Solidarity Messages

The San Francisco Labor Council, the Alameda Labor Council, the South Bay Labor Council and the Monterey Bay Labor Council have all unanimously passed resolutions supporting KPFA workers. CWA Local 9415, which represents KPFA’s paid staff, has issued this statement.

KPFA unpaid staff are signing this statement. Unpaid Morning Show labor programmer David Bacon makes this appeal, and had this this exchange with Pacifica’s CEO. Unpaid staffer Ramsey Kanaan notes the solidarity from KPFA’s unpaid workers. Other unpaid staff have also written letters, including Bay Native Circle producers Janeen Antoine and Gregg McVicar, Bookwaves host Richard Wolinsky and news reporter Judith Scherr.

KPFA’s events coordinator Bob Baldock read this letter on the air. Democracy Now! staff have sent letters of support. KPFK programmer Sonali Kolhatkar has declared her solidarity with KPFA staff. You can read more about KPFA’s workers — both paid and unpaid — and their history of union organizing here.

In addition, thousands of listener-sponsors have written to Pacifica/KPFA board members — we’ve posted a sampling below. If you’d like to add your voice, please send us a message using this form, and please do tell us if you give permission to have it publicly posted here, and if so, would you like us to print your name, or just your initials. Thanks for your support!


Name: Lynne Hollander Savio

I have been a member of KPFA for more years than I can remember. But I have not donated this year to renew my membership because I cannot support the kind of shenanigans that have been going on at the station for the last several months. Top-down arbitrary programming changes, unilateral hirings and firings, corporate underwriting, outrageous invective from interim manager Phillips and the like have caused me to lose interest in supporting the station with my hard-earned money. Bring democracy, independence, and local control back to KPFA — then you will again receive financial support from me (and undoubtedly the other listeners who have failed to contribute this year.)

 


From M.
Subject: the state of pacifica

It would be laughable if it were not so tragic. You have corrupted our community, the principals of free speech radio. You are a disgrace and you are fraudulent. I call for your immediate removal. What you have done is intolerable.

 


Name: RC

I have stopped my monthly donations to Pacifica  (since 1989) and will not resume donating until Arlene Engelhardt is laid off and the Morning Show restored.

 


 

Name: B.C.

I cannot support your station until democracy is restored and you stop attacking the workers.

 


 

Name: Nancy Arvold

I’ve been a listener and donator since 1960, and am fearful about what is happening to my anchor for intelligent news, analysis, etc., KPFA.

I don’t even know who to go to to complain about Andrew what’s his name, the new station manager. He obviously knows nothing about either the listeners nor the Bay Area’s needs for KPFA coverage. He is condescending, insulting to listeners, and tells lies and skews this conflict. Since he “owns” the airwaves, he can say anything he wants. I woke up to listen to Mary Berg’s lovely Sunday music, anticipating the usual 9AM morning show, only to hear Andrew introduce Robert Bly is such pablum-y terms I turned of the radio. I might as well be listening to NPR. He and the national board, for whom he is obviously a front man, must be stopped.

 


 

Name: Patty

It seems every time I listen I am disappointed either by the quality of the hosts of the morning mix or by the advertisement for Trader Joe’s?! last week or the guest host on Living room Thurs the 16th. Please pass my message on to the station manager, or let me know to whom I should direct this comment. Thanks for continuing the fight for the Morning Show & for the integrity & quality listeners want from KPFA. Please let me know what I can do to help. I am signing up for Action Alerts! ¡Que viva KPFA!

 


 

Name: John

I’m a long time contributor to KPFA.  I gave $250 during the last drive.  I withheld contributions during the fall and winter drives as a response to the demise of the Morning Show.  I contributed this last drive because of the economic crisis.

The heavy hand of Pacifica greatly devalued KPFA to me.  The Morning Show carried on the tradition that Andrea Lewis and Larry Bensky established.  Brian, Aimee, Andrea and Larry while clearly holding a progressive view point never pandered or went soft on our own progressive allies.  A very high level of journalistic integrity is essential.  When I talk to others about things I have heard on KPFA ,  I want to know that I am not expressing half truths or spin.  GET THINGS RIGHT OR NO MORE MONEY. Rehire Aimee  and bring back the Morning Show.

 


 

Name: BR

I continue to be disappointed in the absence of any local news in the morning since you took away the morning show.  I listened to Andrew Phillips on air but I heard no good explanation for the deep rift at KPFA or the truth about the loss of the Morning Show.  Until you program professional journalists from 8-9 am with local news and interviews I will turn my dial to another station. It seems clear that management doesn’t respond to the listeners who pay your salaries.

 


 

Name: Maret Shura

Okay kids, I’ve had quite enough of this madness. As a listener-supporter (at one point I donated $1000 to KPFA, and through it all have managed to continue to fund the station as best I can (I have also spent many years volunteering my time staffing the phones during pledge drives, and helping the Subscriptions Dep’t. by packaging and mailing off premiums). Now I have had it with you all and your so-called management practices.

What on earth are you thinking in wasting the valuable time from 7-9AM by putting on fluff in lieu of our beloved, trusted Morning Show? I have been tuned virtually exclusively to Pacifica via KPFA since 1983 and have long counted on The Morning Show throughout its various incarnations, beginning with Kris and Philip (with Chuey Varella and Denny Smithson!).

Now you’ve gone and ruined the morning with your lame line-up of mostly inferior hosts, and no, I will not just sit by and give them a chance to improve in time… Having come up with this hair-brained scheme as an ostensible money-saver, you have officially alienated me along with untold thousands of other long-time supporters. Your behavior vis a vis the union is reprehensible and you will be held to account for your hand in destroying one of the most precious and valued programs on KPFA; one with the most intensely loyal audiences to be sure. The team of Allison/Edwards-Tiekert had finely honed their relationships with the listeners, one another, and those on their remarkable Rolodex.

Guests were honored to be interviewed by two such well-informed and professional hosts. I remember all those who responded “What a great question!” during their appearances on The Morning Show, and the transition from Kris and Philip was finally complete—the show was at last in good hands again. Hallelujah! Then you come along and do your dirty deed. To what end, I wonder. It’s clearly about much more than finances! Come clean, negotiate with the union and staff, admit your monumental miscalculation every step of the way, and find yourselves some other jobs where you can be of far less harm. Shame on the lot of you… Respectfully and most sincerely, Maret Shura


Name: Francesca Rosa

I received a mailing from KPFA the other day asking me to pay my pledge. Since I made that pledge specifically in honor of the Morning Show as it was previously constituted, I will give no more money to the morning show until the previous staff — on air/engineer and producer –are offered all their jobs back, and Pacifica begins to negotiate in good faith with the CWA 9415.

I no longer listen to KPFA at all during the morning show slot, but I am very concerned to hear that unpaid volunteers–essentially scabs however well meaning they may be–have replaced the paid union staff. As a union member I find this appalling.
You have truly lost your way.

Francesca Rosa
member delegate San Francisco Labor Council (for ID purposes only)
member SEIU 1021 (for ID purposes only)


Name: Polly Boissevain

Dear Ms. Englehardt -

I am writing you once again to appeal to you to re-instate the original Morning Show and its staff. I can only listen to the new show on Friday mornings. For the last two Fridays, I dutifully tried to get on board, but both times I was fleeing to NPR in less than 10 minutes.

There is no doubt that there is good volunteer programming on KPFA. I listen to a lot of it. But the new all-volunteer replacement is such a pale comparison. I know that the volunteers are doing their best. But in-depth hard-hitting interviews require the depth and the expertise and the TIME that paid staff can devote to the necessary programming. I do not listen to KPFA to get breezy puff pieces on the local amenities such as the Berkeley Tool Lending Library. I think the Tool Library is a great resource. I have used it myself in the past. But that is NOT why I listen to KPFA.

I’m still amazed at the move to take off the most popular show with the extremely talented Amy Allison and Brian Edwards-Teikert. Both are skillful interviewers, who know how to put together insightful, thought-provoking, provocative and interesting programming. I loved the variety, the in-depth interviews, the local pieces exploring Oakland, the labor reporting. I didn’t always agree with everything I heard, but that is why I listened. I knew that it would be stimulating and interesting stuff.

I donated 250% of my usual fund drive amount in the KPFA Emergency Fund Drive. I have also made a commitment of that same amount for the pledge fund to bring back the Morning Show. Last I heard, that pledge fund was over $50,000, an amount that would carry the program through much of the year. I love my KPFA. But I want you to know that my increased support at this time is made in spite of the moves that you have made, not in support of it.

Once again, I’m appealing to you to bring back some of the best programming that KPFA has had. Contrary to popular opinion, Morning Show hosts are not fungible parts to be exchanged at will. We had two of the best, and now we are left with ‘switch the dial to NPR please’.


Name: JM

Thank you, “Kpfa Worker,” for keeping us informed.

I am in complete agreement with Bob Baldock and countless others who have written to demand the return of our excellent Morning Show team. (I have registered my own complaints.)

It is painful to listen to what is substituting for the Morning Show now and I usually can’t bring myself to tune in anymore which is a tragic loss.

This can’t be allowed to continue!! Keep up the good work!


Name: HM

Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt needs to adopt the proposals from KPFA’s union to reduce layoffs, and explore more alternatives in good faith. Bring back the Morning Show and all its programmers, paid and unpaid! In addition, you should resign for causing so much trouble and causing KPFA to spend so much energy defending itself.


Name: Barbara

Message: How long will KPFA listeners have to slog through disruptive morning programming? When will you end the torture?

I no longer tune into the station out of habit as I used to when my listening began at 6A for “Democracy Now”, continued through the 7 – 9A Morning Show and sometimes to a full or partial repeat of, “Democracy Now.” As my schedule permitted, I would also listen to “Music of the World.” Then, I’d be off and running, with my day off to a good start. I often listened at intervals throughout the day and evening.

But, since Ms. Arlene and the Pacifica Board chose to underestimate the intelligence of their listeners, and overestimate listener response to such insensitive, incompetent programming and staffing decisions, my listening pattern has lost its consistency. It’s haphazard. The only program I’m still listening to with any degree of regularity is, “Democracy Now” and not every day as I used to do.

You are on target to ruin the station completely. The decline in finances will follow. I love KPFA. But, I can’t stand the outcome of your arbitrary decisions. The situation is discouraging. I am unable to determine how you expect to restore listener confidence under the present circumstances. You are not giving the listeners what they want, what they’ve requested. Please don’t make the mistake of underestimating the power of the listeners. Peace.


Name: BR

Arlene,

As a KPFA supporter I am disgusted and not “real happy” with your actions. There are better alternatives and your attitude towards Bay Area listeners is arrogant and uninformed. You have dumbed down what was once a program worth my time. There is no reason I would listen to Democracy Now at 7am. I hope someone at Pacifica cares about KPFA and the employees who deserve fair practices.


Name: BW

This decades-long supporter of KPFA requests you to work with the union for a solution that accords with the contract. Bring back the REAL morning show and all its programmers.


Name: RG

The new Morning show is an insult to all the avid KPFA listeners…. Even though they seem to be trying the show is a failure. The topics are boring and amateurish. We turn it off after Democracy Now is over. No one is listening. Very disappointed and wish they would bring back The Real Morning show — it was fantastic!!!! Please Please reconsider. we do not want to see KPFA go down the tubes..


Name: CC

The new 8-9am show is awful…just listened and TURNED OFF the program…BRING BACK BRIAN AND AIMEE, I want full time news oriented staff broadcasting during the morning hours. Put Amy Goodman back at 6 am and put Al Jazeera on the night before, on THE DAY IT IS broadcast, not stale the next day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: GFW

As a long time listener and supporter, I am extremely discouraged by the actions of Arlene Engelbert and the Pacifica Board in laying off the Morning Show team…. Your decision to hire the corporate management law firm Folger Levin is another example of being out of touch with the strong listener base of KPFA’s extremely well done Morning Show. I am continuing to support KPFA in a limited manner–because I believe in this important concept. I will send a larger donation when the Morning Show hosts are reinstated. Thank you, gfw


Name: BR

When will you STOP the madness? The current Morning Show programming is pitiful, vacuous, painful, limited in scope and substance. I like Al Jazeera. But, it should be a complement not a substitute. The only thing that makes sense is that you’ve continued “Democracy Now.” But, it too, is a complement, not a substitute for the regular Morning Show with Aimee Allison and all the staff regulars. Please bring them back before the entire Morning Show is scuttled, abandonned by the loyal, long listening and now, long suffering audience. The whole situation resembles more of a vendetta, than logical, well thought out, programming decisions. Definitely not in the interest of local or worldwide listeners and supporters. Okay, Arlene, time to smell the coffee.


Name: JW

Bring back the Morning Show and its regular staff! I am a decades long listener and supporter. Kpfa is desperately vital to many of us this part of the central valley. The new format is disappointing as well as insulting in spite of well meaning volunteers. I cannot but conclude that senior Pacifica management should seek other employment more suitable to their skills. Continued contributions will only be made with much aforethought.


Name: Barb

Morning Show. Morning Show. Where for art thou Morning show – Amy Allison and the regulars? We have not forgotten you. We want you back. The substitute format has neither the range nor substance nor the level of congeniality or dynamism to satisfy. What we have now is a “Johnny One-Note” programming format. What we have is, a daily hodge-podge or programming, masquerading as thoughtful, provocative, reel not real Morning Show programming. STOP the madness! Please. Blessings and Peace

PS. Ms. Arlene and the Pacifica Board – You are cuttin’ off your nose to spite your face. Obviously, you can’t hear and feel what the listeners hear and feel. But, you could try. You’ve forgotten KPFA is not YOUR radio show. It belongs to the listeners. The listeners giveth and the listeners can taketh away. Blessed be this power, the power of KPFA. You survive and thrive only on listener participation. Believe it!


Name: BK

Rotating hosts as a substitute for the Morning Show. You must be kidding! I cannot stand it. Each morning I pledge not to listen and each morning I do, hoping I hear those familiar voices, those great interviews and insightful commentary. The present situation is nothing less than punishment for those still listening. I will be weaning myself. I don’t understand why the executive director and the pacifica board have not been responsive, especially when you’re depending on all of us to continue our financial support. Are you trying to close the station after 61 years.? Put the padlock on the door? You’re on the way!!


Name: B

This idea of yours to cut the morning show and replace it with volunteers is a big failure. We understand you got rid of Edwards-Tierkert and Allison for political reasons. By cutting the biggest fundraising program you are cutting your own throat here. It’s not very likely there will ever be any kind of loyal listener base, not the way there was with Aimee and Brian, who came into our homes every morning and were as essential as our morning tea.

You’ve also done a horrible thing by cutting David Bacon’s show. This was probably the only labor show anywhere on the dial. Oakland Scene is sorely missed as well. Having shows piped in from KPFK was a really stupid idea, and frankly, none of the changes you have made are going over well with KPFA listeners.

We want our Morning Show back!!!!!

Why don’t you take a pay cut to your overblown salary, instead of firing the people who actually do the work we are paying to hear? I guarantee you, we are not paying any subscriptions because we want you to make all that money! You’re disgusting.


Name: CG

Bring back Aimee Allison and the two hour morning show. Her conversations with diverse people kept me informed about the local perspective on the national and world news. You have “replaced” her with young, inexperienced people who sound canned and out of their depth. Also, replacing paid staff with “volunteers” is union busting at its worst, so now I don’t listen to your one hour so called “replacement” morning show.

Your action insults those of us who have given regularly to fund drives, lo these many years. I remember back to Mama OShea, Chui, etc, as well as Andrea Lewis and Philip Maldari. I also miss the labor report, Jennifer Stone, and Reina Cowan, just to mention a few of the regulars….At the recent fund drive, and at the last minute, I decided to give some money to keep the station on the air, even though I was reluctant because of this issue. Please fix the problem, or I cannot in good conscience continue to support the station financially.


Name: Barbara

Pacifica! Pacifica! Where for art thou, Pacifica? You are on the way to ruining the best radio station in your corporation, your flag ship, KPFA. STOP the madness! Get the Morning Show back on the schedule. It’s disconcerting not to have it lead off the daily program schedule. As a result of your precipitous action, there are voices, viewpoints from around the world that have gone missing. The programming is on the way to being a hodge podge. It’s frightful. It’s disruptive. Technical systems are not always operating smoothly. You can hear the distress in the voices of your anchor people and those providing between program transitions. What’s the real, not reel purpose of operating like this? What have you accomplished?

I used to wake up to Democracy Now at 6A and keep listening through 2 hrs of the Morning Show and all was right with the world. I can’t deal with the mess Ms. Arlene and the Pacifica Board has created. Listeners and staff are hanging on day-to-day by their fingernails hoping for restoration to normalcy. Why are we all, listeners and radio station staff living/working under these conditions?

What the listeners are experiencing and suffering from is your incompetence, your unfairness, your lack of judgment and your failure to realize the impact of such a precipitous decision about the Morning Show, the shabby, heavy handed manner which you are relating to all the KPFA staff and your apparent indifference to the listeners, your financial supporters.

Based on this recent demonstration of gross incompetence on the part of the Pacifica Board and the executive director, you need to fire yourselves. Ms. Arlene deserves her very own specially designed pink slip. STOP the madness, Puleez. You can redeem yourselves somewhat by adopting the proposals from KPFA’s union. This conflict situation has gone on long enough. End it! End it fairly, equitably, honorably, responsibly and in a just manner. Peace.


Name: KP

Dear Pacifica,

We need the Morning Show back on KPFA. It is profoundly disrespectful to KPFA’s audience to broadcast programming from Los Angeles in the Morning Show slot, because it is a constant reminder that LA still has local programming and the San Francisco Bay Area does not…. The whole thing has a jerky, thrown-together, very unprofessional feel. It’s bad radio, and if it continues, you will lose more listeners.

Brian Edwards-Tiekert and Aimee Allison are excellent hosts, and their voices are greatly missed. We need them back.


Name: DS

I am a supporter of the morning show and particularly of David Bacon’s show on labor. It’s the only place I get to hear the skinny on labor in the Bay Area. It’s especially important to me because I am a nurse and a union member. Through his show I get up to the minute information on health related labor disputes in my area. Please put the morning show/David Bacon’s show back on the air. Many thanks.


Name: SM

Once again management has failed to consult listeners about key programming changes. Yes I support hearing Al Jazeera on KPFA but now I can’t hear Democracy Now as a crucial beginning to my day. Furthermore, why not air the morning edition of Al Jazeera instead of the news from the night before.

On another note–did you find lower contributions to the fund drive during the morning? Could it perhaps have been the infuriating sound of the Ex. Director’s voice or the loss of some of the best fund raisers–namely Brian and Amy from the Morning Show? Will you continue to endanger the station with your high handed tactics or will you sit down at the bargaining table like proper managers?


Name: DB

Arlene Engelhardt, Pacifica Radio: You may as well pull the plug on KPFA turn out the lights, and lock the doors. The station will no longer be worth listening to. I can see it now only more talking heads, with NO real news, No truths, No in depth journalism, just more propaganda, and lies. I will NEVER as of this moment trust you or Pacifica Radio. You are liers, thieves, with no real commitment to this country we live in. I enjoyed KPFA prior to your destruction of the station, and I can NOT support Pacifica Radio, with donations, and they were large, or anything else. I can no longer speak lovingly of your station!


Name: MB

As a concerned listener and member of KPFA, I urge you to please consider and hopefully adopt the proposals set forth by KPFA’s union concerning layoffs and program policies.


Name: BT

I live and work here in Fresno and I sorely miss the Morning Show and David Bacon. I understand that Pacifica and KPFA are under severe financial strain, thus I strongly urge you to adopt the proposals from KPFA’s union to reduce layoffs, and explore more alternatives in good faith. Bring back the Morning Show and all its programmers, paid and unpaid! Thanks for your consideration.

BT, a steady listener and supporter since the early 1990s and a regular listener while I was at Cal in Berkeley.


Name: HT

Under normal circumstances Ms. Engelhardt, I would have donated during the last pledge, but I am so angry with your union busting stance which is so contrary to the ethics “you” should espouse in representing KPFA / PACIFICA that I did NOT and will NOT until the Morning Show with it’s talented hosts is RESTORED. I am shocked that you do not realize “a show” is not just the topics presented..it is the talent, dexterity in questioning and personality of the hosts that make something SOAR from the mundane to EXCELLENCE. How is it possible that YOU /PACIFICA has forgotten Amy Goodman’s exile from WBAI and how she alone built that show into a product “you” had to pay dearly for. Reverse yourself now before you really live to regret this obviously political decision. Returning Allison and Edwards-Tiechert is in the best interests of KPFA.


Name: Avilee Goodwin

Dear Arlene Engelhardt and Pacifica Board:

When I first heard the “new morning show,” I thought the hosts were from KPFA’s youth intern program! I appreciate that the volunteers are probably doing the best they know how, but they are certainly no replacement for seasoned, professional interviewers.

This move toward volunteer hosts certainly bears out the suspicions of those who felt all along that firing the morning show staff was the first step towards an all-volunteer station. If there are those on the board who think that professional, paid staff are not necessary for a radio station, you are wrong! If you think that KPFA listeners can’t tell the difference between professional and amateur programming, you are wrong! If you think we are going to listen to this “amateur hour” you’ve put in place of the previously excellent morning show, you are very wrong — we are not that stupid, we can tell bad radio when we hear it!


Name: WJN

I’ve always listened to KPFA because I liked the progressive opinions expressed there. I do not understand how a radio network that purports to be progressive can engage in tactics that look this much like pure union-busting. I’ve listened to Ms. Engelhart speak about the financial troubles the station, and the network are in, but I have heard nothing specific, and certainly nothing that could justify making the unilateral decision to cut a popular show, instead of working with the staff union. As far as I am concerned, the current all-volunteer “morning show” is crossing a picket line, and I will not listen.


Name: Edwin Alvarez

This new morning lineup is terrible. Arlene, how can you cite financial difficulty for eliminating the Morning Show when it more than paid for itself and KPFA came to you with a sustainable budget to move forward without drastic cuts and then cancel fund drives and spend thousands of dollars on a law firm to fight the will of the station and its listeners, who you are supposed to represent, thereby eliminating any supposed savings attained by canceling the show? That is terrible management that can only lead to further hurt the station and I cannot wait until someone capable and in tune with listeners takes your place.


Name: MV

Well, well. Another coup attempt at our local station, and the Pacifica network.

The AJ program is rather annoying, especially the music and background noise. Very BBC-like, if somewhat more open-minded. I could live without it, frankly, or access it online.

I’d prefer Democracy Now in it’s old time slot and, of course, the return of our Morning Show.

Thanks for your work.


Name: B

What a way for KPFA to enter the New Year – in a mess, apparently being misled every which way by Ms. Arlene and the Pacifica Board. Haven’t you all had enough of playtime? Let’s get back to the serious business of community programming at the station, beginning with the Morning Show. My listenership has fallen more than 50%. The broadcast day gets off to such an awkward, disjointed start, I just can’t listen to it anymore. I enjoy Al Jazeera. But, it can stand on its own, not as a substitute for the regular Morning Show, but as a complement. Who are these rotating hosts? If I were you, I would bring the Morning Show back with Aimee Allison and the other regular staff. Please bring the Morning Show back before you lose so many listeners, so many financial supporters, that the radio station simply can’t operate.

Are you trying to ruin the station, with its 60+ years of listener support, all the good will and informative, innovative programming? Dedicated staff, paid and unpaid? Is that your objective? Are you not moved, touched and inspired by the ongoing feedback and protest of your listeners? Your mask is off! We see you as an operating officer and board who put your interests so far above the listeners and the staff, it’s hard to see how you could ever regain the respect, the trust most of us had for you.


Name: JL

When I voted in the recent station elections I thought I was supporting a locally controlled station: now it appears that KPFA is actually just another outlet for Pacifica. Whatever happened to local control? As for the programming, I liked what we had, don’t much care for the substitutes…


Name: BM

I continue to miss the Morning Show. The volunteer programming is not as good. It isn’t fair to take resources from KPFA to maintain the less supported stations and to fund high living for the Pacifica staff and board. I’m sure you are laughing at the use of “high living,” I am referring to your national board meetings where members are flown about the country, put up in expensive hotels, and meet in commercial venues.

I don’t turn over my money to KPFA for these purposes. I donate to support the excellent local programming like we had with The Morning Show.


Name: CH

Dear Arleen Englehardt and the Pacifica Board,

This morning I wrote a $100 check to KPFA but almost thought better of it. I had pledged $100 earlier this month in response to urgent appeals (and also because the station happened to air Congressman Conyer’s hearings on Wikileaks). Having supported the station for some 40 years, I treasure its programming and have always found it essential to tune it at the beginning of my day. Alas, after listening to the morning program over the last couple of weeks, I could barely bring myself to donate. The morning volunteers are well meaning, but they are no match for the professionalism of Aimee Allison and Brian Edwards-Tiekert. Firing Aimee, Brian and their team was a crime. Democracy Now was fine in its earlier time slot. The crucial hours of 7:00 – 9:00 AM should cover a rich mix of local, state, and human interest issues as well as national and international topics. Aimee and Brian’s excellent interviews provided this. Please bring them back! I also urge you to work with KPFA’s union on proposals to reduce layoffs and develop a sustainable budget.


Name: FG

As a KPFK supporter and full-time UCLA worker, I am more sensitive to rank-and-file issues than many; obviously, I’m more in tune with workers at KPFA than is the Pacifica Board. It is not in line with Lew Hill’s mission for the Pacific Board to be top-down. Your approach to Solidarity is supposed to be different than Walmart’s.


Name: BP

I stand w/ David Bacon and support working with the union in good faith to work out a resolution that does not involve layoffs. I’m on the fence about whether to donate this year and layoffs would not encourage me to donate more.


Name: JH

Dear Arlene et al.,

Please bring back the kpfa Morning Show. Please let’s mend this rift. The Morning Show was a beacon in so many of our lives. It’s a priceless show.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way with regard to generating the funds to support that show.

I don’t tune in anymore at that time slot nor save the podcast. The show from LA is ok but no substitute for a local show of incredible quality, sine qua non. The Morning show was more than a radio show; it was a valued part of the wider Bay Area community.

Please do the right thing. Please rise above all the conflict and reverse your most regrettable decision. I’m not above BEGGING you. Do the right thing. Reversing what you/others have done and reinstating the Morning Show would be, in my eyes (and others) your finest hour, truly your finest. Please, pretty pretty please.

Sincerely,
a listener/supporter of 35 years


Name: VL

Dear KPFA and Ms. Englehart,

I sent my contribution to KPFA this year especially because I was so moved by Brian Edwards Techert and the Morning Show. I appreciate many KPFA programs and I was very moved by Brian’s energy, insight, style, quick wit and obvious passion. The Morning Show is an essential part of KPFA programing because it reflects our local community which is the ground for linking us into national and international perspectives. The local community needs it’s voices reflected otherwise it can feel like another more distant and remote voice or at worse, more impersonal canned programing.

Hearing LA local news can never replace our local concerns. Al Jazerah may be a good addition but cannot replace our community issues and local people. Please listen to the local paid and unpaid staff who have gone through many struggles to keep KPFA alive for many years through many adversities. It did not make sense to cut the Morning Show which brings in more revenue than the other programs and supports other programs.

Please listen to the suggestions which staff have offered to help the budget problems. I’m sure KPFA staff spent much time and used much experience and wisdom in making their recommendations. There may be many opinions but please trust that the staff want to preserve this important community resource. Please support KPFA in preserving it as the great treasure that it is to this community. I attended university yet in listening to KPFA I realized the great poverty of my privileged education. I wish schools would use KPFA as the model for educating our country’s citizens. Please honor the great sacrifices so many people have made by dedicating their lives to continue this project. It is irreplaceable.


Name: DH

Pacifica Board — I urge you to adopt the union’s proposals to deal with the current crisis. It behooves you to bargain in good faith with your union.


Name: Oakland listener

To: Pacifica’s board and Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt
RE: Please, adopt the proposals from KPFA’s union to reduce layoffs, and explore more alternatives in good faith. Bring back the Morning Show and all its programmers, paid and unpaid!


Name: SS

Just-announced replacement Morning Show unacceptable! Arlene Engelhardt off the air! Bring back the Morning Show now! I listened when KPFA workers said please give money right now, during emergency fund drive, despite problems – but it is totally unacceptable to be using my support for this kind of non-democratic change. Bring Amy and Brian and others back right now.


Name: JH

It is a sad day when the management of a progressive organization violates union contracts and fails to dialogue in good faith with its workers. I have contributed generously to KPFA for almost 50 years, but will not contribute again until you recognize and abide by workers’ legitimate hard earned rights (I have pledged a contribution when the original morning show is put back on the air – it was always the most important program for me. One ultimately saves face by being fair and just.


From Raj Patel, author of The Value of Nothing and Stuffed and Starved

I write, like so many listeners of the Morning Show, Against the Grain, and the Evening News, in horror at the recent revelations of a hit list drawn up by Tracy Rosenberg, Joe Wanzala, and Shahram Aghamir against these shows. These shows are among the handful that keep KPFA as required listening, as evinced by their fundraising clout. That the best of KPFA shows should be targeted for cuts raises questions over the board’s skills at simple arithmetic. More important, however, is the threat that the Pacifica board is prepared to breach its contract with the Communications Workers of America Local 9415. We, listeners and supporters of KPFA, demand a higher standard of conduct and integrity than this.


From Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Native American historian

I understand that members of the Pacifica National Board have proposed political purges of KPFA staff, targeting KPFA’s Morning Show, Against the Grain, and the News. This would be a grave error, as these are the most intelligent and popular programs produced by KPFA staffers. Also, it is imperative that Pacifica honor KPFA’s contract with its unionized workers.


From Aura Bogado, former anchor, Free Speech Radio News

I am writing to you as a former staffer from KPFK and FSRN. Over my years at Pacifica, I had the pleasure of working on news that was relevant to our listeners — from daily headlines to political conventions. I loved my job, but sometimes feared the multiple threats that come with Pacifica territory. Since my departure, I’ve moved to freelance, and have also returned to school at Yale University.

It is my understanding that several KPFA programmers (Aimee Allison, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Laura Prives, Sasha Lilley, John Hamilton, Christopher Martinez, Max Pringle and Rose Ketabchi) are now subject to termination. By what might appear to be sheer coincidence, each of these programmers signed a statement stating their convictions about the board’s actions. For the board to even create the semblance of political retaliation is absurd at best and unethical at worst. I have worked to one degree or another with each and every single one of these people in the past, and can stand by their work. I worked with Rose Ketabchi in particular over several years, and can vouch for her professionalism and dedication. Targeting the broadcasts these programmers work on demonstrates poor fiscal judgement, since they all do an incredible job of fundraising; the Morning Show specifically is KPFA’s prime source of cash.

KPFA management, which is responsible managing personnel issues, has signed a contract with these workers through their union, and as such, has a responsibility to honor that contract. For the board to ignore that agreement and circumvent the management’s duty would be shameful. It is time the board honor the values they so constantly peddle and do the right thing: do not persecute these programmers. They are no less than the station’s backbone.

