Mine and others’ snarky comments about Pacifica and KPFK on FaceBook from 7/31/16 then going back in time: Please forgive me for all the blank space:
Thank you to King Reilly for listening to me ramble on about Roy of Hollywood & Something’s Happening today at the ADA Garden Party. All from the heart.
Don Davis How did half of Roy’s show get parcelled out? Besides his sterling radio legacy, I thought he was a loyal and helpful component to the station. Who was behind going after him?
Wayne Eusanio Like all things Pacifica – it’s complicated – but I expressed my love of the show, and just like Roy, I do not always agree with the content. Having it cut in half like that felt like another one of my many layoffs and job losses. Something you can’t d…See More
Don Davis I too don’t agree with all the stuff he airs, some of it is crackpot BS and too steeped in belief rather than facts. However I recall an extended dalliance he had with a perpetual motion type gizmo called the ‘N’ machine. He had the idea examined and did so with integrity to the process of critical review. In the end he reported that evaluations of the demonstrations did not show what was claimed by the proponents. Thus he proved his quest for truth meant more than wishful thinking.
Don Davis Was that an action of a faction that wanted to feel like it conquered some territory?
Wayne Eusanio That’s what I respect, Roy does not put himself or his own beliefs ahead of everyone – I mean he selects things that he believes will be of interest to his audience, even if he doesn’t subscribe – Dave Emory would be one example. He knows Dave has valu…See More
Wayne Eusanio Don Davis Sorry, I missed your question on the factions until now -and the answer is I’m not sure, probably one of our friends can address that – I lost track of the factions other than to know there were arrows in all directions.
Myla Reson It was great to see you – I wish I had more time & free attention to visit with you – But I’m glad you had a chance to talk to King Reilly.
Wayne Eusanio Great seeing you again, too. No problem on the visiting because I was talking to KIng about August 13, hoping I could come by a bit late bc I have an event in the morning. Maybe can see you then.
Sue Cohen Johnson Don Davis, Roy was a known supporter of Summer, and he critiqued the change of management (now a year old). Sonali was taken down for criticizing new management. In my opinion, Ian Masters was threatened to be done the same..
Wayne Eusanio Sue, catch me up, if you don’t mind – who is Summer? KPFK Manager?
Wayne Eusanio My affection is for the program Something’s Happening, but I am aware this is radio with a strong signal over a massive area covetted by commercial networks globally, and it takes a special person with deep commitment to the Pacifica Mission to remain so egoless in a personality-driven environment – I mean it IS Hollywood after all, even if it’s KPFK. The programming that has replaced SH from midnight to 3 is an example that few people can resist the temptation of self-promotion.
Sue Cohen Johnson Summer Reese was a KPFK LSB member, rep to PNB, chairperson, then by default interim and then hired as Exec. Dir. One quote of hers was that she was doing everything in her power to prevent LSB elections at all the stations. But her replacements are even worse.
Sue Cohen Johnson re Hollywood, if KPFK is not also entertaining, as well as political, public affairs, music of course, etc.no one will listen to it.
From the ‘Grassroots’ Candidates website:
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Points of Unity
Program & Platform
What You Can Do
2016 KPFK LSB
STV (Choice Voting)
Events & Links
Help & Contact
Grassroots Community Radio Coalition
The following article is reprinted in its entirety from Turning The Tide, Vol 28 No 8, July-Sept. 2016
“Critical Time for KPFK & Pacifica Radio
SUPPORT GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY RADIO COALITION CANDIDATES FOR KPFK LOCAL STATION BOARD
Many new volunteers have been trained in all aspects of community-oriented and -supported radio and have started to work on station operations, radio production and news-gathering. The station’s “Film Club” premium membership has been restored and expanded, with new theaters in different parts of the region including Long Beach and Orange County. Listener sponsorship has climbed back up from a low of about 15,000 members to c.18,000. New youthful voices have been added in late night as well, with programming such as Sex Please, a public affairs show about matters some people like to keep private “behind closed doors,” looking at issues of racism, sexism and criminalization facing sex workers and others…..” ”
[Half-truths and untruths, and what a thing to brag about!-Sue]
I don’t know how long it will take, but I believe they are reactivating the hiring process for a Program Director at KPFK.
TITLE: BUSINESS MANAGER
STATUS: REGULAR PART TIME — EXEMPT/CONFIDENTIAL
SITE: KPFK-PACIFICA RADIO, North Hollywood CA (Los Angeles Metro)
BENEFITS: MEDICAL, DENTAL, LIFE, DISABILITY (Upon Completion of Introductory Status)
CORPORATION:The Pacifica Foundation is a non-profit agency providing educational services. Mission: To establish a foundation organized and operated exclusively for education purposes no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any member of the Foundation. Corporation services are provided in Berkeley/North Hollywood, CA, Washington, D.C., Houston, TX and New York, NY.
DEFINITION: The Business Manager will work under the supervision of Pacifica’s Chief Financial Officer and/or Controller, and administratively under the station’s General Manager. The Business Manager is responsible for payroll and payroll reporting; accounting/bookkeeping for KPFK, financial reports to local management and local station board, Pacifica National Office (PNO) management, This staff will also be responsible for 1099 preparation, audit support; account reconciliation, credit card processing/deposit, and coordinate with Membership and Development departments as necessary and other duties assigned. This is a full-time exempt confidential position, with all work to be performed on site.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Process, review and submit station’s payroll information to Pacifica National Office (PNO)
2. Maintain the station’s personnel files, insurance and benefit plans, update payroll and personnel info as necessary
3. Maintain union dues, seniority pay and other union-related benefit plans and reports
4. Track and administer employees’ earnings records and process employee garnishments and voluntary deductions
5. Review and process of Accounts Payable invoices/bills and other disbursements
6. Update accounts payable schedules and vendor files/information, reconcile outstanding A/P against general ledger.
7. Schedule, secure approval and pay station obligation and payables
8. Prepare and maintain monthly ledger, coordinate with the PNO in generating financial statements monthly, quarterly for use by local management and local station board and committees.
