Monday, April 18, 2016


This is an alienating experience, having attended the latest version of newly elected LSB monthly meeting, April 17, 2016. Attended for full 4 hours and all I got was being ignored, never smiled at,  barely any eye contact and as if I did not even exist or noticeably sit in the back “public seating” – in back of horseshoe circle around which Members sit.

Any new "public" member attending has no one to guide, welcome, or inform them on process, behaviors expected, when they can speak or what is going on in the LSB ongoing thereafter discussions. Confusing and distancing results. Not even an agenda is shared, nor when or if a "public comment" time is allowed or when it may be given. 

Glad to report: a new Chairwoman was poised, effective, tried diligently to control and have meeting process in some order. Actually better than previous visits to LSB over the many years.

And new larger and clearer printed name placards in front of LSB members, to know who was there and their names, since none ever bother to mention who they are or which committee they chair or represent.

As I arrived early and on time, to the KPFK webpage announced starting time of 10:30 am, there were 3 males setting up chairs and mics, 1 prior LSB member reading newspaper and 1 public man also reading newspaper, but no greeting nor welcome to any PUBLIC person attending. 

Slowly and gradually other LSB members arrived, sat at table, talked to few allies and did not smile at each other nor act in any friendly collegiate manner either. Strange atmosphere, as if prepared for conflicts that soon arose. 

Meeting was not called to order until 10:46 am, as if time was flexible and notices for meeting beginning were irrelevant. =only 16 minutes of extra time [wasted] to join this meeting.  At least a full quorum had finally arrived by then while other people drifted in whenever.

Wondering why those many on LSB board whom I have had conversations, acknowledgements for many long ago years now saw only their selected others, I then assumed I was less than a ‘visitor’ and irrelevant to even being recognized now apparently, which is not a common experience elsewhere.

Many new LSB elected members were unknown to me and me to them, of course.  

Gradually only 2 people, with whom I have had  long and many conversations as volunteers at KPFK, did briefly make eye contact and even said a quick “hello”,  while most others =with whom  I had also been in speaking relationships with before -  continued to act as if they existed in ‘special’ but invisible cubicles, = being totally separated and alienated.  

Even the 2 ‘staff representatives’ from KPFK there were exclusive or just silent, unfriendly, & guarded.

I wondered: if this is how the LSB act in unison and in meeting together, if it might be a similar atmosphere also inside Our Radio Station too maybe ? With people being angry or not-speaking or resentful or suspicious or just feeling bad enough to stay away from anyone who was not already “on their side” for sure?

Members arrived in their own schedule and convenience. I noticed how few “public” members were there now, [ 6 ], while there had been 12-20 at other LSB meetings I had attended before. One 'public' man arrived on time 10:30am of announced starting time and he left within 30 minutes, without a word to or from anyone. 

2 Others arrived later to give-away their rebel-agitator type newspapers with an intimidating air if one was not taken. And counting, 2 prior LSB members no longer elected came late, but did attend. Plus the GM came to speak to LSB and answer questions in her time slot.

Announcement of 2 recent deaths of KPFK dedicated long-termers was made: Israel Feuer  at age 86   – one of the most dedicated volunteers who attended every single LSB and many committee meetings and answered phones during fund drives. And Bob Congers who was the on-staff transmitter engineer man for many years, until very recently.

An cautionary announcement is made by LSB woman who claims all videos, photos et al CAN be made without regard to privacy or personal choice because “this is a public meeting”, even if tho it takes a pre-pushed button security box to enter into building and not all of these KPFK type people consider privacy a give-away anywhere. 

Another LSB woman uses phones to video and record during the entire meeting pointing wherever she wants, regardless of non-LSB agreed members, us only as "public", allowing this set-up.

It will be necessary to actually review LA City rules: about what is “public” for any recordings/ fotos,  when inside a private building and when a non-profit Board meeting is held - and where personal privacy suddenly evaporates.