Sincerely,
Aura Bogado


From Silvia Federici, professor emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University, Midnight Notes Collective

I join the many listeners’ of KPFA who are appalled by your decision to lay off, in a totally arbitrary manner, clearly intended as a purge, staff workers who have contributed to some of the best, most listened to programs of the station. I urge you honor the KPFA contract, reverse your decision, and spare Pacifica from a shameful act that will hurt the radical movements in this country.


From YCD, listener-sponsor and CWA member

I am a KPFA member and highly value and listen to daily the Morning Show, Against the Grain and the Evening News. Those are of the highest quality shows on KPFA, and the staff on those shows is excellent and should not be laid off or fired, period. I am also a fellow member of the Communications Workers of America Local 9415 and object strongly to this illegal violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Unionbusting and political purges should not be what the Pacifica Board is engaged in.


AW, listener-sponsor
I am appalled at the actions of Rosenberg, Wanzala and Aghamir. I have given thousands of dollars over the years to KPFA. My favorite programs are Against the Grain, Flash Points, Hard Knock Radio, the Morning show and the 6:00 p.m. Evening News hour. How dare board members get wrapped up with deciding what programming to eliminate! I’m on the boards of several non-profits in Oakland and as board members we’re specifically not to interfere in these types of decisions. We hire the executive person who then makes those decisions. As an attorney, I also believe that the station and Pacifica can be sued for violating these rules, based on both California and Federal statutes.

If Pacifica’s leadership allows these changes to be enforced, myself and many others will desist from ever giving another cent to KPFA/Pacifica. I request that you cease and desist with these cuts to staff and programming and honor KPFA’s union contract.


From Pat Wynne, listener-sponsor
There is something wrong with this process. It sounds like a purge. For what reason? There is a union contract that must be adhered to. What is going on? Sounds like there are a lot of very insecure people who feel they are losing control. Perhaps a therapist would be more appropriate than a purge. If this sort of thing goes through, I, a long time subscriber, will consider not rejoining KPFA. I will not be alone. There is a process to follow and this one is not it. I feel shame for Pacifica in terms of this behavior.


Alex Silverman, listener-sponsor

I demand that these KPFA staff and programming cuts not take place and to insist that Pacifica honor KPFA’s union contract. I am a long-time listener and [when I can afford it] subscriber, I grew upon on WBAI and now ABSOLUTELY rely on KPFA to help me keep my sanity in these extremely troubled times, and I especially value to work and reportage of many of those slated to be ‘cut’, therefore I protest.

Please do NOT precipitate ANOTHER CRISIS!!!


AF, listener-sponsor
I am a longtime listener and supporter of KPFA/Pacifica (KPFK in the 1980s, WBAI in the 90s, and KPFA since 1999). I am distressed–indeed horrified–to hear of the planned political purges of KPFA staff. The Morning Show, Against the Grain, and the Evening News are–along with Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now!–by far the shows that do the most to inform KPFA listeners. Their in-depth reporting and professionally researched interviews are irreplaceable–they provide invaluable service in terms of letting us know what is going on AND giving us something to think about. Instead of attempting to cut these shows (whether in length or in their entirety), you should be trying to replicate them. It is imperative that you honor KPFA’s contract with its unionized workers. Keep Sasha Lilley, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Aimee Allison and other paid union staffers on the air!


CM, listener-sponsor
Stop the cuts to KPFA!!! Honor their union contract. Do not cut the staff, do not cut the news shows. We need them.


Richard Wolinsky, KPFA Unpaid Staff, Host, Cover to Cover/Bookwaves
This proposal by the three KPFA Local Board members, elected in a fraudulent ballot, to purge their enemies and contravene Pacifica bylaws, is an outrage. I have been on the KPFA paid and unpaid staffs now for over thirty years, and to find people attempting to destroy the station yet again pains me no end.

Please ignore their request and understand the the only people they represent are the very part-time members of a handful of collectives who are barely heard on KPFA.

This is the equal of the events of 1999, when a small clique tried to take over Pacifica and failed. There is no difference.

When I get on the air to fund-raise, I always mention the Morning Show and the KPFA Evening News. Removing these two programs from the station would make all my words lies. This will decimate community radio in the Bay Area and will be ultimately, a tragedy.


JS, listener-sponsor

I am writing to ask that you NOT destroy KPFA. Please do not unethically purge the great people and staff who make the station the treasure it is. Please do not make ridiculous, selfish and spiteful programming cuts. Honor KPFA’s union contract. KPFA is one of the only real radio stations left in this country. It would be nice if I wouldn’t have to fill out one of these damned forms, petitions or letters every other year just because Pacifica has ulterior motives and wants to see the station destroyed. Also, while you are at it, why not pay KPFA back the million + dollars you borrowed from them, plus interest.


Adrienne Hurley, East Asian Studies and Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, Montreal
I am a long-time Pacifica listener/subscriber (10 years to KPFK and now 8 years to KPFA, of which I am still a member even though I now live in Montreal). I am writing out of deep concern for the future of the program I listen to most regularly and use in my classes, Against the Grain. Sasha Lilley and C.S. Soong regularly conduct in-depth interviews with leading scholars, researchers, activists, and public intellectuals that contribute both to popular and academic knowledge. This program serves a unique and important role in making important ideas accessible and available to a broad audience. I routinely use these interviews in my teaching at McGill University, often because Against the Grain offers the only source of discussion about ground-breaking ideas and texts. For example, Against the Grain interviews with Dylan Rodriguez, Ruth Gilmore, Andrej Grubacic, Slavoj Zizek, Vijay Prashad, and Julie Otsuka are essential to courses I am currently teaching. Many of my colleagues at various North American universities rely on Against the Grain programs not only to supplement assigned readings, but as primary course content. Although the content is always important and never “dumbed-down,” the programs are also remarkably accessible. The program succeeds in this way because Lilley and Soong are remarkably intellectually flexible, informed, and quick on their feet. They are meticulously prepared for each program with questions that often inspire authors, activists, and intellectuals to develop, expand, and elaborate their ideas in new directions. Lilley and Soong are thus making a substantive contribution to the global Left/progressive/radical community that simultaneously reaches the general public and further academic inquiry.

I recently learned that Against the Grain, as well as the News and Morning Show at KPFA are being considered for cuts and lay-offs. I would certainly miss the Morning Show and Evening News, which I listen to regularly in part to keep up with local Bay Area news while I’m living in Canada. Cuts to Against the Grain or the loss of Lilley or Soong would be devastating to my students, many colleagues, my family, my friends, and me. I could no longer contribute to Pacifica in good faith if its most important program was sacrificed.


Dr. Robin Balliger, San Francisco Art Institute
Stop the attempted layoffs of these important KPFA workers and their programs!! The issues raised on these shows are crucial for addressing contemporary debate on a number of subjects in the public sphere — now more than ever!


Summer Brenner, author Richmond Tales
As a longtime KPFA member as well as Bay Area award-winning writer and frequent guest on various KPFA shows, I am shocked to hear that the board is making plans to break a union contract — and fire some of its brightest and most popular staff!

PLEASE honor hard-working and paid staff so that KPFA can continue to produce its best local programming, such as The Morning Show, Against the Grain, and the hour-long news.


Lori Zook, listener-sponsor, Oakland
As an Oakland resident, long-time listener and supporter of KPFA, I’m writing to urge you to not make cuts to the Morning Show, Against the Grain, and the Evening News. These shows are a major part of the reason that the station is distinguishable from our local NPR stations, and cutting them would have a serious affect on your listenership and member support. I’m also very disturbed to hear that plans are in the works to purge staff members that have expressed disagreement with some of your views…..this action flies in the face of what KPFA does and should represent within our community and our region.

Please reconsider.


WH, listener-sponsor, Oakland
I do not support board members making political purges of KPFA staff members Aimee Allison, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, and Laura Prives of the Morning Show; Sasha Lilley of Against the Grain; News Anchor John Hamilton, reporters, Christopher Martinez and Max Pringle, and News Engineer Rose Ketabchi. It is imperative Pacifica honor KPFA’s contract with its unionized workers.


BH, listener-sponsor
Excuse me for interrupting this program but I have heard that key members of the KPFA radio staff are slated to be fired, with consequences on the stations great programs, the Morning Show, Against the Grain, and the News. This is nuts! Please do not destroy exactly what we like at KPFA! There are only a few radio stations in the country producing such interesting programs, all of them receive national attention and KPFA is at the forefront. Do not fire the central members of the radio team or shorten its key programs, because otherwise support for the station and for Pacifica will surely plummet.


SJ, listener-sponsor
The Morning Show is invaluable for my continued support of KPFA. Likewise, Against The Grain, and The Evening News. I rely on these three programs daily. Their reduced time and staff will have an impact on my quarter century of $$$ support for KPFA.


Pamela Drake, KPFA Local Station Board Listener Representative
It is outrageous that you are considering purging the broadcasters that are the most listened to on our station. These shows and their producers and on air staff are the signature voices of our local station.

KPFA is the original station of this network, and we support our broadcasters which in turn supports the bureaucracy in DC. KPFA will lose most of its listener support if you should pursue this action. Please don’t kill our station.


LT, listener-sponsor
I urge you to reconsider your proposed actions against members of the KPFA staff and the wonderful Morning Show and the Evening News. These are vital programs that we in the community rely upon. It is also important to me that you not interfere in the staffing of this local station, especially when political motives are present. Please honor the union contracts that are in place.

Furthermore, you are asking KPFA to make cuts. Of course, in these difficult times that in itself is understandable. But it is my understanding that the Pacifica entity actually owes KPFA money. It would be preferable, if you were trying to work things out in a fair manner, that those debts would mitigate against staff cuts, especially when imposed from the top.

Our KPFA community is in the midst of an election. Surely, this proposed action comes at a rather suspicious time, and it would be easy to interpret your actions as interference in the democratic process. Please reconsider, or find ways to work with KPFA, rather than against it.


JK, listener-sponsor
I am truly appalled by the behavior of current KPFA LSB members Tracy Rosenberg, Joe Wanzala, and Shahram Aghamir. They have waited until just before the KPFA election was over to make their proposal to dismantle KPFA’s programming, insuring that they would not have to defend their actions to the listeners. And they propose to implement their plan before the votes are counted.

These are the folks who stand up for listener democracy and input.

What a dangerous farce they are.

Please take no action until the votes have been counted and the views of listeners are placed on the record.


ED, Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota
There is no justification that is acceptable – morally, administratively, or legally – for purging KPFA staff. The notion that members of the board should be empowered to conduct political purges of unionized workers is horrendous, contradictory, and continues to drag the name and potential of KPFA and Pacifica through the mud. Shame on the sectarians.


MB, listener-sponsor
It is simply outrageous that anyone, let alone a candidate, indeed a slate of candidates for the LSB would attempt to purge the most popular and financially successful members of the staff because they disagree with their politics.


ET, listener-sponsor
Please do not make political purges of KPFA staff. The programs they offer (morning show, against the grain, news) are really valuable additions to my day. Please show integrity and honor KPFA’s contract with its unionized workers.


MW, listener-sponsor
Please reject the effort to fire paid staff at KPFA. The current LSB has failed to produce a budget for 2010-2011 and yet members of that board are willing — without ever informing the board or KPFA’s listeners — to propose dramatic cuts to the station’s staff. It is a cynical and reprehensible move on the part of members of the LSB. If the final budget shows there is a deficit, then a process needs to be put in place to talk about how to deal with it.


Dr. WW, listener-sponsor
I oppose board members making political purges of KPFA staff and decimating the Morning Show, Against the Grain, and the News. It is imperative Pacifica honor KPFA’s contract with its unionized workers.

Leave KPFA alone!

Pay KPFA the money loaned to Pacifica.


CR, listener-sponsor, Sonoma
I am appalled that there is an issue–or even a suggestion or discussion–among the Pacific National Board to eliminate or reduce specific KPFA staff and programming, including the Morning Show, Against the Grain, and the News. These programs and the staff involved in them are those that bring me to KPFA and the reasons that I and my spouse send monies to KPFA.

I do not support board members making political purges of KPFA staff Aimee Allison, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Laura Prives, Sasha Lilley, John Hamilton, Christopher Martinez, Max Pringle, or Rose Ketabchi, who are essential to the Morning Show, Against the Grain, and the News.


JB, listener-sponsor
It is not democratic to fire staff who don’t agree with you–it is unconscionable! Don’t you dare cut staff members; the staff is hardworking and they deserve to be paid and acknowledged. You are screwing with my favorite radio station, and this 30 year subscriber wants YOU to resign.

A very angry, concerned listener.


RP, listener-sponsors
We the Peterson Family, listener/supporters, want the Pacifica National Board know that we do not support board members making political purges of KPFA staff and decimating the Morning Show, Against the Grain, and the News. It is imperative Pacifica honor KPFA’s contract with its unionized workers. Stop this wrongheaded purge now!


Suzi Goldmacher, listener-sponsor
I have been a listener to KPFA for over 20 years. I have heard from several sources not the least being Tracy Rosenberg herself that the PNB and several of our LSB members want to get rid of some of the best shows on KPFA, like Against the Grain, Letters to Washington and they want to decrease the time of the Morning show and the News. This seems like a political purge which I find to be dishonest and despicable. Furthermore, you must honor KPFA’s labor contracts.

I do not support any of this behind the scenes shenanigans. These shows raise more money for the station than many others and are listened to by more folks that many of the other shows.


Brenda Revsen, longtime listener-sponsor
I demand that these cuts not take place and that Pacifica honor KPFA’s union contract.


RD, listener-sponsor
I am vehemently opposed to board members attempting to purge members of KPFA’s staff. How democratic is this?? It is absolutely imperative that Pacifica honor KPFA’s contract with its unionized workers.

I’ve been a KPFA listener and financial supporter for 45 years. I once gave a lump sum to the station. I’m appalled to hear some of the stories lately about the station, and Pacifica. It was ugly 10 years ago. Can we not stop this madness?


MG, listener-sponsor
I’m a paying listener/supporter. Do not fire these people: Aimee Allison, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, and Laura Prives of the Morning Show; Sasha Lilley of Against the Grain; News Anchor John Hamilton, the only two paid reporters Christopher Martinez and Max Pringle, and News Engineer Rose Ketabchi.

Board members Tracy Rosenberg, Joe Wanzala, and Shahram Aghamir should be reviewed for their heavy-handedness.


John Van Eyck, KPFA Local Station Board member
I write to protest and denounce my fellow LSB members who would use this austerity to present a hit list of their “enemy” staff and programs. This move is anti-bylaws, anti-mission, anti-process, anti-union and did I mention, lacking even a shred of common sense.


GK, listener-sponsor
Please, please, please, do not mess with KPFA’s programing or their union workers.

Sincerely, GK (faithful listener and member for over 25 years).


AM, listener-sponsor, San Francisco
As a long time member and listener of KPFA, I demand that the proposed staff and program cuts proposed by Tracy Rosenberg, Joe Wanzala, and Shahram Aghamir not take place and that Pacifica honor KPFA’s union contract.


Adam W., listener-sponsor, San Jose
I listen everyday to the morning show on my way to work and this is one of my main sources of progressive news and to me vital for having a critical understanding of world, national and local events. I’m outraged that you are planning on cutting the show and incensed that you would even consider the targeting of individual staff members for their views. This makes seriously question the integrity of those who are running Pacifica and whether I ever want to give future donations to the station — why support an organization that attacks union members and attacks those with dissenting views just like corporations and the White House.

I urge the board to stop the attacks, honor the union contract and return some sense of sanity and integrity to your organization that you are running on behalf of the community of supporters.

Respectfully, Adam W. in San Jose, CA


NJ, listener-sponsor
Why are you trying to destroy our radio station? Stop the union busting. Don’t you realize that thousands of members of kpfa have close friends with thousands of our listeners, $supporters, and potential $supporters. Do you think anything will be left of Pacifica following a civil war? Or is that your plan – destroy kpfa and other Pacifica stations?


Matt Huber, Professor of Geography, Syracuse University
This is absolutely the worst idea since the national board tried to steal the station about a decade ago. How do you think by turning KPFA into a tiny parochial outlet of bay area activism will have any effect on garnering more support locally, let alone for Pacifica as a larger much needed alternative to corporate media escapes me utterly. You will destroy this station. Please don’t do it. I really don’t know what I would do without it.

I am an avid listener of KPFA’s “Against the Grain” and find Sasha Lilley’s work, in particular, to be indispensable to the program. Her intellectual capacities and pointed lines of questioning would be very difficult to replace.

Please do not allow her to be fired.


SM, listener-sponsor
A purge of these hard working, well respected (and favorite) hosts and reporters would be intolerable. You cannot treat people this way. This is the opposite of what we, the listeners, want.


Barbara Whipperman, listener-sponsor
I am a long-time listener and supporter of KPFA. I urge you not to act on the recent “budget cutting” proposal presented to you by three KPFA LSB representatives to the Pacifica National Board. These three have acted without proper review by their fellow LSB members, and certainly without any input from the listener/supporters.

I realize that there is great heightened concern for the financial health of KPFA and the whole Pacifica network; but we have all worked very hard to establish a democratic process to democratically run our cherished radio station, and we need to use that process, even in the face of such financial difficulty, certainly not ignore it.

In a way, I am not surprised that it is so difficult to keep a firm hold on the democratic principles and processes we have drawn up to run this wonderful public communication entity that is the Pacifica network. Our world in general is filled with warring factions, and this method of humans relating to each other must appear to many to be the norm. Cooperation and collaboration do exist, but they are certainly not advertised or openly worshiped as much as they should be if we are to survive as a species. I am hopeful that KPFA and Pacifica will, with love of life, and honor for the democratic process (including honoring their union contracts) help show the world that there is a way.


MS, listener-sponsor
Over the past ten years I have donated many thousands of dollars to KPFA. I consider the station a lifeline to what really is occurring in our complex world.

I feel that the firings suggested at the station will destroy it. KPFA is as much at risk as it was back in 1999 when the staff was locked out, and there were threats of the station being sold. I was in the streets of Berkeley protesting.

I find it so hard to believe what is being proposed! The morning program presents four segments of news – political, international cultural, and importantly local, upon which I depend. Against the Grain and its political analyses are invaluable. The evening news program is as well, and it would be a travesty to cut it to thirty minutes.

What is going on? I know that KPFA has many enemies among the ruling elite. Part of me suspects that the moves proposed have originated among those who would rather KPFA be off the air (can I suggest agents provocateurs?).

I hope the three local board members who also vote on the Pacifica Board are voted out of office.

Thank you, MS, faithful listener of KPFA and financial supporter.


JH, listener-sponsor
I am very much opposed to board members making political purges of KPFA staff and decimating the Morning Show, Against the Grain, and the News. These are some of KPFA’s best and most important shows. This behavior makes KPFA a laughing stock, diminshes all the wonderful work that most paid and unpaid staff do. It is imperative that Pacifica honor KPFA’s contract with its unionized workers. Do the right thing. Best, J. (long time KPFA member and donor (when I can).


CB, listener-sponsor
I have been expecting this knowing that KPFA/Pacifica is a gold mine.

Pacifica National Board: Get your hands of KPFA. Send KPFA the money that is owed and have your attorneys talk about the rest.

We who remember takeover attempts in the past will never allow you to succeed-never.

Oh Shame on you to try to steal from us what is ours.


PC, listener-sponsor and former KPFA volunteer
I was simply astonished when I heard that the National Board is planning cuts to the three most important programs broadcasting on KPFA. Not only are they indispensable sources of information, but they provide a forum for the most radical voices to be heard in the Bay Area.

The illogic of cutting these popular programs and their staff is beyond comprehension. Are they going to be replaced by cooking and Hollywood insider programs? Or some canned national feeds?

This unfortunate proposal reeks of the same misguided mindset embodied in the Pacifica coup d’etat last decade.

I’ve been a listener and contributor to KPFA for over thirty years, and was also a volunteer. These actions are intolerable. If necessary, we will take to the streets again to wrest control of KPFA from Pacifica!


ES, listener-sponsor
We desperately need the critical news programming KPFA provides. Please desist from interfering, and honor the union contract. We have seen KPFA slide into irrelevance in the past. This is no time to repeat that experiment.


KC, listener-sponsor, Fresno
I strongly urge the Pacifica National Board to stop the purge of unionized workers at KPFA. Such political actions militate against the very concept of free speech radio. The KPFA Morning Show and Against the Grain are the main reasons I listen to the station. I will cease all contributions and stop listening if these unionized workers are dismissed.


William J. McLaughlin, listener-sponsor
I do not support any staff or programming cuts to the Morning Show, Against the Grain , or the News. I do fervently support the unionized workers at KPFA . Any attempt by Tracy Rosenberg, Joe Wanzala, , Shahram Aghamir, or any other board members to disrupt the most popular shows and commentators would be detrimental to the station as a whole. It would certainly cause me personally to withdraw any future support from the Pacifica network.


RM, listener-sponsor
I strongly protest your proposed laying of of some of the strongest, most popular members of the KPFA staff. I protest that you are asking KPFA to violate their contract with their union. I have been a supporter of KPFA for decades.


Sean Michael Dodd, listener-sponsor, Napa
Please DO NOT make any cuts to ‘Against The Grain’ or lay off any paid staff of this or any other KPFA program. Sasha Lilley and C.S. Soong are talented exemplars of the very finest traditions of thought-provoking interview journalism, and their program is the jewel in the crown of KPFA. For relevance of issues and breadth and depth of content, no other program even comes close. ‘Against The Grain’ is intellectual inquiry at its finest, and it serves as a catalyst for honest, penetrating, and productive Left dialogue. ‘Against The Grain’ invites us to examine our knowledge and beliefs, and in so doing, it keeps us honest, informed, contemplative, introspective, and innoculated against dogmatism. If anything, Sasha and C.S. should be getting Nobel prizes for journalism, not pink slips. Save ‘Against The Grain’ and honor Sasha and C.S. with praise, not petty in-fighting.


SC, listener-sponsor
I request that you put the economic livelihood of your staff first. Being a good employer and respecting agreements with your unionized workforce will ultimately benefit the station and its future. The ability to attract and retain listeners, particularly in a politically charged non-profit environment, is hampered by reports of wrongful terminations and seemingly poor values of employers. These are tough times so consider the multiplying impact of such decisions and demonstrate, as a board, that the Board will take the high road.


Rasa Gustaitis Moss, listener-sponsor
I am shocked at the news that members of the national board are attempting to order KPFA to remove some of its staff and to otherwise dictate to my community radio station, which I have been supporting to the best of my ability for decades. KPFA is not a branch of Pacifica, its independence is basic to its existence and survival.

Please stop this take-over attempt. We cannot afford to waste energy on battling Pacifica at a time when every ounce of our common resources is needed to help KPFA serve the public by continuing to broadcast voices we can hear nowhere else.


PP-M, Montréal, Québec, Canada
I do not support that Pacifica National Board members make political purges of KPFA staff and consequently decimate the Morning Show, Against the Grain and the News. It is imperative that Pacifica honor KPFA’s contract with its unionized workers.


AA, listener-sponsor
I have been a member/listener of KPFA for 35 years.

I am opposed to your intervention, purges of staff, unconscionable demands for money and cuts in programs at KPFA . You must honor your contract with the union workers and your mission to support community radio.


BR
I’ll keep this short and simple:

I do not support these political purges on, in my opinion, the three shows that epitomize what KPFA is and should be. Pacifica must honor the union contract. All eyes are on you…..you must do the right thing!!


FAD, listener-sponsor
I am a regular listener and subscriber to the local KPFA station. Please ignore any request from three local KPFA board members proposing the shortening or cancellation of the programs: The Morning Show, Against the Grain, and the Evening News and firing some of the programmers thereon. These programs and program hosts are three of the best shows on the station. If they go, I would seriously have to reconsider my relationship with the station. Hopefully, these three board members can be removed before too long before they do any more harm to the local station and Pacifica.


MD, listener-sponsor
Please, no political purges of KPFA staff. I depend on the Morning Show and the News. A contract is an agreement between two parties, not one, and it should be honored.


SM
I insist that Pacifica honor KPFA’s union contract, and I demand of the Pacifica National Board that these staff and programming cuts not take place: Aimee Allison, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, and Laura Prives of the Morning Show; Sasha Lilley of Against the Grain; News Anchor John Hamilton, the only two paid reporters Christopher Martinez and Max Pringle, and News Engineer Rose Ketabchi.


Carol Cross
So what on earth are you thinking? You are targeting most of the very best shows.

I need to hear your side of it, but if it’s as bad as it sounds, I’m going to have to rely on blogs and not continue to support Pacifica. Is that your idea?


Francesca Rosa, member delegate (for I.D. purpose only) San Francisco Labor Council
Union busting to ‘save money’ and attempts to purge staff and union members who speak their mind to those in positions of power have long been tactics of the right and have no business at KPFA.

Stop the union busting NOW.


Barbara Epstein, scholar of social movements, UCSC
I am writing to protest the effort on the part of Tracy Rosenberg, Joe Wanzala and Shahram Aghamir to engineer the firing of staff on the best programs on KPFA. Against the Grain has the highest intellectual level of any program on KPFA. The Morning Program is excellent; the addition of Brian Edwards-Tiekert has been very successful. The News program is in a sense the center of KPFA. I hope that the National Board is aware of the threat that KPFA has faced for years from those who seek to destroy its best programs, apparently out of a view that high quality programming is incompatible with their narrow conception of left politics. If KPFA’s best staff are fired many of us who have listened to, and supported, KPFA for decades will decide that the battle to save KPFA has been lost and that KPFA is no longer worth our support or our interest.


Joanna Graham, listener-sponsor
I am a long-time resident of Berkeley and listener and supporter of KPFA radio. It has come to my attention that members of the national board from the KPFA local station board are putting forward to the national board at this weekend’s meeting names of KPFA staff members whom they wish to have laid off.

I strongly protest any such interference by these persons or by the national board in a decision which is properly the responsibility of the KPFA station manager.

It is highly unfortunate that at this time when the Pacifica network is so badly needed to countervail the prevailing orthodoxy and ever diminishing sources of news and thoughtful analysis, and when it is fighting so hard to remain viable in the worst economy any of us has ever experienced as a decision-making adult (and few of us even as children), that the Pacifica national board, as well as the local station boards, has become so highly politicized and faction-driven.

There are legitimate and difficult questions about the best choices that Pacifica in general and KPFA in particular might make in the near future and these should be examined and discussed. But interference in the running of the stations and choices driven by personal animosity and feuding are counterproductive at any time, now more than ever. Furthermore, such interference may well be illegal, since it contravene’s both the Pacific bylaws and the CWA contract under which paid staff works.

I urge you to refrain from taking any action with respect to layoffs at KPFA.


JN, listener-sponsor
If the board-of-directors punishes free speech by firing anyone who opposes them, I will cease any plan to renew my KPFA membership and devote that energy to raising awareness about the board’s Fox News-like tactics.


Joan and Wally MacDonald, listener-sponsors

Can’t come to the meeting but would like to express our strong opposition to the proposal to cut programming so severely. We are heartened by the alternate proposal that would save KPFA and Pacifica about $250,000 — a big chunk of change — while maintaining the vital programming we need. That’s a win-win.

Frankly we’re distressed that bureaucracy should even entertain the original proposal — the cuts are heinous. They certainly don’t jibe with Listener Sponsored Radio nor of KPFA’s culture and history. We don’t understand what’s motivating this but it certainly isn’t in the best interests of listeners so those who are also donors might think more than twice about continuing their donations. That’s a lose-lose.


Name: CL

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,
I think it is a terrible decision to remove the Morning Show on KPFA, and to lay off the staff of this program. It is an excellent program that I greatly enjoy listening to in the morning. I usually start off the day with Democracy Now and leave the radio on through the Morning Show until it is time to go to work.

I hope that this decision will be reconsidered and promptly reversed. I have started listening to 960 AM in the morning instead.


Name: RB

I have been a KPFA listener for over 10 years and am very shocked and upset at your decision to fire the staff of the Morning Show. This is an absolutely crucial show for KPFA, it almost defines the radio station. Democracy Now is great, but they don’t cover local issues or debates – the Morning Show has been excellent at covering these issues.
I strongly urge you to discuss alternatives to deal with this financial crisis, including the proposals by KPFA’s union. You will be cutting off your nose to spite your face if you follow through with this action of firing the Morning Show staff – I, and many other people, will stop donating to KPFA in protest because this action goes against the wishes of the listeners and community and there seems to be no good reason for such an extreme action.
I seriously hope you will consider the wishes of the KPFA listeners in this matter, as it is we who ultimately fund this radio station.


Name: EE

THE MORNING SHOW is one of the most vital radio programs in our nation.
At a time when Rupert Murdoch type media are rampant and independent media are very rare it is a grave mistake to eliminate THE MORNING SHOW.
People who make such decisions are doing a tremendous disservice to Pacifica listeners and they are undermining democracy. They should be removed, not THE MORNING SHOW, not THE EVENING NEWS, not AGAINST THE GRAIN.


Name: FD

I am VERY disappointed by Pacifica. The Morning Show was the best show on Pacific (well, one of the BEST show in the country!!!)

You know who needs to be fired? YOU GUYS or you will never see my donation again.


Name: KH

I am a longtime KPFA supporter-and big fan of Aimee Allison. She is a pro and puts on a great show. WHy would you depose one of your best? I urge you to reinstall her and the team and let the show continue to thrive. Please listen to your listeners, Kari


Name: MD

I have just found this website and this opportunity to write. Myself along with my family have listened to the Morning Show longer than I can remember. It has changed our lives — it has educated us. We are different people because of the information we have received — we’re informed citizens in so many more areas of our lives.
Brian and Aimee are unbelievably gifted. They are so passionate about what they do that it is contagious. We have become more passionate and compassionate just from listening to them. Phillip was the same way. Incredibly articulate. Incredibly intelligent. They were and are a part of our lives. They’re like teachers.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING, Arlene and others whose names I don’t know? YOU HAVE SHOWN (1) JUST BY BEING ON THE MORNING SHOW, ARLENE, AND TALKING, HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO BE ON THE RADIO AND TO ARTICULATE YOUR POINT – AS YOU COULDN’T DO THAT – YOU CAME OF SOUNDING VERY NEGATIVE, VERY BITTER AND VERY UNLIKEABLE AND I’M SORRY TO SAY, NOT TOO INTELLIGENT; (2) I AM BEYOND ANGRY THAT YOU BLATANTLY, WITHOUT TELLING THE LISTENERS AHEAD OF TIME, JUST TOOK OFF THIS BELOVED SHOW ; (3) A COMPLETE LACK OF CREATIVITY AND ABILITY TO WORK WITH PEOPLE AT THE STATION; (4) IT’S CLEAR YOU DO NOT HAVE THE FINANCIAL KNOW-HOW TO BE IN YOUR JOB; (5) THE LISTENERS WON’T SIT BACK FOR THIS. (6) THANKS FOR GALVANIZING US – BECAUSE ARLENE, YOU ARE AN EXTREMELY POLARIZING PERSON — AND NOT IN A GOOD WAY. YOU HAVE DONE SOMETHING DEPLORABLE. AND WE, AS LISTENERS, ARE UNBELIEVABLY ANGRY. YOU, ARLENE, NEED TO APOLOGIZE FOR YOUR BAD JUDGMENT AND GET THE MORNING SHOW BACK ON ASAP……..