9. Prepare and maintain grant and special fund-raising project worksheets as necessary.
10. Collect and review 1099 information — maintain associated records.
11. Coordinate with Membership / Development Departments in recording cash deposits and station’s income and revenue
12. Maintain files for deposits and other cash receipts, prepare bank reconciliation
13. Assist the station’s General Manager in developing annual station budget
14. Assist in the preparation of year-end audit schedules and reconciliation and compilation of supporting documentation for external auditors and the PNO finance staff.
15. Assure that office systems are maintained and functioning.
16. Troubleshoot accounting software and computer hardware as necessary.
17. Follow and implement Foundation, KPFK, and PNO policies and procedures.
Job descriptions are subject to change without notice based on the needs of the KPFK and/or the PNO.
Education: One year certificate from college or technical school; or 2 — 3 years accounting course work
Experience: Progressive experience in A/R, A/P, Payroll and other accounting activities preferred.
Skills and Abilities: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commission, proportions percentages. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra. Common sense of understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Excellent problem solving variables where only limited standardized instructions exist. Aptitude to read and interpret documents such as financial statements, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedures manuals. Ability to produce routine reports and correspondence. Strong computer skills, Great Plains or any accounting software exposure, spreadsheets, word processing, internet. Must be customer service oriented and able to relate well with management, staff, board, vendors and the general public. Strong ability to prioritize and multitask.
Ability to think clearly and manage multiple changing priorities, and remain pleasant and positive. Requires critical thinking and ability to support people with difficult challenges. Requires good judgment.
License Required: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work, 21 years of age or older, verification of degree/credentials, satisfactory health exam, credit check, agree to uphold all of the Pacifica Foundation Policies and Procedures, Confidentiality Agreement, Policy on Outside Employment, Policy on Prohibiting/Preventing Workplace Violence, Policy to Prohibit Harassment in the Workplace, Policy on Ethics, adhere to Drug-Free Workplace Policy, compliance with Workplace injury and Illness Prevention Policies, and compliance with HIPAA Rules and Regulations, (by signature).
THE PACIFICA FOUNDATION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Pacifica Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, age, marital status, equal pay, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, and genetic information. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
JOB TITLE: Program Director
Original Posting Date 8/24/11
Program Director sought for listener-sponsored, free speech radio KPFK-FM 90.7 FM Los Angeles. Candidates should be experienced.
The program Director Search is currently on hold. A new search will be launched soon. Please check back for info this position.
Pacifica Foundation/KPFK is an equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status. Pacifica Foundation/KPFK provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants seeking reasonable accommodations in the hiring process should contact the General Manager.
KPFK and Pacifica are founded upon a Mission Statement, which to this day remains unique in radio broadcasting:
To contribute to a lasting understanding between nations and between individuals of all nations, races, creeds and colors
To explore the causes of conflict; to promote the study of political and economic problems, and of the causes of religious, philosophical and racial antagonisms
To provide outlets for the creative skills and energies of the community and to serve the cultural welfare
To obtain access to news sources not commonly brought together in the same medium; and to employ varied sources to present accurate and comprehensive news on all matters that vitally affect our community
BACKGROUND OF THE PACIFICA FOUNDATION
Pacifica Foundation is a 501(c)(3) radio broadcasting organization with five member stations in New York, Houston, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Berkeley, California. We employ 179 full-time staff and each station also utilizes an average of 200 unpaid staff. We are a membership-based organization and our five stations have approximately 95,000 members nationwide. In September, 2009, members in each of the five signal areas will elect nine (9) Listener-member delegates and three (3) staff delegates to sit on their local station boards (LBSes). The returns of candidate choices by Listener-members nearly always exceed the quorum of 10%
Regarding Health & Spirituality bunk that y’all say should be dropped from Pacifica airwaves, the mind does control the health and the body:
Dr Kevin Fong explores the placebo effect and discovers how dummy pills, fake treatments and sham procedures can cure our symptoms.
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T.M. Scruggs I’m an ethnomusicologist, and there is an ever increasing amount of research just on how music effects the brain and therefore the rest of the body. There are more and more studies because the research is borne out in practice, and also because realtime MRIs are a new tool revealing lots of connections.
Don Davis I see no ‘spirituality’ component to this. The placebo effect is well known as mental attitude clearly can affect how well one does in many medical issues. But to ‘count’ on such an effect while marketing dummy pills to cure something would be fraud.
T.M. Scruggs Yes, the word “spirituality” is a loaded one, when “mindfulness” or “mental/emotional state” are just as appropriate for the health producing effects of brain-body connections.
Sue Cohen Johnson What I said was “Health and Spirituality”.
Don Davis Yes and the latter word has nothing to do with this story.
Sue Cohen Johnson A- some say it does
B- so, what, I can’t address just the health part or I am in violation of something in your mind?
billboard, Frida, gif didn’t work, you should go to their site to see it: http://www.pocho.com/kpcc-radio-billboard-occupied-by…/
Or, go to my blog to see it: https://pacificakpfk2014.com/…/kpfk-occupies-their-billboa…/
This happened in 2012:
Pocho Hour of Power is a bilingual show outside the Spanish language weeknight strip.
¡Home of MR. POCHO!
KPCC radio billboard ‘Occupied’ by KPFK radio listener
by Lalo Alcaraz on March 9, 2012 in Cultura, El Now, Las Fotos
Much L.A. radio hay was made over the placing of a KPCC 89.3 FM billboard advertising its “Ideas not ideology” slogan practically on top my radio station’s studios at KPFK 90.7 FM, where I host the Pocho Hour of Power every Friday at 4 PM.
