Monthly Archives: December 2010

KPFA listeners tune out of new 8am show; guests start boycott

When KPFA’s new 8 am program debuted this morning, listeners responded by tuning out KPFA in droves (see accompanying graph showing the number of online listeners is only 36% of what it used to be). Pacifica’s Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt … Continue reading

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Pacifica replaces union workers with political allies

Referring to KPFA as “the Northern California outlet of Pacifica Radio,” Arlene Engelhardt announced a new one-hour all-volunteer morning lineup to start airing on Monday. It would replace the KPFA Morning Show, whose union staff were laid off and removed … Continue reading

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Solidarity on the Morning Show; South Bay Labor Council resolution

David Bacon, labor journalist and KPFA unpaid staff member, wrote an open letter to the listeners to the weekly Labor Segment on the Morning Show, which he has produced since 1994, about why it is not currently airing. “I strongly … Continue reading

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Legal update: judge issues injunction, rejects Pacifica’s vote-purging

Today, December 15, Alameda Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch issued a preliminary injunction requiring Pacifica to seat KPFA DJ Lewis Sawyer as staff representative on KPFA’s Local Station Board. Lewis had initially been declared a winner in the recently-concluded election, … Continue reading

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KPFA’s December fund drive; FSRN in danger

KPFA’s union is asking listeners to give as much as they can in the station’s December fund drive, in spite of the actions by KPFA’s parent organization Pacifica. If listeners don’t contribute to KPFA, Pacifica can be expected to push … Continue reading

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Berkeley Labor Commission calls on Pacifica to “negotiate in good faith”

On Wednesday, the Berkeley Labor Commission met to discuss the conflict between KPFA’s union and Pacifica management.  Various workers spoke out against layoffs, the removal of the station’s biggest fund raising program, and the hiring of corporate management law firm, … Continue reading

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Pacifica: Yesterday’s News Today

Late last week, some KPFA staff inadvertently learned that as of Monday, December 6th KPFA’s morning programming was changing.  Pacifica management had decided that Al Jazeera news (English) would broadcast at 6:00 am instead of Democracy Now!; Democracy Now! would … Continue reading

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As if layoffs weren’t enough: Pacifica targets Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Mitch Jeserich, and other union staff in bizarre voter disenfranchisement scheme

UPDATE: An Alameda County Superior Court judge has issued an injunction against the Pacifica Foundation, in response to a lawsuit by three KPFA staff members. The same week that Pacifica abruptly laid off the staff of The Morning Show, it … Continue reading

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