Name: AK

Dear Arlene,

I am sorry this is such a difficult situation for you.

I listened to the issue carefully the other night and I must say the union proposals have merit. I urge you to back pedal, reinstate the Morning Show staff and accept them the union proposals.

Exploring the alternatives will be in the best interest of Pacifica and KPFA.


Name: SJV

Dear Arlene Engelhardt, my name is Silke Jork Valentine, I am writing you to express my strong disagreement and shock about your decision to layoff the staff of the morning show. I am a long time listener and member of KFPA . The morning show and their hosts Aimee Allison, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Laura Prives, and Esther Manilla are very dear to me. They are not only performing an incredible and valued service to us listeners but are although the station’s single biggest source of fund raising revenue. Now I am very concerned about the future of KPFA, and the spirit behind this decision. I am writing in hope that you can change your mind and will find a way to bring back this part and backbone of our KPFA family.


Name: TM

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,

I am sickened by your decision to cut the staff of the Morning Show. This is an excellent show that, along with Flashpoints and other news programming, is the main reason I have been donating $18 a month to the station. I believe the best way I can show my anger at your action is to cut off my donations. My hope is that many donor-listeners will do the same, and you will be forced to reconsider your decision.


Name: D

What? Where is the morning show? I am lost, without it and appreciate the local news, Oakland coverage (thanks Aimee) and Washington segments. This is frightening, it’s happened before. What can we do?


Name: DJ

Dear Ms Englhart,
I am at a loss for words to express my deep outrage regarding your desruction of the KPFA Morning show by firing the staff and piping in a show from Los Angeles.

For whom are you working? Certainly not for the listeners who support this station with their cash donations.

You should step down and donate your $90,000 salary to the dedicated staff that works so hard to bring us the news and commentary we can get nowhere else.


Name: ES

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,
THE MORNING SHOW and AGAINST THE GRAIN and THE EVENING NEWS
are amongst the best programmes in our nation. Please reinstate THE MORNING SHOW with its excellent hosts Allison and Edwards-Tiekert immediately.


Name: CB

Ms. Englehardt:

As a decades-long supporter of KPFA and Morning Show listener, I’m writing to express my outrage that you would attempt to lay off the staff of the Morning Show. Not only does that program with it’s outstandingly capable hosts, Brian and Aimee, bring in the most money for the station, but it’s the ONE program I listen to every single weekday. I’m sorry, but I do not believe your claims that you took this action for financial reasons and went by the terms of the union contract regarding seniority.

I’m especially offended by your claims on the Tuesday morning broadcast that that morning’s forum wasn’t “good radio”. I’m also disgusted that you told Brian that the reason you took him and Aimee off the air immediately, even though the layoffs aren’t to take efffect until December, is that the one-sided programming that would ensue wouldn’t be “good radio”.

With all due respect, Ms. Englehardt, I and the other financial backers of KPFA are the ones keeping Pacifica on the air and I think WE should be the ones who decide what is “good radio” and what isn’t.

I’m demanding that you immediately reinstate the entire staff of the Morning Show and restore the program to it’s previous and rightful position.

Thank you.


Name: KP

Dear Ms. Engelhart,

On the last Morning Show, you and the CFO for Pacifica repeatedly (and condescendingly) apologized to the audience for the supposedly “bad radio” resulting from reporting on Pacifica’s cancellation of the show. As if we just need to be entertained and have no interest in how the station we pay for is run. What you really need to apologize for is removing our most vital source of local news at this critical time. But don’t apologize, just bring the show back and please resign from the board. This terrible decision, made with no input from or consideration for the community that supports and pays for the station, proves that you are not fit to serve. The Los Angeles shows you are running in place of the Morning Show are not bad, but I am simply too grief-stricken to listen to them. When the local news about Los Angeles comes on, I think, “Great! Los Angeles has reporting on local news and affairs, but the San Francisco Bay Area does not.” Its extremely insensitive of you to rub
our faces in our loss in this way. I know you are saying that you will eventually bring back the Morning Show with different staff, but how do you justify depriving the Bay Area of local news and reporting for an indefinite period of time while you bring in another staff. Besides, based on your condescending remarks and obvious lack of concern for the KPFA listening audience, I have no faith that what you bring in will be nearly as good as what was lost. I wouldn’t bet on your theory that any old thing you put in the 7:00 to 9:00 slot will be a big money maker for you. You won’t be getting any of my money.

This feels like yet another stab in the death of a thousand cuts working people in California and the nation are suffering now. Thanks for adding to the daily suffering and increasing uncertainty we are all experiencing. Instead of helping us get through this horrible period, the Pacifica board has chosen to make it worse. Great job! Now resign and bring the Morning Show staff back.


Name: AC

Ms. Engelhardt,
I know this is a difficult time for Pacifica and for KPFA, as it must be for you, as well. Please bring our local morning show, with it’s full staff as it was before this week’s cuts, back to it’s regular time and days. I am sure there is a way to do this. It’s incredibly foolish not to. The morning simply doesn’t sound right without it and we’re losing listeners. We can’t afford to lose listeners. We can’t afford to lose the local coverage we have had prior to this week.


Name: RS

Ms. Arlene Engelhardt,

Yesterday on KQED’s Forum you said you took the Morning Show was taken off the air because it was “very bad radio.” Since when is it your domain to determine the quality of our local station’s programming. Are you now our censor?
Stop interfering with our local station. That’s not your job.
Before it’s too late, before you ruin our most venerable radio station, you should renege on your arbitrary and unjust firings, and resign before you destroy Pacifica. You have demonstrated your arrogant ignorance of what this radio station is about.
Please resign


Name: PW

This is to register my disapproval of the questionable managerial decisions and manner of the easily-replaceable administrators at Pacifica. The firings are obviously politically motivated, as the cfo demonstrated when given the opportunity on-air to explain them.


Name: NB

How can you say “all news is good news” when the reason you give for taking the The Morning Show off the air is that it was bad radio and one sided? Do you even realize that you consistently contradict yourself on the air? Your argument is weak and you sound like a politician that has been given a script that you must stick to. I refuse to give any more of my money to Pacifica.


Name: AC

Arlene,

Liar! Liar!

I believe it’s best for you to stop going on air and continue to lie.
The sad thing about this is that eventually Pacifica, KPFA and the listeners will all loose. If there is a lawsuit, everyone loses. That’s why I propose that you reinstate the Morning Show and leave Pacifica. It’s the best for the people that actually pay your salary.

In addition, you mentioned this morning in the kidnapped “Morning Show” hour that you have received letters of support. I dare you to post that one letter of support (or two) that you may have received.

Please I’m begging you to resign and find another career. The Executive Director of a non-profit should spend his/her time fund raising. Obviously, you failed at that. Since you can’t do your work, you should leave immediately and make room for a real Executive Director that is capable of fund raising and running the Pacifica organization.


Name: SM

November 11, 2010
Dear Pacifica management,

How Dare you lay off the staff of the Morning Show at KPFA? I am one of hundreds of listeners who rely on the excellent reporting on that program for news and information about the Bay Area and the World. Furthermore, Brian and Amy have been strenuous and relentless fund raisers for KPFA and Pacifica. Laying them off will not “SAVE” the network money–it will cost you money and a huge loss of revenue.

Furthermore, why would you presume to censor any program on KPFA for engaging the listeners in the democratic process of figuring out how to fund and maintain a small, feisty, truth-telling radio station of such value as KPFA.

This whole underhanded power play reminds me of our struggles with Pacifica 11 years ago. Why don’t you spend more time fund raising for the network and less time trying to figure out how to demand $$ from KPFA which valiantly raises the most $ of any station in the Pacifica so-called network? Why don’t you eliminate your jobs until you can figure out how to support rather than undermine the efforts of KPFA to keep going in difficult times?

Please rescind the firing and seriously consider the proposals of the workers at KPFA for keeping the station alive? You clearly do not have your priorities straight.


Name: NB

I am in complete solidarity with all of you at KPFA. I only became a member during your fall fund drive, but I had been tuning in regularly for about a year. I had tuned to KPFA sporadically for several years and it was only after Brian and Aimee captured my attention that I not only became a regular listener but a donating member to KPFA. I’ve also been eager to volunteer at the station during fund drives or by getting involved in some other way. I wish KPFA did not have to rely on Pacifica. I much preferred the Morning Show over Democracy Now! and I would rather my money support a struggling local program as opposed to an already highly successful national show. I am a student and money is not something I can give away without care, and though its not much, I want it to count for something. I support KPFA, not Pacifica. Pacifica does not care about me and it has become very apparent that the bottom line and maintaining the bureaucracy is far more important than the listeners.

Stay strong. Be true.


Name: KM

I am in firm solidarity with the staff of KPFA. The decision to fire the staff of the morning show is a foolish decision, and I am seriously concerned for the viability of KPFA as a relevant journalistic institution. Brian Edwards-Tiekert, and Amy Allison, are a treasure to KPFA, whose contributions to the journalistic integrity of the radio station are invaluable. I am devastated to know that I can no longer count of the best team on radio to give us as listeners the kind of quality programing that I have come to respect from KPFA. There is no comparable program to that of the Morning Show where local and national topics of interest are covered with depth in the bay area. I strongly disagree with Eileen Engelhart that they produce “bad radio”, which is simply an insult to their talents and contradicts the statements from the Pacifica Director that it is simply a monetary decision. It smells of personal griping. I think the fact that they are the most popular show on the
station, as well as that they bring is so much money, demonstrates that the show is in fact NOT “bad radio”, as the director has judged to be the case. I am profoundly disappointed with Pacifica, and I don’t feel that their management can be trusted. I support the position of Larry Benskey as he has elaborated, with respect to the democratic process, and misplaced priorities of Pacifica National. I want to support KPFA as I have in the past, though I have serious doubts for their future. A radio station such as KPFA must build its reputation on quality journalism and well produced programming, which can only be achieved with people such as the staff of the Morning Show. Quality programming must be supported by professionals, and not only by volunteers, otherwise I fear KPFA becoming an amateurish operation. I am a longtime listener, and subscriber, and the Morning Show needs to be returned with its staff intact.


Name: MS

As a daily KPFA listener in the east bay area since moving here in Jan. of this year I am appalled that a most UN-democratic, a most dictatorial action to balance a financial budget has resulted in making MY morning radio listening time less enjoyable. My partner has been a loyal KPFA member/supporter for more than 6 years now and we wake up every day to the Morning Show with Brian and Amie. I am a BIG believer in democracy and how Arlene became the “decider” (like Bush 2) and rolled over all the rules and lack of serious discussion w/ KPFA members/workers to drop the axe on Brian and Amie was DISGUSTING. This kind of move is the kind of act that will make me and my partner rethink who we want to give our money to. We DO NOT SUPPORT NPR because they use corporate $$ to fund LIBERAL mis-informational radio programs. I am NOT going to support the liberal shifting of KPFA which is clearly what Arlene’s agenda is.

If KPFA needs to fund PACIFICA then make PACIFICA pay RENT/TAXES on the space they use in Berkeley. I think PACIFICA management is making huge salaries (even though they refuse to publish to the paying members of KPFA like my partner…what the salaries are of the POSITIONS…not the person filling the position…that should be info. open to the public).


Name: IJ

Arlene Engelhardt ,

I will not send in my current donations and I will no longer donate in the future to Pacifica until the KPFA morning show staff is brought back. I will also tell my whole network, which is fairly large, to also stop donating to pacifica until the morning show staff is brought back.

You need to adopt the proposals from KPFA’s union to reduce layoffs, and explore more alternatives in good faith. Your actions are very short sighted and will lead to you losing your listener and donation base very quickly.


Name: J&EG

Arlene Engelhardt,
Executive Director, KPFA

We Live near Los Angeles and listen to Pacifica online. Sometimes we listen to KPFK and sometimes to WBAI, but mostly KPFA and particularly the Morning Show. This really has consistently been an outstanding program.

The way KPFA management dealt with it’s staff and the way it has approached and handled the resulting situation has been wrong from the start and this is becoming more and more clear and very disturbing to us.

It is time to adopt the union’s proposals and go back to being an organization that is fundamentally progressive and one that has integrity!

If you do not believe in what Pacifica has always stood for (and we’ve been Pacifica supporters for a very long time) you need to resign.


Name: AR

KPFA is a Bay Area Listener Sponsored station. The Morning Show is the heart of KPFA’s listenener base. The programming is always “good radio” and I have been listening for close to 30 years! Trim the amount of funds that KPFA has to contribute to the Pacifica Foundation! If funds are short….

KPFA is the cash cow of Pacifica, and always has been. Removing the major community voice outlet of the Bay Area Progressive community is insane. The Morning Show MUST return. KPFA’s relationship and continued support of the Pacifica Foundation is what may need to change.


Name: KW

After listening to two broadcasts in which Arlene Engelhardt was interviewed, it is impossible not to see the removal of two KPFA Morning Show hosts as vindictive. Claiming that the program could not continue to be aired because of ‘one-sided spew’ is a highly subjective and in my mind potentially slanderous allegation. Claiming on KPFK this morning that the publicity has been good for Pacifica is so cynical that I can’t imagine how someone could use the situation in such a brazen and self-serving fashion. Finally, suggesting this morning that more senior staff would take over the program is a plan that clearly was not in place when the two staff members were removed. Thinking that this hastily hatched, after-the-fact plan would stop criticism of the staff removal indicates a condescending attitude toward the legions of KPFA listeners who can see for themselves what is really going on here.

Shame on Pacifica.


Name: JG

To Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt ,

I will stop donating to Pacifica radio until the KPFA Morning staff get their positions and jobs back. You need to adopt the proposals from KPFA’s union to reduce layoffs, and explore more alternatives in good faith.


Name: BL

It is sad to see a significant part of the stations soul hacked away by an unthinking and short-sighted, not to mention authoritarian, National Board. I think the rift in the staff/volunteer/listener relationship was used as a fulcrum for the firings. In addition, the personalization of the issues (from all sides) makes it hard to see the path to reconciliation. Are there level heads in the various camps, who have the vision and strength to steer a course without continued infighting and litigation, or is it too late? As we fritter away the last bastion of an independent media, in this crucial period, we should instead be building and broadening our platform for diverse views (and production methods, for that matter). Conflict is a huge misuse of energy, time and resources. I am afraid the National Board will not see the wisdom in coming to some sort of alternate proposal or compromise. Is it possible that someone (from one of the other factions) can get the ear of the
(notoriously slow moving) National Board and work towards a solution. Failure to do this almost insures continued conflict, litigation and long-lasting acrimony.
signed; an extremely dispirited and unemployed teacher who previously was a 20 listener/subscriber -.


Name: AC

Please reconsider your choice to end such a crucial program.
Your decision is like a slap in the face to me and all other supporters of the station.


Name: JJ

Hi KPFA Workers,
I like many of your supporters have contributed increasingly more money since the outlets for a progressive perspective have dwindled. I appreciate that the news team has carried on the legacy of Larry Bensky and the departed Andrea Lewis. What I mean is that I appreciate that you take a critical examination of information and don’t give bad or false information out to be “politcally correct”. Thank you.

I withheld a contribution to KPFA during this last fund drive because of the then threatened lay offs. I will send you a contribution if or when you have something set up. You guys need to reach the more people in the greater Bay Area. Can we leave the Pacifica Network if necessary. It seems unlikely that the Pacifica Board could be stupid enough to be unwittingly serving the interest of the Corporatocracy. Are they Quislings?

I am very sorry for your loss of jobs and income. You all deserve so much better.
Thanks for all you have given.


Name: SP

The morning show with Amy and Brian is the the most important show on KPFA, the KPFA community wants the show to be reinstated now! Return Amy and Brian to there positions. Also adopt the proposals.


Name: HR

As a long time supporter (and donor) to KPFA, I’d like to add my voice in support of the return of the Morning Show and its excellent staff. The Morning Show is one of the great parts of KPFA, and certainly a part I rely on. The Bay Area has been lucky to have a show of this quality–few cities have such good local radio. Please don’t allow this to be destroyed. I cannot fathom the rationale for such a decision. It’s time to set things right.


Name: CJS

Terminating the “Morning Show” is a designed attack to dismantle paid alternative free speech. Moving to an “all volunteer” progressive radio format is designed to end “real” free speech. Pacifica has been infiltrated by provocateurs of the mediocre establishment. It is clear that KPFA is the target. The “infiltrators” must be confronted and stopped. Can KPFA break with Pacifica? It has been taken over and now is part of the establishment. Please keep up the fight. We need the “morning Show.”


Name: HO

There was a recent advisory board election! The candidates did not focus on how to resolve the budget crisis. The discussion about piping in KPFK was not discussed by the candidates. There was a discussion of professional programmers but it was not attached to funding. There was suggesting to get more subscribers but not attached to budget crisis and methodology was lacking. A discussion of the fact that quality professional programing is many times more expensive than amateur volunteer programing was missing. As a subscriber voter I was denied a chance to weigh in on the resolution of the budget crisis? I get the message that the subscriber voters are irrelevant to deciding how to resolve the budget crisis. Was that the intent of each of the candidates? This behavior looks like the national elections where candidates and irrelevant issues selected by someone else and we vote on the irrelevant as money is given to the banks which caused the crisis as a reward for getting
us in a mess. Hebard R. Olsen Monterey California


Name: DB

Dear Arlene Englehardt,
We demand that you please reinstate The Morning Show hosts
Aimee Allison & Brian Edwards Tickert.
And to please adopt the proposals from KPFA’s union to reduce staff layoffs.
It is much more important to keep the programing on the air that is of the highest quality, and proven success with fundraising. This is one of the best shows on KPFA
and the current & past hosts make this so.
Please do this. This is very stressful. There are always reasonable ways to sort out the money/budgeting. KPFA is one of the few reasons that we can navigate these challenging times. We can barely afford the contributions that we make, but keep on
as so important to do so. Please hear our demand. Please find reasonable solutions
to the problems. We would help in any way we can-even with already working 50-60 hours a week.
Power to peaceful solutions,
D & family


Name: DA

Please adopt the proposals submitted by our esteemed, beloved KPFA union members.
Not having The Morning Show is like not having anything warm to drink in the morning. It must come back.
Thank you,
D


Name: TL

Howdy,

I’ve been a KPFA listener and subscriber since coming to the Bay Area in 1983.

I’m amazed and disgusted at the attacks that Pacifica board members have launched against the station during its history. I’d think that anyone who’s a board member would have what’s best for the totality of the network’s family of listeners, workers, and management, but unfortunately the listeners and workers are, as usual, having to fight for their beloved institution.

Adopt the union’s proposals. Attempting to destroy the station, and the network, won’t make the world a better place; it may satisfy the desires of your masters, but even that won’t stop the dissent of the common person.

Remember what your task is, remember why you got involved with Pacifica in the first place, openly and honestly discuss it with those concerned, and then do the right thing.


Name: Nikki Sachs
Email: nikkisachs@hotmail.com
Website:

I did not donate much more money than usual this year to have you take off my favorite programs, the Morning Show and its hosts and threaten Against the Grain, and Hard Knock Radio. If these shows are not on the air then I will have less reason to listen and you will lose my financial support. Please explore other alternatives to cuts in programs and staff and explore proposals in good faith from KPFA’s union to reduce layoffs. I do not want syndicated shows. KPFA has been local and I have been paying to keep it that way.


Name: BP

I moved to California in 1975 and a) found a place to live, b) subscribed to KPFA, and c) found a job, in that order. KPFA has been an essential part of my life ever since, from teaching me about a world of music I would never have been exposed to otherwise and carrying forward a political view of the world that I depend on. When Mary Frances Berry and her cronies tried to commandeer the network in 1999, I was in the streets with thousands of others, because my life depended on it. Now, we are approaching something close to that magnitude. Yes, these are hard times financially, but the way you have tried to justify cutting costs defies all logic. You are ridding yourselves of the most lucrative program, mostly because they are among your severest critics. It is absolutely the wrong move, because we need KPFA, the Morning Show and Pacifica more than ever to combat the crazy right. I will not threaten boycott after 35 years of loyal support, both financially and politically,
because KPFA and Pacifica are too important. However, I will join any fight, and do whatever I can, to make you reverse this foolish move. You might fancy yourself as a management realist, but you are messing with movement instincts. You will not prevail, and I will do whatever I can to make sure that is true.


Name: SK

I was shocked and very disappointed to hear of your cancelling The Morning Show.
I am a lapsed member who would be willing to rejoin if the show is reinstated and a more listener and worker-friendly approach to KPFA’s problems is considered. The Morning Show is very popular. I expect the integrity of the philosphies KPFA prmotes in its programming to be reflected in how the station is run.

Please let me know how I can be sure that the money I would like to send in for my membership dues will help subsidize a station that both returns The Morning Show to the air and its workers to their jobs.


Name: MF

Dear Arlene,

I have never donated so much to an organization as I have to KPFA. I drive a school bus for a living and listen to the Morning Show every day. I don’t own a tv and don’t want one. I have no time to read the newspaper. My sole source for what’s going on in the world is KPFA’s Morning Show. I so appreciate the intelligent discussions. If you get rid of the Morning Show with Aimee Allison and Brian Edwards-Tiekert you will be cutting the heart out of KPFA. I can’t tell you how alienating it was to hear a show from LA this morning. Please work out your differences and negotiate in good faith. These are hard times economically and politically and I depend on KPFA to keep me informed.


Name: JM

Dear Arlene,

I contribute hundreds of dollars to KPFA each year, partly because of the Morning Show. I don’t understand how you can take the most profitable show you have off the air, and break your union contract as well. I am disgusted and outraged, and will not be able in good conscience to donate to KPFA next year if the Morning Show and its staff are not reinstated.

Sincerely,

JM
KPFA member for many years


Name: RL

Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt and the Pacifica Board,

I am appalled at the lay off of the staff of the KPFA Morning Show. With all the cuts and downsizing that has been done to news and public affairs programing until now, I am shocked. I have always valued and respected the news and public affairs programing on KPFA. This includes the national, world, and local (Northern California) programing. The variety, emphasis on local news, lack of repetition and lack of advertising is why listen to KPFA. In the past few months, I have heard programs repeated in different time slots–I assume because there is not proper staff to create new programs. This has been quite distressing, since Pacifica is such a unique voice in the public airways. The idea that bringing in morning show programing from another station is unacceptable. I am certain that the programmers from KPFK are good, and valued in their listening area, it is not my intention to disparage them. However, I have been listening to the Morning Show on KPFA for possibly 25
years, and the caliber of hosts, their selection of guests, and their interviewing skills has always been very impressive. It is one of the reasons that I find commercial radio almost intolerable.

Since I am expressing my opinions, I would like to add that fund raising has really caused me to turn off the station in the last year or so. I do understand that times are bad, for most of us. I have maintained, or stepped up my donations, because I am able. One of the things that has bothered me this year is the repetition of premium programing. I hear the same 20 or 30 minute clips of the same program over and over–even repeated from one marathon to the next. I cannot keep listening to that–I feel assaulted.

I would also disagree with Arlene Engelhardt’s calling the Tuesday Morning Show “bad radio”. It was informative, and rather civilized by current radio standards. Pretty much classic KPFA

I hope you will reconsider your actions, because I am certainly going to be reconsidering my support of KPFA. It seems counter productive to send money, only order to facilitate the destruction of the station that I love. I am so upset to see a repeat of a crisis similar to the 1999 Board take over attempt.

RL
Subscriber # 32002


Name: KMR

Pacifica Board and Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt,
Adopt the proposals from KPFA’s union to reduce layoffs, and explore more alternatives in good faith.


Name: TF

I can’t believe you cut the best show on air. I can’t tell you how disgusted I am with your action. I will not be donating any money if any of it goes to the Pacifica Foundation.


Name: CR

how dare you take away our morning show! kpfa is the organization that my husband and i give most to every year. i don’t know that we will give anything more. what is wrong with your understanding of kpfa and its audience?


Name: DC

The Morning Show is my show for getting up, getting ready for school, and my commute. It is well produced and profitable. Jerking it around makes no sense whatsoever. I live in the CA Central Valley…a red state within a blue state. KPFA (through KFCF) is my political, cultural, and intellectual lifeline. I won’t take this kind of thing lightly. I am an activist and I will find some way to act.


Name: PB

The Morning Show, Against the Grain and the News are vital parts of KPFA, and the staff are exceptionally talented and devoted. Writing from South Africa, I can say that the Board’s actions undermine not only the political work of Berkeley and US progressives, but all of us around the world who have come to depend on these shows for their reliable, unique vantagepoints. Reversing the decision to axe staff is the only way forward, if you take seriously your responsibilities as officials of the one of the world’s greatest community-sponsored public-interest broadcasting outlets.


Name: MEK

Dear Arlene Engelhardt,

Your actions do not seem to be helping KPFA and Pacifica financially at this time of economic and political downturn. You have caused serious damage toward KPFA having any successful Fall fundraiser with your actions in laying off the Morning Show hosts. We need all the people working at the radio stations and we need all the listener and community support we can get. We don’t need an executive director who doesn’t listen to the workers and the community. KPFA community does not support the corporate model of dictatorial top down management. Your role is not only to just help keep Pacifica and KPFA financially a float, but to make sure its programs and policies meet the political and cultural interests of the workers and the listeners. You need to work to created cohesive energy in the community, not derisiveness.

Please sit down immediately with the staff again and work out a financial arrangement that they can support. You are mistaken if you think most listeners are not supportive of the staff, both paid and unpaid. This is Berkeley, not Florida!


Name: GP

As a listener/subcriber for over 25 years, I am asking you to return the Morning Show ASAP. It is not credible that you made the decision in the best interests of the network and station. When asked about how you plan ensure that ongoing fundraising will not be negatively impacted by the decision, you say, “I don’t think so” or “We’ll see.” That is completely unprofessional and irresponsible. Every competent manger knows the impact of lay offs before they are effected.

You will be forced to re-instate these people eventually, as no other union member will take their place, you said you would not staff the show with volunteers and you can’t go outside the station. Brian ET is now the volunteer co-host of Letters from Washington and doing a wonderful job, as always. This blows a hole in your absurd excuse about not following strict seniority. Obviously Mitch will support him in a labor board hearing.
Take the stake out of the heart of KPFA before it bleeds to death.


Name: NK

Dear Ms. Engelhardt, I am astounded that you laid off the Morning Show hosts and closed down the program that generates more revenue for KPFA than any other program. I have been a subscriber to KFCF for many years and have woken up daily to the Morning Show for more than a decade. In addition, your lay off of staff with more seniority violated the union contract. Let me assure you that I will work with others to see you removed as Executive Director and to change the chaotic governing structure of the network which is destroying it. Sincerely, Nancy P. Kelly


Name: VG-C

As a long time KPFA supporter, I find it shocking that of all the program’s to be cut, the Morning Show would be on the chopping block. I also find the mean-spirited and anti-union sentiments being aired openly by Ms. Englehardt in complete contradiciton to what I always felt was the spirit of KPFA and Pacifica — a place where open dialog and FAIRNESS to be guiding principles. I heard no tone of willingness to cooperate with the union — surprising.

If budget cuts are imminent, why not take a look at some of the afternoon programs or weekend music programs that while enjoyable are not critical to audiences getting progressive news without corporate influence.

Rather appalled at the situation and will definitely be rethinking my contributions to the station in the future! I had MUCH higher hopes for KPFA than what I heard from Ms. Englehardt.


Name: DC

Please save the morning program! It is one of the reasons I listen and support KPFA!


Name: DW

Big mistake!
That show is the most informative and well produced shows on the radio or of any medium. I recommend you put the show back on the air or else the station will break away from Pacifica National.


Name: ES

At the moment I am not a member of KPFA. Only due to extreme financial collapse when I became contaminated with plutonium in 1991 at nevada site demonstration.

But that does not mean I do not love KPFA, and I listen to the am show often to keep up with what is going on in the world. I do hope this is resolved soon and our comrades are allowed to proceed informing us as they have and should continue to do so.
blessed be
ES
Santa Cruz mountains.


Name: AHB

As an opener I listen to The Morning Show, DemocracyNow, Letters to Washington, Against the Grain, Living Room, the Sunday morning show and frequently Guns and Butter to keep in touch with the chaotic world situation from a deeper and more comprehensive point of view. Thus I am sorry that one of my favorites has been cut. I have been cruising the pacifica.org, and kpfaworker. Perhaps I have not mastered the internet sufficiently to find the information I have been looking for–the staff members for the national umbrella organization and its budget, including director salaries. I know the inspiring history of the founding of kpfa in Berkeley but am not sure of the organizing an umbrella group to oversee the Pacifica stations when new ones came on the scene. A few questions have emerged. What is the purpose of the overseeing group? Is it to set policy, make major decisions? The actual work is done at the local level ( including fundraising) and probably needs to strengthen
its capacities in order to be more effective. The national overseer is probably a costly operation. Could local autonomy with networking with other stations be less complex and more effective ? Is this parent-child relationship working? When there are financial problems in an organization, it probably indicates a lack of dedication to the vision of the endeavor and a complexity and lack of transparency that creates turmoil and conflict which does not inspire confidence among the listeners and possible listeners. I believe we cannot have a democracy unless there is an interested and informed citizenry–that is Padific’s work. I support kpfa in its fund drives and have indicated a gift in my will–I hope I am putting my money where it can do the greatest good. AHB


Name: FK

Pacifica’s leadership needs to go with the proposals from KPFA union to fix financial conditions and reduce layoffs. The seniority list for those on the air need be published. I have a strong feeling that the staff for morning show of KPFA were removed on a manipulated/ abused seniority list. Also, the list of all those employees including managers who work for Pacifica need be published with there pay. Just to let you know that you can google my name and will know exactly how much was my salary last year.

I think the the main supporters of KPFA and their on the air staff are paying too much for managers and others who need be trimmed and be subjected to full open book/ accountability. I think the manager including Arlene Engelhardt need to take some 15 to 25% cut as well.


Name: K

I have been a KPFA listener for over 35 years and am GREATLY disappointed to find out that “The Morning Show” has been taken off the air. I cannot believe you think this is a wise move and hope you will reconsider. Otherwise, you will lose MANY listeners.


Name: AE

Getting rid of the KPFA morning show was short sighted and will probably work against the station’s best interests in the long run. I won’t be listening to the KPFK
program as it lacks the local connection I found so valuable and I certainly miss the talented and dedicated hosts: Brian and Aimee. Time for Pacifica management to look into other ways of meeting the local budget. Best to pay some attention to the ideas of the workers who are doing the day to day programming. Volunteers are great and provide much, but they will never, never replace dedicated professional staff. This action on your part is going to be disastrous for KPFA, so I hope that you will seriously reconsider what you have done.