As I walked in today, I was alerted that someone had replaced the KPCC billboard with our own KPFK billboard. Didn’t know we had such a substantial advertising budget.
Nice job! (above photo by KPFK’s Ernesto Arce) Here’s the before picture:
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KPFK programmer legendary Ralph Nader
The prize, awarded by the 64-year-old organization Promoting Enduring Peace, will be shared by the two men for their peaceful activism. – 2016/07/23
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Sue Cohen Johnson Don Davis, did you hear the show (Thom Hartmann?) that showed that taking 80k (is that the right number?) of people of color off the voting rolls of FL was what prevented the election of Gore?
Nader made a big mistake I agree, but now he is producing amazing programs. And he has given good strategic advice to Bernie and the Democrats. Even your enemies sometimes have words of wisdom you can learn from.
Since I’ve been posting the Something’s Happening/Safe Harbor totals, here’s the latest set from the June 21 to July 22 fund drive at KPFK: Totals: Something’s Happening: $21,789 Safe Habor $2,530. 19 days, 57 hours. Something’s Happening $382/hr, Safe Harbor $44/hr.
Wayne Eusanio And safe harbor has the coveted Midnight to 3
Lucia Chappelle Another pesky rule of radio: it takes a new program/program change — no matter how bad or good — at least a year to catch on. Disrupting consistency — even if it’s considered an improvement — will always hurt audience long before it helps (if it’s …See More
Sue Cohen Johnson some of one problem/issue, some of the other are causing no money. But why would you replace an extremely successful show with loser stuff, that has no crossover audience with the one that you are driving away?
Sue Cohen Johnson Lucia Chappelle, although you’re right, One ‘rule of radio’ is that shows from midnight to 6 am can be anything, because no one is listening, and for sure no one will donate to them. All the other stations (except Coast to Coast) just put on any old music during those times. Yet Roy has built up a measurable share on the Arbitrons during those hours.
Tracy Rosenberg What Roy Tuckman has done is an amazing accomplishment. Leave it to Lydia and Leslie to screw up one of the better things that ever happened to Pacifica.
Former manager of KPFK passes.
Steve Lopez has written a lovely column on his friend, the Skid Row organizer and housing advocate and co-founder of the LAMP Community.
Sue Cohen Johnson shared Soul Rebel Radio‘s post.
One of KPFK’s shows by youth: s r r
Want to learn how to produce radio? Want to try your hand at becoming the next generation of young radio DJs and correspondents? Contact us today or attend our next meeting KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles / 98.7 FM Santa Barbara on Sunday evenings
Listen to SOUL REBEL RADIO PROMO- recruitment FINAL by Alicia Vargas #np on #SoundCloud
#SoulRebelRadio is working on our Crowdsourcing Campaign…
We have a modest goal and ambitious plans for 2017 and beyond!
There’s a twitter expression that goes #staywoke. Strong Save KPFA supporter posts: “Stuart Steinhardt: I sure as hell hope that KPFK does not get any of the money that I donate to KPFA. Apparently they think they can run the station on good will?”. Save KPFA-elected representatives are the reason Leslie Radford was put into place to destroy KPFK. Appointed by Margy Wilkinson. Kept in place by KPFA’s elected PNB reps. You did it, Stuart. Maybe you should apologize now that you see the consequences? And even better, tell your elected reps to fix it now.
Raffaello Mazza What is the motivation for destroying KPFK?
Tracy Rosenberg You’ll have to ask those who hired Radford and are keeping her in place despite the obviously dismal results, but my guess would be that KPFK’s powerful fundraising capacity (biggest fundraiser in the network by a quarter million dollars a few years ag…See More
Raffaello Mazza Thanks for the insight, Tracy.
Do you have an opinion on whether there are sufficient competent, motivated, and virtuous players in the Pacifica universe..to save the network and stations?
Are the programmers/producers and program directors not viable…See More
Lucia Chappelle Another theory would be rank ignorance and stubbornness. There’s a belief that knowing anything about broadcasting is detrimental to the agenda … “We’re gonna do what we want in keeping with our positions, regardless of how radio actually works! Professionalism is the enemy!”
Tracy Rosenberg That doesn’t explain this Lucia. The folks in Save KPFA who hired Leslie Radford and are keeping her ensconced at KPFK do understand radio and tout the professionalism mantra very strongly at their own radio station in Berkeley. They chose to install someone at KPFK who they would never have hired to run KPFA in a million years. So your theory doesn’t work.
Sue Cohen Johnson If a station (kpfk, bai, pfw) is near to going under, their ‘Angels’ can swoop in and save/take over the stations. Same for the network I guess.
Sue Cohen Johnson KPFK is doing ok/well in its Fundrives in spite of Radford and Rice. We have 57 years of strength and experience built up, they can’t tear it all down in a short time, try as they may. There are those of us who won’t give up. As Alice Walker said about KPFA when it was under threat, “….We paid for it, and we intend to keep it….”
Why are we wasting our time DURING our FUN DRIVE playing the Republicans? Why don’t we just play their last day? We have made no money since the Repulican C. started.
Don Davis It’s good to open the window on things that concern us.
Sue Cohen Johnson Yes but too much is enough.
Don Davis Presumably we will hear the Demos as well.
Sue Cohen Johnson Them I want to hear, even though they stabbed us in the back.
Don Davis Every election stabs someone in the back. 😉
Sue Cohen Johnson In the 6 hours of Republican C. that we played today, we got $28 in pledges. I could have told them that would happen, but I guess that’s what they wanted to happen. The one time we had a roomful of phone answerers, no calls.
John Parulis Republican Party— the gift that keeps on giving……….
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Ann Garrison I actually found it worth listening to. I listened to most of all of it and that’s more time than I usually spend listening in a day.
