Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Ukraine is reading us here ? really ? why ?

If another interested KPFK affiliated-interested person wishes to add a comment, plse do. But only if it is NOT SPAM, nor an ADVERTISEMENT disguised as a comment, nor ANY DISCOURTEOUS OR MANIPULATIVE USE of this site. All, any of those comments will be Instantly deleted and reported to the Google parent of blogspot for further investigation
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[ plse also see FU addendum below ]

Because past reviews of great Google stats on this blogspot, we thought to check back and csee what is happening and from where now ?

This cartoon below credited from The Week + (c) Deering 2019 cartoons.com [borrowed here just to question stats on this blog showing Ukraine is a prominent country [tho internally divided politically and with alliances separated within the nation ]. We thank these sources and claim no political connections or any other ties to any sources other than this blog's main focus - as it continues.

this is what 'stats' showed for Nov 20 - Nov 27, 2019  "Pageviews": copied here


Pageviews
Ukraine              30








30
United States    27
27
France                4
4
Russia                4
4
Bolivia                1
1
Canada              1
1
Egypt                  1   

+ more countries with same '1' for this period.

note:  that a prior post here too listed Russia as the then, or at times maybe still, if not just now, leading nation tuning in here ? as the  same, by  the dominating 'pageviews' number  [by their the bots] that may continue to view or monitor here-

why ?

...because this is an unofficial  & unaffiliated MEDIA affiliated site - to radio station KPFK  - as we have been for years discussing that  radio broadcast source... before.

Sadly, the same reviews, criticisms and recommendations that were made here  =  to help & improve & assist in any way possible what had been in long-ago days, like in 1960's + 1970's and some 1980's too,  have been stopped, finally 

The station, entity that uses OUR free USA TAX PAYER airwaves [as others do too - for no cost to them ? ] KPFK has deteriorated badly, sadly.

When attempting to communicate  with anyone at KPFK station, as in via email, leaving voice mail, or even a phone message with KPFK's receptionist-front desk person, NOTHING happens. 

That means no one is 'home' ? or  no one there even cares a bit. 

i.e.   An email with questions & suggestions was sent 3x - because of no reply, no acknowledgement of receipt, no nothing back to know how our dedicated, relevant and interested work, efforts and caring mattered to anyone there, we realized we were foolish to wait for any reply. 

We did send our communications  to the General Manager.  + Another to Program Manager. = but nothing.

And same pattern just continues = because  KPFK is not 'the people's radio' or a community at all. Mostly because it is a 1-way-out-street  = with no in-put wanted. 

Only air broadcast Out. Nothing going 'in' from donors, subscribers or stakeholders .  And of course, forget those who only dare 'listen for free'.

Apparently maybe not even received ? huh ? Can that be ?

So as many other prior KPFK listeners are sometimes encountered at other activist or cultural venues, they reply with same disappointment and say they no longer listen, nor donate, nor tune in to the 4x-30-day-months or more of what is politely called "fund raising" ..

and otherwise also known as "commercialized  promoting dubious products " with  obviously exaggerated claims  that are enthusiastically shouted, exclaimed and recorded for endless repeat broadcasts by the Staff, not even the product distributors...

and the same is great P.R. and Promotion and Sales with fancy titles and award claims, attempting to validate and inflate status of Guests who SELL their services, books and products.  

Check out any of those advertisements that are non-profit-ed-ly =  defined as "we are just giving you information you need... and must have !...so buy our stuff now ! " etc. 

 In same words as "pay us !!! "...  because otherwise we are drowning in our debts. This without further explanations of how not just KPFK barely has been able to keep up paying it's maintenance, staff, etc. expenses.... but also that it's allied station in NYC called WBAI has floundered, was off the air due to lack of money to pay it's rent, staff, whatever else, and actual information about the morass the Pacifica system has become is difficult to find, even tid bits of info too.

Sadly, as written here before, a commentators, long invested and loyal to WBAI was Chris Albertson who died and left his blog that remains, where he last left it, with our last comment there in the headline.  


A nice connection ....but not as desired to have death and no other blog contributor to His Blog taken over ...to still keep on - providing information about them on other coast. 

WBAI

That  NYC radio station then could sometimes be related to the LA version of same problems endemic at all Pacifica for many years  - dysfunctions,  mis-managements, questionable staff choices and whatever else forced that NY Pacifica radio station to stagger. For all we know it too maybe will also die. 