Name: DC

Dear Arlene,

I moved to Seattle in 2009 after living in Oakland and SF for 12 years. I am a KPFA subscriber. I regularly stream my favorite programs on my computer or phone and frequently visit the archives.

I am baffled by the recent developments at KPFA and the direction you appear to be taking the station. If you syndicate Michael Eric Dyson, be assured, both you and KPFA will lose the respect of the community. KPFA is one of the very last outposts of free speech in broadcast media. I pray you are aware the extent to which the fabled liberal media and NPR propagandize and disinform listeners, playing along with the corporate war/oil/finance games. Don’t let KPFA become another corporate drone. Please keep KPFA local, vibrant, and most certainly controversial.

Lastly, how do I best stay informed and involved in the decisions that will determine the future of the station?

Thank you and good luck,

DC

PS. Hard Knock Radio is syndicated at my local community station, KBCS. If this program terminates I will be doubly pissed.


Name: CEW

The Morning Show is one of the best locally produced show on the airways today. Why kills it and lay off the creators of such a critical line of sanity in today’s complex world. I moved from the LA area nearly 20 years ago and have no interest in supporting a non-locally produced show as I rise to start my day. Bring back Aimee Allison and crew back or I will be forced to support “Forum” and KQED.


Name: AG

Dear Pacifica Foundation board:

As long-time listeners and supporters of KPFA, having listened religiously to the Morning Show (as well as Flashpoints, Democracy Now!, and Hard Knock Radio) for nearly two decades, we are absolutely appalled at the events surrounding the Morning Show this week. It has been truly enlightening to hear Arlene Engelhardt interviewed in various venues, as it becomes increasingly apparent that she is interested only in obfuscation, sticking to her standard talking points and evading questions like a seasoned and slippery politician.

Two cases in point: on KPFK’s Uprising this morning, Ms. Engelhardt repeated her assertion that the Morning Show staff was laid off to comply with union seniority rules. When host Sonali Kohatkar questioned her about the CWA’s Unfair Labor Practices charge, Engelhardt proceeded to disparage at great length one aspect of the KPFA sustainable budget proposal; when Ms. Kohatkar pushed her to answer the actual question about the NLRB complaint, Engelhardt simply tossed off that “the sustainable budget proposal is part of that complaint” (quote not exact) — still refusing to answer the question in any meaningful way.

Even more egregiously, a day earlier on KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny, Ms. Engelhardt was challenged to explain why the Morning Show staff could not continue to produce the show in the interim (since they are still being paid until early December). She replied that “there has been so much one-sided spewing that it makes for very bad radio,” thus blatantly abandoning the pretense that the issue is purely economic, and admitting to meddling in station programming. This is truly outrageous — it is not even remotely within the purview of Pacifica Foundation officers to decide programming issues, and I would thank Ms. Engelhardt to let the listeners decide what is and is not good radio! Aimee Allison and Brian Edwards-Tiekert are consummate professionals and excellent interviewers, and I cannot imagine whatever replacement show may be cobbled together without them will be in any way comparable.

It has been very discouraging for those of us who care about KPFA to watch it being ripped apart yet again by the Pacifica national office. We urge you to undo this unfair and completely counterproductive action immediately.

Sincerely,
A & DG
Richmond, CA


Name: JR

Pacific needs to rethink the latest actions with regard to KPFA. I understand the need to have a balanced budget. Please adopt the alternative proposals that were recently put forward by the KPFA workers. Please consider reducing the salaries of the board at Pacifica, they are rather inflated and do not reflect the quality of their work in recent years. Save the Morning Show at KPFA! Find ways to generate more revenue and implement the cost saving measures that have been presented.


Name: BC

I am most disturbed about the recent cancellation of the Morning Show.
This was an excellent show which helped us (in the Bay Area) to sort out some of the intricacies and convolutions of political/social life here and nation wide.

I have been a very long time supporter of KPFA and feel very pained that the “execution” of one of the most worthy programmes on the air could be ended in this fashion.

I would hope for a re-instating of the Morning Show with the same hosts.


Name: MM

Ms. Arlene Engelhardt:

This morning I tuned in to hear morning programming from KPFK and I cannot express in words my anger towards you and the Pacifica Board for this fiasco. All I have to say to you now is that you broke it and now you have to fix it. You bemoaned the lack of independent voices on the radio, well congratulations for being a huge part of that problem by reducing the number of good journalists on the radio by no insignificant number. Whatever you motives they are certainly misguided and have accomplished what no Republican could have ever dreamed of.

In acting unilaterally you have written off the union rules, other proposals and hurt the listeners of KPFA and Pacifica Radio in general and it does you no credit.


Name: RB

Dear Ms. Englehart,
I am distressed and bereft at the loss of the Morning Show hosts and producer. I heard the “final” show, but was not convinced that your reasons were justifiable for canceling the show. More compelling was the support given by listeners who called in, as well as Larry Bensky’s words, which I consider extremely relevant to the issues.

I don’t think that by breaking the back of KPFA you can create fiscal solvency. There are apparently other ways to work on that. I am not listening to the KPFK morning program, and I hope that it will be off the air here in the Bay Area as soon as possible.

Please rethink your reckless decision, and negotiate in good faith with those who have better, or at least alternative ideas about how to work to overcome the budgetary problems. Brian and Aimee are the best, and I want them, as well as their producer, back!


Name: MAG

Dear Director Engelhardt,

I am one of those long-time KPFA listener-supporters who took the time to study the local board candidates’ bios, watch and listen to them on line, and vote. I was surprised for several reasons to receive the Candidate Booklet in the mail: (1) I had already submitted my ballot a week or more earlier; (2) I had been able to get basically the same information on line; (3) you asked for help in defraying the costs of mailing these booklets, which turned out to be neither necessary nor timely.

Also, I watched the Board meetings on You Tube that were held last July in New York, and I was shocked. The shouting melee appeared to be a complete waste of time. How anyone could hear the presenter(s) is a wonder. Worse, to fly people from around the country to a perpetual brouhaha seems a complete waste of money. They may have been more mannerly if you, as Director, had attended the meetings and made demands as you have at KPFA.

Most importantly, it saddens me deeply to see Aimee and Brian dismissed, two young talents with enormous promise in radio–or any other media. Because their hearts, minds, energy, and commitment are rare today, they should be cherished and nurtured. If this were Hollywood and you were a studio head you would be grooming them for big things–that would benefit you and your organization. Instead you have abruptly kicked them out the door and locked it. So much for The Morning Show and its rising stars.

And your timing couldn’t be worse. We’re coming into a difficult couple of years in this country–we need their intelligence and insightful interviews more than ever.

Now Pacifica’s biggest fundraiser (KPFA) over the years is without ITS biggest fundraiser (The Morning Show) and its most popular program. If we didn’t feel the squeeze from every side too, I have no doubt that many of us supporters would come together to cover this shortfall. But perhaps the executive suite can make a difference by taking up the matter of the more than $1 million Pacifica owes KPFA from the 1999 donnybrook.

I respectfully ask you to reconsider your decision and adopt the union’s proposals to resolve this dilemma.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

MAG,
A KFCF listener in the Central Valley


Name: CD

Dear Ms. Englehardt,
I am writing in support of the workers and local programming at KPFA. I understand that you are in a tough position where you need to make some changes in order to help KPFA keep running. I heard you on KQED yesterday talking about the cuts to the staff at the Morning Show. I was upset by the fact that you excused the lack of transparency on the Pacifica website when Larry Bensky pointed out that it has not been updated since April 2009. There is NO EXCUSE for this. Pacifica is a major media organization, and updating the website with public information should be a TOP priority. In an age when everyone and their mother can update websites, it is ridiculous to say that budget constraints are your excuse for that. It seems fishy and like a cover-up because there is no logical excuse for not updating it.

I hope you will consider other options besides canceling the local programs like Hard Knock Radio and Full Circle. There are NO other shows like these in the world, and the apprenticeship program at KPFA is vital for keeping free speech alive.


Name: CP

I have been listening to The Morning Show for 5 years.
I donate to kpfa/pacifica because of The Morning Show.”

It’s very disappointing to hear an author on “Uprising” and then be told if I’d like to see the author, I should go to a bookstore in Pasadena! I live in the Bay Area!


Name: EWH, longtime listener-sponser

I do not support the recent changes in staff and programming. Almost everyone that listens to KPFA (especially during fund raising time) would know that the people and positions that have been under attack, are essential members and components of the stations success.
The decision to air KPFK shows in the place of the morning show is disrespectful and disconnecting (as is the lack of transparency)… it is also giving Pacifica a Bad name.
Now other shows are getting negatively affected… WTF? I mean… Come on !
Please cease and desist your monkeywrenching of this wonderful
local community station, KPFA


Name: JF

Hello,
I just recently joined KPFA as a subscriber based on my great appreciation for the Morning Show. Eventhough cost cutting measures seemed necessary, I am completely dismayed that the morning show staff was let go. I view this is a demonstrating very poor judgment and ultimately a lack of caring for the long term viability of the station. I sincerely hope that the decision is reversed.


Name: AS

I am writing to protest the recent layoffs, especially of Morning Show staff. Why on earth would you fire the staff of the show that generates the most revenue for the station?

This is clearly irrational, leaving me to wonder, what are the real motives here? Please be honest with KPFA listeners!

I will NOT accept a piped-in morning show from another station. Please adopt the proposals made by KPFA’s union.

Why make yourself the enemy of the listeners of Pacifica’s flagship station??

AS (community college professor and longtime listener)


Name: AK

I’m an ongoing KPFA & KPFK supporter. I primarily listen to The Morning Show & Democracy Now. The history of both shows involves management harassment and interference. I wonder why Pacifica doesn’t learn from it’s lessons?

Yesterday I was astounded by Tracy Rosenberg’s recent (so-called) ‘press release’ about KPFA’s current crisis. This release is so biased I couldn’t call it journalism in the least, and Tracy is so anti-KPFA that she refuses to acknowledge the perspective of the workers. I met with Tracy Rosenberg awhile back when I was considering running for the KPFA board — and I was concerned that she was perhaps not mentally balanced.

This is an excerpt from our recent email exchange where I told her to withdraw her so-called ‘release’ on the Media Alliance website, that is was an abuse of the organization’s role. Here’s her response:

“> > I find that two sides to everything argument essentially banal…
>> In this case, there are no two sides of the story I’m afraid. The KPFA
>> workers making this big stink are the managers. They’ve been the power
>> base at the station for years, make all the decisions, terrorize much of
>> the unpaid staff, prevent programming changes, and chase out one
>> so-called manager after another. They’ve also been busily sliding towards
>> bankruptcy the past two years, while being bailed out by Pacifica time and time
>> again – to the tune of $250,000 this year. Pacifica is tiny by comparison.
>> There are only six employees at Pacifica and 38 at KPFA). Pacifica is
>> way more accountable, way more transparent and less hierarchial thann KPFA
>> management has ever been (to date) and their long-term allied staffers.”

I don’t know all the ins & outs of the politics at KPFA, but I do know that union contracts should be observed, that Executive Director shenanigans and layoffs are a horrible precedent, and that Pacifica has done very little to take care of the member stations and a lot to screw things up.

While I am a firm believer in the mission of Pacifica, I also believe that all stations should be independent of the national organization and financially independent as well. The executive management and board have been biased, unprofessional, and used poor judgement continuously.

During our on-going right wing takeover of the media, we can’t afford to have the mismanagement of these stations cripple them during a crucial time in this country, during the media take-over by corporations & big money.

Defend and protect our independent media!
AK, independent radical blogger


Name: AS

I’ve been so sad–as well as furiously angry–without Brian and Aimee in the morning!!

Brian mentioned (and some of the material here hints at) differences in philosophy or politics between Pacifica execs and some KPFA programmers. Something about supporting professional fulltime journalism–but as opposed to what? I’m curious about this. Should listeners be telling Pacifica what we want? But how can we if we don’t know the dispute, what both sides are saying, what the oprions are? Maybe the differences in philosophy should be made known to listeners, so we can weigh in.

The current morning show could be called “less radical” than other forms of leftist media — no grandiose calls for the advance of socialism, some mainstream sources (like Aimee’s recent interview with a guy from Time who supports bipartisanship on the part of Democrats). But I really love the intellectual rigor of the current morning show. I like the focus on economics, the sharp questioning by the hosts–Brian is a dynamite addition in this regard!–and the overall tone (D. Bernstein can be a little emotional for my taste).

Thanks for reading!

AS (community college professor and longtime listener)


Name: SA

Our cohousing community has actively and financially supported KPFA since 1986. It is the only media we listen to pretty much all day and night long.
In thoroughly researching this situation, it has become clear to us what is really going on here.. and it is not in accordance with the values we, and all the great speakers we ( used to) hear on the morningshow etc. represent and hold onto for our sanity. This is, in fact , an insane decision and you are certainly not doing yourselves a favor to have obviously uninformed kneejerk reactions like this in times that are so difficult for the entire world. Do you know and understand who the listenership of KPFA is comprised off?? If not.. you are in for a surprise. We LOVE the people you laid off and cut down. We love their integrity, their voices in our livingrooms, their dedication, their programming. To hear their informative voices of sanity in a world that is increasingly insane, we MUST continue to hear their voices and programs.. it comes down to a gut-level mental survival issue to our community and we will continue to actively express our solidarity with the KPFA workers through our networks and in every way necessary. Shame on you. You know.. and especially WE know.. why you are really doing this…


Name: EB

Managements latest move to cancel kpfa Morning Show, and fire it’s staff, was wrong and should be rescinded immediately. If money is the issue we can find the money. The prime role for the board in most non-profits is to raise funds, so get to work.

The Morning Show and especially the on air hosts are the face of the local station, live every day. They build a listener community on shared interests and aspirations, developed over time, that must not be destroyed.

The replacement programing has truly sucked. We hear unctuous promos for shows that will not be aired on kpfa, and we get no local news and NO LABOR NEWS. WE WANT AND NEED THE LABOR REPORT.

If it takes another struggle by the listeners, you will certainly get one. We will throw out this management, and this board.

Thanks for almost fifty years of great radio, and please get out of the way of the next fifty years,


Name: DM

I am a long time supporter of KPFA and make a monthly automatic contribution.
I plan to discontinue contributing if the KPFA Morning Show’s staff and show is not put back on the air. The staff of the show that is the most popular and the biggest money maker is not the one to cut. Please reconsider your decision and bring back the Morning Show. It is so important KPFA continues to be a voice for the local community and offer coverage of our area’s many diverse communities and concerns.


Name: CS

While I understand that these are dire economic times; and I also support maintaining Hard Knock Radio as an important part of our community, what I resent most is that KPFA is a listener-sponsored radio station. In the Bay Area we want Bay Area programming and we want some say in our money is spent.

I, too, support having diverse voices at KPFA. I don’t think the Pacifica National Board represents these diverse voices, or the listeners of KPFA.

We want control of our radio, and we don’t want you the board to tell us what is and is not essential to the Bay Area. Over the years I have given thousands of dollars to KPFA and I believe we have more rights to decide what we want and how we want the station run than you do.

I support cutting back the expenses of the National Board more than the programs at the local station.

Bring back Bay Area programming; we don’t want piped in LA shows no matter how
good they are.


Name: JTD

Arlene Engelhardt,

The Morning Show is one of the only reasons I tune into KPFA. I heard you on Tuesday’s show and you sound like an obstruct to, not an ally for, independent, local, radio journalism.

After listening to your explanations, I still don’t know why you would lay-off the staff of one of the most successful shows on KPFA. Why are you doing this? It doesn’t make economic sense. Canceling your most listened to and respected show sounds like the opposite of what you should be doing for your struggling radio station.

I’m really angry that this show was canceled. I’m even more angry at your ridiculous explanations for the lay-offs.

What’s really going on at KPFA?


Name: LO

I have been a strong supporter of KPFA for decades, and have hung in through all of the internal and governance turmoil because the quality of the programming is so high and so essential. The layoff of the Morning Show staff was the final straw. We NEED radio like the Morning Show. Reinstate the staff – keep the Morning Show alive.


Name: M

To whom it may concern,
The first thing that I used to do every moring as soon as I woke up was to turn in my raido to the Morning Show. However, since you have laid off Brian and other staff of the morning show, I do not see anyy reason to listen to KPFA anymore. So, I really appreciate it if you rehire them back.
Thanks


Name: MBL

I am so disappointed in the decision to cut the Morning Show. This is a program that I listen to every morning, and enjoy the analysis, the interviews, the staging for local events. This show brings you the most income. It’s my sense that you are trying to destroy KPFA. I don’t want my money to go towards Pacifica’s projects; I want it to go this station that I know and love for making me aware of so many things. These hard times are trying for everyone, but to not even consider the proposals the union brought forward hardly seems to be responsible to the station or its listeners. Please reconsider your layoffs.


Name: TP

I am disappointed that the Morning Show staff has been cut. I usually donate to KPFA each year, but now I am not sure that I will continue to do so. I am appalled to learn that 22% of my donation goes to Pacifica and that so much of that is spent on overhead! I believe KPFA should have control of its own budget and financial affairs and I really don’t understand what what purpose Pacifica serves. Please consider the staff’s budget recommendations and give them control of their destiny. It seems like we went through the same thing 10 years ago, and I am tired of hearing about the administration of Pacifica jerking around with the station I really appreciate.


Name: PF

I am incensed at the recent actions taken by Pacifica in regards to the morning show and refuse to support the station until those people are reinstated. Your actions are disrespectful of all your listening audience, aggressive, invasive and unsupported by any coherent logic. A just and viable solution must be found and until that time I will not send another penny to support the station or Pacifica. I am a supporter for 30 years and my support for the station has grown over the years because I believe in the institution so deeply and my gratitude for KPFA is never-ending. Undeniably changes must be made and there’s bound to be resistance, but I am completely disgusted by your actions, your tone and your apparent mission. In fact, listening to you was the most frustrating, gut-wrenching interview I think I’ve ever heard. What is wrong with you? Without doubt, some of you, whoever you are, are there to tear down our beloved station and network from within. This looks and feels like
just such a movement.
I used to feel that the morning show was a little tired and I thought that Democracy Now was more what I wanted to hear at the 7 o’clock hour. But since Aimee and Brian have been there, I’ve been totally satisfied. I like them. I like their work. It’s entertaining, informative, and it sounds nice. Their good at it. Brian is a workhorse. Aimee’s an angel.
My contribution of $500/year (minimum)will be witheld unless these people are reinstated and a process for a just solution is embarked upon.
sincerely,
PF and family


Name: LN

So it only seems as if you want to sabotage KPFA….There can be no other reason.
There were alternatives. We are a progressive station, why were no progressive measures taken. This is a travesty. I depend on the morning show….perhaps you knew we would all be forsaken……no explanations and why on KQED do you take the time but not KPFA. There has to be some ulterior motive and that can only be to kill the left voice. You should be very very ashamed of yourself.


Name: KD

to whom it may concern,
This act of laying off the staff of the morning show is going to put KPFA in a more difficult position. I am shocked that this has been forced on the station. This is the lifeline to KPFA and if you have not noticed listening has plummeted. WE NEED LOCAL NEWS> I SUPPORT KPFA AND IT NEEDS THE MORNING SHOW!!!
I do not live LA. Please listen to the supporters and we need professionals on the radio
PLEASE LISTEN TO THE LISTENERS!!! How will it survive and compete w/ NPR and main stream radio.


Name: BP

Arlene Englehardt,
How much is Karl Rove and the Koch brothers paying you for to gut KPFA?

Your actions are despicable. I have been a listener supporter of KPFA for many years. I will never give another penny to any organization run by Pacifica Foundation as long as you are employed by Pacifica.


Name: BR

I strongly oppose the decision to cut the morning show.
It has been one of my favorite segments of KPFA programming and the reason for most of my donations.
Brian and his staff discuss topics of interest to me and have a great style and presence.

It is clearly not in the best interests of Pacifica or KPFA to follow through with this ill conceived and executed mistake.

Please restore the show or lose much of my fair and support.


Name: DM

I have become one of the thousands who has turned their radio to another station in the morning. What I have found, however, is that I am listening to KPFA less all day since you have taken the Morning Show off the air. I understand this is a trend. People don’t listen to programming they don’t relate to- especially when a show as informative and interesting and valuable as the Morning Show is discontinued. You need to take the station staff’s thoughtful proposal about how to navigate the station’s financial crisis and implement it, and restore the morning show unless you want your legacy to be as the new director who destroyed one of America’s most powerful alternate media voices. Perhaps you don’t care about anything but the power. Perhaps you are indeed a conservative and this was your original plan. If however you care about radio, you care about free speech, you care about Pacifica Radio you will do the right thing instead of the politically expedient thing. Keep KPFA
alive, restore the Morning Show.


Name: RHM

To Whom It May Concern..

What a Disappointment to wake up and no longer have the most vital professional staff on the Morning news. I looked forward to that everyday of the week.

I have given several hundred dollars specifically because of the morning news.

I can tell you I will no longer be subscribing or bothering to listen,if this local professional staff is gone..

So sad and such poor decision making on the way to eliminating cost.. There has got to be a better way.. The recent elections were so overwhelming to me .. I wanted to vote but ended up not voting at all !!! I did not have the time to research all candidates.. It is a waste to ask KPFA subscribers to do this.. By just eliminating that you could save tons of money

But by what you have now done to the morning news is like cutting your own throat.
How intelligent is that?


Name: JP

To Arlene Englehart,
The quality of the Morning Show has set the high bar for excellence on KPFA.
It has become my morning commute radio over the past year. KPFA is one of the two non-profits that I have supported financially over the past ten years. But only with the Morning Show have I shown up daily as a loyal listener. I am a college professor and I quote KPFA often to my students. It is shocking and indefensible that this excellent and truly necessary radio show is being replaced.
It breaks my heart.
JP
Contributor


Name: SB

Dear Miss Engelhardt: Well this morning I heard your excuse for a morning show. ALthough somewhat interesting, it does not replace the great shows that the staff of the KPFA morning show produces. We want our local news there is plenty of national news programs. I am a financial supporter of KPFA but will need to rethink my support if Pacifica continues to not listen to the staff and volunteers and meddles in the programing that KPFA offers.

Please reconsider the layoff, and listen to the staff and their suggestions to help the situation. SIncerely, Susan Boggiano


Name: MP

Greetings,
This morning I just had to turn my radio off. I am so disheartened by the top down decision to cut the KPFA Morning Show staff. It is imperative to have genuine local programming. My feeling is that Aimee Allison is a natural radio host who conveys deep dedication to issues I care about. Her coverage of local issues such as the Oscar Grant shooting and other East Bay/ Oakland stories is respectful and helps me get moving in the morning. Although I am not personally as fond of Brian Edwards-Tiekert, he clearly has a lot to offer too and could support other staff by being a producer and/or providing occasional stories. Please consider comments of listeners like me who have sent in our money to KPFA multiple times a year for decades.


Name: VM

Dear Arlene Engelhardt,

Please reconsider these harsh moves that have been taking place with Pacifica’s KPFA’s community media. This is one of the last true democratic forms of media left in this country. Please do not erode this democracy by denying the listeners, workers, volunteers and supporters a place to feel at home while escaping the terrain of corrupt media, and private interests.


Name: BM

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,

I’m a longtime listener/subscriber to KPFA, since 1957. The Morning Show,
particularly with the team which you’ve recently laid off is one of the most important shows on radio, anywhere. The hosts Brian Edwards-Tiekert and Aimee Allison, plus there staff are experienced, considerate, insightful and careful and they run a well balanced and informative show. It’s a critical show. It is definitely critical for me.

The shows from KPFK, Los Angeles , which I’ve tried to listen too, are no substitute for the Morning Show as hosted by Aimee and Brian. In fact the KPFK shows seem quite amaturish compared to the KPFA Morning Show.

What are you thinking? If this decision is not rescinded you’ve and Pacifica have lost me as a listener/supporter


Name: ST

I am a long time listener of KPFA. The morning show with Brian and Aimee and Phillip and Andrea prior to them, have been a major part of my morning routine. While I understand the economic difficulties many are experiencing, you have tampered with one of the most successful local radio stations in the country. KPFA is a jewel as is its morning show hosts. It is an educational tool for many and the information is invaluable. It is listener sponsored and supported. So, until these layoffs are rescinded, I will not be supporting any other stations piped in morning shows.


Name: MG

I am what one caller described as a “back-seat supporter,” in that I donate regularly but (regretably) seldom vote. I don’t know the ideology of the local station board at this time, but I read that a majority side with the three national reps who want to purge the station of all of its solid, relevant programming for god-knows-what conspiracy nonsense: Should I and like-minded people remain members (albeit at the minimum) in order to retain the ability to vote next year? I’m sure I speak for many who will get around to it after this major wake-up-call. If so, it is important that the message get out, presumably from this website, because when we cancel our subscriptions in disgust, we lose our ability to help fix the station, especially given the apparent fact that increasing revenue is _not_ in the plans of the putsch crew at this time.


Name: DM

I am a KPFA listener. I do not want to listen to the L.A. morning show. I demand the return of KPFA morning show personnel and show. Do not interfere in the workings of the station against the will of the staff and the union. Adope the proposals from KPFA union to reduce layoffs. Explore alternatives in good faith.


Name: DG

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,

I have been listening to KPFA for over ten years and have also been a faithful contributor every fall. I listen to KPFA for the locally produced programs such as The Morning Show, Flashpoints, Living Room and the Saturday Morning Talkies to name a few. I am not interested in programming coming out of Southern California and will not support it financially. I will not contribute this fall unless the The Morning Show is restored and the on-air talent are rehired. I know I am not the only KPFA member that feels this. You will be losing more than you gain but eliminating locally produced programming.

Sincerely,
DG
San Bruno, CA


Name: BM

Ms Engelhardt,

I quote Tim Redmond, of the Bay Guardian:
‘”I’ve tried in the past year to stay out of the drama at KPFA — I’m a KPFA member, a longtime supporter and a fan of what the station does, and I don’t think constant media scrutiny and leftist harping about every single cut and personnel decision in tough financial times does any good for the progressive cause. But this one seems to be a big mistake, and I don’t see how Englehardt is going to fix it.”‘

I listened to the show at KQED you were on with Larry Bensky, where he said basically the same thing. I’m not that familiar with Tim Redmond, but I am a big fan of Larry Bensky and I agree with his judgment most of the time; and on that show Bensky said basically the same thing: Big Mistake!

The fiscal situation at KPFA seems to be a real problem, apparently there are issues to resolve, but I urge you to reverse this decision and find another way. I doubt that I will continue to support KPFA if you don’t.


Name: IM

Arlene Engelhardt,

You must wake up or there could be almost no one listening to KPFA. Where will the pledges come from. The move you made was a mistake and must be taken back. I have listened to KPFA on and off since 1968 or so. You could be killing it. It is unbelievable that you can not see this. Short sighted is an understatement here, blind sighted is the one that came up with this decision. Morning Show, Flash Points, Hardknock Radio, Evening News, Democracy Now, these are the serious and important shows that take work to produce and benefit the community.


Name: RD

Dear Pacifica:

am writing in response to the layoffs of the ENTIRE cast of the Morning Show. I have been listening to the morning show for a long time now and think that you are making a huge mistake by laying off the hosts and producer there. They bring in a ton of money for the station and I think you should reconsier your position.


Name: DW

Are you insane? You have destroyed the best money-making segment of KPFA’s programming. I have been giving $200/yr. to KPFA but am reducing that immediately to reconcile with the impaired content. Please come to your senses and negotiate in good faith with the Union and adopt the money-saving strategies proposed by KPFA. The bloated National Board budget looks pretty bad these days.


Name: RKC

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,

I am dismayed by your canceling of the Morning Show, the most valuable daily Progressive show in the Bay Area. This is a devastating loss to me personally, to the Progressive Community in the Bay Area, and ultimately to KPFA’s credibility and money-raising ability. I do not think you understand the Bay Area Progressive radio listener and particularly, you do not understand the loyal KPFA listeners. I considered it excellent radio when Aimee & Brian met with you over the airwaves to question your decisions. They conducted themselves with grace under terrible pressure. We in the Bay Area want to know what is happening to our beloved radio station.

Firing the current Morning Show hosts & staff is essentially a cancelation of the show & an assault on loyal listeners, as well as on the staff. As a very long time listener-supporter for over 30 years, the Morning Show is my lifeline to local, national and global news, including political and cultural. I regularly contribute to KPFA-Pacifica during the Morning Show.

The Morning Show is the only source of info about Progressive Political & Cultural events in the Bay Area. The hosts interview folks who will be presenting.
Aimee and Brian put an incredible amount of time & effort into educating themselves about important breaking political and cultural issues and news, both local and around the world. Their interviews are among the most intelligent and in depth that you will find on the dial. The show is the source of political analysis leading up to elections and guests on the show clearly appreciate the host’s ability to conduct interviews, allowing all sides to come out.

I am a 67 year old Clinical Social Worker, supervisor and teacher and a long-time political activist to end the Israeli Occupation of Palestine. I rely on the Morning Show for interview and analysis of Mid-East Political events and local political actions that don’t get reported or analyzed anywhere else.

I beseech you to reconsider your rash and destructive to KPFA actions.

RKC, LCSW
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
Integrative Psychotherapy


Name: NF

I continue to deplore your decision to fire the morning show staff at KPFA. I have not listened to the show since the firings. I do not want to listen to a show, however interesting it might be, from another city. I want the morning show staff back on air. It is laughable for you to say this was a budget cut when the morning show brings in the most money to KPFA. NO one believes this. No one with a sense of business would make such a decision. So reverse this decision and move on to other more productive and sustainable ideas to help the station not decimate it.


Name: PN

I hate the decision you made to cancel The Morning Show at KPFA. When I heard you speak you came across as completely ignorant of the Pacifica Mission… my question to the Pacifica Organization is how in the hell did they ever HIRE someone like you in the first place? You seem to have the mindset of people in NPR and PBS which have both become a corporate sponsored wasteland over the last three decades and any sense of alternative to mainstream corporate radio pretty much long dead. It seems you are a bean counter, someone who just balances the books without any sense of what it is you are eliminating to do so. You are far more interested in your resume than in the importance of the beloved institution you are so cavalierly pruning away at.
Then I wonder what your REAL mission might be beyond your rhetoric. You hail from Florida in the bible belt South where pundits have railed for years about shutting down stations like KPFA. I feel you might be a mole for people who would render this station and this network to the ineffective status of NPR… All I can say is you don’t know what you’re dealing with. The people here aren’t the obedient, submissive folk you are used to in Florida… we will rise up and take back the station if necessary.
We don’t need to hear about the issues of Los Angeles every morning as good a show at Somnali’s is (KPFA broadcasts one day of it on Saturdays)… do you really think that people will support the station as it is? That’s why I think you’re a mole, here to destroy Pacifica’s top station that reaches so much of the state of California
and helps keep people informed with alternate perspectives, unlike where you come from where pretty much every station broadcasts a slight variation of one perspective. This will not stand… you will see this. We will take back the Station and network and fire YOU!