Sue Cohen Johnson But I think that we can hear the convention in other places, Pacifica doesn’t have to cover it, do we? And I know it’s politically incorrect, but I think that we should limit our coverage of the Green party convention. But we should do it like the Yo…See More
Richard Wolinsky You mean, ignoring the defining moments of our time in favor of what? A convention of ostriches?
T.M. Scruggs *I* would find an ostrich convention pretty interesting — but only if there’s video.
Ann Garrison I thought the coverage was good and unique. Unlike Democracy Now it alternated between the convention feed and the context provided by Davey D, Mitch, and Askia. The biggest problem with it was that it was not promoted much in advance or on the website or anywhere else. I kept posting the link to my FB page.
Lucia Chappelle “They can hear the convention in other places” is exactly the problem! People who are interested in real, breaking news (most of whom have already abandoned us) will indeed go to other sources — and they won’t come back for the pleasure of hearing us pitch.
Sue Cohen Johnson Lucia, you are right. But live, strong pitching and snarky commentary mixed well with actualities was lacking.
To women (and men) taking power: I respected what you said until I heard that Democracy Now debate, when you kept on talking after time was called repeatedly. If you are so selfish and superior that you can’t allow others (lefties) to speak, I can’t trust you. These traits will come out in your work. Anyone who thinks that she is better than us will be a tyrant over us.
Kevin White What’s the topic?
Sue Cohen Johnson I’m sorry, Jill, Hillary, Lydia, Summer
Previously pitches for the convention coverage were prerecorded, and they expected people to pledge? Listeners know those pitches were ‘phoned in’, do you think they don’t know? Why would they pledge for those? 10-day fundrives, 3 times per year, we had rules against re-run pitches like those. We had prerecorded pitches explaining the film club for example, but they were judiciously used and made. We’ve lost so much knowledge.
Sue Cohen Johnson Wanda Coleman, ‘poet laureate of L.A.’, Austin Strauss, Andrew Tonkovich
Update: K was in fundrive from Feb. 3rd to March 4, May 3rd- May 20, with another lame week after that, June 21-July 1, July 5 to maybe July 22nd, August 16-31 or more, September or October Fall drive, November PRA 2 (or more) day drive, and KPFK’s December drive. Any marketing worker will tell you that that is suicidal.
A certain person said that they had caused KPFK to garner 1000s of new members this year, that’s swirling brown molasses of the highest order. We have not gained that many new members, (I think we have not gained enough to balance the ones who have left us) and certainly not by anything he has done. His pet shows make no money almost. Look at our sheets.
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And what’s the point of playing Spanish news during a FunDrive, then playing English language fundraising shows afterwards, without telling listeners that we’re going back to English, as opposed to our usual playing Spanish for the next 3 hours? For that matter, what’s the point of playing Spanish language shows during the FunDrive when they never make any money, hardly?
Arnold Freeman If they have a slot for Spanish speaking news then that slot should remain all the time whether it raises money during the fund drives or not. They are building a base and don’t want to lose it by disappearing during all these fund drives.
Wendy Schroell I wish we had accurate data on how many are listening to all of the shows
Arnold Freeman I wish so as well. I wonder how many people listen to some of these shows that I have no interest in.
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Don Davis Spanish programming might as well be static to me. Waste of air time. And if there are not enough donations representing that time then drop it,all should carry their weight.
Arnold Freeman I like the idea of the Spanish slot in theory although I have no use for it since I don’t speak enough Spanish to understand it.
Don Davis Some fools idea of Political Correctness.
Christopher Condon It is time to remove spanish language programming for the failed experiment that it was, pandering to a few activists and weak white guilt colleagues. Cost? only most of our audience and a few million dollars.
Sue Cohen Johnson Spanish news has been trying to build that base for about 30 years.
Also Spanish news is not being played right now, in favor of the third or more airing of the Jimi Hendrix special.
Don Davis They made the better choice.
I’ve resurrected this gorgeous peace dove logo from the first peace group that I launched, in Santa Monica in the 1980s. Please feel free to share your actions and hopes for world peace.
Sue Cohen Johnson Yeah, but what about the defenders from eviction, from the police, cointelpro, etc?
Sue Cohen Johnson i just want to say that Peace is not the be-all and end-all or our purpose.
Don Davis OK, what is your vision for ‘our’ Be all, end all, etc.?
Sue Cohen Johnson our Pacifica Mission, what is ytours?
My short form of the mission is Social Justice and promotion of culutres.
Don Davis I’m sick of SJWs. I listen to KPFA because of some hosts great tastes in music.
Sue Cohen Johnson sjws is what?
Nalini Lasiewicz The Urban Dictionary says it stands for Social Justice Warrior. Seems to stand for people who troll the internet and lecture strangers in a smug and hostile way.
Nalini Lasiewicz But gee….I just wanted to share some inspiring music with you all! No SJWing. Just beautiful music.
Camilla Cracchiolo SJWs are the people confronting racism, sexism, homophobia etc. on the Internet. It’s a name made up by some very nasty right wing trolls to attack any progressive who speaks up.
SJWs aren’t trolls. They are incessantly trolled by right wingers, however, and often receive rape and death threats and racial and other slurs.
Don Davis I think threats and such mark the bad people they come from. But I hear of campus situations where viewpoints are shouted down verging on thug tactics. Those are the SJWs I mean, the fanatics who think their view is the only one allowed. In a free forum of ideas everyone should have their say and face, as the chips fall, cheers or crickets. 60 years ago the SJWs were on the Right.
Sue Cohen Johnson They think that you are wrong, but also they don’t much care what you think.
Tracy Rosenberg I’m afraid KPFK is likely to be the thing that explodes. I took at look at the fund drive reports and Christine Blosdale is raising 30-40% of KPFK’s fund drive revenues. Now that the union arbitration is completed and Radford lost, the ruling is that KPFK can’t withhold employees earned severance pay. I suspect Christine may not let the door hit her on the way out now that she doesn’t have to sacrifice thousands of dollars to leave. If that happens, the station will be a goner. That arbitration was such a disaster.
