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

The Pacifica National Board and all 5 local station boards will be considering a *bunch* of bylaws amendments over the next two months: some good common-sense changes and some really bad ideas. This sheet was prepared by 2012 PNB vice-chair Bill Crosier, with a summary of each bylaw amendment’s  impact and a recommendation.  The attached PDF file contains the full …

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

“National Live-Stream Community Town Hall Forum About Pacifica Radio: “Community Radio, Morning Mix, & Pacifica” Featuring Morning Mix hosts, Community Members, and Programmers from other Pacifica stations via Skype.  Saturday, August 2 from 1:30 – 4 pm Fellowship Hall 1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94609. (At Bonita Ave, one block east of MLK Way & three blocks west of Shattuck …

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Written on May, 31, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

Add your name to those standing up for the Morning Mix.  Click here. Help return these journalists and the community issues they cover to prime time at KPFA. Andres Soto from the Richmond Progressive Alliance, The legendary Project Censored, authors for more than 30 years of the “Censored” collections of the year’s most-neglected news stories and the nation’s most prominent media literacy …

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Written on Jul, 20, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

Berkeley- Houston listener representative Hank Lamb has introduced a motion to the Pacifica National Board to remove Margy Wilkinson as the PNB board chair and two-time interim executive director of Pacifica Radio. Lamb excoriated Wilkinson in an email he made public saying she had abused her authority as chair, withheld documents from the board, forced illegitimate votes, and “blackmailed the board”. …

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

Berkeley-The Pacifica Radio Network is entering its second week with no paid executive director. There is no board meeting scheduled to select one, leaving unelected retiree board chair Margy Wilkinson doing a dilettante job as the network struggles to survive. At the KPFA local station board meeting on July 12, director Jose Luis Fuentes, an employee of former corporate counsel …

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

    The Green Party of Alameda joins the San Francisco Labor Council, the Gray Panthers,ILWU Local 10, East Bay Veterans for Peace,Sonoma County Veterans for Peace, ILWU Local 10, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, the Richmond Progressive Alliance, the San Francisco Green Party and the Golden Gate Letter Carriers in calling for restoration of the KPFA Morning Mix to its 8 am weekday hour. “Think globally, act locally” is as …

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

Berkeley-The rogue majority on the Pacifica National Board declined to appoint an executive director at Thursday nights board meeting. In fact, they declined to talk about the executive director vacancy at all. Unelected board chair Wilkinson, after failing to receive a majority of votes as chair of the board in February, has inserted herself into the executive director position at …

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

  Last month the San Francisco Labor Council passed a  resolution calling for the return of the Morning Mix. http://www.unitedforcommunityradio.org/?p=1306 Now the bureaucracy at CWA Local 9415 is asking them to repeal it, without a vote of the membership of the bargaining unit.  The Labor Council acted in the interests of working people by supporting labor and multi-voice working people’s programming as a …

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Written on Jul, 06, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

 Berkeley-The purges continue at Pacifica Radio. The latest victim is KPFK/KPFA interim general manager Richard Pirodsky, a 30-year radio operations veteran who was summarily removed from his position by the departing interim executive director Bernard Duncan, who executed Pirodsky’s termination in his last three minutes on the job. In the last week, the organization has seen the departures of the payroll …

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

 Berkeley-The last two days of the tenure of Pacifica Radio’s 3rd executive director of the year are passing with no replacement named. Despite a 3-hour secret session on Monday night, the Pacifica board majority took no action to transition the organization’s leadership, which will be basically be defunct through the July 4th holiday. The board also took no action regarding the …

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Written on Jun, 29, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

Originally printed in Oakland Local http://oaklandlocal.com/2014/06/kpfa-community-radio/ Reprinted in SF Gate Is KPFA Community Radio Going Extinct? With its recent street protests, office occupations, and renegade broadcasts, Berkeley’s community radio station KPFA (94.1FM) typifies what people mean when they use the word “Berserkeley.” However, these confrontations are not merely some beatnik brouhaha, but in fact represent an existential threat to the future of community …

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