,000) in 2020.” 

 

+”... KPFK was completely unable to pay for joint Pacifica expenses including auditor fees for the annual financial audits, legal fees, FCC compliance services, payroll administration, insurance, Audioport (the system that distributes Pacifica programs to the 200+ affiliated stations) and satellite fees –      the parcel of expenses that are paid jointly as central services. KPFK had no money left...”                                                                        

 

+” The station is out of money because its expenses are as high or higher than the revenue it has been able to raise.” 

 

+ ” Lew Hill , founder, said that noncommercial radio was an interactive dance between broadcaster and audience, not just an exchange of currency, but a participatory dialogue between the broadcasting organization and the audience that supports it. That participatory dialogue should take place on-air – and off-air via governance.” 

 From     https://pacificainexile.org/archives/9946#more-9946       May 2021 

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please give the radio station your own personal feedback -

about the ways they are stuck in place with same 'USERS" of all-our-air-waves and our $$$$ supporting the staff, expenses and whatever else goes into keeping KPFK on air....

as their boards are repeat-offenders & cronies keeping the illusion of POWER to be media and heard on net or radio - beyond what most who grab-stay-stuck-OWNING-their-spots on air...

 

there are a few standards, oldies, goodies, valuable who repeat and update their info... but the majority are clearly niche, fringe, very minority-supported and on KPFK just to prove "we do not skip or ignore any VICTIMS - self-defined or socially PC'd.  

 

see KPFK's grid schedule to see how much: improvement /  changes / new voices are there ! 

 

and do not use this site for those fake-comments that are adverts/ promos/ garbage please ! 

   (c) mj - 2020   [1 of a few who care to provide this work, shared with no agenda/schemes ]

 

 

Sunday, May 16, 2021

KPFK's staff reduction /elimination/ changes that are not on-air revealed !

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 To reveal what is mostly hidden, secret, denied and to remainas opaque a non-profit corporation dares to be, more searching was necessary.

This was found at late-night Mon-Thurs radio pgms' separate from corporation's website. 

There are no references to this external site - kept by Roy Tuckman that pertains to his shows, tho after-airing those programs, then  the main KPFK radio archives do contain links - to hear what was missed or avoided before there. 

from :     http://www.somethingshappening.com/Home.html   

"                        BEHIND THE SCENES 


Regarding the continuance of “Something’s Happening!” 

Our new Interim General Manager, Moe Thomas, told the staff ‘emphatically’ that I  [Roy Tuckman *]  would not be taken off KPFK.      But he is not the Interim Executive Director and also did not mention the possibility of Buzz  [ more accurately known as Mansour Sabat before assuming a fake nickname *

 (and Maggie  [ Maggie Le Pique*] - Music Director) being able to stay, so though it was a deep relief for me, it was partial. ....

We hear several new programs coming on - as the rather pessimistic totals move slowly. So to be careful, Buzz   [Mansour*]  and I (remaining at the #1 spot in pledge total) still advise the pledges to carefully be monthly sustaining, allowing the giver to control their investment. ...

But our fingers are still crossed. 

There are many generous and grateful listeners and Buzz [aka Mansour] is an incredible pitcher [not baseball but money pleader] - and there is hope for some changes in the future. 

 As of May 8 the fund drive total is $131,989 — goal is $650,000"

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* note: [ bracketed ] inserts are their actual names vs pseudo-confusing-changed labels  that are being used for reasons that are not explained there or anywhere else. Why not be clear, honest & informative at a radio stn =

... that prides itself on revealing "others' " info  - plus their being pride-full of their expose-preferred ways, but then not doing the same in their own communications ? huh ? 

thus = hypocrisy is displayed all over KPFK's communications again.  

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then a public notice from same programmer reads as follows:

                   "MAY 10-13 + MAY 17-20 PROGRAM GUIDE

                                      BEHIND THE SCENES 

The fund drive is lagging far behind the necessary total. As of May 15 [2021]  we have reached $203,307 with 1375 pledges.
 
With a goal of $650,000 we are way behind. “Something’s Happening!” Has brought in over $45,000. 
 
And those of us left keep working and hoping that listener supported radio will not become a memory." 
 
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so.... dire warnings of demise, eliminations of staff & long term programs continuessimilar to usual scare tactics/msgs : 

 'chickens are falling from skies into pits' as long long long before too...                                  

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more info re station's & Pacifica's chaotic happenings are copied for you too, here:

" On April 20, [2021] the Pacifica Foundation sent a review of the Foundation including:
“The Los Angeles station KPFK has implemented a 30% reduction in expenses in response a $700K deficit in 2020. 
 
 Pacifica management, in consultation with the Pacifica National Board had to reluctantly make staff cuts as KPFK was reaching a crisis point, and getting close to not being able to make payroll or pay bills. 
 
Terms were negotiated with the unions involved in order to ensure that all severance pay and other obligations were provided. This action, while not easy, should restore KPFK to fiscal sustainability.”

While the 30 % reduction was the goal, we have received no word about the discussed layoffs of Buzz [aka Mansour]  and me  [Roy ] and the connected continuance or disappearance of “Something’s Happening!’’ 
 
More than 200 letters have been sent to the national board and interim executive director from our listeners and at last posting, “Something’s Happening!’’ has rated #1 program in pledges during the current fund drive. 
 
But in order to not to cheat our supporters, we are still advising that pledges be made as monthly sustainer payments to provide you more control over your investment. ($5 or more per month).

[Roy's suggegestion here]  
To send an email to National Board: PNB@pacifica.org
To send an email to Interim Executive Director: ED@pacifica.org."
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that's all for this KPFK plea for money and threats to close down or cut out regular-long-there-holding-up-this-still-failing-radio-station folks !  

                           Bugs Bunny falling - YouTube 

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please:    let us know   if you honor & respect or appreciate our work, time, dedication [still and now barely but still a bit occasionally]   here, or if not, we too can exit that scene we have been dedicated to since 1960 !

(c)  mj 2021