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by K.S. Taffer
Sunday, Apr. 06, 2008 at 9:49 AM
KPFK's General Manager Search Committee turned into a farce when 2 staff members, later to join the search committee, put the station at risk of a lawsuit to spread the word that they wouldn't have another Black woman and one who supports immigrants for their general manager.
recent public email shows two KPFK staff members violating confidentiality as
members of the Local Station Board in order to attack a candidate for the
position of station general manager, a Black woman whose politics
"reminds" them of the politics of former S. African KPFK GM Eva
his email, one of the staff members promotes allegations leveled against the
candidate by infamous local Black Minuteman Ted Hayes. Both staff members of the
KPFK LSB are also members of the so-called "Committee to Strengthen
KPFK," a group that was widely accused of "buying" the recent
KPFK station board elections. Publicizing the name of a candidate for a position
at the station constitutes a serious breach of ethics. These serious breaches of
confidence put the station at risk of a lawsuit for defamation of character and
for revealing to the public the name and occupation of a job applicant. Both
staff members now serve on the station board's general manager search committee.
first violation came from staff member Ali Lexa, in an email dated February 8,
2008, with the subject line, "Thier [Sic] GM Candidate." Lexa was a
member in good standing of the Board's GM Search Committee at the time of this
breach, entrusted with reading and maintaining the confidentiality of
since been joined on that committee by KPFK Programmer Shawn Casey O'Brien, who,
on the same day, two days before his selection to that committee, sent an email
to KPFK staffers Sonali Kolhatkar AND HER ASSISTANT PRODUCER Gabriel San Roman, Maggie
Lepique, Jonathan Alexander, Bob Conger, and KPFK board member Israel Feuer,
"exposing" DiPrima as an opponent of the notorious Hayes. O'Brien
cited an inflammatory and baseless charge by Minuteman supporters that Dominique
DiPrima of radio station KLJH in LA had "direct involvement and leadership
in acts of insurrection" for her participation in an important demonstration
at South Central's famous Leimert Park in opposition to Hayes and his Minuteman
writes, with a straight face, that DiPrima "Sound [sic] a lot like
KPFK GM Eva Georgia was an anti-Apartheid media activist in S. Africa, and, at
KPFK, was a staunch supporter of Spanish language programming. Just two months
ago, forces inimical to Spanish language programming tried to remove the only
Latina member from KPFK's Board, and another member of the "Committee to
Strengthen KPFK" recently launched a public attack on Spanish language
programming. Moves are currently underway, according to a confidential report
from a "Committee to Strengthen KPFK" insider, to have O'Brien and
Lexa placed in charge of the General Manager Search Committee as
co-chairs of that body.
and anti-Brown activists at KPFK can't seem to get enough. In the 90s, with the
help and cooperation of figures like Republican Senator Bob Dole, they purged every Black programmer from the station's
airwaves, along with most Latino programming.
over 300 programmers were purged throughout the Pacifica Radio Network. Radical
voices, especially radical voices of color, were silenced: the network was
hijacked by those whose purposes dramatically differed with those of the
control of the network was regained by those ostensibly in line with the
founder's vision, years of struggle ensued over restoring representation for
communities of color that had been disenfranchised during the purges. At KPFK
those opposed to guarantees of representation for peoples of color on the air
and on the station's board also led an attack of several years' duration to oust
KPFK's new Black lesbian GM, Eva Georgia. Those forces eventually coalesced into
the "Committee to Strengthen KPFK."
are already following the strategy used with success against Georgia against
another Black woman, DiPrima. Like DiPrima, Georgia came under attack before she
ever set foot in the station. Vast amounts of energy were spent "digging up
dirt" against her in a campaign so successful that, from the day she
arrived, a staff member refused to give her a key to the building. It was
down hill from there. Staff and those opposed to fair
representation for peoples of color would have it no other way.
nothing else to go on, It can only be DiPrima's staunch defense of the Black and
Brown communities that "reminds" Shawn Casey O'Brien of Eva Georgia.
O'Brien's email attacking DiPrima was quickly posted to the KPFK Staff email
list by Jonathan
Alexander, and no staff
member seems to have objected to supporting the stance of Black Minuteman Ted
Hayes. Nor, apparently, did any of them object to the violations of
confidentiality that endanger not only DiPrima and the network for which they
work. Nor, apparently, were they interested in the danger such dirty tricks
might pose for the credibility of any budding new campaign to keep power away
from people of color at KPFK they might develop and support. The matter has not
yet been formally reported to the station board by any of the e-mail's intended
the meantime, KPFK has received notice of a lawsuit demanding that the recent
elections for the KPFK board be declared illegitimate, in part due to numerous
campaign violations by members of "The Committee to Strengthen KPFK."
from the "Committee" members attacking DiPrima are below.
Here's what I dug
up.... Sound a lot like Eva, who will be beholden to the status quo i.e.
whoever hires her.?
On Feb 7, 2008, at 6:24 PM, Ali Lexa wrote:
found out who the candidate is they want to rush through.
name is Dominique D i prima,
she's used to be at KJLH and also ran to be KPFA's GM but didn't get
it. She is someone that Lydia came up with.