And why those allied with LSB are acting invasively, without describing how these recordings are used, where secured and saved, and for how long, or who has access to display, distribute them, i.e. to U-tube and other media. 

Being in control of this exposure is a power-position taken by those who hold their camera/phones notably or subtly and TAKE what they want, to use as they chose, without accountability to those displayed in their screens.

More than 2 hrs into meeting, another young man enters with a professional large camera w/sound to “public” area, sets up, rolls and takes video, un-introduced nor announced to those present. Before he leaves in ½ hr, I ask what use he has for this and he smirks and says “I am doing a documentary…with all the fighting in it too” and  he exits without a nod to anyone on Board. Perhaps he had permission, perhaps not. Such are the doings that are unaccounted or unregulated at LSB meetings, apparently.

A 2+ page of rules of “demeanor” for LSB and ‘public” members is read for all LSB to vote agreement with, and install, starting now.  It had been elsewhere written about some insulting obscenities shouted by a KPFK staff to the LSB at their prior meeting, thus provoking this serious etiquette set of new rules. Voted on. Agreed. Now.

It is a good idea to have to make into Strict Rules [ but with no one assigned to enforce them or be entitled to call the rules - on whom they chose- so this can be used for personal choice or for individual controlling maneuvers too ] for such a conflict-filled and contentious process –  and as exhibited repeatedly at all LSB and other such KPFK meetings.

No agenda for the day nor these new rules for all present must-follow-demeanor-rules is given to any “public” member, that I can see. No one handed them out and I watched carefully, waiting. No agenda and no eye contact with us 'outsiders' not elected LSB either. As if we were at a zoo or aquarium and anyone not LSB is thus 'not seen, not here'...until 3-1/2 hrs later when finally "Public Comments" time is announced.

The public is basically excluded fully until the proper time for “public comments” arrives, when each person must line up to a mic - with a max of 90 seconds each = 1+1/2 minutes to speak. No discussion, no acknowledgement, no nutin comes forth to indicate anything is heard, much less wanted or valued.  

It is like speaking to a wall of faces, non- acknowledging the quick speaker. Next person takes mike. Done. But to what effect or result ? Never to be known or admitted.

The 5 -6 “public” members take a turn, one in conflict because of his previous insulting behaviors to LSB last meeting, but he too is allowed his 90 seconds. As a special  allowance [gift], this time, so he is told.  What was said and done previously is not reviewed for those not there then, so we watch and wonder and cannot ask.

There is No LSB member or affiliate or volunteer to welcome, to inform new  “public members” of the procedures or what is expected of them or the meeting either. If there were no ‘public’ people there would be no difference, from what can be observed in 4 hours sitting in the same room there.

Microphones are available for every 3-4 LSB seated close to each other and yet, after years of experience at these meetings, repeated calls for “mic !” is needed as people ‘forget’ and speak as if in their kitchen to friends. Two LSB men mumble and speak rapidly so only ½ of whatever they are saying can be understood, especially by “public” relegated away from lip-reading circle where LSB are more visible to each other. 

Whether there will be an audio-recording of the entire meeting available for later or not was not mentioned. Previously a loyal technician, volunteer and loyal member arranged with his own equipment for such recordings to have verifications, vs. the secretary correctly keeping notes – with all the voice-overs and interruptions included. Probably no one has bothered nor wants these recordings kept.

What is interesting is how there is always at least 1 LSB person who must resist, rebel or question loudly any motion, announcement or suggestion made. It comes with KPFK and LSB territory.   It also reflects the KPFK prevailing programming and station’s stance against ‘the world’ that is not theirs.  Technicalities vs. actualities are disputed.

The General Manager, is called to give her report to LSB and is asked questions about financial statuses and premiums.   GM had the courtesy to pass out her 4pp report to us, ‘public” sitting in same section in back as she was before her presentation to LSB.   

Some obvious hostility is felt throughout that presentation and confrontation. The Chair announces she and GM will meet 1x/every week to review things together. A good move for LSB to better coordinate work for KPFK.  