Adam Rice Yet again you speak from your least intelligent orifice.
Sue Cohen Johnson And SOME people in the halls at KPFK still criticize Christine because she is working a lot at home. They say that she is not really doing much because she is not doing it here on the premises!
During this never-ending fundrive they played some daytime hit Thank-you Gifts from midnight to 3 am one night, and said well, no one is listening after midnight. I should have said, that’s because you have driven them all away, but I didn’t think to say that at the time. Roy used to make some money from midnight to 3 am, but Safe Harbor makes almost none.
The following is pursuant to our argument that Health and spirituality is all bunk and we should have none of it. But I guess I should have put it on the same thread, sorry.
Here’s a scary article about our futures and our doing everything by smart phones, driverless cars, jobs done by robots, etc.
Subject: Interesting but scary
“very interesting….Even if the expected dates are off by a few years, this is a view of our future (especially, our children’s future). Scary, as the unknown always is.
“”Welcome to the Exponential Age!
In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 employees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt.
What happened to Kodak will happen in a lot of industries in the next 10 year – and most people don’t see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later you would never take pictures on paper film again?
Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore’s law. So as with all exponential technologies, it was a disappointment for a long time, before it became way superior and got mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. Welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.
Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world.
Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties.
Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected. In the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain. Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 time more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.
Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You less cars for that. We can transform former parking space into parks. 1,2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 100,000km, with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 10 million km. That will save a million lives each year.
How will teenagers go parking without cars ?
Most car companies might become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. I spoke to a lot of engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; they are completely terrified of Tesla.
Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.
Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.
Won’t need as many garages if fewer people have cars, so living in the city may become more attractive as people like being around other people. That won’t change.
Electric cars will become mainstream until 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all cars will run on electric. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can only now see the impact. Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. The price for solar will drop so much that all coal companies will be out of business by 2025.
What will we do to make eyes and buttons for our snowman ?
With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter. We don’t have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.
Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There will be companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with you phone, which takes your retina scan, you blood sample and you breath into it. It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medicine, nearly for free.
3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from 18,000$ to 400$ within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies started 3D printing shoes. Spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.
At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home. In China, they already 3D printed a complete 6-story office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed.
Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: “in the future, do you think we will have that?” and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century.
The world’s oldest profession will still be around, unless replacement robots are created.
Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.
Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all days on their fields. Aeroponics will need much less water. The first petri dish produced veal is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore. There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labeled as “alternative protein source” (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects).
There is an app called “moodies” which can already tell in which mood you are. Until 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it’s being displayed when they are telling the truth and when not.
Bitcoin will become mainstream this year and might even become the default reserve currency.
Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it’s 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more than one year increase per year. So we all might live for a long long time, probably way more than 100.
The world has always had an overpopulation problem within recent history, and all this will make it worse. Technology may grow by leaps and bounds, but human enculturation will not. We will have the same political greed for power and control, others kicking back, and wars will continue. The new technology will be evident in the tools of war, and the death rate could be staggering. Continued overpopulation will make cemeteries unpopular and there will be a push to replace them with something that does not take up space. Or continuing rent will need be paid to stay there.
Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. Until 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone has the same access to world class education. Every child can use Khan Academy for everything a child learns at school in First World countries. We have already released our software in Indonesia and will release it in Arabic, Swaheli and Chinese this Summer, because I see an enormous potential. We will give the English app for free, so that children in Africa can become fluent in English within half a year.
This assumes kids want to learn rather than play games on their phones and just socialize.
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“Overall I’m inclined to agree with the sentiment expressed in the subject line, but from a slightly different angle…Leaving aside the likelihood of factors like human error and planned obsolescence, the potential for cyber-terror (and thus, disaster) affecting self-driving cars, vans, trucks and other vehicles worldwide is staggering. Ditto for computer-based artifacts like heart and baby monitors, security systems, etc…As for well remunerated jobs–already increasingly scarce–being automated out of existence by ingenious technologies like 3-D printing I would ask the following question: Who will be able to afford the blessings of the so-called new economy if nine tenths of us are unemployed in the aftermath of all this mechanization? After all, machines, computers and, more recently, robotics have been eating away at workforce levels for decades…if, at the same time, the pensions and savings of those who are out of work are further eroded by inflation on one hand, and shrinking interest rates on the other, how will anyone not named Rockefeller, Gates or Dupont manage to eke out a living?
Unfettered capitalism? Automate or die? Sacrificing Nature and everything else on the altar of the GDP?
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Puzzled (and somewhat skeptical of the math),
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Tracy Rosenberg Sue. The right place to post this kind of thing is on your own page, not here.
Kevin White You seem to be on a grand search to find things to be afraid of.
Sue Cohen Johnson Y’all accused me of tin foil hat stuff, I accuse you of having your head in the sand, about radio and other things.
Sue Cohen Johnson Kevin you’re on a grand search to ignore reality.
Sue Cohen Johnson For those of you who think Spirituality is bunk, answer me this:
what’s the difference between saying “all men are brothers” and saying all men are part of life on this planet? (and of course women)
Don Davis I’m not sure what the question is trying to address.
Nalini Lasiewicz I just read this and I think it addresses some very important facts of modern life. When politicians say “we’re going to bring back jobs” they don’t really know how. The People are going to have to organize themselves into new ways of living. We are in a transition period and many people are being displaced and have no safety net. Interesting times!
Sue Cohen Johnson Some of us don’t want to face the facts of what science is making possible now and in the future, soon. They want to say it’s all tin foil hat stuff, but it’s not, it’s the future. Better to be mentally prepared at least..