Name: MI

Arlene Engelhardt,
I am a longtime supporter of KPFA and am appalled at your decision to cancel and fire the staff of the Morning Show. In spite of your reasoning for the firings, it makes no sense to fire those who provide the station with a major part of the donations during pledge drives.
I no longer listen to anything in that time slot and the money I had set aside for the next pledge drive will not go to KPFA but to other charities of my choice. I believe that last year my paid pledges were near $5000.
In a sense what you have done is that old saying “cutting off your nose to spite your face”.


Name: R

Hello, I am one of the long time KPFA supporters.

For a long term strategy, we should put back the morning show as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter what you said in the KQED during you were interviewed about the Morning Show is one side opinion show or not. The Fox News can do it why don’t we? KPFA is a Free speech radio. The true is the Morning Show is belong to the bay area and the outskirt counties listeners’, let us to judge if it is a good business or not. We will continue to support, if you open your heart and mind to listen to the listeners concern. KPFA is belong to all of us. Thank you.


Name: CB

you’ve made an huge mistake.
i can now add your name to those of mary francis berry(sp.?) and lynne chadwick.
also, you should look into some dental work if you’re going to continue to speak publically, or the air…..


Name: KM

Ms. Engelhardt,

It is not surprising that you have not returned my numerous calls and email messages. You must be completely inundated by folks who think that the Pacifica Foundation Board and your decision to undermine KPFA is an heinous act. I will certainly be a part of whatever movement develops to replace you and will certainly be looking hard at Pacifica Foundation’s Board and how they can be replaced by saner people with better intentions for Pacifica.

ANYONE WHO VOTED FOR OR IS PARTICIPATING IN THE DISMANTLING OF SUCH AN AMAZING INSTITUTION SHOULD HANG THIER HEAD IN SHAME AND STEP DOWN! Stop wasting our money with your petty grievances and start paying your way. We cannot afford your salary or the boards misguided expenses anymore.

ADOPT THE PROPOSALS PUT FORWARD BY THE (FORMALLY) PAID STAFF AT KPFA. REHIRE EVERYONE AND CUT THE PACIFICA FOUNDATION’S BUDGET TO COMPLETE THE BALANCING OF KPFA’S BUDGIT. That is what a true leader would do.

Chop from the top!


Name: RG

Please adopt the proposals by the KPFA union to reduce layoffs. I am a sustaining member of KPFA. I can’t for the life of me figure out the reasoning behind the decision to fire Brian Edwards-Tinkiert and Amy Allison from the morning show. Brian Edwards-Tinkiert is one of the most intelligent and articulate voices on KPFA and I have relied on his reporting and interviewing since he began working for KPFA. The credibility of the Pacifica Board is waning quickly with this terrible decision.


Name: KC

Dear Pacifica board and Ms Engelhardt,

http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2010/11/11/kpfas-morning-show-purged

This is not playing well with KPFA’s listenership; I think you should reconsider.
KPFA’s union makes the case that alternative budget proposals, acceptable to KPFA’s staff, have been rejected out-of-hand. This is also not playing well: in fact, it looks a lot like union-busting.

KPFA is the flagship of Pacifica: indeed, without it, there would never have been a Pacifica… and without the sponsorship of listeners, there would be no KPFA. Firing these staffers is, in a very real sense, firing their listenership. This is a very bad idea.

I urge you and the board to take the union’s budget proposals seriously, and to reverse these layoffs.

Yours sincerely,
KC, longtime-subscriber.


Name: M&BC

Why would you kill the goose that lays the golden eggs? KPFA means too much to California and the nation for you to end this program. I thought the LA program was a holiday substitute, and did not like it. We’re ready to support the station, but only if the quality of people like Mitch and Aimee continue to be on the air. RECONSIDER, you’re just wrong here!!


Name: SR

I am calling for you to adopt the proposals set forth by KPFA”s union in reducing these vendetta like layoffs of our freespeech local station immediately! also to discontinue piping in shows from KPFK, as it does not represent “Our Community”
May I also remind you that the station is listener supported and owned! I beleive their are major problems in Pacifica’s national; and you might consider fixing your own internal incompetence regarding financial issues and desist from these senseless
layoffs of our favorite shows and their hosts. I heard you on the radio, and nothing you said was logical or intelligent; Now that was truly “Bad Radio” as you like to say…
I wish for you to either resign or be fired,clearly you do not share the the views of
the importance of what KPFA represents in it’s Broadcasting nor do you understand
how vital and necessary it is to their listeners; nor the values and beliefs of the Listeners themselves! How did you ever get this job? And what are your qualifications? I’m just asking….. I strongly support KPFA and rely on it’s currant
programs for my source of true and just reporting the real story! You seem to want to turn it into another version of Fox News! Please, in the interest of “Real Radio”
and it’s Listeners and Supporters RESIGN!


Name: Dr. CK

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,

I listen to several shows aired on KPFA. I consider all of them to be excellent shows and I would not want any of them to be cancelled. However, I do realize that some cuts may be necessary in these difficult times.

But, to cancel a show that is popular, of excellent quality, covers local and national events and to top it off a ‘money maker’, makes absolutely no sense. This move is so absurd that it leads one to believe that there is an ulterior political motive or is due to incompetence.

We all make mistakes and I hope that this is the case in this situation. I urge you to re-start negotiations in good faith with the KPFA union.

Sincerely,

CK, PhD


Name: HC

Please adopt the adopt the proposals from KPFA’s union to reduce layoffs, and explore more alternatives in good faith. The 2010 “Sustainable KPFA” Budget


Name: LF

PUT BACK THE MORNING SHOW, HIRE BACK AIMEE AND BRIAN, DO IT RIGHT
AWAY, ARLENE. YOU ARE CUTTING OFF KPFA AT THE FEET, AND WE WILL
RISE UP AGAINST YOU … WE ARE THE LISTENERS. YOU NEED US. NONE
OF US WISHES TO HEAR ABOUT UPCOMING EVENTS IN LA AS WE DON’T LIVE THERE (DUH) AND WE WANT LOCAL PROGRAMMING WHICH TUNES US INTO
OUR BAY AREA. GET THIS, ARLENE. IN ALL HUMILITY, PUT BACK THE
MORNING SHOW.


Name: AS

I have been listening to the morning show for many years and terminating the staff is a tragedy. I look forward to hearing about your change of heart and know that there are many among your listeners that feel the same.


Name: HO

I am a listener from almost 1949 lived in north Berkeley at that time. It is well known and practiced every other station that the cheapest programing is to use network feeds because the cost is spread country wide or spin cd or vinyl platters. That is not the kind of programing I support. In the 1960 I remember KPFA got lots of its programing from U. C Berkley which would be acceptable. The discussion which has not occurred is what kind of programing will meet the purposes of it’s charter and which programing can KPFA afford with it’s subscriber base. I currently have put 2200 hours of new programs onto public access since 2000 which were already happening in my community. I do almost all the work without pay or direction to produce 6 1 hr programs/week and contribute to 2 more. It would require more work if I had to generate content which is what the laid off workers were doing and is what is involved in the KPFA news, Africa Today etc..
Should KPFA have the cheapest programing and a little expensive programing?
Should KPFA have moderately expensive programing with very little cheap programing? It seems that the LSB should be setting this policy with that process as part of the choice of persons on the LSB. I think I have been cheated by not being able to weigh in in electing LSB members who support my values!


Name: JW

What is Pacifica doing? Engelhardt sounds so unconvincing, like she knows she’s screwing up, fearing for her job, taking a capitalist way out. Boring! Let her go! Amy Allyson and Brian Edwards Teaker are terrific together: their importance (and The Morning Show’s always been important) is presenting issues in a light not heard on NPR or BBC, in the spirit of Amy Goodman; their choice of issues covers a lot of ground and a huge variety of topics – local, regional, national, current, unexpected, social, cultural up-to date and insightful. I listen to KPFA for them (as I did for Philip and Kris way back) and for the hour long news at 6p. Does this mean Engelhardt will cut the latter too and reach further in to the inner organs of KPFA and cut Dennis Bernstein? Get her out….


Name: LAH, Ph.D.

I am writing in support of KPFA Morning Show Staff.

The Morning Show brings in more funds for KPFA program than any other program. This program is vital to KPFA and to all listener supporters. Furthermore, I value listening to local programming offered by the KPFA Morning Show. I am not interested in piped in programming from KPFK.

The union contract has been violated by the Pacifica Board. I understand that KPFA is in a fiscal crisis, however the approach of the Pacifica Board is wrong.

I believe that Arlene Engelhardt and the Pacifica board need to adopt the proposals from KPFA’s union to reduce layoffs and explore alternatives in good faith.


Name: CS

I just want to say that I am extremely disappointed in the decision to lay off the entire staff of the Morning Show. Wouldn’t it make more sense to spread out the cuts over the entire staff of KPFA? I also think that Pacifica should have to disclose the salaries of every Officer of the Foundation, and the Executive Director and the CFO should have to take salary cuts before any cuts are made at the stations.


Name: JR

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,

I am a long-time listener to KPFA’s Morning Show, and was greatly disappointed that the staff was laid off. The Morning Show has always presented insightful commentary about current events, and I feel that my understanding of the greater community along with national and international conditions has deepened. I disagree with your rationale that the Morning Show hosts did not provide balanced reporting. They did. And, I am not listening to the piped-in programs from Los Angeles. We need local programming with a paid staff.

This poorly conceived cancellation of the Morning Show has greatly hurt KPFA. I am questioning whether I will continue to donate to the station. Probably not. Also, with the KPFA Crafts Fair in December, this cancellation is bound to hurt attendance, which in turn will hurt the artists/crafts people who participate — the ripple effect.

Your decision to lay off the Morning Show staff along with having more volunteers run the station is plainly poor management and demonstrates a lack of innovative problem solving skills on your part. Please resign.


Name: EW

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,

I am a long time supporter of KPFA but plan to cancel my subscription next year, unless KPFA (which is sponsored and paid for by listeners like me) is morning news (which includes international and local Bay Area related content) is restored ASAP. This mass layoff and gutting of a morning news program is ill advised at a time when the country is spiraling downward economically with two wars and now a war on the working class (i.e., attacks on the social safety net). Where are the listeners to turn for news about such vital information? If anyone has mismanaged the station, well, you should look in the mirror first. Your management skills are clearly lacking to proceed as you have. Shame on you and the other board members for contributing nothing to an already shaky situation at KPFA.


Name: JC

Stop these unjust and perhaps politically motivated layoffs!


Name: MKM

Ms. Englehardt,

It seems that you may be taking the fall herer for the henchmen who have given you “marching orders,” unless you believe in those orders. If so, don’t try to put the blame on them. Take equal responsibility and then start to listen to those who truly “own” this local station. Of course listenership has drastically fallen and it will continue to do so. You will not see ANY revenue coming from ANY of us until you adopt the proposals from KPFA’s union to reduce layoffs. They have bargained in good faith and you need to learn how these things really work before you lose your shirt. This is not just a radio station. It is a vibrant community of like-minded and aggressive activits who will not sit still for this. There are so many low-power stations around now, that we can easily fix this “problem.”

I know your mind is made up, just as those of our current leadershiop in D.C. are, too, but the PEOPLE have the power. Just wait and see.


Name: CK

November 12, 2010

Dear Executive Director and members of the Local and National Boards,

My name is Carlos Kohan, and I have been a long time listener and donor to KPFA. I come from years of political and social experience in Latin America, and in my experience, progressive movements are destroyed many times NOT by external adversaries, but by petty internal fighting between self-righteous people that are just as inflexible on their beliefs as their counterparts on the extreme right.

I have been amazed through the years, that this great institution that is KPFA is still alive, and that no internal fighting has been able to destroy it.

At a time when we have one of the worst economic crisis in American History, and a very dangerous rise of an ultra-right movement…at a time where the concentration of economic and political power in the world has reached peaks, and where 6 industries pretty much control the US economy and much of its politics. At a time when Colera seems to be reappearing, the planet is in troubles, and poverty is widespread. And at a time when the right wants to accelerate the process of inequality and disintegration…

The KPFA board decides to generate a major conflict inside one of the few sane voices in the air.

I do not know what the conflict is, but I don’t need to. Just look at it from the outside:
When the conflict causes such great disruption, anger, frustration and mistrust among a small group of dedicated progressive people and their audience, it is OBVIOUS that it has been VERY BADLY managed.

And YES, that responsibility is with the Boards… No ifs, buts, or excuses.

Rather than creating a culture of trust and openness where people may feel free to openly discuss their differences and negotiate, there is clearly a climate of fear, anger and mistrust.

THE RESPONSIBILITY IS WITH THE BOARD, EVEN IF THEY ARE RIGHT IN THEIR ULTIMATE INTENTIONS!!

This is TERRIBLE MANAGEMENT, and the whole board should reinstate the laid off staff, resign and apologize. You do not know how to lead people.

CK
I have held Management and Director positions at many organizations
I hold a Master degree in Physics and another one in Electrical Engineering


Name: MR

I am writing to deplore your layoff of Morning Show staff. The Morning Show staff are an unbelievably valuable asset to KPFA and its bay area community. I am a long-time KPFA donor who usually gives $500/year. I am willing to give more to KPFA to help address its debt problem but not until the Morning Show and staff are brought back.


Name: PB

As a Bay Area journalist and a long time KPFA subscriber I am horrified by the unilateral actions of Englehardt and her clique. The listeners decide! not witless bureaucrats making $90,000 a year to do what? destroy Pacifica? promote 911 Truther crapola? This clique pushed their political enemies off the air in a massively unprofessional act of spite. They are in violation of labor contracts and common sense and decency. I am suspending my monthly donation until Englehardt resigns or is fired. Go back to Florida.


Name: DC

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,
I am a long-time on-and-off member (as my finances dictate) who relies on the Morning Show as the absolute best news program in the Bay Area. The quality of this program is due largely to the efforts of its superb staff. I listen to virtually every radio news program available, as well as those on KALW, KQED, and others, and many talk programs throughout the day and night (I am an insomniac). I can say with considerable authority that this program has no competition. For you to summarily shut down this jewel in the crown is high-handed authoritarianism, and it is offensive, irresponsible, destructive, and unjustified. Your demonstrated animus toward Brian Edwards-Tiekert and Aimee Allison, colors your every syllable. Your voice drips with contempt and anger. You’re going to show everyone who’s boss. Well, you’re going to lose a lot of listeners and supporters of KPFA and Pacifica. If you think that just any drive-time program will generate the pledges that this program
does, you will find yourself sadly mistaken. You announced that you will continue the program with different personnel. There is no one on KPFA’s staff with the time and energy, as well as the particular skills that the current staff provide. I am sure that most listeners would not mind an additional pledge break–and I hate them–in order to keep the current staffing and program. You also claim that you did not want to air KPFA’s internal disputes because it was not good radio. Au contraire, it was and is riveting.
I urge you to do the right thing here. Rescind your decision, adopt the proposals of KPFA’s union, leave KPFA alone, and please, please, resign at once before you cause another financial burden and crisis a la Lynn Chadwick, which this debacle, and you yourself, in no small measure, resemble. She managed to almost single-handedly bring down Pacifica, and it appears you are hell-bent on the same mission. Furthermore, it is important that Pacifica and KPFA open their books to see where the money goes, how much, and to whom. This should be posted on line, not in the fullness of time, but now.


Name: WJK

This is unbelievable. This is the type of action you would expect from a Teabag right wing type radio station. We all have been asked to surport Pacifica Radio in the past. This to bring a progressive type programming to Progressives across the Country. There must be a way to continue to provide the jobs and programming
without dismissing employees and cutting one of the most revenue producing programs at this station.
I hope the that you reconsider your decision cut this programming and reinstate the employees that were terminated. Political considerations should have nothing to with these types of decisions.


Name: Dr. BL

Dear Pacifica and Ms. Engelhardt:

With all due respect, you have made a grave mistake to lay off workers and cancel the favorite shows of the listeners. Here in Fresno, we not only support KPFA but listening to 88.1 is like visiting an oasis in the desert. We see KPFA as a kind of lifeline to our hearts, souls, and minds. We listen to all of the shows that have been cut and somehow we feel that we are now in a kind of strange Twilight Zone.

I was getting ready to pledge online, to follow up on the pledges I made during the Fall, 2010 pledge drive. But now I am not sure where the money would be going. Certainly, I do not want the money to support your (Arlene Englehardt’s) and the Pacifica board’s illegal actions. Nor do I want to support the legal costs that surely must be mounting in this fight. Have you ever heard of sitting down and listening to each other?

There seems to be only one rational, cost-effective solution: to adopt the proposals from KPFA’s union to reduce layoffs, and explore more alternatives in good faith. This is not as hard as it may seem. IT IS WHAT THE LISTENERS NEED AND WANT. It may not be what you want, but we support the station financially.

We wish you wisdom as you come to a clearer understanding of the gravity of the actions you have taken. It is not too late to do the right thing, Arlene. Please keep in mind that this is listener-sponsored radio. By the way, I ask my college students to consult KPFA for all their writing, to get a balanced understanding of current events, about which they must write every week. KPFA has a very important role for education in the country right now — not just in California.

We all need KPFA back! More than ever, it would not only be the best legal and financial route, but it would be a patriotic thing to get the KPFA back on track. Please adopt the proposals from the KPFA union to keep the finances sound and to explore best options, all in a good faith environment of dialogue and respect.

Thank you for seriously considering my comments.
Sincerely,
Dr. BL, Fresno


Name: SH

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,

I heard that you have pledged not to harm the diversity in programming and staff at KPFA, but if your heart is in the right place, it seems to me that you will have to admit at some point that your actions are doing the very thing that you have promised to avoid. Your actions have decimated the integrity and diversity of the KPFA staff and programming.

Heading singlemindedly down the road that you have apparently chosen has hurt the Bay Area progressive community and the diversity of supporters and listeners of KPFA. It’s possible that you have some larger vision in mind that you have not been able to articulate to anyone, but it seems to me that the damage you have inflicted in pursuit of that vision cannot be justified.

The listeners and sponsors of KPFA want you to deal in good faith with the professional and volunteer staff and explore alternatives to the terrible cuts that you have made. As a long-time listener and supporter, I urge you to restore the Morning Show programming and staff.

Sincerely,
SH
San Jose, California


Name: LA

I am a long time KPFA listener, member, supporter. My dues are paid monthly from my credit card. I am stopping payment due to Pacifica’s actions against KPFA, The Morning Show, and staff members. I am deeply disappointed in the actions of Ms. Engelhardt and her board. I may reconsider my donations if KPFA is made whole.


Name: MN

I support CWA9415′s statements and positions regarding the anti worker actions taken by Pacifica against KPFA workers.


Name: SS

Pacifica,

Until there is a clear financial overview of Pacifica and the 5 stations published in a clear and understandable fasion, no listeners will understand what needs to be done to restore a sustainable budget situation. Assets, debts, staff positions w/salaries, income, expenses, subscribers and average donations, all need to be included.

Short of that, the best I can think to do would be to increase listenership by improving the broadcast schedule to draw more listeners by placing DN at the 7 or 8am slot and at 6pm M-F. I have never understood the 6 and 9 am sloting that excludes commuters. The nightly news could go to 7pm or later.

Flashpoints and Hard Rock Radio needs to stay. The Morning Show could go solo swapping days and cutting costs in half until the budget crisis is passed. Somehow if layoffs could be switched to less hours per employee and the public were made aware of cutbacks due to lack of listener support, they would realize they need to put up more funds.

Another idea is to sell shares in Pacifica via donations with total financial transparency.

Another idea is to have a KPFA membership programming vote for each hourly slot M-F via Ranked Choice Voting to determine the best allocation of shows.

DN needs to be more available to the public. I tell people about this show all the time but the 6am and 9am slots are too hard for them to access. This show needs to be AVAILABLE to commuters so they can get a doorway to KPFA/Pacifica/the truth.

SS
Oakland, CA 94607


Name: JD-L

A few years ago I moved from Portland Oregon back to California and to the Bay Area for the first time. I used to live in LA and listened to KPFK regularly. When I moved to the Bay Area I was thrilled that I would be able to listen to the world renowned radio station KPFA. For years, any time I was in the Bay Area I would tune in and be jazzed about what I could hear. It was a great honor to be able to have a chance to listen every day.

I understand that you are under great financial stress these days, as are we all. Nonetheless, I truly feel that you, KPFA and Pacifica management, need to listen to your supporters and to your workers, through their union . You need to adopt their proposals to reduce layoffs and to really look at alternatives to these troubled times in good faith, as is your obligation under contractual agreement, not to mention as a supposed progressive organization.

If you continue to reduce paid staff, KPFA will be a very different animal than it has been over the years. It will not be what I was so proud to be a supporter and listener of when I came here. I have seen what happens to public radio when it becomes predominantly volunteer run. KBOO in Portland, has a mostly volunteer staff, and although I think it is a great station, it is not KPFA by far. Having professional staff that is dedicated to the work that needs to be done in order to have truly alternative voices on the airwaves is vital.

I implore you to listen to your workers. It is your duty to do so. As a supporter, I apologize for lapsing in my donations recently. Times are hard and I have been unemployed for a while. But I do plan to continue to donate in the future. In fact as soon as possible. But I am awaiting to see how this plays out. I want to see how responsible KPFA management is to their listeners and workers. I also listen to KALW, a station not as progressive as KPFA, but certainly worthy of my support. I hope that I don’t have to transfer my radio allegiance completely over to them. I doubt that I will, because KPFA would still be the voice of alternative radio in the Bay Area. But I need news and analysis that is professional, like Democracy Now!, Against the Grain, Living Room, Doug Henwood, the Morning Show, and community shows like Hardknock Radio and Flashpoints, not 23 hours of world music, as valuable as that is.

I say once again, directly: DO THE RIGHT THING! SUPPORT YOUR WORKERS.

JD-L
Marin County/San Francisco


Name: Halcyon Teed

I am so shocked & totally angered by Pacifica’s actions targeting the most talented people on air. There won’t be a KPFA without the talent to take it into the future. If the power holders expect volunteer staff to rise to the level of Allison & Edwards-Tichert , the Pacifica board is delusional. I won’t support the station in future if this action stands.

Your actions are disasterous to KPFA. Volunteer personel would never approach the talent & devotion of the people you so obviously targeted. Protestations of “financial reasons alone ” are so phony. Please bargin in good faith & find a way to return Allison & Edwards-Tiechert to the air, otherwise I will be forced to abandon KPFA.


Name: LB

I support fully the morning show & flashpoints & will cancel my subscription if they are canceled.


Name: VD

Please bring back the morning show. I left the Bay Area three years ago and have remained a loyal listener and subscriber. I depend on non commercial media as my primary news source, even though I now live on the East Coast KPFA remains central to me. Amy and Brian are like family to me, I miss them and want them back in my life.


Name: JF

I’m very upset about what Pacifica has done with KPFA’s Morning Show and the lack of concern about listeners’ concerns and wishes. The KPFK show is okay, but it’s no replacement for Brian and Aimee. Also, the fact that many of the people we hear on the Morning Show are either local or speaking locally is very important. (A couple of times this week I started to get interested in going to hear someone in the evening who was being interviewed by the KPFK host, then had to remind myself that the venue was in L.A.) It’s hard to imagine what is behind this decision, but I’m sure I speak for the vast majority when I say it’s not a good one. Bring back the Morning Show.


Name: DM

On Tuesday the 9th of November I was very surprised to hear that the Morning Show with Brian Edwards-Tiekert and Aimee Allison was going to be cancelled. I have enjoyed listening to this show every morning and to the two hosts.

I did not think as Arlene Engelhardt expressed it that the listeners would not want to listen to the arguments presented that morning and that it was not good radio. It was interesting and enlightening to hear the facts as they were stated by each person.

I’m very much in support of re-installing the Morning Show and I hope that an agreement can be worked out in light of the budget constraints. It is rather ironical that the show with the two hosts who were able to raise the most money during the fund drives would be cancelled…and because of their lay-offs that even the fund drive would be cancelled!


Name: PS

Just writing again to let you know Arlene and co. still suck and you will get zero money from me until they are gone and/or Morning Show is back. Idiots.


Name: MF

Arlene,

Won’t you even TRY to work this mess out? I have to think that there is a “missing piece to this puzzle”! Certainly, there must be some way to work out any differences, and get everyone back to work! Please!


Name: KC

I also can make no sense of your decision to lay off the morning show staff. That show is my daily companion as I prepare for work, & my major source of information and updates. I am not as interested in hearing about happenings in LA.
Without the morining show, I have no reason to listen to KPFA. I can conclude that you have an unstated reason for destroying the entire station, because I think I am representative of most morning show listeners. Brian and Amy are excellent interviewers, fund raisers, and a great team. I miss them and become angry about their absence every time I turn on my radio. I am an Oncology nurse and do not need to be feeling anger as I prepare to support patients. I’m done with KPFA, including my financial support. I believe that you have handled this so-called “economic issue” unprofessionally and in a total opposite manner from the spirit, values,& openness
upon which KPFA was founded. I’m sorry for you, you have made a terrible mistake and this will define your public persona for the long term future. I hope you find a way to live with this horrendous error in judgement.


Name: BM

Let’s be fair. Let’s remember you are dealing with people and families. Look at alternatives.


Name: SM

I miss the morning show. Please come back on the air. I am living in Fresno and get very little real news. The morning show is like a best friend to me as I drive to work. Every morning I turn it on and hope it will be back on.


Name: YC

Dear Arlene Englehardt,
I’ve been a subscriber to KPFA for over 4o years and am extremely alarmed at the recent events. During most of the 4o years, I have subscribed either during the morning show or during Hard Knock Radio and Flash Points. Subscribing has never been easy for me because of my low economic status, but because of my belief in KPFA as a voice of community and diversity, I’ve made the sacrifice and effort. Recently I subscribed $150. during the Morning Show, a program I’ve listened to for 40 years. I was shocked and upset to hear you on the morning of November 09, describe this programming as bad radio and to unplug the voices I love the best. I can’t bear to listen to what you have replaced the Morning Whow with and suggest that you enlarge your definition of what constitutes radio. I am very upset that my money went to supporting your efforts. I don’t want another NPR!!!!!!!
I urge you to stop your efforts and to reinstate the Morning Show as a forum of local news and reporting. KPFA has been an important part of my life and my dedication to education and hearing diverse voices so that I can better communicate with others. I can’t support the KPFA that you are representing as good radio.
Bring back the Morning Show as it existed and keep your hands off Hard Knock Radio, Flashpoints and the Evening News.
Sincerely,
YC
40 year subscriber to KPFA.


Name: RSM

WHY NO MORNING SHOW?

I have listened to and supported KPFA for years. It is my radio of choice. My heaviest listening times and usual pledge times have always been during the Morning Show, no matter who was hosting it. Just as I rely on Amy Goodman and Democracy Now for in-depth national and international news analysis, I relied on the Morning Show for the same quality of reporting on a state and local level. Didn’t matter over the years whether it was Larry, Philip and Andrea or – more recently – Brian and Amy. I still listened, I still relied. The programming was consistently fantastic, no matter who was the host.

Now I am lost, and I am wondering why Pacifica took away our Morning Show.

Sure, it’s been interesting to hear the feed from KPFK over the last week. But it doesn’t fill the gaping hole in our local morning airwaves. If the station budget required one or two days less per week of Morning Show, I could live with that. If the show had to be cut from two hours to one, I could live with that. But not this. This is total real news deprivation.

I don’t know how I can be proud of my station any longer. I can’t in good faith threaten to withdraw my support or my listenership. I’ll still listen. But now I am very sad, and very disappointed that reasonable people can’t figure out how to keep what is probably the most important show my station produces on the air.

Just tell me why, please.


Name: FG

Shame on you, Pacific Mgt. As a listener/supporter of KPFK since 1996, I find your moves most transparent and despicable. Here is the flagship station, attempting to stand against the influx of Oligarchic criminals into California, and all you can think of to do is . . . layoffs? How did you get your lofty positions at Pacifica? I don’t have time to read the posts here at KPFAworker.org, but after what I saw at the turn of the Century at KPFK, no secretly-done bad deeds, no incompetence, no slacking off by “officers” will surprise me. When KPFK undertakes its “mini” drive in December, rest assured, what has transpired (whether or not I’ve had a chance to read about it) will be no mystery to the Southern California audience.


Name: MG

I miss the Morning Show! After listening to several programs explaining the decision I still don’t understand how they could cancel the show when it is profitable and there are no public plans for a replacement. I’ve sent my feedback to Pacifica. I hope we can fix this!


Name: IB

I am dismayed by your shutdown of the KPFA morning show. As a regular listener and contributor, I ask that you rescind your actions and negotiate with the KPFA union to retain programming and staff. How can you expect people like myself to continue donating when you destroy the essence of KPFA?


Name: JG

The Union Representing your employees has made a good faith effort to assist you in your financial problems by taking major concessions up to and including working without pay. It is now time for you to show your appreciation and work as a willing partner with their Union.


Name: MC

I am very unhappy with the decision to stop the broadcast of the Morning Show. We in the Bay Area are not interested in Southern California. I want the staff rehired and am disgusted with Pacifica’s decision to fire the great staff.

We the faithful KPFA listeners should have a voice in such drastic changes. Several times over the years, I made my pledge during this time slot.

I urge Pacifica to listen to us and stop this takeover of a radio station that is one of the only voices of truth in our area.

MC
Hollister, CA


Name: AD

Arlene- Thank you for appearing on “The Morning Show” last week. I was very eager to hear your perspective on the recent cuts. I imagine your position must be very difficult, and I am sure you must be committed to the values of democracy, justice, kindness and love which fuel the KPFA community. I heard you say that the conversation”didn’t make for good radio”, but I disagree- good communication is good radio! Sadly, I did not think you demonstrated the values I would expect from a true leader and was amazed at how patronizing and disrepectful you were to “The Morning Show” crew. Did you really think you’d cut the show and that we wouldn’t notice? You’ve already cut the fabulous morning music slot down to one hour and you are keeping that awful “Letters to Washington”. You keep the ancient, rambling Jennifer Stone. You keep hours of Grateful Dead music Wednesday night, but there are cuts to “Hard Knock Radio”. Really??

I have kept all my dials turned to KPFA, but now I am changing the dial. I am sending in my pledge from the last pledge break and it is the last money you will receive from me. I hope you will take some time to listen to the tapes of yourself and how you have communicated with the KPFA crew and the listening community. May it be an opportunity for you to reflect on what genuine communication means and may you learn to express yourself with a voice that communicates commitment to democracy, justice, kindness and love.