WBAI created a financial crisis and catastrophe for not paying it's landowner the rent and lost a court case that indebted all 5 other Pacifica radio stations to pay for their misdeeds.

See prior posts here and elsewhere for full information on this.

That the same KPFK was before, a valued and unique radio medium - for many years - so very long ago  - was a tremendous source of new and alternative information,when it was essential for Anti-Vietnam war events, protests, and activities, and other philosophical teachings that were not common to US cultures yet.... those broadcast then-  learnings, from Alan Watts, to Depak Chopra & on to many other programs - before, then, when LA was open, receptive and positive, active and wanting to know more...

all  that now may only be heard in old-saved-recordings re-played - on air only in late night hours - on Somethings Happening by Roy Tuckman [12M Tues - Mon night - thru Fri 6am -Thurs night]. 

That use of all those OLD recordings makes that  1 program unique and relying on what was...rather than what is current and today's worlds....

as most of any other KPFK programs have not been anyhow equal or vital or relevant as 'it was before [that old lament and refrain not by old people, but even by the young seeking relevance and not just political leftist extremists - rants and claims they offer listeners any balance to compare what is shocking and terrifying in other media, but less extreme perhaps.

KPFK doesnt seem to now have even access to more current day revelations - other than Ian Masters  = the rare program on KPFK -  and who rationally interviews those academics or authors who speak of what is happening now. 

Oh, there may be or not: a rare volunteer maybe  - that is not so prejudiced, discriminating, and/or pretending  that they "know more " than  than the listeners do ... while actually only having a-very-left-liberalist-only-sided opinion... with, perhaps [or not ], a few facts inserted ... maybe.

Trust has eroded and KPFK has lost it's value to most and thus is begging for money to continue what obviously is no longer of much value to most. So less funding, $$$$, to pay their bills or improve either. 

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so the intention today was to reveal that for no understandable logical reason "Ukraine" was our leading page viewer, even with such few posts published here now.   Whether it is the Russian dominant section or the independent nation seeking side is not revealed by Google's stats.  

That anyone outside of LA or USA even cares about this blog is a sign that AI and bots and anything that lists a media connection may say something to be used in any twisted, spun way.  Tho we are sure we are of no use, apparently not even to those we had intended to connect with all along - the listeners, donors, stakeholders, staff and  even  "influence-rs " at KPFK.

Oh, well, we tried. Ukraine- can you read us or are you listening to KPFK at all ? we doubt it.

(c) BB 2019 
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addendum = later re stats in same location on blog from Google info on 'audiences' . 
For "Nov 27 - Dec 5, 2019" 
Note how now those who dominated # of  'pageviews' have disappeared. Why? =

EntryPageviews
United States
22
Singapore
5
Russia
3
United Kingdom
2
Unknown Region
1
Argentina
1
Belgium
1
Spain
1
Madagascar
1



                                     

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Chris Albertson, blogger of WBAI- NY Pacifica's radio station has left us.

NOTE:    If another interested KPFK affiliated-interested person wishes to add a comment, plse do. But only if it is NOT SPAM, nor an ADVERTISEMENT disguised as a comment, nor ANY DISCOURTEOUS OR MANIPULATIVE USE of this site. All, any of those comments will be Instantly deleted and reported to the Google parent of blogspot for further investigation.
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This is to honor and appreciate the man who had a Pacifica blog about our NY radio station WBAI and recently deceased, left his blog with a comment from us as the last one shown there. 

                             http://wbai-nowthen.blogspot.com/

which notes that this discussion site was written from 2012 thru 2019.  There is no indication if his friends will keep this site ongoing or it will remain a dormant website now

 WBAI        


This is copy of Chris Albertson's front Home page blog site.  Many articles are written there, some by his friends, and lots of comments are added to each article by Pacifica loyalists from other radio stations nationwide as well.  This site remains a source of opinions, information, and honest criticisms that was intended to save and improve the way WBAI was deteriorating, losing audiences and funding.  If interested, look thru which articles may reveal what else needs to be exposed and remembered ...that continues to diminish the entire Pacifica network of radio  stations as well. Continually and still now. Sadly. 

Only by looking at his Wikipedia bio did we realize that he had died, as there were no clear indications in his last writings there. We do not know or find other information on the search in Google about who has access or may continue his informative blog - that mostly focused on his favorite radio station in NY, but also included bits of info occasionally from other Pacifica stations too.