I’m more Lefty than most, but what’s the point of radical programming that’s so poorly done that no one is listening? What we need is to let Los Angeles know that we exist. We have been asking for bus and bus bench ads for years, but when Zuberi did it, that’s a big part of why they replaced him. Having parties on the air and in the parking lot and a few places at events is not reaching the communities.
Don Davis I remember Larry ‘Beedle um bum’ having a late night music program on KPFA with a great selection of music that included many radical left themed songs, some which I liked. They were far better than having some ideologue yammering at us.
Sue Cohen Johnson Larry was also the Subscriptions Dir. at KPFA.
T.M. Scruggs Any idea how many hours will be “must carry”? PS – I’m going to Philly, hopefully w/ full TRNN credentials
Ann Garrison Does that mean you will be able to get inside the convention?
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Ann Garrison They were arguing about that a bit. Brian said that KPFA planned to carry the Republican and Democratic Convention coverage but he hadn’t heard anything about plans to cover the Green Convention. Brian also noted that the Green Convention, during the first few days of August, comes smack in the middle of all five stations’ summer drives.
Brian also said he thought local PDs should have the discretion to return to local programming for some period of the time.
Sue Cohen Johnson i hate ‘must carrys’
Just FYI. Bunch of shows biting the dust at KPFK to make space for undefined spanish language programs. Indymedia on the Air, Deadline LA, Poets Cafe, Treasures From The West, LA Theaterworks (at least half of it) and as far as I can see, also American Indian Airwaves and Flipping the Script. Two weeks notice: As of July 11, Indy Media on Air, Deadline L.A., Treasures of the West, Poets’ Cafe, and Theatreworks will no longer be broadcast on KPFK 90.7FM.
In an effort to diversify our programming further, we are complying with the Pacifica National Board mandate to increase our Spanish-language programming by five hours. We will be doing that between 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.
On June 15, I requested the Interim Program Director give me options to re-arrange the existing programming to accommodate this change. He hasn’t presented me with those options, so I’m left with simply cutting the programming in this timeslot.
I understand this is harsh, but please understand that it isn’t intended to be disrespectful of your contributions to KPFK, nor is it a judgment on the quality of your show. I am very grateful for all you’ve done for KPFK. It is simply that I have no options except to make this cut across the strip. If you would like your show to continue as a podcast, please talk to Interim Program Director Alan Minsky.
General Manager, KPFK 90.7FM
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Max Schmid Just another attempt to sink the network. Even if it makes sense to do this in LA, it makes little sense at other stations, and is likely destructive. And we used to have the numbers to prove it (back when we had numbers for the stream). Spanish language programming causes the listeners to plummet into the noise range.
Ta Ba Am I reading it correct that Radford is punishing programs, Minsky, and the station because she did not get the “options,” and that the reason she did not get “options” was that the overarching plan was considered to be a horrible one? Have I got the basic gist here?
Tracy Rosenberg Yup. In the middle of a fund drive too. Receipts dropped 20% from Tuesday to Wednesday.
Ta Ba Okay. So she’s basically saying, “since you did not do what I asked you to do, here’s my destruction of the station.” And then she’s claiming she was forced into it. Wow.
Ann Garrison Terrible decision. Does KPFK have any semblance of a Program Council?
Steve Pride We do not have a program council, but I’ve been trying to start an Unpaid Staff Organization with a mostly apathetic response.Maybe its time for another big push.
Steve Pride So the only criteria for the replacement shows is that they be in Spanish? Alan Minsky is not fluent in Spanish and already cannot evaluate the quality of the existing Spanish block.
Sandy Childs Minsky fought it. He lost. No one wants more Spanish programming, except, well, you know who. Those shows earn nothing. We are already struggling to survive and they did this totally counter-intuitive move mid-drive. And the younger Hispanics are n…See More
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Tracy Rosenberg That was sort’ve my question. “Spanish language programming” is about as descriptive as “English language programming”. What programs? What are they about? What skills/backgrounds/expertise do the hosts and producers have?”. Nothing but what language it is broadcast in.
Ta Ba I guess that’s how mandates work; actual content and expertise are apparently only 2nd or 3rd priority to the mandate that 5 hours/week must be in Spanish. Sounds like Minsky did not have a choice regarding which 5 hours.
Sandy Childs He didn’t. Sadly. They don’t really let him do his job… Adam dictates too often.
Steve Pride But the PNB passed this mandate a year ago. Now hard working unpaid programmers are given just 2 weeks notice.
Ann Garrison The PNB also passed a resolution mandating a program council at every station. KPFK felt free to ignore that resolution but claims to feel compelled to comply with this one.
Ta Ba KPFK should have ignored the Spanish Programming mandate until gaps showed up in the schedule over time.
Lucia Chappelle I know we’re not supposed to believe in what broadcast professionals have to say, but I ultimately came to accept the “conventional wisdom” that a station that primarily broadcasts in one language is never going to attract a decent audience for program…See More
Christopher Condon KPFK has no Spanish speaking audience after all these years. Spanish speaking people listen to Spanish language radio and are disinterested in KPFK’s lame hispanic politics. The non-existent Spanish language audience contributes no money at fund drives…See More
Lucia Chappelle This conflict has been going on for years. I can even remember a Latino LSB member telling me (ca. 1994), “I know nobody will listen. What’s important is that we do it.” That pretty much sums up what’s wrong with much of the progressive left in general, not limited to Pacifica.
Sue Cohen Johnson Lucia, past program director, thanks for the expert experienced advice, again.
Sue Cohen Johnson Since when is taking off all those varied voices, and putting on a specific demographics that we already have, 5 hours, adding to the diversity of the station?
Sue Cohen Johnson And a real effort to not make money.
Sue Cohen Johnson Cutting American Indian Airwaves is really anti-Mission.
Christopher Condon American Indian Airwaves is one of the most consistently interesting and well produced programs on KPFK. It is profoundly ‘anti-diversity” to cut this in favor of a hispanic fantasy that they represent anybody, and that the substitution of one imperial language for another is a politiical gain. The American Indian perspective is far more important than anything this hispanic mob has to say.