Name: DB

I feel deceived. I have been a long time listener half of my adult life. My husband and I have made a sacrifice and have faithfully donated to KPFA even when we lost our house, my job and my husband faces work furlough for the past year.
The Pacifica Board needs to stop responding in fear and support the local community that supports it and keep it’s current employees otherwise it is no longer a ” free speech radio station”. I have no interest in the L.A. communtiy, we need support from our beloved KPFA especially now during these hard times . Thank you


Name: BW

How long is it going to take you to realize that the decision by Arlene Engelhardt to discontinue the most financially sound and most income generating show on KPFA was a disastrous financial decision for KPFA and Pacifica. Listenership has plummeted and along with it the pledges and ongoing support that those listeners would have been making. This illogical decision obviously belies a more sinister behind the scenes maneuvering on the part of some Pacifica board members and Engelhardt to advance their own petty political agenda at the expense of the KPFA listener base. Such behavior on the part of Engelhardt and those board members is ultimately self-defeating and a display of great ignorance about what it means to be a Pacifica board member. Your complete lack of deference to the judgment of the listenership about what makes good programming by our financial support of the Morning Show is astounding.


Name: LB

We have been listening to and supporting financially (when possible) KPFA for probably 20+ years both while living in California and now in rural Missouri, the last not your bastion of progressive and enlivening news. I must say that we were aghast at the ending of the Morning Show. What is going on out there? We have loved the diverse programming and programers for several decades. KPFA management, don’t let us the listeners or the good folks making this magic happen down now!


Name: AC

Hi!

I’m trying to donate money to KPFA, but the voice mail is full.
My pledge is for $10K ($1K/year), provided that the Morning Show is fully restored, Arlene resigns and none of my money goes to the Pacifica Foundation.
My pledge expires on Friday November 19th.

It’s my understanding that the executive director and the board of a non-profit organization are responsible to fund-raise for the organization. How much money has the board and the executive director brought in?

Thank you very much.


Name: CC

I have been a LISTENER-SUPPORTER of KPFA for a decade (for as long as I’ve been in the Bay Area). I strongly encourage that the layoffs (involuntary & “voluntary”) at KPFA last week be reversed and those programs be restored as they were before last week. As a listener to this historic COMMUNITY-SPONSORED radio station I am shocked, deeply hurt and angered by these layoffs. I have come to adore, trust and depend on the first rate top-notch local, national and inter-national news and information programming and productions of those that have been laid-off (too many for me to name). These layoffs are the very foolish actions of a few at Pacifica – it will seriously cripple KPFA for years to come.

I have listened very carefully to the various broadcasts this last week about this issue, especially to the comments of Arlene Engelhardt and LaVarn Williams. Their arguments and rational for these layoffs, especially with their bloated (and initially undisclosed) salaries, are extremely weak and illogical. What are they and the Pacifica National Board hiding? I can’t help conclude that these actions are politically motivated by a foolish and shortsighted agenda. I quote Hard Knock Radio’s Weyland Southon, “If KPFA becomes strictly [or nearly all] volunteer-run, I guarantee there will be no diversity on KPFA airwaves. Working people will be ghettoized in late night slots and the upper classed and privileged few will dominate the prime daytime slots. Production standards will nosedive and the resulting programming will not resonate with audiences that require more than some talking heads pontificating on soapboxes. If this is the end game, people of color and other
disenfranchised communities will lose big.” And if they lose big we all lose big! Is that what you at Pacifica want? If it is your actions are immoral and criminal in the eyes of worker and social justice, progressive values and the vast majority of KPFA’s listeners. I insist that Arlene Engelhardt, LaVarn Williams and all the members of the Pacifica National Board (PNB) who support these layoffs resign immediately. That would be the first best step in balancing the Pacifica’s and KPFA’s budgets. “Chop from the top” as they have been saying. I also insist that they accept the proposed sustainable budget by the KPFA workers. When I heard the recording of a PNB meeting and that we listeners are paying for these people to fly across the country for such immature pointlessness, I was appalled.

The last airing of the Morning Show on Nov. 9th was some of the best radio I’ve heard in years on KPFA. Why? Because (it was surprising civil given the circumstances and) it gave us listeners answers to the inner doings of KPFA and Pacifica. KPFA & Pacifica belong to the listeners, not the PNB.

How on Earth do you expect us listeners to financially support KPFA with this insane level of mismanagement going on? (But that’s just what they at the PNB want isn’t it – that’s just so wrong.) I can not give my financial support to KPFA again until: 1) The Morning Show, Hard Knock Radio and Flashpoints are all restored and protected from further cuts. 2) Brian, Aimee and Weyland and their production staff are returned to the air. And 3) Arlene Engelhardt, LaVarn Williams and all the members of the Pacifica National Board (PNB) who support these layoffs have resigned or are fired for incompetence. The arrogant audacity of these Pacifica people is disgusting.

CC, KPFA Listener-Supporter (or at least I was), 11/15/10


Name: DS

Dear People,

I am very distressed about your recent firing of the “Morning Show” staff and removing the program from the airwaves. I feel as though you have pulled out the very heart of KPFA. The Morning Show is the place where Bay Area, as well as national, and in some cases, salient international issues are discussed, at length. Having that scope of programing requires professional, paid, talented, high-calibre as well as dedicated staff (because they could all make more money elsewhere). This is, in my opinion, what we have had with the staff (of the Morning Show).

It doesn’t make sense to remove that show, and its staff, from the airwaves because of “financial concerns”, and not let them finish out the month (that they are paid for), because Ms. Englehardt did not like what they were saying. Besides being contradictory, it sheds a great deal of doubt on her credibility.

I have stopped listening to KPFA in the morning, when I would normally be listening, except for Democracy Now, because it is not relevant to my life in the Bay Area. I also feel an incredible loss at not benefiting from the people whose insights I have come to value and contemplate.

If your goal is to turn KPFA into an amateur, inconsistent, provincial radio-station, with a much reduced listenership, you are certainly moving forward in that direction. And that is an incalculable loss to the entire Bay Area Community.


Name: DD

Dear Arlene,
I respectfully request and demand you submit your resignation immediately for violating your chief responsibility as CEO of KPFA.

Your responsibility is to see that OUR LISTENER SPONSORED radio station, KPFA, is as healthy as possible. You have acted in direct violation with that responsibility.

By removing the staff of the Morning Show, you have removed the major fundraising engine of the station. In fact, you have removed the fundraisers who are responsible for raising 1 in every 4 dollars we have pledged over the last several years.

Because your actions have damaged our radio station I demand your immediate resignation.

KPFA worker network or KPFA Staff, please feel free to do whatever you wish with this letter.


Name: CN

Dear Ms. Englehart,

As a long time listener of KPFA, I was very distressed to hear the news that entire
staff of the Morning Show has been laid off! After researching more about this issue,
I learned that this was a decision of yours. It doesn’t seem like any alternatives were considered when you did this! I know that there are other options that could have been explored. The morning show brings in more funding than any other program, and this could be very damaging to the station! I would ask that the entire staff be reinstated and that you adopt the Sustainable Budget proposed by the workers’ union. I won’t be listening to the station until I hear that there have been some changes.


Name: DW

Dear ms Engelhardt:

Either reverse course on the KPFA firings and budget or resign immediately.

I have been a contributing member of KPFA since the 1970s. The extortion of money from KPFA to subsidize other failed stations and the national bureaucracy has become a disgrace. I certainly did not expect the “democratic” Pacifica Board to become as undemocratic as the 1999 Board.


Dear Ms. Engelhardt:
I am a longtime subscriber to KPFA and find the recent cancellation of the Morning Show, and the related events, quite disturbing. However, the reasons are probably much different than those you assume.
What mainly disturbs me is that the cancellation definitively degrades the programming content and continues of a long term trend at KPFA. The first manifestation of this trend, of which I am aware, dates back to the Pat Scott era in 1995. At that time a great deal of leading edge arts and intellectual programming was eviscerated under the guise of professionalization. (i.e. Incidentally, much of the programming I mentioned was done by volunteer programmers with a high level of expertise in their field.) The result was a
diminution of on air discourse from which the station has never recovered. The cancellation of the Morning Show appears to be another move in the same direction
with different rationale. However this time the listeners will suffer a loss of information about community, national, and international events.
Naturally, I am aware that both KPFA and Pacifica are having economic difficulties. But, readily available evidence strongly suggests the cancelling the Morning Show will make the problem worse. More importantly, dumbing down the programming is the wrong way to address those difficulties.
Rebuilding the quality of KPFA and Pacifica programming and increasing listenership cannot be done quickly without veering from the station’s mission. If KPFA has a sophisticated level of on air discourse, the audience will rise to that level, and in fact demand it, and listenership will gradually increase. Commitment rather than money is what is needed to raise the level of discourse.
Are you committed to making KFPA and Pacifica the preeminent arts and intellectual media institution in the US ? No other radio station, past or present, has ever equaled the quality of programming KPFA historically had. Think of events such as having Alan Ginsberg, Pierre Boulez, Caspar Wienberger, and Ornette Coleman live on air. If you are not committed to restoring at least that level, there is not reason for being involved in. or interfering with, the organization.


Name: AHS

Dear Pacifica Board,
As a 35-year plus contributor and listener to KPFA, I am astonished to find my favorite radio morning show summarily removed from the air. Brian Edwards-Teikert and Amy Allison are both superb presenters and interviewers. They make a good balance. I enjoy Amy’s local coverage of the Bay Area which is always informed by her background here and by old fashioned journalism. Brian excells in delivering informative, well-researched interviews. I particularly have been impressed with his economic and political interviews and reports.

I simply cannot understand why they have been removed from the air. Next to go, I suppose, will be Mitch Gesseritch and Phil Maldory! Give me one good reason why my wife and I should continue to support KPFA.


Name: EG

Ms Englehardt,

A very poor decision, a reflection of flawed thinking and planning. I hope you and the board recognize your mistakes and correct them immediately. I am working on behalf of the decimated staff and volunteers. Beware of the boomerang effect that you have initiated.


Name: DW/ED

Hello,

Once again our KPFA is threatened by Pacifica management’s foolish decisions.

Firing the Morning Show’s staff was certain to ignite a fire storm within its listening audience and the progressive community. Using financial considerations as a pretext for their predetermined dismissals will not wash. There appears to be a paper trail. Yee Gods!

Give it up – certain programs, Flashpoints and the Morning Show come to mind, both money generators, both with a great staff, are the backbone of the station. They will have our unending support.


Name: SL

I have been a long time subscriber and have watched as the station and the national pacific board have struggled in the past, but this current action is way more than I can stand or make sense of. If the Morning Show is not returned to its regular format KPFA as we know , love and NEED it is going to die. How awful. . . for the station, the programers and the community-at-large, for without the coverage provided in this particular time slot, politics in the bay area is doomed to suffer terribly.


Name: GP

As a listener/subcriber for over 25 years, I am asking you to return the Morning Show ASAP. It is not credible that you made the decision in the best interests of the network and station. When asked about how you plan ensure that ongoing fundraising will not be negatively impacted by the decision, you say, “I don’t think so” or “We’ll see.” That is completely unprofessional and irresponsible. Every competent manger knows the impact of lay offs before they are effected.

You will be forced to re-instate these people eventually, as no other union member will take their place, you said you would not staff the show with volunteers and you can’t go outside the station. Brian ET is now the volunteer co-host of Letters from Washington and doing a wonderful job, as always. This blows a hole in your absurd excuse about not following strict seniority. Obviously Mitch will support him in a labor board hearing.
Take the stake out of the heart of KPFA before it bleeds to death.


Name: NK

Dear Ms. Engelhardt, I am astounded that you laid off the Morning Show hosts and closed down the program that generates more revenue for KPFA than any other program. I have been a subscriber to KFCF for many years and have woken up daily to the Morning Show for more than a decade. In addition, your lay off of staff with more seniority violated the union contract. Let me assure you that I will work with others to see you removed as Executive Director and to change the chaotic governing structure of the network which is destroying it.


Name: VG-C

As a long time KPFA supporter, I find it shocking that of all the program’s to be cut, the Morning Show would be on the chopping block. I also find the mean-spirited and anti-union sentiments being aired openly by Ms. Englehardt in complete contradiciton to what I always felt was the spirit of KPFA and Pacifica — a place where open dialog and FAIRNESS to be guiding principles. I heard no tone of willingness to cooperate with the union — surprising.

If budget cuts are imminent, why not take a look at some of the afternoon programs or weekend music programs that while enjoyable are not critical to audiences getting progressive news without corporate influence.

Rather appalled at the situation and will definitely be rethinking my contributions to the station in the future! I had MUCH higher hopes for KPFA than what I heard from Ms. Englehardt.


Name: DC

Please save the morning program! It is one of the reasons I listen and support KPFA!


Name: DW

Big mistake!
That show is the most informative and well produced shows on the radio or of any medium. I recommend you put the show back on the air or else the station will break away from Pacifica National.


Name: AHB

As an opener I listen to The Morning Show, DemocracyNow, Letters to Washington, Against the Grain, Living Room, the Sunday morning show and frequently Guns and Butter to keep in touch with the chaotic world situation from a deeper and more comprehensive point of view. Thus I am sorry that one of my favorites has been cut. I have been cruising the pacifica.org, and kpfaworker. Perhaps I have not mastered the internet sufficiently to find the information I have been looking for–the staff members for the national umbrella organization and its budget, including director salaries. I know the inspiring history of the founding of kpfa in Berkeley but am not sure of the organizing an umbrella group to oversee the Pacifica stations when new ones came on the scene. A few questions have emerged. What is the purpose of the overseeing group? Is it to set policy, make major decisions? The actual work is done at the local level ( including fundraising) and probably needs to strengthen its capacities in order to be more effective. The national overseer is probably a costly operation. Could local autonomy with networking with other stations be less complex and more effective ? Is this parent-child relationship working? When there are financial problems in an organization, it probably indicates a lack of dedication to the vision of the endeavor and a complexity and lack of transparency that creates turmoil and conflict which does not inspire confidence among the listeners and possible listeners. I believe we cannot have a democracy unless there is an interested and informed citizenry–that is Padific’s work. I support kpfa in its fund drives and have indicated a gift in my will–I hope I am putting my money where it can do the greatest good. AHB


Name: FK

Pacifica’s leadership needs to go with the proposals from KPFA union to fix financial conditions and reduce layoffs. The seniority list for those on the air need be published. I have a strong feeling that the staff for morning show of KPFA were removed on a manipulated/ abused seniority list. Also, the list of all those employees including managers who work for Pacifica need be published with there pay. Just to let you know that you can google my name and will know exactly how much was my salary last year.

I think the the main supporters of KPFA and their on the air staff are paying too much for managers and others who need be trimmed and be subjected to full open book/ accountability. I think the manager including Arlene Engelhardt need to take some 15 to 25% cut as well.


Name: K

I have been a KPFA listener for over 35 years and am GREATLY disappointed to find out that “The Morning Show” has been taken off the air. I cannot believe you think this is a wise move and hope you will reconsider. Otherwise, you will lose MANY listeners.


Name: AE

Getting rid of the KPFA morning show was short sighted and will probably work against the station’s best interests in the long run. I won’t be listening to the KPFK
program as it lacks the local connection I found so valuable and I certainly miss the talented and dedicated hosts: Brian and Aimee. Time for Pacifica management to look into other ways of meeting the local budget. Best to pay some attention to the ideas of the workers who are doing the day to day programming. Volunteers are great and provide much, but they will never, never replace dedicated professional staff. This action on your part is going to be disastrous for KPFA, so I hope that you will seriously reconsider what you have done.


Name: DC

Dear Arlene,

I moved to Seattle in 2009 after living in Oakland and SF for 12 years. I am a KPFA subscriber. I regularly stream my favorite programs on my computer or phone and frequently visit the archives.

I am baffled by the recent developments at KPFA and the direction you appear to be taking the station. If you syndicate Michael Eric Dyson, be assured, both you and KPFA will lose the respect of the community. KPFA is one of the very last outposts of free speech in broadcast media. I pray you are aware the extent to which the fabled liberal media and NPR propagandize and disinform listeners, playing along with the corporate war/oil/finance games. Don’t let KPFA become another corporate drone. Please keep KPFA local, vibrant, and most certainly controversial.

Lastly, how do I best stay informed and involved in the decisions that will determine the future of the station?

Thank you and good luck,

DC

PS. Hard Knock Radio is syndicated at my local community station, KBCS. If this program terminates I will be doubly pissed.


Name: CEW

The Morning Show is one of the best locally produced show on the airways today. Why kills it and lay off the creators of such a critical line of sanity in today’s complex world. I moved from the LA area nearly 20 years ago and have no interest in supporting a non-locally produced show as I rise to start my day. Bring back Aimee Allison and crew back or I will be forced to support “Forum” and KQED.


Name: AG

Dear Pacifica Foundation board:

As long-time listeners and supporters of KPFA, having listened religiously to the Morning Show (as well as Flashpoints, Democracy Now!, and Hard Knock Radio) for nearly two decades, we are absolutely appalled at the events surrounding the Morning Show this week. It has been truly enlightening to hear Arlene Engelhardt interviewed in various venues, as it becomes increasingly apparent that she is interested only in obfuscation, sticking to her standard talking points and evading questions like a seasoned and slippery politician.

Two cases in point: on KPFK’s Uprising this morning, Ms. Engelhardt repeated her assertion that the Morning Show staff was laid off to comply with union seniority rules. When host Sonali Kohatkar questioned her about the CWA’s Unfair Labor Practices charge, Engelhardt proceeded to disparage at great length one aspect of the KPFA sustainable budget proposal; when Ms. Kohatkar pushed her to answer the actual question about the NLRB complaint, Engelhardt simply tossed off that “the sustainable budget proposal is part of that complaint” (quote not exact) — still refusing to answer the question in any meaningful way.

Even more egregiously, a day earlier on KQED’s Forum with Michael Krasny, Ms. Engelhardt was challenged to explain why the Morning Show staff could not continue to produce the show in the interim (since they are still being paid until early December). She replied that “there has been so much one-sided spewing that it makes for very bad radio,” thus blatantly abandoning the pretense that the issue is purely economic, and admitting to meddling in station programming. This is truly outrageous — it is not even remotely within the purview of Pacifica Foundation officers to decide programming issues, and I would thank Ms. Engelhardt to let the listeners decide what is and is not good radio! Aimee Allison and Brian Edwards-Tiekert are consummate professionals and excellent interviewers, and I cannot imagine whatever replacement show may be cobbled together without them will be in any way comparable.

It has been very discouraging for those of us who care about KPFA to watch it being ripped apart yet again by the Pacifica national office. We urge you to undo this unfair and completely counterproductive action immediately.

Sincerely,
A & DG
Richmond, CA


Name: JR

Pacific needs to rethink the latest actions with regard to KPFA. I understand the need to have a balanced budget. Please adopt the alternative proposals that were recently put forward by the KPFA workers. Please consider reducing the salaries of the board at Pacifica, they are rather inflated and do not reflect the quality of their work in recent years. Save the Morning Show at KPFA! Find ways to generate more revenue and implement the cost saving measures that have been presented.


Name: BC

I am most disturbed about the recent cancellation of the Morning Show.
This was an excellent show which helped us (in the Bay Area) to sort out some of the intricacies and convolutions of political/social life here and nation wide.

I have been a very long time supporter of KPFA and feel very pained that the “execution” of one of the most worthy programmes on the air could be ended in this fashion.

I would hope for a re-instating of the Morning Show with the same hosts.


Name: MM

Ms. Arlene Engelhardt:

This morning I tuned in to hear morning programming from KPFK and I cannot express in words my anger towards you and the Pacifica Board for this fiasco. All I have to say to you now is that you broke it and now you have to fix it. You bemoaned the lack of independent voices on the radio, well congratulations for being a huge part of that problem by reducing the number of good journalists on the radio by no insignificant number. Whatever you motives they are certainly misguided and have accomplished what no Republican could have ever dreamed of.

In acting unilaterally you have written off the union rules, other proposals and hurt the listeners of KPFA and Pacifica Radio in general and it does you no credit.


Name: RB

Dear Ms. Englehart,
I am distressed and bereft at the loss of the Morning Show hosts and producer. I heard the “final” show, but was not convinced that your reasons were justifiable for canceling the show. More compelling was the support given by listeners who called in, as well as Larry Bensky’s words, which I consider extremely relevant to the issues.

I don’t think that by breaking the back of KPFA you can create fiscal solvency. There are apparently other ways to work on that. I am not listening to the KPFK morning program, and I hope that it will be off the air here in the Bay Area as soon as possible.

Please rethink your reckless decision, and negotiate in good faith with those who have better, or at least alternative ideas about how to work to overcome the budgetary problems. Brian and Aimee are the best, and I want them, as well as their producer, back!


Name: MAG

Dear Director Engelhardt,

I am one of those long-time KPFA listener-supporters who took the time to study the local board candidates’ bios, watch and listen to them on line, and vote. I was surprised for several reasons to receive the Candidate Booklet in the mail: (1) I had already submitted my ballot a week or more earlier; (2) I had been able to get basically the same information on line; (3) you asked for help in defraying the costs of mailing these booklets, which turned out to be neither necessary nor timely.

Also, I watched the Board meetings on You Tube that were held last July in New York, and I was shocked. The shouting melee appeared to be a complete waste of time. How anyone could hear the presenter(s) is a wonder. Worse, to fly people from around the country to a perpetual brouhaha seems a complete waste of money. They may have been more mannerly if you, as Director, had attended the meetings and made demands as you have at KPFA.

Most importantly, it saddens me deeply to see Aimee and Brian dismissed, two young talents with enormous promise in radio–or any other media. Because their hearts, minds, energy, and commitment are rare today, they should be cherished and nurtured. If this were Hollywood and you were a studio head you would be grooming them for big things–that would benefit you and your organization. Instead you have abruptly kicked them out the door and locked it. So much for The Morning Show and its rising stars.

And your timing couldn’t be worse. We’re coming into a difficult couple of years in this country–we need their intelligence and insightful interviews more than ever.

Now Pacifica’s biggest fundraiser (KPFA) over the years is without ITS biggest fundraiser (The Morning Show) and its most popular program. If we didn’t feel the squeeze from every side too, I have no doubt that many of us supporters would come together to cover this shortfall. But perhaps the executive suite can make a difference by taking up the matter of the more than $1 million Pacifica owes KPFA from the 1999 donnybrook.

I respectfully ask you to reconsider your decision and adopt the union’s proposals to resolve this dilemma.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

MAG,
A KFCF listener in the Central Valley


Name: CD

Dear Ms. Englehardt,
I am writing in support of the workers and local programming at KPFA. I understand that you are in a tough position where you need to make some changes in order to help KPFA keep running. I heard you on KQED yesterday talking about the cuts to the staff at the Morning Show. I was upset by the fact that you excused the lack of transparency on the Pacifica website when Larry Bensky pointed out that it has not been updated since April 2009. There is NO EXCUSE for this. Pacifica is a major media organization, and updating the website with public information should be a TOP priority. In an age when everyone and their mother can update websites, it is ridiculous to say that budget constraints are your excuse for that. It seems fishy and like a cover-up because there is no logical excuse for not updating it.

I hope you will consider other options besides canceling the local programs like Hard Knock Radio and Full Circle. There are NO other shows like these in the world, and the apprenticeship program at KPFA is vital for keeping free speech alive.


Name: CP

I have been listening to The Morning Show for 5 years.
I donate to kpfa/pacifica because of The Morning Show.”

It’s very disappointing to hear an author on “Uprising” and then be told if I’d like to see the author, I should go to a bookstore in Pasadena! I live in the Bay Area!


Name: EWH, longtime listener-sponser

I do not support the recent changes in staff and programming. Almost everyone that listens to KPFA (especially during fund raising time) would know that the people and positions that have been under attack, are essential members and components of the stations success.
The decision to air KPFK shows in the place of the morning show is disrespectful and disconnecting (as is the lack of transparency)… it is also giving Pacifica a Bad name.
Now other shows are getting negatively affected… WTF? I mean… Come on !
Please cease and desist your monkeywrenching of this wonderful
local community station, KPFA


Name: JF

Hello,
I just recently joined KPFA as a subscriber based on my great appreciation for the Morning Show. Eventhough cost cutting measures seemed necessary, I am completely dismayed that the morning show staff was let go. I view this is a demonstrating very poor judgment and ultimately a lack of caring for the long term viability of the station. I sincerely hope that the decision is reversed.


Name: AS

I am writing to protest the recent layoffs, especially of Morning Show staff. Why on earth would you fire the staff of the show that generates the most revenue for the station?

This is clearly irrational, leaving me to wonder, what are the real motives here? Please be honest with KPFA listeners!

I will NOT accept a piped-in morning show from another station. Please adopt the proposals made by KPFA’s union.

Why make yourself the enemy of the listeners of Pacifica’s flagship station??

AS (community college professor and longtime listener)


Name: A

I’m an ongoing KPFA & KPFK supporter. I primarily listen to The Morning Show & Democracy Now. The history of both shows involves management harassment and interference. I wonder why Pacifica doesn’t learn from it’s lessons?

Yesterday I was astounded by Tracy Rosenberg’s recent (so-called) ‘press release’ about KPFA’s current crisis. This release is so biased I couldn’t call it journalism in the least, and Tracy is so anti-KPFA that she refuses to acknowledge the perspective of the workers. I met with Tracy Rosenberg awhile back when I was considering running for the KPFA board — and I was concerned that she was perhaps not mentally balanced.

This is an excerpt from our recent email exchange where I told her to withdraw her so-called ‘release’ on the Media Alliance website, that is was an abuse of the organization’s role. Here’s her response:

“> > I find that two sides to everything argument essentially banal…
>> In this case, there are no two sides of the story I’m afraid. The KPFA
>> workers making this big stink are the managers. They’ve been the power
>> base at the station for years, make all the decisions, terrorize much of
>> the unpaid staff, prevent programming changes, and chase out one
>> so-called manager after another. They’ve also been busily sliding towards
>> bankruptcy the past two years, while being bailed out by Pacifica time and time
>> again – to the tune of $250,000 this year. Pacifica is tiny by comparison.
>> There are only six employees at Pacifica and 38 at KPFA). Pacifica is
>> way more accountable, way more transparent and less hierarchial thann KPFA
>> management has ever been (to date) and their long-term allied staffers.”

I don’t know all the ins & outs of the politics at KPFA, but I do know that union contracts should be observed, that Executive Director shenanigans and layoffs are a horrible precedent, and that Pacifica has done very little to take care of the member stations and a lot to screw things up.

While I am a firm believer in the mission of Pacifica, I also believe that all stations should be independent of the national organization and financially independent as well. The executive management and board have been biased, unprofessional, and used poor judgement continuously.

During our on-going right wing takeover of the media, we can’t afford to have the mismanagement of these stations cripple them during a crucial time in this country, during the media take-over by corporations & big money.

Defend and protect our independent media!
A.


Name: SA

Our cohousing community has actively and financially supported KPFA since 1986. It is the only media we listen to pretty much all day and night long. In thoroughly researching this situation, it has become clear to us what is really going on here.. and it is not in accordance with the values we, and all the great speakers we ( used to) hear on the morningshow etc. represent and hold onto for our sanity. This is, in fact , an insane decision and you are certainly not doing yourselves a favor to have obviously uninformed kneejerk reactions like this in times that are so difficult for the entire world. Do you know and understand who the listenership of KPFA is comprised off?? If not.. you are in for a surprise. We LOVE the people you laid off and cut down. We love their integrity, their voices in our livingrooms, their dedication, their programming. To hear their informative voices of sanity in a world that is increasingly insane, we MUST continue to hear their voices and programs.. it comes down to a gut-level mental survival issue to our community and we will continue to actively express our solidarity with the KPFA workers through our networks and in every way necessary. Shame on you. You know.. and especially WE know.. why you are really doing this…


Name: EB

Managements latest move to cancel kpfa Morning Show, and fire it’s staff, was wrong and should be rescinded immediately. If money is the issue we can find the money. The prime role for the board in most non-profits is to raise funds, so get to work.

The Morning Show and especially the on air hosts are the face of the local station, live every day. They build a listener community on shared interests and aspirations, developed over time, that must not be destroyed.

We get no local news and NO LABOR NEWS. WE WANT AND NEED THE LABOR REPORT.

If it takes another struggle by the listeners, you will certainly get one. We will throw out this management, and this board.

Thanks for almost fifty years of great radio, and please get out of the way of the next fifty years,


Name: DM

I am a long time supporter of KPFA and make a monthly automatic contribution.
I plan to discontinue contributing if the KPFA Morning Show’s staff and show is not put back on the air. The staff of the show that is the most popular and the biggest money maker is not the one to cut. Please reconsider your decision and bring back the Morning Show. It is so important KPFA continues to be a voice for the local community and offer coverage of our area’s many diverse communities and concerns.


Name: CS

While I understand that these are dire economic times; and I also support maintaining Hard Knock Radio as an important part of our community, what I resent most is that KPFA is a listener-sponsored radio station. In the Bay Area we want Bay Area programming and we want some say in our money is spent.

I, too, support having diverse voices at KPFA. I don’t think the Pacifica National Board represents these diverse voices, or the listeners of KPFA.

We want control of our radio, and we don’t want you the board to tell us what is and is not essential to the Bay Area. Over the years I have given thousands of dollars to KPFA and I believe we have more rights to decide what we want and how we want the station run than you do.

I support cutting back the expenses of the National Board more than the programs at the local station.

Bring back Bay Area programming; we don’t want piped in LA shows no matter how
good they are.


Name: JTD

Arlene Engelhardt,

The Morning Show is one of the only reasons I tune into KPFA. I heard you on Tuesday’s show and you sound like an obstruct to, not an ally for, independent, local, radio journalism.

After listening to your explanations, I still don’t know why you would lay-off the staff of one of the most successful shows on KPFA. Why are you doing this? It doesn’t make economic sense. Canceling your most listened to and respected show sounds like the opposite of what you should be doing for your struggling radio station.

I’m really angry that this show was canceled. I’m even more angry at your ridiculous explanations for the lay-offs.

What’s really going on at KPFA?


Name: LO

I have been a strong supporter of KPFA for decades, and have hung in through all of the internal and governance turmoil because the quality of the programming is so high and so essential. The layoff of the Morning Show staff was the final straw. We NEED radio like the Morning Show. Reinstate the staff – keep the Morning Show alive.


Name: M

To whom it may concern,
The first thing that I used to do every moring as soon as I woke up was to turn in my raido to the Morning Show. However, since you have laid off Brian and other staff of the morning show, I do not see anyy reason to listen to KPFA anymore. So, I really appreciate it if you rehire them back.
Thanks


Name: MBL

I am so disappointed in the decision to cut the Morning Show. This is a program that I listen to every morning, and enjoy the analysis, the interviews, the staging for local events. This show brings you the most income. It’s my sense that you are trying to destroy KPFA. I don’t want my money to go towards Pacifica’s projects; I want it to go this station that I know and love for making me aware of so many things. These hard times are trying for everyone, but to not even consider the proposals the union brought forward hardly seems to be responsible to the station or its listeners. Please reconsider your layoffs.