The GM says that she has been “paraphrased” in LSB notes in a way that “is not accurate” and requests this not continue. She sounded offended and displeased about some rewording not specifically stated now.

Discussion between GM & LSB about whether a full-time or part-time business manager is being sought and/or hired. Also about the plan to have 70 out of 150 days planned for fund raising. And about hiring non-union board operators to save expenses.  GM said premiums were no longer stored at station and only a few were available for their recent on-site sale to listeners.

GM also said the Pacifica board must approve before an $80,000 loan could be solicited [without saying from where or interest rates, etc] that was money needed for KPFK expenses.

Two lawsuits were mentioned by LSB members, involving the NY station, one with a restraining order and regarding expired PNB terms that were ‘extended’ or ‘termed out’.  Those in-the-know may have understood the suits, those in 'public' irrelevant realms could only wonder and guess.

Then a vote was taken by LSB with 4 nay sayers and 13 affirmative, about something undecipherable by those not in circle of the discussion [public members in back of room have no questions allowed] ... something is said about violating ‘bylaws’….and it was notable that those 4 "no"-saying men sat closely together at end of horseshoe table.  

These 4 men also notably gave various dubious excuses and explanations for what was of concern to the LSB majority in their vote, and they also attempted to blame others not present in room. Apparently a separate 'clique' ?

An LSB woman claimed that there were delayed / no-audits made because there was insufficient financial information provided. This was not questioned nor corroborated. Amy Goodman’s being owed a large sum was questioned but no resolution nor confirmation made about the long-held debt to her.  

Someone complained that Pacifica had no HR = Human Resources/Personnel director nor resources either.  Another complained that the Program Director is “interim” and has been in place for “8 yrs”, asking why a search or selection for a permanent one has not been made.

Then the “programming oversight” committee chair read the purposes of that group - and was given orders to include more topics that should be the focus, defining more diverse groups to be included specific by name. Generalities are not to be trusted was the emphasis.

Notable that only 2 [of the now-'pubic' group of 6] were prior LSB members - but not the chair nor the 15  previous LSB  were there as visitors or acting now as still interested parties. 

The meeting continued on longer, after 4 long hours, but this reporter could not continue to sit on 1 chair in the back of the large room and attend to more of what was repeated attitudes  and distrustful encounters there. 

Each LSB person must be dedicated in time and experience and with a desire to affect some benefit to KPFK, or keep it from toppling into bankruptcy and dis-functionality

Each must be commended for their ongoing interest and desire to improve a radio station that is admitted ‘losing listeners’ by numbers and thus also having less money to operate.  

The monthly meeting is long and arduous, and if the LSB person assumes some ‘importance’ or sense of being powerful from being in those factitious meetings, that may be their reward, imagined or actual. 

Some come in and  are re-elected again and again over a long period of years, and some seem ‘new’ to those of us who have attended these LSB meetings regularly, if not consistently.

© 2016  mj

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The next local station board LSB meeting is on May 15,2016, Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., at the Peace Center,  located at   3916 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230-4640. 

Parking is in the rear of building. Dial 22 for access.

This is a private building on Sepulveda, one block south of Venice Blvd. 

This was the regular 1x/mo. meeting of the KPFK Local Station Board, -

note:  The info can be found on KPFK website - Events page, as are the committee meetings are there also.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Audits ignored, same-old fund drives surging again, questions remain

See original article elsewhere, from which bits are re-posted here to extend and help transparentize all matters needed-to-be-known by KPFK donors, listeners, sponsors, sustainers, stakeholders, et al.


quote “. Pacifica will miss the CPB AFR (audited financial statement) deadline for the third consecutive year, now totaling the forfeit of $2.75 million in public broadcasting grants.”

quote “….auditor Grant Lam from Armanino [met] on April 4….Lam reports the following:
quote"1)  One of the primary problems remaining with the 2014 audit is securing a statement from Democracy Now that Pacifica does not owe another $658,000 for broadcasting the program in FY 2014.

quote “The contract expired on 9-30-2012, but Pacifica continued to accrue the expense for reasons that have never been clearly explained. From 2002 to 2013, Pacifica accrued over $6 million dollars in charges to broadcast its formerly owned program.