Sandy Childs I heard they left Indian Airwaves on. Not true?
Steve Pride There are already 53 Spanish Language stations in the SoCal Market. What is our plan beyond just switching languages?
Sue Cohen Johnson Some new jive jokers are on KPFK now instead of Cantos Sin Fronteras. Said they were invited to come on and to “have some fun”.
2 reasons to put 5 hours with no quality criteria from who knows where: 1. To drive away all white, older listeners, sponsor…See More
Steve Pride “Flip the Script” had a Trangendered Producer/Host and they regularly tacked LGBT issues. “American Indian Airwaves” was the only show on KPFK that tackled Indigenous issues. Saying they are being cancelled to promote DIVERSITY is messed up. As a gay N…See More
Raffaello Mazza Cogent comments all. I think that it boils down to a dictatorship by GM and dictatorship by those controlling Pacifica. I grudgingly still “support” because of a dwindling number of programmers. I await the ouster or the padlock, whichever comes first. Meanwhile most of my ears reside elsewhere.
Sandy Childs Mine, too… Sadly. The station is a shell of its former self. 😦
Steve Pride The actual motion passed by the PNB required “at least 5 hours additional to existing Spanish Language programming (some radio signals do not have any).” It went on to say these 5 hours must fall between “6 am and before 9 pm.” However there was never …See More
Christopher Condon No Steve. Spanish language programming has no audience and needs to be cancelled in its entirety. The PNB as it is presently constituted is an illegitimate body and has no proper authority.
Ta Ba That last sentence is key. I’d like to see that as the start of a new thread.
Sue Cohen Johnson fyi it’s been said plenty before now
Steve Pride AGAIN… There is NO PNB Mandated requirement for the 12 hours of Spanish Language we currently broadcast on KPFK.
Steve Pride The PNB motion only requires we add add 5 hous of Spanish Language Programming on the weekend or “6 am and before 9 pm” on a weekday.That does not preclude a reduction of Spanish Language Programing elsewhere on our schedule to keep the bumped English Language shows on the air.
Sue Cohen Johnson Radford complained at the Finance Comte Mtng (Natl) that folks at KPFK criticize only but do not come up with constuuctive advice, activites. Well, when you do almost everything wrong, what do you expect? So they’re not listening to anything. Not t…See More
Christopher Condon Nobody wants to even talk with the loathsome Radford, much less “work” with her. We just want her gone.
Sue Cohen Johnson I guess I will have to do a report on which shows are making moeny and which are not. Even so, they don’t care, they want to bring the station to its knees. The stupid part is that after they totally remake it in to a station of color, it can’t survi…See More
Christopher Condon I live half the year in Vietnam now. Wonderful place. We firebombed and napalmed Vietnam and they still were victorious. In Saigon I still see deformed beggars victims of generation skipping agent orange. I will live here and watch America and its microcosm Pacifica destroy themselves from within. What fun. Its Trump time.
Steve Pride What is particularly obnoxious is the claim that this is a “diversity” move. Can I point out that FLIP THE SCRIPT is produced by a Transexual man and everyone associated with AMERICAN INDIAN AIRWAVES is first nation. We are suddenly a lot LESS diverse.
Sandy Childs I think they left Indian Airwaves on?
Lucia Chappelle Pacifica always repeats itself. When Cliff Roberts and I were fired as GM and PD, they told the LA Times it was to facilitate affirmative action.
Sue Cohen Johnson Lucia Chappelle was instrumental on putting on more people of color and other sorts on to KPFK back then.
2. If they were replacing Cantos Sin Fronteras only for one or two weeks, why did they not say so on the air? When they play 1/2 hour of Spanish News then go back to English, what’s the point if they don’t say so on the air?
re: “Safe Harbor” – “Geek Radio” on KPFK. What’s the point of folks chatting with each other about comic books and movies regardless of what listeners want when there are wars going on in the world? Popular movies: Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy, Purge, ‘that was the first movie I was able to [invited to] review’. Suicide Squad. Bad Boys. Zach Snyder. Will Smith. Independence Day. Jeff Goldblum. etc.
Christopher Condon In Vietnam where I live half the year it is daytime when it is nightime in LA. I used to tune into Roy of Hollywood live streaming where I could never when I lived in LA. Safe Harbor is so bad, so irrelevant to anything of consequence and operated at such a low level of intellect that is embarassing. So I tune out. Nothing to listen to on KPFK anymore except whatever
Sandy Childs You are not alone, Christopher. Sadly, that Safe Harbor trainwreck, which was forced on the station by management. It’s so bad and so embarrassing and we’ve lost most listeners. It makes no money. They cry for money and call us irrelevant and they p…See More
Don Davis This is what happens when misguided ideology is allowed to trample on good radio.
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Christopher Condon whatever Christine Blosdale does.
Jessy Suzanne Mendoza-Apolinar Creative freedom….
Protect that s**t.
Christopher Condon Absent a miracle I am afraid it is over for KPFK and Pacifica.
Sandy Childs Yep. We are at pray for miracle time. lol Wish we believed in them. 🙂
When selecting 5 additional hours of programming, let’s remember Afro Cubans and Black Brazilians. Let’s have equality within Pacifica’s recent mandate for Latin diversity.
Tracy Rosenberg The mandate is a year old with no apparent enforcement at any of Pacifica’s five stations. Not a single one has added anything in response to the mandate.
Christopher Condon In 2003 the KPFK LSB passed a resolution mandating balanced coverage of 911. All we have had since then is CIA driven “official story” programming and a full court attack on “conspiracy theories’ which, unfortunately, are true.
Ta Ba That is a problem.
Sue Cohen Johnson christine has a great show, Behind the smoke curtain
Christopher Condon great. look forward to it when i return in july.