Name: TP

I am disappointed that the Morning Show staff has been cut. I usually donate to KPFA each year, but now I am not sure that I will continue to do so. I am appalled to learn that 22% of my donation goes to Pacifica and that so much of that is spent on overhead! I believe KPFA should have control of its own budget and financial affairs and I really don’t understand what what purpose Pacifica serves. Please consider the staff’s budget recommendations and give them control of their destiny. It seems like we went through the same thing 10 years ago, and I am tired of hearing about the administration of Pacifica jerking around with the station I really appreciate.


Name: PF

I am incensed at the recent actions taken by Pacifica in regards to the morning show and refuse to support the station until those people are reinstated. Your actions are disrespectful of all your listening audience, aggressive, invasive and unsupported by any coherent logic. A just and viable solution must be found and until that time I will not send another penny to support the station or Pacifica. I am a supporter for 30 years and my support for the station has grown over the years because I believe in the institution so deeply and my gratitude for KPFA is never-ending. Undeniably changes must be made and there’s bound to be resistance, but I am completely disgusted by your actions, your tone and your apparent mission. In fact, listening to you was the most frustrating, gut-wrenching interview I think I’ve ever heard. What is wrong with you? Without doubt, some of you, whoever you are, are there to tear down our beloved station and network from within. This looks and feels like just such a movement. I used to feel that the morning show was a little tired and I thought that Democracy Now was more what I wanted to hear at the 7 o’clock hour. But since Aimee and Brian have been there, I’ve been totally satisfied. I like them. I like their work. It’s entertaining, informative, and it sounds nice. Their good at it. Brian is a workhorse. Aimee’s an angel. My contribution of $500/year (minimum)will be witheld unless these people are reinstated and a process for a just solution is embarked upon.
sincerely,
PF and family


Name: LN

So it only seems as if you want to sabotage KPFA….There can be no other reason. There were alternatives. We are a progressive station, why were no progressive measures taken. This is a travesty. I depend on the morning show….perhaps you knew we would all be forsaken……no explanations and why on KQED do you take the time but not KPFA. There has to be some ulterior motive and that can only be to kill the left voice. You should be very very ashamed of yourself.


Name: KD

To whom it may concern,
This act of laying off the staff of the morning show is going to put KPFA in a more difficult position. I am shocked that this has been forced on the station. This is the lifeline to KPFA and if you have not noticed listening has plummeted. WE NEED LOCAL NEWS; I SUPPORT KPFA AND IT NEEDS THE MORNING SHOW!!! PLEASE LISTEN TO THE LISTENERS!!! How will it survive and compete w/ NPR and main stream radio.


Name: BP

Arlene Englehardt,
How much is Karl Rove and the Koch brothers paying you for to gut KPFA?

Your actions are despicable. I have been a listener supporter of KPFA for many years. I will never give another penny to any organization run by Pacifica Foundation as long as you are employed by Pacifica.


Name: BR

I strongly oppose the decision to cut the morning show. It has been one of my favorite segments of KPFA programming and the reason for most of my donations. Brian and his staff discuss topics of interest to me and have a great style and presence. It is clearly not in the best interests of Pacifica or KPFA to follow through with this ill conceived and executed mistake. Please restore the show or lose much of my fair and support.


Name: DM

I have become one of the thousands who has turned their radio to another station in the morning. What I have found, however, is that I am listening to KPFA less all day since you have taken the Morning Show off the air. I understand this is a trend. People don’t listen to programming they don’t relate to- especially when a show as informative and interesting and valuable as the Morning Show is discontinued. You need to take the station staff’s thoughtful proposal about how to navigate the station’s financial crisis and implement it, and restore the morning show unless you want your legacy to be as the new director who destroyed one of America’s most powerful alternate media voices. Perhaps you don’t care about anything but the power. Perhaps you are indeed a conservative and this was your original plan. If however you care about radio, you care about free speech, you care about Pacifica Radio you will do the right thing instead of the politically expedient thing. Keep KPFA alive, restore the Morning Show.


Name: RHM

To Whom It May Concern..

What a disappointment to wake up and no longer have the most vital professional staff on the Morning news. I looked forward to that everyday of the week.

I have given several hundred dollars specifically because of the morning news. I can tell you I will no longer be subscribing or bothering to listen, if this local professional staff is gone..

So sad and such poor decision making on the way to eliminating cost.. There has got to be a better way.. The recent elections were so overwhelming to me .. I wanted to vote but ended up not voting at all !!! I did not have the time to research all candidates.. It is a waste to ask KPFA subscribers to do this.. By just eliminating that you could save tons of money.

But by what you have now done to the morning news is like cutting your own throat. How intelligent is that?


Name: JP

To Arlene Englehart,
The quality of the Morning Show has set the high bar for excellence on KPFA. It has become my morning commute radio over the past year. KPFA is one of the two non-profits that I have supported financially over the past ten years. But only with the Morning Show have I shown up daily as a loyal listener. I am a college professor and I quote KPFA often to my students. It is shocking and indefensible that this excellent and truly necessary radio show is being replaced. It breaks my heart.
JP


Name: SB

Dear Miss Engelhardt: Well this morning I heard your excuse for a morning show. ALthough somewhat interesting, it does not replace the great shows that the staff of the KPFA morning show produces. We want our local news there is plenty of national news programs. I am a financial supporter of KPFA but will need to rethink my support if Pacifica continues to not listen to the staff and volunteers and meddles in the programing that KPFA offers.

Please reconsider the layoff, and listen to the staff and their suggestions to help the situation.


Name: MP

Greetings,
This morning I just had to turn my radio off. I am so disheartened by the top down decision to cut the KPFA Morning Show staff. It is imperative to have genuine local programming. My feeling is that Aimee Allison is a natural radio host who conveys deep dedication to issues I care about. Her coverage of local issues such as the Oscar Grant shooting and other East Bay/ Oakland stories is respectful and helps me get moving in the morning. Although I am not personally as fond of Brian Edwards-Tiekert, he clearly has a lot to offer too and could support other staff by being a producer and/or providing occasional stories. Please consider comments of listeners like me who have sent in our money to KPFA multiple times a year for decades.


Name: VM

Dear Arlene Engelhardt,

Please reconsider these harsh moves that have been taking place with Pacifica’s KPFA’s community media. This is one of the last true democratic forms of media left in this country. Please do not erode this democracy by denying the listeners, workers, volunteers and supporters a place to feel at home while escaping the terrain of corrupt media, and private interests.


Name: BM

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,

I’m a longtime listener/subscriber to KPFA, since 1957. The Morning Show, particularly with the team which you’ve recently laid off is one of the most important shows on radio, anywhere. The hosts Brian Edwards-Tiekert and Aimee Allison, plus there staff are experienced, considerate, insightful and careful and they run a well balanced and informative show. It’s a critical show. It is definitely critical for me.

The shows from KPFK, Los Angeles , which I’ve tried to listen too, are no substitute for the Morning Show as hosted by Aimee and Brian.

What are you thinking? If this decision is not rescinded you’ve and Pacifica have lost me as a listener/supporter


Name: ST

I am a long time listener of KPFA. The morning show with Brian and Aimee and Phillip and Andrea prior to them, have been a major part of my morning routine. While I understand the economic difficulties many are experiencing, you have tampered with one of the most successful local radio stations in the country. KPFA is a jewel as is its morning show hosts. It is an educational tool for many and the information is invaluable. It is listener sponsored and supported. So, until these layoffs are rescinded, I will not be supporting any other stations piped in morning shows.


Name: MG

I am what one caller described as a “back-seat supporter,” in that I donate regularly but (regretably) seldom vote. I don’t know the ideology of the local station board at this time, but I read that a majority side with the three national reps who want to purge the station of all of its solid, relevant programming for god-knows-what conspiracy nonsense: Should I and like-minded people remain members (albeit at the minimum) in order to retain the ability to vote next year? I’m sure I speak for many who will get around to it after this major wake-up-call. If so, it is important that the message get out, presumably from this website, because when we cancel our subscriptions in disgust, we lose our ability to help fix the station, especially given the apparent fact that increasing revenue is _not_ in the plans of the putsch crew at this time.


Name: DM

I am a KPFA listener. I do not want to listen to the L.A. morning show. I demand the return of KPFA morning show personnel and show. Do not interfere in the workings of the station against the will of the staff and the union. Adope the proposals from KPFA union to reduce layoffs. Explore alternatives in good faith.


Name: DG

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,

I have been listening to KPFA for over ten years and have also been a faithful contributor every fall. I listen to KPFA for the locally produced programs such as The Morning Show, Flashpoints, Living Room and the Saturday Morning Talkies to name a few. I am not interested in programming coming out of Southern California and will not support it financially. I will not contribute this fall unless the The Morning Show is restored and the on-air talent are rehired. I know I am not the only KPFA member that feels this. You will be losing more than you gain but eliminating locally produced programming.


Name: BM

Ms Engelhardt,

I quote Tim Redmond, of the Bay Guardian:
‘”I’ve tried in the past year to stay out of the drama at KPFA — I’m a KPFA member, a longtime supporter and a fan of what the station does, and I don’t think constant media scrutiny and leftist harping about every single cut and personnel decision in tough financial times does any good for the progressive cause. But this one seems to be a big mistake, and I don’t see how Englehardt is going to fix it.”‘

I listened to the show at KQED you were on with Larry Bensky, where he said basically the same thing. I’m not that familiar with Tim Redmond, but I am a big fan of Larry Bensky and I agree with his judgment most of the time; and on that show Bensky said basically the same thing: Big Mistake!

The fiscal situation at KPFA seems to be a real problem, apparently there are issues to resolve, but I urge you to reverse this decision and find another way. I doubt that I will continue to support KPFA if you don’t.


Name: IM

Arlene Engelhardt,

You must wake up or there could be almost no one listening to KPFA. Where will the pledges come from. The move you made was a mistake and must be taken back. I have listened to KPFA on and off since 1968 or so. You could be killing it. It is unbelievable that you can not see this. Short sighted is an understatement here, blind sighted is the one that came up with this decision. Morning Show, Flash Points, Hardknock Radio, Evening News, Democracy Now, these are the serious and important shows that take work to produce and benefit the community.


Name: RD

Dear Pacifica:

Am writing in response to the layoffs of the ENTIRE cast of the Morning Show. I have been listening to the morning show for a long time now and think that you are making a huge mistake by laying off the hosts and producer there. They bring in a ton of money for the station and I think you should reconsier your position.


Name: DW

Are you insane? You have destroyed the best money-making segment of KPFA’s programming. I have been giving $200/yr. to KPFA but am reducing that immediately to reconcile with the impaired content. Please come to your senses and negotiate in good faith with the Union and adopt the money-saving strategies proposed by KPFA. The bloated National Board budget looks pretty bad these days.


Name: RKC

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,

I am dismayed by your canceling of the Morning Show, the most valuable daily Progressive show in the Bay Area. This is a devastating loss to me personally, to the Progressive Community in the Bay Area, and ultimately to KPFA’s credibility and money-raising ability. I do not think you understand the Bay Area Progressive radio listener and particularly, you do not understand the loyal KPFA listeners. I considered it excellent radio when Aimee & Brian met with you over the airwaves to question your decisions. They conducted themselves with grace under terrible pressure. We in the Bay Area want to know what is happening to our beloved radio station.

Firing the current Morning Show hosts & staff is essentially a cancelation of the show & an assault on loyal listeners, as well as on the staff. As a very long time listener-supporter for over 30 years, the Morning Show is my lifeline to local, national and global news, including political and cultural. I regularly contribute to KPFA-Pacifica during the Morning Show.

The Morning Show is the only source of info about Progressive Political & Cultural events in the Bay Area. The hosts interview folks who will be presenting. Aimee and Brian put an incredible amount of time & effort into educating themselves about important breaking political and cultural issues and news, both local and around the world. Their interviews are among the most intelligent and in depth that you will find on the dial. The show is the source of political analysis leading up to elections and guests on the show clearly appreciate the host’s ability to conduct interviews, allowing all sides to come out.

I am a 67 year old Clinical Social Worker, supervisor and teacher and a long-time political activist to end the Israeli Occupation of Palestine. I rely on the Morning Show for interview and analysis of Mid-East Political events and local political actions that don’t get reported or analyzed anywhere else.

I beseech you to reconsider your rash and destructive to KPFA actions.

RKC


Name: NF

I continue to deplore your decision to fire the morning show staff at KPFA. I have not listened to the show since the firings. I do not want to listen to a show, however interesting it might be, from another city. I want the morning show staff back on air. It is laughable for you to say this was a budget cut when the morning show brings in the most money to KPFA. NO one believes this. No one with a sense of business would make such a decision. So reverse this decision and move on to other more productive and sustainable ideas to help the station not decimate it.


Name: PN

I hate the decision you made to cancel The Morning Show at KPFA. When I heard you speak you came across as completely ignorant of the Pacifica Mission… my question to the Pacifica Organization is how in the hell did they ever HIRE someone like you in the first place? You seem to have the mindset of people in NPR and PBS which have both become a corporate sponsored wasteland over the last three decades and any sense of alternative to mainstream corporate radio pretty much long dead. It seems you are a bean counter, someone who just balances the books without any sense of what it is you are eliminating to do so. You are far more interested in your resume than in the importance of the beloved institution you are so cavalierly pruning away at.
Then I wonder what your REAL mission might be beyond your rhetoric. You hail from Florida in the bible belt South where pundits have railed for years about shutting down stations like KPFA. I feel you might be a mole for people who would render this station and this network to the ineffective status of NPR… All I can say is you don’t know what you’re dealing with. The people here aren’t the obedient, submissive folk you are used to in Florida… we will rise up and take back the station if necessary.
We don’t need to hear about the issues of Los Angeles every morning as good a show at Sonali’s is (KPFA broadcasts one day of it on Saturdays)… do you really think that people will support the station as it is? That’s why I think you’re a mole, here to destroy Pacifica’s top station that reaches so much of the state of California and helps keep people informed with alternate perspectives, unlike where you come from where pretty much every station broadcasts a slight variation of one perspective. This will not stand… you will see this. We will take back the Station and network and fire YOU!


Name: MI

Arlene Engelhardt,
I am a longtime supporter of KPFA and am appalled at your decision to cancel and fire the staff of the Morning Show. In spite of your reasoning for the firings, it makes no sense to fire those who provide the station with a major part of the donations during pledge drives.
I no longer listen to anything in that time slot and the money I had set aside for the next pledge drive will not go to KPFA but to other charities of my choice. I believe that last year my paid pledges were near $5000.
In a sense what you have done is that old saying “cutting off your nose to spite your face”.


Name: R

Hello, I am one of the long time KPFA supporters.

For a long term strategy, we should put back the morning show as soon as possible. It doesn’t matter what you said in the KQED during you were interviewed about the Morning Show is one side opinion show or not. The Fox News can do it why don’t we? KPFA is a Free speech radio. The true is the Morning Show is belong to the bay area and the outskirt counties listeners’, let us to judge if it is a good business or not. We will continue to support, if you open your heart and mind to listen to the listeners concern. KPFA is belong to all of us. Thank you.


Name: CB

you’ve made an huge mistake.
i can now add your name to those of mary francis berry(sp.?) and lynne chadwick.


Name: KM

Ms. Engelhardt,

It is not surprising that you have not returned my numerous calls and email messages. You must be completely inundated by folks who think that the Pacifica Foundation Board and your decision to undermine KPFA is an heinous act. I will certainly be a part of whatever movement develops to replace you and will certainly be looking hard at Pacifica Foundation’s Board and how they can be replaced by saner people with better intentions for Pacifica.

ANYONE WHO VOTED FOR OR IS PARTICIPATING IN THE DISMANTLING OF SUCH AN AMAZING INSTITUTION SHOULD HANG THIER HEAD IN SHAME AND STEP DOWN! Stop wasting our money with your petty grievances and start paying your way. We cannot afford your salary or the boards misguided expenses anymore.

ADOPT THE PROPOSALS PUT FORWARD BY THE (FORMALLY) PAID STAFF AT KPFA. REHIRE EVERYONE AND CUT THE PACIFICA FOUNDATION’S BUDGET TO COMPLETE THE BALANCING OF KPFA’S BUDGET. That is what a true leader would do.

Chop from the top!


Name: RG

Please adopt the proposals by the KPFA union to reduce layoffs. I am a sustaining member of KPFA. I can’t for the life of me figure out the reasoning behind the decision to fire Brian Edwards-Tiekert and Amy Allison from the morning show. Brian is one of the most intelligent and articulate voices on KPFA and I have relied on his reporting and interviewing since he began working for KPFA. The credibility of the Pacifica Board is waning quickly with this terrible decision.


Name: KC

Dear Pacifica board and Ms Engelhardt,

http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2010/11/11/kpfas-morning-show-purged

This is not playing well with KPFA’s listenership; I think you should reconsider.
KPFA’s union makes the case that alternative budget proposals, acceptable to KPFA’s staff, have been rejected out-of-hand. This is also not playing well: in fact, it looks a lot like union-busting.

KPFA is the flagship of Pacifica: indeed, without it, there would never have been a Pacifica… and without the sponsorship of listeners, there would be no KPFA. Firing these staffers is, in a very real sense, firing their listenership. This is a very bad idea.

I urge you and the board to take the union’s budget proposals seriously, and to reverse these layoffs.

Yours sincerely,
KC, longtime-subscriber.


Name: M&BC

Why would you kill the goose that lays the golden eggs? KPFA means too much to California and the nation for you to end this program. I thought the LA program was a holiday substitute, and did not like it. We’re ready to support the station, but only if the quality of people like Mitch and Aimee continue to be on the air. RECONSIDER, you’re just wrong here!!


Name: SR

I am calling for you to adopt the proposals set forth by KPFA”s union in reducing these vendetta like layoffs of our free speech local station immediately! also to discontinue piping in shows from KPFK, as it does not represent “Our Community.” May I also remind you that the station is listener supported and owned! I believe their are major problems in Pacifica’s national; and you might consider fixing your own internal incompetence regarding financial issues and desist from these senseless layoffs of our favorite shows and their hosts. I heard you on the radio, and nothing you said was logical or intelligent; Now that was truly “Bad Radio” as you like to say…
I wish for you to either resign or be fired, clearly you do not share the the views of the importance of what KPFA represents in its broadcasting nor do you understand how vital and necessary it is to their listeners; nor the values and beliefs of the Listeners themselves! How did you ever get this job? And what are your qualifications? I’m just asking….. I strongly support KPFA and rely on its current programs for my source of true and just reporting the real story! You seem to want to turn it into another version of Fox News! Please, in the interest of “Real Radio” and its listeners and supporters, RESIGN!


Name: Dr. CK

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,

I listen to several shows aired on KPFA. I consider all of them to be excellent shows and I would not want any of them to be cancelled. However, I do realize that some cuts may be necessary in these difficult times.

But, to cancel a show that is popular, of excellent quality, covers local and national events and to top it off a ‘money maker’, makes absolutely no sense. This move is so absurd that it leads one to believe that there is an ulterior political motive or is due to incompetence.

We all make mistakes and I hope that this is the case in this situation. I urge you to re-start negotiations in good faith with the KPFA union.

Sincerely,

CK, PhD


Name: HC

Please adopt the adopt the proposals from KPFA’s union to reduce layoffs, and explore more alternatives in good faith. The 2010 “Sustainable KPFA” Budget


Name: LF

PUT BACK THE MORNING SHOW, HIRE BACK AIMEE AND BRIAN, DO IT RIGHT AWAY, ARLENE. YOU ARE CUTTING OFF KPFA AT THE FEET, AND WE WILL RISE UP AGAINST YOU … WE ARE THE LISTENERS. YOU NEED US. NONE OF US WISHES TO HEAR ABOUT UPCOMING EVENTS IN LA AS WE DON’T LIVE THERE (DUH) AND WE WANT LOCAL PROGRAMMING WHICH TUNES US INTO
OUR BAY AREA. GET THIS, ARLENE. IN ALL HUMILITY, PUT BACK THE MORNING SHOW.


Name: AS

I have been listening to the morning show for many years and terminating the staff is a tragedy. I look forward to hearing about your change of heart and know that there are many among your listeners that feel the same.


Name: JW

What is Pacifica doing? Engelhardt sounds so unconvincing, like she knows she’s screwing up, fearing for her job, taking a capitalist way out. Boring! Let her go! Amy Allyson and Brian Edwards Teaker are terrific together: their importance (and The Morning Show’s always been important) is presenting issues in a light not heard on NPR or BBC, in the spirit of Amy Goodman; their choice of issues covers a lot of ground and a huge variety of topics – local, regional, national, current, unexpected, social, cultural up-to date and insightful. I listen to KPFA for them (as I did for Philip and Kris way back) and for the hour long news at 6p. Get her out….


Name: LAH, Ph.D.

I am writing in support of KPFA Morning Show Staff.

The Morning Show brings in more funds for KPFA program than any other program. This program is vital to KPFA and to all listener supporters. Furthermore, I value listening to local programming offered by the KPFA Morning Show. I am not interested in piped in programming from KPFK.

The union contract has been violated by the Pacifica Board. I understand that KPFA is in a fiscal crisis, however the approach of the Pacifica Board is wrong.

I believe that Arlene Engelhardt and the Pacifica board need to adopt the proposals from KPFA’s union to reduce layoffs and explore alternatives in good faith.


Name: CS

I just want to say that I am extremely disappointed in the decision to lay off the entire staff of the Morning Show. Wouldn’t it make more sense to spread out the cuts over the entire staff of KPFA? I also think that Pacifica should have to disclose the salaries of every Officer of the Foundation, and the Executive Director and the CFO should have to take salary cuts before any cuts are made at the stations.


Name: JR

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,

I am a long-time listener to KPFA’s Morning Show, and was greatly disappointed that the staff was laid off. The Morning Show has always presented insightful commentary about current events, and I feel that my understanding of the greater community along with national and international conditions has deepened. I disagree with your rationale that the Morning Show hosts did not provide balanced reporting. They did. And, I am not listening to the piped-in programs from Los Angeles. We need local programming with a paid staff.

This poorly conceived cancellation of the Morning Show has greatly hurt KPFA. I am questioning whether I will continue to donate to the station. Probably not. Also, with the KPFA Crafts Fair in December, this cancellation is bound to hurt attendance, which in turn will hurt the artists/crafts people who participate — the ripple effect.

Your decision to lay off the Morning Show staff along with having more volunteers run the station is plainly poor management and demonstrates a lack of innovative problem solving skills on your part. Please resign.


Name: EW

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,

I am a long time supporter of KPFA but plan to cancel my subscription next year, unless KPFA (which is sponsored and paid for by listeners like me) is morning news (which includes international and local Bay Area related content) is restored ASAP. This mass layoff and gutting of a morning news program is ill advised at a time when the country is spiraling downward economically with two wars and now a war on the working class (i.e., attacks on the social safety net). Where are the listeners to turn for news about such vital information? If anyone has mismanaged the station, well, you should look in the mirror first. Your management skills are clearly lacking to proceed as you have. Shame on you and the other board members for contributing nothing to an already shaky situation at KPFA.


Name: MG

Dear Ms. Engelhart,

This is the first morning without The Morning Show and it strikes me that it is not just our familiar hosts and biggest radio fund-raising program (that part totally baffles me) that we have lost. But as a Bay Area filmmaker/subscriber, I have lost a possible venue for being interviewed about my film screenings. The loss of our local program also impacts the Arts Community and Social Justice Communities in the Bay Area. The Morning Show is one of the most prized venues to try to get a spot on to let the public know about our local/Northern California events. It means we have also lost Reyna Cowan and her film reviews, David Bacon and his labor news, another spot for Jennifer Stone, the new “Oakland Seen” (which gives voice to a community that has little access to the airwaves). Now we hear about events in Los Angeles???

I continue to be baffled by this very unusual move.

Sincerely, MG, Filmmaker/subscriber for 30 years


Name: LB

We support the KPFA workers paid and unpaid. The layoff of the morning show staff was illegal. The staff plan to cut costs seems reasonable. We believe it should be implemented.

Thank You,
LB & SD


Name: A

Ms. Englehardt-
Your comments on the renegade Morningshow on Tuesday were offensive, vague, and made it clear to the listeners that you have no intention of bringing KPFA out of financial difficulty. You completely de-ligitimized the power of Aimee, Brian, and others that work on the Morningshow. By suggesting that they bring in the most income because of their time slot, and not their integrity and commitment to truth and justice, you made us all who support them feel unimportant and marginal. The show yesterday was far from one sided. You received a lot of time to explain your actions, in which you repeated the same sentence over and over, and when confronted with followup questions, you were not able to comment. The frustration from the listeners is not misguided, or because of ignorance. We understand that Pacifica is more political than we’d all like to admit. We also understand that management often has issues with labor unions, and their representatives. This is true in any work
environment. What you dont seem to understand is that your fiscal responsibility to the station does not include removing the most popular and biggest money maker the station has to offer. There needs to be a dialogue with the union, workers, management, and listeners of the station to come to a satisfactory conclusion. We want our hosts back on the air. We want our local morningshow to continue uninterrupted, and we want the personal and political vendettas to end. We all have a common goal of providing (and receiving) quality, progressive, news and information that we cant get with mainstream media. Although, with these shocking events, I fear that Pacifica is not as interested in those goals as we are. With the winter fundraiser just around the corner and the topic of fundraising sabotage, I dont want to encourage people to not donate to KPFA, but there is no way I can contribute to an organization that is seemingly so corrupt. You have to understand that people will not
sit by idly and let this happen to our station. That is not in the spirit of KPFA. If driving KPFA into the ground, and decimating the 60 year history of this amazing station is your goal…you are well on your way to accomplishing it. I am a single mother of three, unemployed, and still find a few dollars a month to contribute to KPFA, because of the morningshow. I make less than 15k a year, and sacrifice what I can to be a supporter. What do you do with your 90k a year? Are you a supporter, or do you just suck from the teat of those who are less fortunate.
We are angry, we are diligent, and we will not stop until these wrongs have been righted. Bring back the morningshow, or face losing your job. We will dissent, we will not give up. You will not prevail.


Name: JS

Ms. Englehardt’s decisions about the KPFA Morning Show are NOT in the spirit of Pacifica. Lew Hill must be turning in his grave. Pacifica’s board and Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt need to adopt the proposals from KPFA’s union to reduce layoffs, and explore more alternatives in good faith.


Name: BA

I must add my voice to the many listeners/subscribers to KPFA who are outraged by the actions of Pacifica. I have been listening to the Morning Show for many, many years and have always ponied up during fund drives. The Board and Executive Director of Pacifica should adopt the proposals from KPFA’s union and stop laying off workers.


Name: MW

The Morning Show is an invaluable asset to our community. Brian and Aimee are critical intermediaries to give listeners access to honest information. Every morning my daughter and I listen to this show on our morning commute and for me it is often the only news I catch all day. Without their broadcast I walk blindly through the world of current events.

Reinstate Brian and Aimee immediately and listen to the workers. They are smart, they are determined – you should want them as an ally not an enemy. Lead by example, and show the younger generations how someone in a position of power can be reasonable, sensible, caring and COOPERATIVE.


Name: KK

I’ve been a KPFA listener for over 20 years and depend on Brian and Aimee for the morning news and events. They do a professional job on the Morning Show as well as being terrific fund-raisers. I’ve been a donor during many programs to support them and the station. Why are you working so hard to destroy the very strength of KPFA?

These firings of KPFA’s staff are outrageous and destructive and cannot be tolerated. You need to re-instate the fired staff and adopt the the union’s proposals to save money. Then you should resign for refusing to support union workers.


Name: EP

To Ms. Engelhardt:
My husband and I have made monthly donations to KPFA for 7 years, and annual donations about 20 years ago when we lived in the Bay Area previously. I have never considered changing that, despite my concerns about the chaos at the station that has come to my attention as a listener. However, I listen to KPFA mainly for the Morning Show and the news.
I am so disgusted with the decision to lay off the Morning Show staff I am seriously considering withdrawing my regular monthly donation. If the people in control of the station are so out of touch with what listeners value that this move could be contemplated, let alone implemented, I think my money could do more good elsewhere. This is a disgusting anti-union move, not in the financial interests of KPFA or the Pacifica Foundation.
I hope you will listen to the protests, which will probably number more than the votes in the LSB election, and understand what is really important and valued by KPFA listeners like myself.

EP
Benicia


Name: BR

I listen to the Morning Show daily as it is my main source for local news. I strongly disapprove of the way this drastic and sudden change was done by management. It was important to hear the discussion on the air and also the proposal for managing the budget proposed by the workers that I heard this morning from KPFK. The Sojourner Truth show was very boring and no substitute. I will not be able to support Pacifica in any way unless this conflict is resolved and the Morning Show is restored. The only shows I listen to consistently are Democracy Now and the Morning Show although I appreciate Your health and Fitness and the Herbal Highway. Please keep me informed. Thanks, Barbara


Name: MB

You need to adopt the kpfa propoals.
Thank you very much


Name: MJ

Dear Director Angelhardt,

As a KPFA listener for the past 8 years I completely disagree with your decision to cancel the morning show on KPFA. I look foward to it every morning. I think that all the excuses/justifications for the cancellation are just a smokescreen for the real motives behind them. If you were so concerned about the money then the first place to start would be to cut the saleries of yourself and others on the Pacifica board.
You at Pacifica are not KPFA and so should not have the authority to make the cuts you did. I hope that the NLRB will rule for the paid staff at KPFA. Without KPFA there would be no Pacifica.

Sincerely,
MJ
Concerned KPFA listener.


Name: NMF

I am outraged by the layoffs of the Morning Show staff, which has been consistent in the production of excellent programming and is one of the main reasons I contribute hundreds of dollars each year to the station. I was present at the last Local Board meeting, received the alternative budget as proposed by recently elected members, and strongly support the management of KPFA taking those measures. The expression “cutting off your nose to spite your face” comes up strongly in describing this move, since it has been shown that the Morning Show is a major fundraising program for the station.

I am reconsidering future financial support for the station. For the past 35 years, I have tried to contribute something everytime there has been an on-air fund drive, but this cancerous decision is eroding my previously unwavering dedication to the station. After all, I now have an iPod that greatly expands my listening abilities, and there is KALW, KQED, etc. While KPFA has always more accurately reflected my interests and politics, I’ll make do with other sources, such as progressive blogs.

I respectfully request you reverse this disastrous decision immediately, and reinstate the staff of the Morning Show, if they are willing to come back.


Name: L-A

I am writing to express my deep dismay at the decision to cut the KPFA morning show. As a supporter of the radio station and believer that the mission of the station was to enhance social justice on our community, I am disappointed and confused. Please listen to your listeners. We want the morning show back- and if the reason to cut the show was really for financial reasons, you will soon see that will be in much worse straights without this show, as supporters like me will cease to support the station. Please support your workers and listeners and put the show back on.