[See Jan 22,2016 post here about Amy Goodman’s history with Pacifica or  this research further ……]   
[the article's “2.”  item omitted here]

quote “3) No engagement letter has been signed for the Fiscal Year 2015 audit  -which indicates it will be impossible for Pacifica to file its audit timely to the State of California which requires it by June 30th.”   …. [note: the emphases are in this re-post, not in original]

quote “Former Pacifica board treasurer Tracy Rosenberg compared Pacifica’s 2011-2013 audit reports with Democracy Now’s 2011-2014 990 tax returns.

quote “In a memo, she reported the tax returns indicate Pacifica’s liability to their former program does not exceed $1.4 million dollars and no funds due beyond the expiration date on the contract on October 1, 2012 were accrued by Democracy Now.

quote “Pacifica appears to have been over-stating its debt by over half a million dollars. The memo can be seen [link on original posted site]”…

[reworded from original post here]       KPFK’s …. website came to the attention of LSB member Charles Frederick, as he tried to order a KPFK t-shirt from the online order form.  Surprised, he received an unexpected notice: “this website is not secure” warning.


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is this the one?  quote from - KPFK website: "Price:  $50.00"  or from their OUTSIDE contractor Zazzle source : lists from $50 to 25, different qualities or how priced?  All are still TOO HIGH ....for only a t-shirt ?  This is expensive for many KPFK listeners ! Or are only the richer elite listening to KPFK now?  doubtful.       Who can afford such fancy items?

Then, quote “in response to his inquiry, tech support from reported the SSL certificate had expired in the fall of 2015 and not been renewed.

quote "Website analytics for  reflect there have been dramatic drops with a week  - in January of 2016. These show that  ‘daily social media shares of website content at 6, 0, 0, 0, 6, 1, 0, 12’ a which are huge decreases from previous years…."

KPFK terminated its long-term employed webmaster in September, 2015, and has since then experienced constant website problems, with poor user-able and outdated information - that has not improved for the past 6 months.

The new red top banner is more attractive and the front home page banners requesting donations or promoting events sponsored by KPFK – which also contribute money from ticket sales there – are on top.

And much of the home page is segmented into a large Spanish-language section, and a few ‘newsfeeds’ from selected programs. The program schedule is dated “winter 2016” tho we have long ago slipped in Spring 2016 already.

At least 1 link from a program named on graph of programs page goes to an erroneous other site instead of the program one listed. Not all program links have apparently been checked for correctness or delivering viewer to the program’s website outside of KPFK.

quote “According to KPFK staff, GM Radford reported that the station’s planned ‘quiet drive’ [no on-air haranguing and sales of mdse. and no volunteers answering calls ]  is “not getting the hoped-for returns”.

Management has thus instead proposed returning to the usual – frustrating to all -  the lengthy on-air fund drives that drive paid-up sponsors quickly away . So a proposed schedule is currently set up  that puts the station in yet another, more, incessant 24-hour-fund-drives yet again. Next one coming is for over 1/2 of the 120 day period between May 5 and September 5.  What ?

Yes, The info indicates that the next proposed fund drive schedule is May 3 to May 20,. And more…another starts June 17 to July 17.   And not-again ! But planned is another lengthy sponsors-distracting  August 16 to September 5  period of begging for money and more money, yet again.

Apparently no creative thinking or forward planning is happening at Our Radio Station as the same-old same-old irritating process is just repeated, continuing, instead of finding any other equivalent ways of getting funds to maintain KPFK intact.  

While KPFK is not the only one ‘selling’ merchandise even tho it is being ‘non-profited’ and claiming ‘non-commercial’ status, it seems to be only one that never stops repeating it’s limited options. All to frequently, again...and again.....