DiPrima is host of the early morning talk radio show The Front Page
on Los Angeles radio station KJLH 102.3-FM. Ms. DiPrima is also
producer of the program.
DiPrima spent three years as a co-host of The Steve Harvey Morning
Show on KKBT-FM, and in limited syndication. She served as one of ?Harvey?s
Angels? interviewing celebrities, and providing fuel for Harvey?s
humor. In addition she was the News Director/Anchor for the show.
is a talk radio veteran, with a stint as Host and Producer of her
own talk show Street Science with Dominique DiPrima for almost nine
years on 100.3-FM The Beat. Street Science with Dominique DiPrima
tackled topics of relevance to the Beat?s primarily African American
and Latino 18-35 year-old audience. She also served as Community
Action Director at the Beat, building the department into an
unprecedented large activist arm of the radio station, and working
closely with grassroots community organizations. Street Science?
earned Dominique an L.A. Weekly ?Best of L.A.? award, and a Gracie
Award from the American Women in Radio and Television among many
getting into radio Dominique DiPrima was a television host for San
Francisco NBC affiliate KRON-TV. Working on camera as well as in the
role of Segment Producer, Dominique garnered five Emmy Awards, six
Parents Choice Awards, an Ollie and the SAG/AFTRA American Scene
Award for positive portrayals of women, the disabled, senior
citizens and people of color.
is also a dedicated community activist, hosting, marching and
speaking at countless community events and demonstrations. She was
the Director of the acclaimed Summer of Success violence prevention
program in Baldwin Village in 2003 and 2004. And she is on the board
of directors for The Community Coalition in South Los Angeles. She
was chosen by a committee of Bay Area community based organizations
to introduce Nelson Mandela during his first tour of the United
States after his release from prison because of her dedication to
progressive causes in general and the anti-apartheid movement in
particular. Dominique managed to interview Geronimo Jijaga Pratt
while he was still incarcerated and her radio program was the first
media stop he made when he was freed. She has been recognized for
her work in fighting racism by the Los Angeles Human Relation
Commission, and for social justice advocacy by the San Francisco
Media Alliance. She was recently appointed to the position of
Commissioner, for the Commission on the Status of Women, by Los
Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
is currently the COO of a film/video production company with her
husband Guillermo Cespedes. The South L.A. based business is called
YeYe Productions and specializes in work for independent artists and
can you call a station that is on Mt Wilson suburban? If that is the
case, then KBIG, KIIS, KLVE, KCBS, etc., are suburban. Same for KJLH A
draft copy of a petition calling for the firing of Front Page talk show
host Dominique DiPrima circulated last Tuesday?s meeting of Community
Call to Action and Accountability at Bethel AME church.
Los Angeles Today, I ended my week of guest hosting on the Front Page
talk show with Dominique Di Prima on KJLH-102.3 FM. It was a wonderful
experience. According to Dominique, I was the first Latino guest host
on the show.
Dominique de Prima does little, and in fact nothing to uplift humanity
via KJLH. Her focus and support of the status quo, her preoccupation
with uplifting racism through language ie calling countries in Africa
and elsewhere as third
great minds that call in to KJLH are very different from those
that call The Beat. I am sure if not now, but in time, Dominique
will learn this. Dominique will not be able to just rudely cut
people off like
listeners to petition for ousting of DiPrima
*Editor’s Note: Cassette copies of
broadcasts were available for purchase upon request —
without an estimated delivery date. Without transcripts or
unedited recordings, the June 25 show description on the
station Web site has been the only factual information
available … until November. The following is an unedited
10:35 audio excerpt (of a two hour cassette tape)
transferred to a digital file. Update: “Talk
show audio discredits DiPrima”
We call on Mr. Stevie Wonder and the management of radio
station KJLH [102.3-FM] to fire or accept the resignation
of Ms. Dominique DiPrima … particularly [for] her direct
involvement and leadership in acts of insurrection….
Signatories challenge DiPrima’s commitment to promote
understanding — citing the Leimert Park standoff on June
23. In a comment
posted to this Web site, Terry Lane, a founding member of Choose
, said DiPrima perpetuated the rumor that
the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) were marching down Crenshaw
Organizer Ted Hayes, national chair of Choose Black America,
held a permit by the city to march to Leimert Park as part
of a rally he called, “Choose Black America - Not Amnesty
- Not Illegal Immigration.” 100 supporters said that
continued illegal immigration would lead to a permanent
Propaganda may be to blame for an “illegal assembly” of
500 counter-protesters who blocked the entrance to Leimert
Park, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. Signs
posted on telephone poles and mailers sent to the homes of
Leimert Park residents called for action against “white
DiPrima addressed the protest standoff on-air the following
Monday, June 25, according to the station Web site:
We talked about the anti-immigration march that was
stopped in it’s tracks by counter-protesters who refused
to welcome, Save Our State, Minute Men and reputed KKK and
Nazis into Leimert Park on Saturday. The issue of
immigration as it impacts African Americans, justice, the
concept of borders, prejudice, white supremacy and the
fight for reparations for DOBA were all discussed.
On July 11, DiPrima declined to comment and said via e-mail,
“I think folks that care what I think about anything can
get an earful on KJLH on any given morning. At this point I
choose to make this my venue for political expression.”
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