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KPFK Listeners Boycott

by Pacifica Campaign Friday, Nov. 02, 2001 at 7:09 AM




Last week, the staff at KPFK - Pacifica Radio in

Los Angeles opposed the

fall fund drive in a letter written to the

overseeing Pacifica National

Board. Citing "bills that are months overdue,"

and that "employees owed as

much as 00 are simply ignored," as well as "no

petty cash," and " despite

endless promises, no accounting of the financial

state of this network,"

they concluded:"We find it inappropriate and

ultimately immoral to ask our

listeners to donate another penny to this

organization as long as it refuses

to account for the funds received."

Despite their efforts toward accountability, KPFK

began pitching on October

31st. Berkeley station KPFA "Flashpoints" host

Noelle Hanrahan reported on

Octber 31st, "KPFK has just begun its fund drive,

despite their demands for

bills payments and opening the books NOT being

answered. At a meeting with

the staff, Pacifica Board Chair, Bob Farrell,

demanded the fund drive begin,

...and they caved."

Bob Farrell is applying pressure to get money

from Southern California

listeners. But we can boycott to express our

outrage over the fiscal

unaccountability and neglect at the stations

while the Pacifica National

Board uses our funds for high-priced lawyers,

public relations firms and

security companies to maintain their tenuous grip

over our radio network.

In Pacifica's FY2000 the current board majority

and managers spent a

staggering 0,000 of listener money on

anti-union law firms and 0,000

more on security. Dissident board members

estimate this year's leagl bills

have already topped one million dollars.

Meanwhile, an investigation by the

Pacifica Campaign has revealed that in the past

couple of years, executive

salaries skyrocketed. ( For information, go to

KPFK station manager Mark Schubb's salary shot up

from ,000 in 1999 to

nearly ,000 in 2000. What are we paying for?

Mark Schubb has kept

"Democracy Now!" off the air at KPFK, even though

it is still being

broadcasted from KPFA in Berkeley. David

Barsamian's "Alternative Radio" was

silenced and KPFK continues to lack community

announcements, and real racial

diversity. Meanwhile, due to the policies

of the Pacifica National Board, we no longer

receive "Free Speech Radio

News," daily cutting-edge

newscasts by Pacifica's stringer journalists.

Ironically, under the current

administration, the great programs our network

created are heard throughout

the country on affiliate stations and on the

internet, yet our Pacifica

stations have shut them out!

Every cent you give to KPFK will be directly

under the control of the ruling

majority of the Pacifica National Board. Don't

pay them to destroy our

network. Instead:

- Join the Pacifica boycott. Give your support to

efforts to preserve the

network. Addresses for places to send funds are

listed at the bottom of this


- Call the KPFK pledge line; express your

opinions about the current

destruction of Pacifica. 818-985-5735.

- Participate in an informational presence and

picket held by the Pacifica

Campaign at the station nightly from 4-6. Address

and directions are below.

- Demonstrate on Saturday November 3, from 12

noon to 2pm. Many working

people have asked us to have a demonstration on

Saturday where latest news

and analysis will be shared.

- Contact station manager Mark Schubb; tell him

you will not pledge; express

your opinions about the destruction of Pacifica,

and absence of "Democracy

Now!," "Alternative Radio," and community


- Join the Free Pacifica Neighborhood Network. To

find a group near you,

call 323-878-5680.

- Please give generously to one or all national

efforts to regain our

network. Make checks payable to:

Institute for Media Analysis / Pacifica Campaign

(Pacifica Campaign to Stop

the Takeover)

51 MacDougal Street #80

New York, NY 10012

Vanguard Public Foundation (The lawsuits)

383 Rhode Island Street Suite 301

San Francisco CA 94103

Agape Foundation Free Speech Radio Fund

(Additional cross complaint lawsuit

by Board members)

Friends of Free Speech Radio

905 Parker Street

Berkeley, CA 94703

KPFK is located at 3729 Cahuenga Blvd. West in

North Hollywood: Driving

North on Route 101 (Hollywood Freeway) to

Nothbound Lankershim exit; stay in

left exit lane, turn left onto Lankershim Bvd.,

turn left onto Cahuenga

Blvd. Or driving south on Route 101 to

southbound Lankershim exit; stay in

the middle exit lane; turn right onto Cahuenga


The Pacifica Campaign is a grass-roots

organization representing listeners

and staff alike, fighting to regain and preserve

the Pacifica Network's

50-year tradition of progressive community-based


Pacifica Campaign

51 MacDougal Street #80

New York, NY 10012


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