Sponsors assume newer management came in to IMPROVE and revise old patterns into better ways to sustain the station. Apparently, they have not.    Nor are plans revealed for any Other Ways to keep KPFK on-air.

Who  decides ?    Who creates new or other funding sources and ways ?   Who says nothing changes once more  ?

Why is this return to limited, irritating, alienating donors because only old ways only are repeated endlessly?

Places to be Active and Voice Your Own Concerns:

to send an email to the entire Local Station Board use this address -

or to LSB Chair Contact: [info is also on]

Anyone wishing to contact the Pacifica [umbrella] Nat’l Board can write to :

The next local station board LSB meeting is  on April 17,2016, at 10:30 a.m., at the Peace Center,  located at   3916 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230-4640.

Parking is in the rear of building. Dial 22 for access. This is on Sepulveda, one block south of Venice Blvd.

This is the regular 1x/mo. meeting of the KPFK Local Station Board, -note: info can be found on KPFK website Events page, as are the committee meetings are there also.

(c) 2016 mmj  [this is a repost from April 9, due to blogspot glitches in publishing original.]

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

KPFK always needing, begging for more... $$$,$$$,$$$ money only.

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And there are yet more upcoming  FUND DRIVES....?
and more ? .... forever ? no let up or reduced frequencies ? 

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Yep, they just finished a month of reduced programming to elicit more cash from strangers and old 'friends'  - some more. Then now, another upcoming is the  "Spring fund drive " to  be held May 2 thru 22nd and with a sizeable goal of $630,000.  That is more than was pledged in all February 2016. And remember, maybe only 85% of that actually is collected. 

Let's not pretend or play with numbers but let KPFK be honest and transparent too.

Then quickly, too-soon again, in July they will have the next "Summer mini drive" - for another $500,000 -collected in just another 18 days ?  Huh?  
Who has been drinking or smoking too much ? 

Because of the management's ongoing need [so stated as estimated monthly expenses - see  on home page of KPFK's website] for more money replenishments, there is no cease nor desisting in the ever-ongoing need for More  $$$ Funds ! 

If this repetitious and irritating all-too-often haranguing for $$money$$ doesn't diminish or stop for even breath, then.... while donors who also have maybe been depleted or have paid Up and enough.... will wonder, or depart.  

There may be even further loss of audiences - those so needed to also pay the station's bills.  And for having enough audiences to, later maybe, obtain some bit of contribution from CPB, too.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting has now NOT been providing support to keep this "public radio" going....on...air.

But before, note: the last given grants were in 2013 - after which inadequate audits and diminished audiences have forced a lapse in this giving- that was 10% per every year - so those contributions so needed.

unity Image result for money images                                              [google images]KPFK says "never enough" 
and continues pleading, begging, demanding More, and More !!!!! continually --    3-4-5 times every year now, 
while losing CPB funds at the same time.                  What needs fixing here ?

            So how can this be different ?  

How can the General Manager, & the LSB  & PNB [boards], & the staff, and their 'friends', do more creative and effective business practices ?  

And how else can those who are already in power-positions at Our Radio Station avoid these repetitive and tiresome & continuous on-air begging sessions ? 

Maybe finally stop doing same-old same-old techniques that apparently are not effective enough.  Try some things differently.
Stop selling "premiums" - claimed to be 'gifts' - but are just double/ triple priced merchandise being 'sold' via a set-donation-pledged-paid before they may be 'sent out'. 

In the past sometimes, these 'gifts' have been pirated-copied-without-permission to distribute. And many other times these merchandises have just not been mailed to those donors who had already paid for them. Excuses are given but not verified as to how these practices operate, poorly, or just don't.

Hopefully, those ineffective sales practices will soon be reduced or even eliminated.

Maybe finally now - people who do WANT KPFK TO BROADCAST EXCELLENT & SPECIAL PROGRAMS will help pay the bills for just that: valued broadcasted services 

If not yet, then when will KPFK earn it's keep by what it is Missioned to provide to their on-air audiences ?  

