Written on Dec, 02, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

By Ann Garrison, KPFA Unpaid Staff Council Member and Reporter/Producer KPFA listeners seemed confused and disappointed when the station failed to preempt programming and broadcast live after the St. Louis District Attorney’s announcement that the Grand Jury would not indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown. I tuned into KPFA myself, right after watching the St. Louis District Attorney’s …

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Written on Nov, 13, 2014 by in , | Leave a comment

KPFA’s  fund drive phone room, where listener volunteers answer the phone to take pledges, is one of the only regularly scheduled events that brings KPFA listeners through the station’s doors. The phone room gives listeners the opportunity to meet one another, in the phone room and over the phone, and allows informal contact with KPFA staff. During the past two …

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Written on Oct, 28, 2014 by in , | Leave a comment

Gray Panthers of San Francisco      2940 16th Street, Room 200-4, San Francisco CA 94103   415-552-8800       graypanther-sf@sonic.net   KPFA Radio      1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way    Berkeley, CA 94704 Dear Quincy McCoy, As long time supporters of KPFA, members of the San Francisco Gray  Panthers are writing to tell you of our disappointment in recent management decisions at KPFA. Because our …

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Written on Dec, 21, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

The enclosed sound clip details the CFO report from the Pacifica National Board meeting of 12-18-2014. The report provides details on the stalled 2013 audit, the financial straits of the network and its radio stations and a heated discussion with KPFT listener rep Richard Uzzell about months of promises that the audit would proceed in as soon as June of …

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Written on Dec, 21, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

The enclosed sound clip is from the Pacifica National Board meeting of December 18th 2014 and chronicles a weird interchange where in response to a question from KPFA listener rep Janet Kobren about open hiring practices at KPFA-FM in Berkeley, IED Margy Wilkinson hems and haws and basically admits hiring processes for temporary and casual positions were not open and …

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Written on Dec, 17, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

Corruption in Executive Director Hiring Process Berkeley-A listener representative from Houston has resigned from the Pacifica personnel committee in disgust, citing severely flawed hiring practices. Richard Uzzell submitted his letter of resignation, which can be found here. In the letter, he provided two examples. The first statement is that board chair and current interim executive director Margy Wilkinson (who is …

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Written on Dec, 16, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

From: Laura Prives Date: Mon, Dec 15, 2014 at 7:33 PM Subject: Pitch Points for final days of December Drive To: kpfastaff@kpfa.org Hi All, We need to get the fund drive turned around. KPFA’s coverage has of the protests in the streets been fantastic. We need to let our listeners know about our great coverage and how much we need …

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Written on Dec, 16, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

Janis Lane-Ewart and the Pacifica National Board, Although I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the Pacifica Personnel Committee Chair, I must hereby resign from the PNB Personnel Committee. I am unable to be part of a committee that reflects another deeply flawed hiring process.  The EEOC looks badly upon organizations that, in their personnel affairs, do …

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Written on Dec, 15, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

On December 13, 2014, before the marches and rallies against police violence in Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco, Carol Wolfley and Robin Collin of the KPFA Community Advisory Board addressed the KPFA Local Station Board about the urgency of reporting breaking news and local news and engaging with KPFA’s local community at this time.

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Written on Dec, 14, 2014 by in | Leave a comment
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*Note: Readers are encouraged to donate to the Pacifica stations during the current set of fund drives, including KPFA. This post is provided here for two reasons a) To document that the blizzard of Save KPFA propaganda about the Berkeley station being financially stable and in the black, always meeting its fund drive goals and an example for the rest …

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Written on Dec, 11, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

A blog post by local activist Don Macleay I know it has been said here before, but I want to repeat the point. We have spent this week in Oakland seeing helicopters over head with protests every day to demand that black lives matter. As these things went on, tuning into KPFA was to listen to a radio station that …

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Written on Dec, 08, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

By Lisa Dettmer, KPFA unpaid staff member. Dettmer sent this email to her colleagues at 2:00AM on Monday, December 8, 2014 and consented to having it published here. Dettmer is a producer on KPFA Women’s Magazine. Last night, I was covering the demonstration around  midnight. In response to protestors setting garbage on fire the police got into a line and …

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