His last blog post was April 16, 2019, and which copied a comment written by our correspondent, "KPFKcommentator" .

[coincidences all ways surprise us, as connections are revealed thru unusual circumstances - as  was this last posting - done without our knowing it was or had been posted, till it was.]

We are honored to be connected to the only other website we can find -nationally - outside the attached to  each station own promoters/or those programmers' selling their own -

- these 2  blogs, are on-line sites that attempt to Help and Improve our local Pacifica radio station's -for the stations' difficulties, as in :  

mostly lack of transparency, or accountability or any feedback to their stakeholders/ donors.  The closed-dark-halls-incommunicado of 5 Pacifica stations = except what is audible on-air [ only 1 way out, nothing 'in' allowed - apparently ]. 

See prior posts here about attempts to communicate with KPFK staff - 
 and no replies, no acknowledgements, no nutin responding back. 

Same happens elsewhere at Pacifica stations, which then creates needs for blogs and comments to be the only way to expose and communicate with donors' '  local "non-profited" / community radio station'. 

Admittedly, a closed Yahoo group for Pacifica interested [must be selected to be let-in to write to group] writers barely provides any information since a few usurpers use the site to email-each-other or divert from any Pacifica issues to their own personal interests and in-fighting, so that site is useless to provide or to obtain actual, factual information regarding the radio stations. Sadly so. 

     
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                           Chris Albertson 2006.JPG  
                          Wikipedia's pix - from "2006"

"Christiern Gunnar Albertson (October 18, 1931 – April 24, 2019) was a New York City-based jazz journalist, writer and record producer"    

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 see more at:      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Albertson 

some pertinent exerpted quotes from above website are here : 

" ...In the mid-sixties...[he worked at] Pacifica Radio's NY station WBAI, where he eventually became General Manager....." 

Surprisingly, Wikipedia did not mention his blogsite =  

                         http://wbai-nowthen.blogspot.com/  

at all, tho it is apparent that he was dedicated to putting work, effort and attention there, being concerned about the management and future of WBAI .

This is the Pacifica network radio station in trouble due to debts incurred that has indebted all 5 stations nationwide. He continually criticized and exposed the mis-doings at his local radio station, with careful attention to the goings on there. 



More articles  about him are of course listed on search engines, as in : 

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1&q=chris+albertson

as Chris Albertson's fame centered maybe more on his works in jazz and on 
his "Bessie Smith biography by Chris Albertson" book. 

 There is a NYT article  about his death and his works, and also another site also has information brief :

                       https://syncopatedtimes.com/chris-albertson-biographer-of-bessie-smith-dies-at-87/ 

The jazz focused site above noted : "His landmark achievements were a reissue of her complete recordings and the definitive biography of her life."   +  "Bessie, published in 1972 and revised in 2003, set out to dispel the many myths about her, some of which that had been intentionally spread by John Hammond. It is considered one of the best jazz biographies of its kind."

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Remembering that Wikipedia is not all factual, actual or inclusive, because of their dominators  - who are not official  'monitors' either - but who continually insistingly  to include only what the chose [see other problems at Wikipedia of serious censorship[s], misuses for promotions.

And even KPFK broadcasters who have a page listing ONLY their work promoting themselves with no biographical, personal or other info included - thus being promo pieces... still Wikipedia does provide some references to be researched and some info briefly noted therein. 

tricky plays like the title "PACIFICA news" in search links to KPFA, only 1 of 5 stations, misleading the researcher by work links ? huh ? why is this ? 

Nor is Chris's blog site:  WBAI-nowthen mentioned in Wikipedia under Pacifica Foundation either. Obviously it is unimportant or unwanted.  

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Checking further on Pacifica's page too  - to see if Chris Albertson is listed there?  =  Not. 

No mention of Chris Albertson at all  there . Wonder why ? Because he is unimportant or was 'reverted'-deleted if written in some time ?  There is mention of 2006 Greg Guma... and 1991  Sawaya....2009 Grace Aaron....but 60's was so long ago, who cares about the WBAI station back then ?

          see       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacifica_Foundation 

or what was included in WBAI's Wikipedia information or what eliminated, neglected about Chris?

                                     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WBAI 

Yes, there is just 1 mention, or admission that Chris Albertson existed and was connected, concerned, and continually involved....  even tho Chris  continued to write,  to contact, criticize, listen and donate to WBAI. 

At end of article is a list of "notable alumni" and Chris's name IS there !. wow. as a link to his own Wikipedia page [see above]. 