To Be Valued and wanted, and thus paid and supported - because of what IS heard, and what is learned [in educational, diverse views, etc.] found only on this radio station. [Not for merchandise that is often also available elsewhere at 1/4 or 1/3 the price that KPFK sets.]

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Good BUSINESS PRACTICES, as even non-profits are In Business - no matter how their words, brands, framing, imaging is pretending they are not - doing business.

Let listeners dis-cover that it is an honor and privilege to be part of this group  - that runs and programs at KPFK. 

Have this organization be well-positioned to provide more diverse and a fuller picture of whatever topics are presented.  With the finding creative experts and artists who develop more than the 'same-old' repetitive story-lines and limited slants they have long put on-air. Not mere stats and data nor emotional outrages and anger.

Not just focusing on demographics by age or color or languages, but to OPEN up to more that fascinates, educates, provides evidences of knowledge and know-how.  Not just opinions, or slanted prejudices. Even programs that genuinely entertains at times. Not only by music or an rare occasional drama.  

Include:   Lots of different people. Not just stay pandering to the same prior loyal donors, nor the KPFK long-clinging to their own spot programers, nor any 1 limited style or focus. 

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KPFK must be strengthened and trusted = to be totally ethical, to be transparent, and have healthy internal controls. To reduce the hidden in-fighting, conflicts and fidgeting for positions there. 

All those who have anything to do with the finances and expenses must be in positions where  they have and there is financial oversight. Where all working in and for KPFK are responsible and accountable to "all the rest of us" - who manage, or are on boards and to the donors equally. 

Public Reporting and Accountability is required, especially since KPFK and Pacifica claim [while not always acting in accord with the words issued] to be "public radio" and "for the people" and "free speech". Even while hiding all conflicts and chaos - out of shame - or in order to retain power - as control and leadership can be taken therein.  

A good 'customer-sevice-system' must be developed and exhibited, instead of the hiding-in-a-dark-corner stance that has been customary. For so long now.

The LSB meetings are open to have donors/sponsors listen and contribute  - only a few seconds of the 4-5 hr meetings 1x/month but all their regular communications are closed and hidden. So all LSB code phrases and references are thus not understandable, because of so much secrecy, and distrust. 

The station's management and staff do not respond to emails, voice mails or reply any one who attempts to reach them with [anything but money] - with suggestions, or questions. 

Are they all afraid of 'wasting time' or are they hiding in shame ? 
Or want to just do things "my way" with no questions nor interference nor accountability ? How to find out ? 

The Closed-Door policy has continued same for years !

Are all inside Distrusting everyone outside the station ? 

Then, how is this poor opaque hiding-away giving the audiences  ways to trust?   Or having any connection to their station, as represented by their staff/management ?  Yes ! the KPFK radio station belongs not to the paid nor volunteer staff but to all the donors/sponsors/stakeholders mostly. 

Non-profit does not give just the employees full secrecy and  to own the only authority - even to hide away and remain immune & unaccountable  - to those who pay to maintain the structures [all forms of KPFK].

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Image result for money imagesTo be a smarter institution, with connection to it's 'customers' [ = donors, sponsors, stakeholders, listeners, etc.] in order to coordinate  and make some IMPROVEMENTS- together, in unity. Improvements that apparently are seldom attempted and less often made in reality. 

Not just to share 'ideas' but work-together on projects, not separated and hiding away - but with help from the COMMUNITY = the one mentioned clearly in their Mission.  

Carrying out reforms and learning from past mistakes and flubs is essential for any organization that wants to thrive or even survive.  To provide security and safety for KPFK's survival and it's integrity  - with a much more OPEN attitude and Receptive one - is really needed. 

For donors to feel and honor what KPFK  IS - rather than what it says it stands for -  and to act on what the Mission says and represents - to live up to those often uttered words with actual actions.  How difficult it seems to become Real and Actual there in the dark bowels of this, Our Radio Station. 

(c) 2016   mj