imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

What's happening to Pacifica's NY station - WBAI ?

by sidestepper Thursday, Mar. 12, 2009 at 10:15 PM

Alert !!! Find out about a proposal soon to put WBAI into “internal receivership”...Please share this information widely and confirm it as necessary. No false rumors necessary. Let's see what is happening so close to our own KPFK radio station. Does this affect KPFK's financial standing too? Tell us what you know too.

Confirm this information, and find out how this Pacifica failure may also affect our local radio station KPFK.

Let everyone know. No more secrets, hidden moves, manipulations, or denials. We who pay our dues highly to keep our station alive want the reality and facts and truth....for a change....

**** then PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY across the national to wherever Pacifica stations exist or are heard*******

[if you disagree with this version or opinion, please put in your own when you pass this information forward. Check out the facts anywhere YOU can also. ]

For a while now, members of the Pacifica National Board (PNB) have been focusing their concerns about the Pacifica Foundation's financial problems on WBAI, which has fixed space-related expenses almost twice that of the other four stations combined. More so than other stations, WBAI has not been meeting its pledge goals in recent drives.

The focus on WBAI has recently been sharpened by othe station's 0,000+ shortfall in the February pledge drive.

Last night, on the public conference call of the PNB, it came out that Grace Aaron, the new (as of January) board chair from Los Angeles station KPFK - who is also the acting Executive Director because that position is still vacant - is now floating the idea of putting WBAI into “internal receivership” (i.e., taking control and management away from the local station) and running the programming out of the Pacifica National Office.

No decision has been made public - yet.

When WBAI listener representative Nia Bediako

(of the Justice & Unity Campaign) insisted that Aaron's proposal must be discussed in public session, Aaron said it could only be discussed in executive session because it involved “confidential advice of counsel.”

Nia argued passionately that separate from the issue of the lawyer's advice, a policy of this scope and significance must be publicly discussed, but her motion to add the item to the public agenda was defeated by a vote of 6-11.* [see votes below]

The other 3 WBAI National Board members (from the ListProg/ ACE/ "independent" faction) -- Kathy Davis (staff rep), Carolyn Birden, and Jamie Ross (listener reps) -- voted against public discussion.

[if you disagree with this version or opinion, please add in your own - so labeled - when you pass this information forward]

Clearly some will rise up and say, “Hell no!” to this effort to destroy local control of a beloved NY station.

If you also are opposed, then here are some suggestions, for starters:

1) Email the Pacifica National Board at and tell them you are set against any plan that removes local control from the station and its programming, and that any discussion of the proposal to do so MUST be held IN PUBLIC.

What is particularly needed is to demand that ALL of the WBAI National Board members take a position and hold it firmly.

2) Call in to the Local Station Board's at WBAI at 212-209-2900 - and say what you personally think about this proposal.

3) If you know someone in NY, have them turn out for the next meeting of the WBAI Local Station Board on Thursday, March 26, at 7 PM at a location to be announced (check the web at, and let the entire local board know what they think.

4) Plan on organizing together if you want to fight this attack on WBAI - and to work on all the viable strategies folks can come up with to bring the station out of its financial crisis, if it is possible.

Other ideas are welcome. The next National Board conference call is Friday, March 20.

Many protestors will keep people posted, and they can email with questions or ideas at and sign up for their email list at

this was edited but the essence was posted by the "WBAI Justice and Unity Campaign"


*Roll Call Vote on Nia Bediako's motion to have public discussion on the proposal to put WBAI into “internal receivership”:


Nia Bediako Yes

Carolyn Birden No

Kathy Davis No

Jamie Ross No


Jim Brown Yes

Acie Byrd not present

Luzette King No

4th seat vacant

KPFT (Houston)

Sandra Rawline No

George Reiter No

Wendy Schroell No

Susan Young No




Leslie Radford Yes

Ricco Ross No

Shawn Casey O'Brien No

KPFA (Berkeley)

Sherry Gendelman Yes

Bonnie Simmons Yes

Andrea Turner Yes

Joe Wanzala No

Affiliate Representatives

Efia Nwangaza not present

David Beacon not present

{obviously there is enough disagreement as noted by votes above )


AND ALSO NOTE: The financial losses/ problems of WBAI have come close to KPFK being used as a collateral [damage included ] with KPFK's mortgage in danger for a moment there of being used to save NY's station.

It is of concern to all here in Los Angeles if WBAI is having losses and trying to cling to others to save itself....we at KPFK and environs must be alert, aware and active in not allowing our [still fragile it seems] station to be taken DOWN along with any other so called 'sister or brother' station.

We have not been close siblings in sharing programs or finances or any gifts so far, and only when THEY have $$$$ problems does our name seem to be attached to any family that cannot maintain their own standing, each member is self-responsible, even while caring and carefully helping the others, but up to a limit.

PUBLIC DEBATE AND INPUT IS IMPORTANT in all matters that can be addressed by the sponsors/ payees of Pacifica and their stations. This is called transparency and participatory ownership [as it is alluded to during each pledge fun $$$ drive].

[No say no pay. No next time. ]

Let's all learn more about what is the actuality and voice and write our opinions on la.indymedia and NY's and any others as well that are relevant. Or in blogs that may elicit more of a Pacifica over all connection than has been provoked up to now.

what do YOU think ? what do YOU know ? tell us all.

Report this post as:

Local News

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 10:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 9:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 8:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 8:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 11:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 8:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A27 5:37AM


lausd whistle blower A11 6:58AM

Website Upgrade A10 10:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 8:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 6:58PM

Change Links April 2018 A01 6:27PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Antrhopocène, le grand effondrement S19 9:53AM

Creative Destruction Hack Diamonds Windows/iOS/Android - Creative Destruction Generator S19 12:51AM

Abolir l'économie S18 11:18AM

The Dictatorship of Corporations S17 5:26PM

18 Lethal Consequences Of Hunting S17 3:13PM

Paraphysique de l'outplacement déontologue S15 6:51AM

Creative Destruction Hack Mod Generator S15 3:49AM

Shopping du bashing S14 8:42AM

After Lehman Brothers, Experts Say Global Financial Crisis Can Happen Again S13 8:28PM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen S12 9:30PM

Probabilités de fin d'humanité S12 6:49AM

Florida Area of Migrant Farmworkers Denied Right to Construct Health Clinic near NaplesCIW S11 2:57AM

Propagande de virus, virus de propagande S10 7:34AM

Steer clear of work morality! S09 12:10PM

Sweatshop Lodge Ceremony Continues in US Fed Prisons Led by Inmates S08 6:17PM

Paraphysique de l'origami S08 7:11AM

The Shortwave Report 09/07/18 Listen Globally! S06 11:23PM

August 2018 Honduras Coup update S06 12:28PM

Du réussissement putréfié S06 10:55AM

Brett Kavanaugh Filled The 5th Circuit With Execution Judges S06 6:14AM

Log S06 4:25AM

Augusta Georgia Woman Gets 5 Year Prison Sentence for Writing About Russians Crime Acts S05 8:29AM

Paraphysique de contextualité S05 8:29AM

Crisis Regulation in Global Capitalism S03 3:39PM

Ex-voto de réification S03 10:24AM

Please Oppose Warmonger, Execution and Torture Supporting Bush Operative Brett Kavanaugh A31 10:45PM

Paraphysique d'exploitation occultation A31 10:24PM

Ryan Zinke Is Charging Taxpayers For A Trophy Hunters' Council A31 2:10PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy