Last Monday, KPFA’s new general manager Amit Pendyal began his first week on the job. He takes the helm at a station which has been rocked by the cancellation of its most popular local program and the improper lay offs of its hosts, Aimee Allison and Brian Edwards-Tiekert. He spoke on the 8am program that has replaced the Morning Show and asked listeners for feedback about the station, whom he described as the reason KPFA exists. You can send him a message here.
This past weekend, a representative from KPFA’s union, CWA 9415, was asked to speak on a panel on the labor struggles of media workers at the 25th annual Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival. Sasha Lilley, co-host of Against the Grain and elected shop steward, described the labor conflict KPFA, where multiple charges have been filed with the National Labor Relations Board for contract violations by Pacifica management. Two supporters of Pacifica management attended the event and denounced the workers at KPFA and their union, saying that they were going to bring down the station. But members of the audience weren’t having it. Long-time labor activists spoke up against what they termed red-baiting by the management supporters. One person after the next stated that they wanted to see the return of the Morning Show, and marveled at the nerve of those showing up to a labor heritage festival to trash union workers.