Sue Cohen Johnson It has been a Thank-you Gift on KPFK
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Christopher Condon Programming policy is made outside the governance process by a small group of “approved” programmers which our listeners are less and less interested in.
Ta Ba Also a problem.
Gabrielle Wilson Oh well! Unicorns and Rainbows as usual.
Adrienne Lauby The crisis at Pacifica is mirrored in this mandate and the way it has been ignored. It’s become a legal and financial crisis for all the managers and those who are trying to keep the networks afloat. Our culture of negativity continues to make any progress almost impossible.
Gabrielle Wilson KPFA like most media outlets are bastions of white male supremacy patriarchy who would rather die than diversify. Terrestrial radio will soon be obsolete and those few programmers will feel irrelevant.
Robert Getsla m I’m trying to understand why you think terrestrial radio will become obsolete any time soon. Please explain this to me, because I recall the 1989 earthquake here in the Bay Area, and I can tell you that if you expect your cell phone to work for more…See More
Gabrielle Wilson Obsolete due to declining listenership thanks to the internet. As older generations pass, younger ones will not suddenly start listening. Fresh and local is good for food and emergency radio but little else.
Sue Cohen Johnson KPFK’s success in recent FunDrives is due to health & spirituality stuff
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Christopher Condon Spanish speaking people never have and never will listen to KPFK; they listen to Spanish stations.
Kevin White Instead of losing our audience why don’t we just do fresh English-language programming that folks would pay to listen to? There are whole networks available to get Spanish language programming. Why alienate our tiny tiny tiny audience for faux-left posturing?
Don Davis It is a mistake to divide the listenership by language. No Spanish programming unless one wants to set up a dedicated station and/or web broadcasting entity and see how it goes.
Gabrielle Wilson Some Spanish speakers are black and some are white. Language based mandates are too broad to make a real difference.
Sue Cohen Johnson Some new jive jokers are on KPFK now instead of Cantos Sin Fronteras. Said they were invited to come on and to “have some fun”.
2 reasons to put 5 hours with no quality criteria from who knows where: 1. To drive away all white, older listeners, spons…See More
Don Davis For once we seem to agree. Committing programming suicide should not be imposed on any station as a Political Correctness mandate.
Blessed are the peacemakers.
On this episode of Donahue, peace groups give their thoughts on how to defend the world. Note that compared to peace movement of the 1960s and ’70s against S…
Sue Cohen Johnson Yeah, but what about the defenders from eviction, from the police, cointelpro, etc?
Nalini Lasiewicz What is your purpose of that derisive comment? Just curious about the reflex to badmouth or undermine a grassroots action of 30 years ago? I’m trying to understand what makes conflict so much of a compulsive instinct ’round here.
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They “Vote with their Feet.”
They say Roy (Something’s Happening overnight show) has 500 listeners because that’ how many signed the petition. But 500 = 12,500
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Wayne Eusanio There’s no need to poll me further – I loathe and despise what KPFK’s done to Roy of Hollywood and I miss Something’s Happening but having to battle so many health issues it’s tough to take on people I consider to be – I wish it was just an expression …See More
Wayne Eusanio And yeah, you’re right about the ratio – I’d say it’s even higher, because people won’t “complain” to save their lives.
Camilla Cracchiolo It’s to the point where I think the listeners should occupy the station and not leave till the books are all in order and balanced. It’s unethical in the extreme to ask us to give money and then not be able to tell us where it’s going.
Sue Cohen Johnson They raided money for other things to pay for what they want. BET even said that KPFA does not go thru process, if the network needs it for what they think is importabt, they take it..
Wayne Eusanio I happened to be looking at a letter from 2003 yesterday, and it was the same situation as far as the finances go – the network takes what they need, or want. That seems to sum it all up. That part of the fight was never won.
Camilla Cracchiolo I don’t mind if the station switches money around. I object to things being so disorganized that an embezzler can operate for months with no one the wiser. As far as I can tell, that could happen again.
Don Davis I object to a failing station being rewarded for bad practices by taking from the station(s) that have it together.
Don Davis Roy had a great variety in his interests and has always striven to provide information useful to an eclectic audience above all else.
I may not agree with every idea he forwards, but he has a high degree of integrity. Decades back he was devoting a lo…See More
Sue Cohen Johnson I object to KPFA or the national office or the cfo or ed taking money from other units without due process. They say that at KPFA they also have not submitted all the records needed for the audit, and that there were events that are not on the books any where.
Don Davis They say. Who is ‘they’?
Sue Cohen Johnson Ask your friends and contacts.
In re: being too ‘negative’: Pacifica’s job is to report news not reported elsewhere, be a watchdog of ‘the powers that be’, and their media slaves, not to just report the positive, like a ‘Pollyanna’. By definition we are to root out the dirt. Trying not to be negative is inappropriate to us. All news shows, mainstream and otherwise, have trouble reporting any positives, unless they report the ‘fluff’.
Promo by Mgr.- Some of the wording in a promo or promos last Fundrive:
‘… you know the number, 818-985-5735….’
‘… call our number 818-985-5735, (and give) and Thank Us for fighting the powers ….’
‘… you just found something special, that’s you, the New Listener, discovering something New, for you and your community, …’
‘…how does KPFK survive, we depend on you, that’s you, the New KPFK Listeners, …’…
Myla Reson hmmmm – thanks for the update
Wendy Schroell to throttle the people? You just found something special, ugh. I should be the one to say that. If I didn’t, I would be irritated at being called you, the New Listener
Sue Cohen Johnson i think Radford meant that kpfk fights those who want to throttle the people
Sue Cohen Johnson here’s some more words from a promo of hers that FunDrive:
““not just for your money, although we’re not objecting to that, but also for you, your strengths, ….”
Sue Cohen Johnson What about KPFKs and Pacifica’s dire financial straits?