Even tho  WBAI is noted to have " First air date  January 8, 1960 (59 years ago)" there

and "WBAI played a major role in the evolution and development of the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s.[7]" .  

And lots of other achievements of the counter-culture of 60's is described in this article, no mention of Chris or other General Managers are given any credit or mentioned either. 

Only celebrities, now even more famous than then, are applauded there. 

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 We here do honor the work Chris Albertson has done, not just what gives him fame and creds on line, but more so on his dedication to continuing making efforts and attempts to improve a PACIFICA radio station - 

....and always noting what is killing off the media-radio-station - WBAI - the one that he dedicated himself to for so many years. 
 
No R.I.P. cliches needed. 

No faked sentiments to a man we never met  - except in on-line-words we and he communicated. 

No pandering applause - to get-in and pretend to be 'best friends' or to be attached to a person who has achieved more than we have. 

No false pretenses to be close to the NY blogger we read often  - 
and  where we too used his space used to tell our own views about KPFK,
not WBAI -  tho that was his place of loyalty, while ours was across country in LA instead.  

Just a simple Thank you, Chris :   

for remaining loyal and dedicated to the ideals of the radio station that claims to be as honorable as you apparently were and continued to be. And thanks for noticing our agreements, on just those 8 days before you left us behind. 

                                     Thank  you, Chris. _______________



 (c)  mjj 2019





 

Friday, May 31, 2019

KPFK just spent 31 days selling us mdse while pretending to be not-for-profits but being commercially promoting stuff... huh ?

If another interested KPFK affiliated-interested person wishes to add a comment, plse do. But only if it is NOT SPAM, nor an ADVERTISEMENT disguised as a comment, nor ANY DISCOURTEOUS OR MANIPULATIVE USE of this site. All, any of those comments will be Instantly deleted and reported to the Google parent of blogspot for further investigation.
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                                   Image result for money trading hands imagesthehouseofcoin.com Google credit

Has anyone noticed that if  Our Radio Station's - KPFK - radio broadcasts are 'turned on'  all one  has heard during 31 days of May 2019 are the proliferation of repeated sales messages = that continue 24/7  - hrs/days ?  

Those desperate and dreary fear-mongering messages come with  the urge plea to send in More More  More Money, Subscriptions, Donations, Pledges, and Cash - credit cards will be accepted immediately !

          https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-ab&q=kpfk+premiums+

[find the link of your choice of how to order items/services that cost 3-4X any ordinary price, even on the sellers' own website or elsewhere too ]  Here are just a few listed:
                     
                  https://catalog.kpfk.org/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTLG  

https://catalog.kpfk.org/mm5/merchant.mvc?Session_ID=668a99b23bf849a7b92cccfc61b9e650&Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=featured

                                      https://catalog.kpfk.org/faqs.html

All those  on-air 'pitches', are  really :   
advertising promotions, 
sales manipulations, 
guests selling their own products and services
maybe even a few testimonials thrown in - for better selling effects

and the program host continually admiring their guests & stuff sold. 
This is clear and obviously  SELLING stuff, and  with  repeated exaggerated claims of 'amazing !!!' and "fabulous"...  This is "The greatest "and "no where else can you buy this"...

Plus ....more exhortations, exclamations, & enthusiastic, breathless SALES pitches of their having, promoting, publicizing  : "The Best, The Most, The Greatest...."  Yes !!!! And all  & any other verbal superlatives -

but - [NONE to be factually believed, but researched further at least and not be lured into BUYING whatever is said 'to support KPFK' at any price advertised.  

Notice ? There is No honest mention is made if the merchandise/ services are partially paid for with the high-price asked for or if the PROMOTION & PUBLICITY & visibility [audio-bility] is of more value than the stuff being traded as a "premium". 

No mention, of course, is made if those products/services are also given as 'samples' or gifts to the staff at the station, or their cronies, LSB members, or valued friends. Are they ever ?    

Like maybe, as has been stated elsewhere, there is a distribution of FREE hand outs - like theater tickets, travel trips, movie tickets, all kinds of health-healing services, lectures, and events. 

Plus products given to staff or management, of course ! But never admitted. 

That is 'regular ' business practices, and KPFK is not different than any other business, tho the claims of purity and honesty because of their 'non-profit' legal corporate status makes that  implication - as it is said repeatedly, and purposely. 

