Friday, February 19, 2016

KPFK expenses revealed. But the rest of story is still silently hidden....

A good bit of exposure, finally, if it is to be believed after so much obfuscation. Now, Feb 19 2016 the KPFK website shows us some of it's budgeting here: [copied below] 

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"Here's where your money goes each month. Of course, we also have unanticipated expenses (like the gas valve that's stuck right now), but this will give you some idea of why we need you to power this radio station.

A/C and heating maintenance $521
Air quality fee $42
Bank charges $1,000
Caging costs and credit card fees $7,300
Central services (Pacifica Foundation) $36,829
Computer supplies $300
Copying and copier rental $1,000
Earthquake insurance $731
Elections $2,406
Fire alarm system $87
Fund drive expenses $875
Health insurance $23,879
News service $875
Office supplies $300
Pacifica Radio Archives $4,911
Payroll $82,076
Payroll taxes $10,778
Pension payments $3,249
Postage $700
Production supplies $400
Promotion $295
Property taxes $767
Server maintenance $750
Shipping and shipping supplies $4,800
Software and updates $665
Station maintenance $1,200
Station utilities $4,678
Storage $222
Telephone service $10,422
Thank-you gifts $11,297
Tower maintenance $947
Tower utilities $9,800
Transmission translators $1,021
Website $1,305
Current Regular Monthly Operating Expenses " $226,428"
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Note: the program schedule continues to remain old, dated and neglected, with "Fall 2015" having passed long ago and changes not found on KPFK website :

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However, a new bright red banner is top & bottom of Home page and a bit of flowered graphics used to brighten up the request for donations. A good visible change, finally. 

1 of their home page banners on KPFK website that is not a promotion like others are there : Back Door 

If anyone has concerns or questions, try going to a Local Station Board meeting and see the infighting and games played by LSB members in conflict, but there are very brief [1-2 min. max] "public comments" possible spoken to everyone in room - who may or not be listening or caring.  Line up when such time slot is stated in front of microphone and have your voice heard or question stated to all concerned.
Worth an experience, at least once in a lifetime.

next LSB meeting is:  Sunday, February 21, 2016 10:30 AM 

at:  Peace Center, 3916 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
free parking is available in rear of building. Ring outside bell #22 and wait for buzz to get in. 

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other information about  the non-profit CORPORATION'S players vying for power, position and influence, yes, here as in all political and commercial institutions, is hardly, not hardly, available on line. 

Give it a try, research KPFK and if it is possible to get past the multitudes of programmers listed and their guests, then to find a place where information, comments, revelations or data is about what ELSE is GOING ON inside Our Radio Station [ paid for by sponsors+listeners+sustainers+stakeholders +donors] that is barely found.   

Very few websites provide or can even have access to the process and difficulties that the staff and administrators at Pacifica National Board [in Berkeley, next door to KPFA - another member of Pacifica Radio Fdtn ] are available, findable, accessible or giving more than personal venting postings. 

If any others are located and helpful to inform 'the rest of us', please add comment here to share and expose and allow others to also be 'informed' and to participate, fairly, finally.

(c)  2016    rrT

Thursday, February 4, 2016

KPFK's prior regular Gary Null unhappy and suing

reposted from elsewhere :

Long-time WBAI programmer Gary Null, after several verbal warnings to the network, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court, Eastern District of New York. 

The civil action #1:16-CV-241 was filed against the Pacifica Foundation and individually against WBAI general manager Berthold Reimers, Pacifica’s last three executive directors (Margy Wilkinson, Lydia Brazon and John Proffitt) and against former local station board and CAB chair Mitchel Cohen. The complaint can be read here.....”  

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We are here updating  & noting what is costing KPFK too -$$$monies$$$ - that ultimately comes  from us, sponsors, for paying out lawsuits and attorneys to defend Our Radio Stations.

Gary Null was a regular Tuesday past-midnight program  repeatedly played on 'Somethings' Happening' for  many, many years - with many loyal listeners and some more skeptical ones of his views and remedies. 

More info can probably be found on Gary Null's own website, on WBAI, Pacifica, elsewhere, or Court documents publicly available. 

(c) 2016     rr