 
 ...but, yet, we hear same repeat 'audio clip' over and over on-air.   As those "gifts"  -also called "premiums"  -are just a generous return on the $$$$$ donations sent in to the station. Not as a fair trade or exchange. But just as an 'extra thank you "gift" for you ' - What a LIE !

Some of these purchases are recordings [ some saved from the prior month-long - too long  - so called:  'fund drives'].   Repeated same 'premiums' from where everyone [with a free on-air access but claimed  to be 'volunteer'  programs]  is  forced to do their  share of getting money in - to 'save and maintain the radio station ....

oh, and also not stated any more but still legally indebted and paying up = $$$$ to pay the WBAI - NY Pacifica - catastrophe = of  their manager not paying rent when due. And then Pacifica being sued, losing in court,  and all their 5 radio stations nationwide continue  paying up the $$$Millions due - plus interest, attorney & court fees, et al.  

Interestingly, if the Spanish time period every weekday evening were able to elicit any donor funds of value, they would be pleading in Spanish. But are not ?  Instead  we hear repeated commercials, infomercials of the same-old-same-old staff gushing enthusiastically -  with  false claims for magical medical cures and instant healings. 

Do : Listen in ! Hear any of these infomercials during all fund drives. Ever ask why ? Maybe it would be worth to =  Call the station and ask why this block of Spanish-language programs [ or are they the only ones ?] are exempt from getting-money-in duties . 

                                    818 - 985 - 2711        weekdays 9am - 5 pm 

                                                              
                                                
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Interesting to learn that the Program Director  has duties related to "premiums" :
as in Aug 2018's notice at :

                https://journalism.berkeley.edu/job/kpfk-radio-program-director/

:  "   *Participates in the development of strategies and plans for on-air fundraising, in collaboration with staff.

      * Participates in the evaluation and approval of all premiums offered by the station.
 
      * Meets with donors as needed."

[note that the current KPFK website lists same PD that has been 'intermittent' there for many years, and no new names are listed nor information about hiring process or it's development to find a new PD] 

                                         https://www.kpfk.org/
 
https://www.kpfk.org/blogs/info-about-kpfk-and-pacifica/post/kpfk-contacts-and-location

"Interim Program Director
Alan Minsky
Ext 202
pd@kpfk.org
On-air programming and content"



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There are also other sites provide their own views, not so different than ours. If of interest, listed here for your convenience:

                            https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Pacifica_Radio     
                                  "last modified on 24 November 2018"

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                              and KPFK finances also written about on a PDF here:

                    Audit of CPB Grants Awarded to Pacifica Foundation Radio Stations ...

......deduct the costs of high-value premiums from membership revenue for all five stations; ..... KPFK...   TOTAL. Schedule A, Source of Income: 2.....
                                                                              
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                                                      another informative opinion here:
                                         https://www.kfcf.org/whats-up-with-pacifica-radio/ 

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EVERYONE   must be exhausted, relieved that another of those strenuous, continuous sales sessions  are over for..... only a short while.    But a breather before another 1/4 of each year + extra days and events and special needs returns to turn many donors and stakeholders away. Having given,a nd given and given and given more already...

which  means those who have been LOYAL and GENEROUS already - cannot, do not - continue:

in the same addictive, habitual Game of "rescue us ! save us ! Give us money!" for on-air extended periods  - and with someone assuming that there is no-end to it's members', listeners' tolerance  - for this exploitative style of pretense ... that this is a 'fair trade' or exchange.  

And that the infomercials, commercials, sales stories are not [free or exchanged ] advertising and promotions and publicity, not for KPFK, but for the 'premium' sellers instead.  

THAT SELLING STUFF IS WHAT IS BEING DONE.  

                                           Image result for money trading hands imagestheselling.com - google images credited 

Those ARE :  [ tho un-admitted ] Promotions,  Publicity, Sampling presentations, & Infomercials. Yes. Also too much gushing admirations  are expressed as if genuine and authentic. Selling is being  done - over what is being advertised on KPFK's 'non-profit-ted'  and The American People's Airwaves.

This finally must be changed into a different business model. Claiming an antiquated to those times ideals - the 1959 'mission'  is used as the excuse  - to be stuck in only 1 mode of maintaining KPFK on air is not working well.....

but it is the only one in which the management & staff are pretending they 'can do' and thus they assume they are not ACCOUNTABLE - for what they continue to use - over and over - and fail to improve.
 

(C)   BTT   2019