Name: ET

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,

What a mess! Canceling a hugely popular, major-fund-raising local program is ridiculous. This morning I turned on the radio and heard an LA based program host announcing an LA-area event. This makes no sense. The SF Bay Area is hardly a back water which doesn’t warrant its own prime time morning program. The economics, the politics and the logic do not align.

I’ve been a listener and supporter for thirty years. I actively supported KPFA when the Pacifica Foundation made disastrous and brutally destructive economic choices 10 years ago. This sure looks and feels very similar.

Please shift your focus to constructive solutions or resign. Reading and listening to all available news sources I can on this subject, the Pacifica representatives don’t come across as deeply knowledgeable about economic and legal aspects of these layoff choices, or about the community.


Name: JC

I oppose your decision and will fight it in every way I can.

LISTEN TO YOUR CO-WORKERS.

LISTEN TO YOUR SUBSCRIBERS.

LISTEN TO YOUR AUDIENCE.


Name: MS

Laying off the staff of the biggest fundraising program of the station makes absolutely no sense, unless it is your intention to see KPFA fail. The morning show is an essential part of our lives. There has to be another way. The KPFA workers’ proposals should be adopted, or other ways explored to deal with the budgetary issues. How about reducing KPFA’s contributions to Pacifica, say to prior years’ level?


Name: MJR

To The Pacifica Board and Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt,
I have been listening to KPFA most of every day (from Democracy Now! at 6 am until 7 or 8 pm depending on which show is coming on at 7 pm) for the last twenty-plus years. I admit that I didn’t become a subscriber until years later and then, as now, I am not able to give nearly as much as I wish I could. But I am a stalwart believer in KPFA’s mission and, as such, I find the conduct of the Pacifica Board, led by you, to be disgraceful.
I join my voice with the many others who are calling on you to bargain with the paid — and unpaid — staff of KPFA fairly. I listened all morning this morning to hear your side of the story. I heard your assertions and the assertions of the Board treasurer. I am not convinced by your own words that you considered any other measures than the one you are taking, and firing the staff of the Morning Show is simply not acceptable.
I urge you and the Board to stop this wrong and underhanded action while you still have time to redeem this situation. KPFA and its affiliates are national treasures. Please reconsider what you are doing and the profound ramifications of your behavior. Instead of barreling ahead as if only you know what’s best, listen to those who will be most affected by your actions before it is too late.


Name: BF

To: Arlene Englehardt

Gutting KPFA of its biggest money maker,”The Morning Show”, contradicts the very claim that this is somehow going to help their budget. As a listener to KPFA for many years, I believe I speak for the great majority who want KPFA to maintain the current standard of excellence that few others can match. In very many eyes, your choice is clearly going to degrade that standard. Please reconsider!

Sincerely,
BF
Mountain View, CA.


Name: KN

To all Board Members of the Pacifica Foundation,

So let me get this right. KPFA’s outstanding news programming should be an all volunteer effort? Are you all loony or did you bump your heads getting out of the shower and become agents for the dark side?

KPFA is the flagship station for the Pacifica Foundation. One of the reasons this is so is because of it’s relevant professional news programming, excellent local coverage, well researched interviews and as one host says “in depth analysis”. Sorry to tell you folks this but local news from LALA land is not going to replace local news from the Bay Area. Not even for ten days. Only someone from Tampa, FL could make that decision and think the rest of us were not going to be highly insulted.

Below is a copy of the email I sent to Ms Engelhardt this morning.

Ms. Englehardt,

I am very unhappy to hear of your proposed cuts to KPFA’s journalistic staff, especially the Morning Show and Against The Grain. Summarily gutting many of KPFA’s most important programs and expecting your supporters to stand by is completely arrogant and misguided, it goes against what KPFA is all about. As far as I am concerned it is your salary and the seemingly outrageous Pacifica Foundation expenses that should be cut. You should be volunteering your time not the KPFA newsroom staff.

Your executive decision combined with the apparent dysfunction of the Pacifica Foundation make me think that it is the Board Members of the Foundation that should step aside to allow a more functional governing body to shape the future of KPFA and her sister stations. When you compared the importance of the news programming to the importance of the Board it is clear who we as listeners will stand behind.

I am a monthly supporter of KPFA. I know that my money also goes to support the other stations and the Foundation. I would like you to stop taking money from my credit card until you develop a financial plan with KPFA’s local board, in good faith. An alternative plan to the one that you have shoved down our collective throats. This is my vote of NO CONFIDENCE in you as the Executive Director of Pacifica.

Will someone from the board please contact me? I have left messages on both of Ms Englehardt’s numbers. However, I do not expect a return call from her. She seems quite arrogant and no doubt will try to ignore all of us with opinions contrary to hers.

I will make sure that my sponsorship is revoked. I will accept a small responsibility for the dysfunction of the National Board as I assumed everything was fine after the fiasco in 99/00. KPFA is too important to let this happen to again. Indeed its programing is one of the reasons the Bay Area is a sane place to live.

I also give the current Pacifica Foundation Board a vote of NO CONFIDENCE and that the bylaws need to be completely revamped if they and you have allowed this outrage to happen.

Lastly Ms Engelhardt is coming off as a Bush like crazy who rode into Berkeley with a chip on her shoulders. She doesn’t seem like a person who is interested in compromise or consensus. Who was on the committee that hired her? She should really be replaced.

Chop from the top!
KN


Name: JS

Ms. Engelhardt:

I am longtime listener of KPFA, a financial supporter, a volunteer and an OAC during the fund drives. I am very upset by your decision to lay off the staff of the morning show. Given the station’s heavy financial dependence on this program, your decision strikes me as either extremely nearsighted and financially irresponsible, or coldly calculating towards what I consider a destructive end. Unfortunately, I strongly suspect the latter.

The downgrading of producers and programmers to a purely or largely volunteer basis will without question greatly reduce the quality of our programs.

I am also very disturbed by your use of a Nixonian “hit list” to get rid of those standing in the way of your agenda. I realize that my paid staff position is too “small potatoes” for you to be concerned about me. But if it comes to that, I am indeed willing to lose my job to stand up for what is right.


Name: AA

TO:Pacifica-National Management
RE: Preserving KPFA’s core programs

The Morning Show is a core journalistic program of KPFA.
It’s journalistic focus requires a professional staff.
Pacifica appears once again to be taking steps to undermine
the core programs of KPFA. Pacifica should review and rescind
its heavy handed interference in the core programming of KPFA.


Name: KG

Good morning,
I am writing to formally protest the actions of the Pacifica’s board and Executive Director Arlene Engelhardt. I would like to make it clear that you will lose our financial support if you continue to insist upon removing the Morning Show staff. We have been members for close to 20 years and faithfully contribute to KPFA.

Also it is vital that you reconsider and address the proposals from KPFA’s union to reduce layoffs, and explore more alternatives in good faith.

I expect to hear from you personally on this issue very soon as well as hear about the results of the input of KPFA paid staff and listeners.

Thank you.


Name: ND

I have been a supporter and listener of KPFA since the 1970s and am outraged by the dismissal of the entire KPFA Morning Show. It is like shutting down the goose that lays the golden egg. It is ignoring the listeners and contibutors to this non profit community sponsored radio station and the ethics and mission of the founder of this valuable radio station, Mr. Hill who I think is rolling over in his grave right now. More thoughtful legal alternatives are needed.


Name: JM

As a long time listener and supporter of KPFA I find the similarity between this crisis and the last to be one and the same. A board that claims it stands for human rights, civil rights, labor rights and then does everything to subvert those concepts with their actions.

Funny that these attacks seem to come during democratic administrations. The last was during Billy Blow Job Clintons administration. This crisis comes during Banka Obombya’s reign.

What better way to destroy listener sponsored radio than to do it through a fake democratic process of a stacked board of political hacks that squander funds for their own incomes, travel and board expenses while leaving the employees to scramble for the crumbs.

When the idea of democratizing KPFA started I figured it would end this way. Democracy requires an informed electorate. The listeners of KPFA are not informed any better than the general electorate of this country. As a result elections for the boards are always low turnout elections that make it easy for subversion by political hacks like the current national board.

This is a horrible way to run a radio station. Get rid of this board before it destroys listener sponsored radio.


Name: SB-L

Ms. Englehardt,

As a listener to the morning show for many years I like to urge you to reconsider the decision to terminate the current staff of the Morning Show. They are young, professional and very intelligent, and produce a great program every weekday.

Thank you.

SB-L
Albany, CA


Name: KK-G

I listened to see what you would ‘pipe in’ for the Morning Show – dreadful. It is hard to understand when people make uninformed decisions like laying of the Morning Show staff. My precious dollars will not come your way for sure! Bring back what makes sense! And then begin some commonsense discussions. Contact Sharon Ellison, who is local and wrote, Powerful Non-Defensive Communication – you need help!
Regards,
K


Name: JC

Hi KPFA , missing the KPFA morning news & staff !!!!!! peace JC


Name: LH

I am writing this as a listener and financial supporter of KPFA (because of the Morning Show) for over ten years. Please adopt the sustainable budget proposal and act in accordance to what the listeners want; the Morning Show returned.

I am also attaching below the e-mail that I sent to KPFA staff members this morning. Thanks.

First off I want to say that yesterday’s Morning Show was awesome! It exemplified what KPFA is about to me; bringing truth, transparency and local issues to the listeners. That is why I have been supporting the station financially for over ten years. This is a listener sponsored program and should reflect the wishes of the local audience. The only KPFA show that I listen to is the Morning Show. The action that the administration took against the Morning Show employees at KPFA is counter to what KPFA stands for. The executive Director, CEO and board have already compromised the station greatly and should be ashamed of themselves. To me it was like tearing the heart out of an athlete’s body so he will run faster. Our radio is silent this morning for the first time on a Wednesday morning for over ten years. I will not listen to the station any longer and will be giving my $300+ donation to a more worthy non-profit for now on.


Name: BW

Ms. Engelhardt,

Your decision to layoff the Morning Show staff flies in the face of reason and a practical plan for sustaining the financial viability of KPFA. Your refusal to even discuss in an open forum KPFA’s counter proposal speaks to your autocratic style of leadership over LISTENER SPONSORED RADIO. Your behavior belies your rhetoric about the progressive cause. You have neglected your responsibility as the director of a board to come up with fund raising strategies, and instead wasted much of our LISTENER’S money flying board members back and forth across the country for fruitless infighting meetings. Please take a step toward ending the crisis at Pacifica’s flagship station by recognizing that you are not up to the task and resigning your position immediately.


Name: JC

I would like to hear the union proposals discussed over the air with the Pacifica Board and Ms. Englehardt. It seems that the Pacifica Board’s recent actions that dismantled the Morning Show are deliberately intended to further undermine KPFA’s financial stability. The budget proposals put forward by the union seem very practical, and if implemented would demonstrate considerably good faith on the part of the Board to work with the staff AND THE LISTENERS to maintain KPFA’s extremely critical presence on the Northern California airwaves.


Name: HT

Arlene Engelhardt appears ham handed, tone deaf & illogical ["good radio!] This action is so stupid in so many ways, but esspecially financially if there is a fund raiser soon. I listened intently as I did 10 yrs ago, this is a targeted action against these very talented people who represent the future of Pacifica. I can only hope that this executive director goes the way of Mary Frances Barry & Lynn Chadwick. To Ms. Engelhardt, I have always supported this wonderful station as I could manage. I do not support you or your actions, which are totally destructive. Halcyon Teed


Name: VH

The unprecidented disruption Pacifica has visited on KPFA has really hurt them. Please consider what you want to do. Listeners like myself are likely to go elsewhere. I’m your base and KPFA is my main news and information source. It’s becoming increasingly apparent Pacifica management has aped the preditory management style endemic in the corporate diaspora. Your own board needs to curb it’s costs. Hands off my favorite successful programs and programmers. It’s apparent your coup on Edwards Tiecurt and Amee Allison is politically motivated. This will do you more harm than good. A Southern California Morning Show by Sojourner or any other name is unacceptable.


Name: RL

I have been a KPFA listener and supporter for over 35 years. This station is a local treasure. Please adopt the KPFA union proposals to reduce layoffs and work together with the KPFA union in good faith to find ways to work through budget problems. It is an embarrassment to the progressive cause that KPFA has to fight off attempts to destroy it from its own board so often!


Name: C&HZ

Greetings,

I have but one question for you:

How do you justify eliminating the top fund producing program on KPFA, The Morning Show, while simultaneously proclaiming that your goal is to close a ‘budget’ gap?

I don’t expect a reply. As a matter of fact, I’d probably fall out of my seat if you were to respond any differently than your response on air when Arlene redirected a similar question w/an answer that referred to the 1.5mil budget gap, instead. Don’t waste my or your time w/that kind of response. Let’s stay on topic:

How do you justify eliminating the top fund producing program on KPFA, The Morning Show, while simultaneously proclaiming that your goal is to close a ‘budget’ gap?

If cannot explain your action, please, do Pacifica the favor of stepping down graciously and return the extreme form of capitalism you apparently represent. I will never forget the name Mary Francis Berry as one who infiltrated Pacifica w/the intent of destroying the network. Shall I harbor you in that same spot in my mind?

Or, will you have the integrity to:
1. answer this specific question?
2. will you revisit your decision and return the Morning Show to air so they can inform and fund raise like no other program in the network?
3. step down and return to your masters. For, by your on-air responses, I don’t believe that you represent the interests of Lou Hill and Pacifica Foundation. Your actions betray your words.

respectfully, -cz/hz


Name: MS

Having just tuned into the supposed Morning Show this morning, I am shocked at the non professional, monotone, unorganized presentation from KPFK. We are used to cutting edge, well informed, organized and intelligent presentations of current issues and news. Who ever thinks that this is an adequate substitute for what we look for at KPFA and I thought was Pacifica must live on another planet. It is an eyeopener to find out how unprofessional, untrained and and really unprepared and inadequate the presentations of other stations in the network might be. One does really believe that this is a political attack to destroy a brave, strong, committed and important alternative voice on the airways. As a listener from the early 1950s onward and a supporter when I became an employed person and having followed that various attempts to destroy this independent voice, I can tell you that we will not give up our station. The demonstrations will just get bigger and the alienation of listener
base more intense from the Pacifica board. Where are our old liberal friends who sit on the Pacifica board?


Name: RH

To Whom It May Concern,

I wish to inform you of my outrage at your decision to cancel the Morning Show. This is one of the best programs on KPFA and the sole reason I have subscribed for many years. If this program is not reinstalled, you will not see another penny of mine or my family’s.


Name: JH

Shame ! I don’t understand the rationale for laying off the morning show staff – the most listened to, and largest fund raiser at KPFA – it does not make economic sense, as I am sure you are well aware.

I have been a listener / member of KPFA for almost 50 years and have contributed regularly over that period. The morning show and the news is the one program on KPFA I almost always listen to – the staff of the show have always been truly outstanding and I believe, they would be extremely difficult to replace.

Please bargain in good faith– maybe starting with the proposals of the KPFA union — and bring the much loved Morning Show back on the air with the current staff. Why try to destroy KPFA? Transparency and full disclosure is certainly the “sine qua non” of an authentic democracy – why is that so difficult?


Name: N

Shame on you for laying off the committed staff of the Morning Show. We count on the Morning Show for news & local happenings every day, and have done so since the 70s with Kris Welch. Why don’t you take a cut in your $90,000.00 per year pay and let that money be for this valuable show? It has been established that the morning show is the biggest fundraiser of all the shows on the station—therefore, we see that cutting it is just a ploy to destroy all local programming on KPFA and have some canned shows a la NPR.

Local events in Los Angeles are pretty much meaningless to us here in Bay Area. This morning the host was telling us about a memorial for a man to be held on Nov. 11 in LA—like we are going to book the next flight to LA for that!! We need to hear our own local news every morning.

Keep this up and you will go down in history with Lynn Chadwick as one of the most hated women in Berkeley’s history.


Name: MR

As KPFA listeners and supporting members of close to 20 years, we are outraged by the firing of the Morning Show staff. This is obviously a political move to silence the voices that have been KPFA’s most successful fundraisers, and it is in clear violation of their union contracts. One might be led to suspect that Pacifica’s national board has been infiltrated by right-wing agents who are attempting to silence the country’s most progressive voices.

Over the years, we have given thousands of dollars to support KPFA. This is OUR radio station, and we DEMAND that this action be rescinded IMMEDIATELY.

MR and PR, Santa Rosa


Name: DK

Ms Engelhardt,

I am saddened that you and the Pacifica Board have decided to dismantle The Morning Show on KPFA, and layoff the workers producing it. I realize that Pacifica may need to make some financial cuts, but this move obviously has other motivations. The Morning Show has the station’s largest listening audience, and raises the most money during pledge drives.

I am once again perplexed by the motivations of the Pacifica Foundation. I can’t imagine that Pacifica actually wants to eviscerate the station that began listener-sponsored radio (and continues as a powerful independent voice in radio) but I can find no other rationalization for the behavior of your board.

From my perspective, as a long-time KPFA supporter, I must ask for your resignation, so that so that KPFA and the Pacifica network can continue to thrive.


Name: CL

I am amazed you have canceled the Morning Show. It was a wonderful, informative program, and one of my favorites. I have been donating for years, but now I will have to reconsider any giving any more to KPFA.


Name: DE

To whom it may concern,
Please reconsider your firing of paid KPFA staff. As a longtime listener/subscriber I am shocked and dismayed by this turn of events and am seriously reconsidering my support for the Pacifica radio network. I will continue to support KPFA, but will specify that all donations be for the local station’s operation only, until adequate solutions to the budget crisis are resolved that preserve the excellent programming on the morning show and other KPFA paid-staff programs.
Sincerely,
DE,
Fairfax CA


Name: TA

Dear Arlene:

I am dismayed at your recent decision to fire the staff of KPFA’s morning show and take the program off the air. I am a writer and academic and this show was the major reason for my deciding to become a member of KPFA and to contribute a donation. I think the show is superbly produced and offers perspectives on both local news and public policy issues that are totally lacking in corporate media. I rely on it extensively to learn about important developments in the latest research that I’m involved in and books I want to read. Taking it from the air is a great loss to KPFA and its listeners as is the laying off of the fine journalists whop produce it. I would urge you to consider implementing the sustainable budget proposed by the union which would aid in retaining these workers. I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Dr. TA
Department of Sociology
California State University East Bay


Name: GC

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE put the Morning Show back on. It has been an awful week without it. The Morning Show is the most important program on KPFA, the one we depend on to start our day and find out pertinent local news. It has been part of my life for many years and the main reason that I have donated thousands of dollars to KPFA and I am not a wealthy person. I work for a nonprofit that works with blind children. My salary is modest, but KPFA is so important to me that I have contributed for 2o years. PLEASE PUT THE MORNING SHOW BACK ON.
I k now what a struggle it is to run a non-profit; I have worked for one for over 25 years. Cutting out the Morning Show will demolish KPFA. Please reconsider your decision.
Sincerely, GC



Name: PG

As winner of the 2008 Best Small Business in the State of California, and a twenty year business owner, I know how to keep a budget. I can understand that in these troubled economic times Pacifica and KPFA would be having some problems- everybody is- even my company, Whole House Building Supply. But please, please not Aimee and Brian and the rest of the Morning Show staff. They have made some sensible alternatives to layoffs. KPFA cannot afford to lose these guys they are all over the airwaves raising money for the station. This layoff does not show good judgement and will not reflect well on you in the future. You will be associated with the demise and destruction of Pacifica’s flagship station. Do you want that on your resume? Find a way to work with the station. Paul


Name: BAM

Please adopt the sustainable proposals put forward by the KPFA union. KPFA belongs to the listeners of Northern/Central California. You have no right to destroy what we have built and paid for.


NameB&CM

Firing The Morning Show staff in early November- (although required to pay their salaries into December) demonstrates not economic restraint, but a political purge. You’re not kidding anyone, least of all, KPFA supporters like us. A great way to support The Morning Show would be to fire Arlene Engelhard and add her $90,000 annual salary to the local KPFA budget.


Name: CH

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,
You should adopt KPFA staffers’ Sustainable Budget instead of cutting, cutting, cutting.
What is REALLY behind all this? Everything you’ve done seems counterproductive and like sabotage. Are you trying to destroy KPFA (and I’ve heard WBAI too) so that it can be sold for a lot of money? People want those 600 megawatts, don’t they. Are you trying to destroy the Pacifica Network?

I love Uprisings but not on weekday mornings. Yesterday you re-ran an October 2008 interview and AGAIN the interview was cut off—again in MIDSENTENCE—by the engineer or the host. Morning Show engineers are professionals, they don’t do things like that. Who do you have in there now? Volunteers? This will not do.

I demand the return of The Morning Show.
I demand that you use the Sustainable Budget.
I demand that you get out of KPFA.

Sorry, but you are NOT helping.


Name: DK

Please bring back “The Morning Show.” How long can this go on?! It has been a terrible loss personally and for the Bay Area community.

DK
San Francisco, CA
(monthly contributor for over a decade)


Name: SW

Arlene Engelhardt:
I will refrain from a further financial support of PACIFICA and KPFA.
Removal of the Morning Show, Flash Points and changes to Hard Knock Radio lend suspicion your goal is to erode listener support by firing the teams that produced the current provocative stream of social / political / economic programing, thereby reducing the relevance of KPFA and it’s ability to sustain operation with a dwindling listener base.

Then what volunteer programing with CORPORATE FUNDING or sale of PACIFICA Stations with strong transmitter power licenses in the middle of the FM dial ? All to rescue PACIFICA after your hedious programing changes.

Rehire the staff from the Morning Show, Flash Points and to Hard Knock Radio.

Arlene, Help PACIFICA AND RESIGN !!

UNHAPPY PACIFICA SUPPORTER.


Name: LA

Dear Ms. Arlene Engelhardt, I have faithfully listened to the Morning Show since 1991. I was shocked to find out that Aimee Allison and Brian Edwards-Tiekert have been terminated. How can the show that brings in the most revenue be targeted for removal? Aimee Allison and Brian Edwards-Tiekert belong to a small group of journalists that are top in their field. It makes no sense to remove their excellent program that brings in the most revenue, unless there is another objective that needs to be achieved. If there is another objective, you should share this new agenda with the listeners of KPFA. Whatever the new agenda is, I am sure that the removal of the Morning Show will not be healthy for KPFA in the long term.


Name: PF

Ms. Engelhardt,

I am a KPFA contributor and a fan of the Morning Show, one of the best shows on KPFA. I am frustrated that you did not consider the union’s proposal for a sustainable budget, instead choosing to begin the dismantling of the core programming of the station. I urge you to restore the Morning Show and adopt the union’s proposals,

Sincerely,
PF
Davis, CA


Name: SM

Dear Arlene Engelhart,

I am a sponsor of Kpfa and I didn’t even know who you were and now I don’t understand why you are involved at all.

Who pays you?
Does your salary come from those of who support the station?

What is your salary?

Why are not the listeners of KPFA the ones making decisions instead of you?

I have been a suppporter of pacifica when I lived in NYC, in Los Angeles and for the last 43 years in San Francisco.

Now you are hiring a union busting law firm to represent you.
Where are your funds for paying this law firm coming from?

You are destroying our station.
I suggest you resign.

Sincerely,
A listener sponsor.


Name: CG

Dear Pacifica,

Now, you’ve hired a union-busting firm to deal with labor issues at KPFA??? Ok, supposedly you laid off the Morning Show staff to save money. I will leave aside for now the obvious contradiction of laying off the staff of the show that raises the most money for KPFA of ANY show, for now. How much is it costing US to pay for the retainer of this law firm? Also, you’ve lost money from people who have cancelled subscriptions and you’ve now lost two days of fundraising that was previously scheduled.

It’s obvious that your real intent is to break the union, and not to save money. You want to impose your rule however it affects the listeners and the bottom line of the station. OUR station, not yours. You’ve been fortunate enough to have been presented with the opportunity to be a part of the stewardship of the station, but this does not make it YOUR station. Go back to New York or wherever you live, and leave our station alone. I demand that you reinstate the staff of the Morning Show immediately, cancel the retainer with this union-busting law firm, and leave KPFA to people who live in the Bay Area and love our station!!

Cease and desist!!!


Name: EB

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,

For shame! You and the current PNB ought to submit your resignations immediately for your current anti-union and anti-PACIFICA Mission Statement actions. Pacifica principles historically comport to progressive, pro labor, peace seeking behavior and practices.

Instead you are using funds made available by the dismissal of “Morning Show” hosts and programming at KPFA to hire a reknowned anti-labor, union busting law firm: Folger-Levin. You require the KPFA staffers union to communicate through this scab law firm.

This is totally an offensive posture toward KPFA and its staff. It is war mongering. You are taking your political operative instructions from the likes of Bush-Cheney handlers.

Since you have morphed into a vigilante band of soldiers of fortune, I would not be surprised if you NEXT hired Pinkertons, locked-out all union staff and put the union programming in the hands of temporary hiring agency unemployed radio station hosts and programmers, engineers, and administrative staff. You HAVE TURNED your backs on the KPFA listenership and showed us what TRUE SCABS you really are.

The listeners are voting with their pocket books. They are ending subscriptions, withholding donations and leaving KPFA in droves. You have yourselves to look at in the mirror each morning. Save your souls, save us the embarrassment and outrage. Resign now. Save this crown jewel of Pacifica listener supported stations. If you don’t, those of us left, will.

In the communities from which you came, you will be shunned. You will be remembered. What horrors you have wrought. We are disgusted.


Name: TG

Pacifica! ENOUGH! Are you kidding? WTF? Why don’t you decrease your own payrolls and leave KPFA alone? You should be ashamed of yourselves. I fire You, all of You. You’re Fired! Leave immediately.

Nothing gives you the right to do the things you have done. I didn’t and neither did any of the other Listener Sponsors in the Bay Area.

You are Fired, You pack up and You leave!!!!

Not Sleeping in
California


Name: EP

Please cancel that dreadful new morning show–I cannot listen to that person. I urge you to negotiate with the union and the employees to solve this budget crisis.


Name: BL

I have subscribed to KPFA for about 20 years. The Morning Show has been important to me. The last option apparently was your first option. The KPFK show is not well produced, apply your efforts in re-formatting that show. Yours, BL


Name: CW

Dear Ms. Engelhardt,
I wrote you on November 17 to say that I can no longer support KPFA on a monthly basis until you reverse your terribly ill-advised decision to lay off the fine staff of KPFA’s Morning Show. We do not want the Los Angeles morning show. KPFA listeners rely on this excellent source of local news by two intelligent, dedicated, professional reporter/programmers. To cut this program, which brings in the most financial support to the station is so unjustifiable on a rational basis that one has to assume a political motive. It is outrageous that you who are paid a substantial salary should think it appropriate to replace professional staff with volunteers, if that is your goal. Before cutting programming, the obvious course is for Pacifica to cut its own bureaucratic costs, ensuring that the stations can continue to serve their listeners and recover financial health. And the union proposals should be adopted.

I was hoping to hear Aimee and Brian this morning. Since the Morning Show has not been reinstated, I request that you convey to the business office that until you correct your mistaken decision and bring back the Morning Show, my credit card can no longer be charged at the monthly rate of $35 that I have paid for two years.


Name: BAF

Dear Pacifica: Have you lost your minds? You’ve hired a UNION BUSTING LAW FIRM (!!!!!)…and are paying them god knows how much money. You have merited much SHAME for the betrayal of your staff, and KPFA and what was Pacifica, and its mission. Lew Hill et al are certainly spinning in their graves. SHAME, SHAME, SHAME.

BAF
Berkeley CA.


Name: BAM

The cost of firing Aimee and Brian is now totalling more than what it saved by eliminating their salaries. Pacifica administrators need to “get” that the KPFA listeners care passionately about THEIR station and won’t tolerate people like you and the board arbitrarily eliminating popular programming. It is OUR station, you are OUR employee. It is very upsetting that you proceed to waste OUR money hiring union busting attorneys in your attempt to have your way.

Please go back to Florida.

YOU ARE FIRED!


Name: ASK

To Ms. Engelhardt and the Pacifica Board:

Good job on retaining a high-power law firm to lay off those two pesky, professional journalists from the Morning Show. They were just too good for the vision of KPFA and Pacifica that you and the PNB have in mind: amateur radio put out by a bunch of volunteers who have no accountability to the listener-ship. Now THAT’S good radio!!

I understand that Engelhardt laid off Edwards-Tiekert, Allison and the other producers to save money, and by retaining Folger Levin the final cost of those layoffs will be much, much higher than the original sum from the layoffs. But sound economic policy surely dictates that one must lose a lot of money first (in this case, in the form of legal fees) before money is saved in the long, long, long, long run. In the meanwhile, those volunteer fundraisers will more than make up the losses – of that I am confident!

Regards.

ASK
Oakland, CA


Name: PC

Ms Engelhardt…..please leave KPFA alone and kindly go back to Florida…..you are destroying a precious radio station that has given great pleasure to many of us in the Bay Area………I have been a listener and a supporter since I arrived here in the mid 1960′s.
The most recent Morning Show staff have been excellent.
I feel that you do not understand, in the slightest, the needs and desires of this part of the country.
There MUST be something very illegal about spending our subscription monies on lawyers. who, I presume, are defending you.
Please, please just go back to Florida.
Sincerely…..PC


Name: SS

I have been a KPFA supporter (i.e. donor) for over two decades and am very upset about the cancellation of the morning show and layoffs. For years I have listened to the morning show; admire and respect the workers who bring us critical information and have used the information in various areas of my work.

I understand the need to adapt to changing financial realities; however, i strongly disagree with your approach. I urge you to adopt the proposals from KPFA’s union; they know their station – they are in sync with this community.

As much as I believe in the principal of Free Speech Radio; i will not be able to make a contribution to KPFA when these kinds of decisions are being made by Pacifica management.

I hope that you will reverse your decision and take steps to correct your management.


Name: GK

At the present moment I can no longer support kpfa and the pacifica foundation since it is obvius from all discussions that the Pacifica foundation is bent on destroying the KPFA that I have grown to love and support. Please take me off all email and mailing lists until you are willing to come to the table and discuss the grievances of the workers at KPFA. Pacifica, particularly Arlene Engel hardt, you are doing your best to destroy what was once a great organization.
sincerely Glenn Kircher


Name: CS

Dear Arlene Engelhardt,
Please restore the morning show. The Morning Show is one of the most listened to programs on KPFA, and a major source of revenue during fundraising drives. Listeners like me count on the KPFA morning show for in-depth coverage of the stories that are not covered anywhere else. I really am not interested in what is going on in Los Angeles. I miss starting my day with Brian and Aimee. Bring them back!
Sincerely,
CS


Name: AW

Okay I’ve canceled my pledges and now I’m listening to KPFA totally screw up the station breaks and generally be a totally unprofessional crew… is this what you wanted?


Name: JB

In the name of justice, please bring the Morning Show back on KPFA and stop the intimidation and firing of it’s hosts.


Name: BR

Arlene Englehardt:
Please adopt the proposals from the KPFA union. I am very unhappy about the time fillers I’ve heard in place of the morning show and consequently I will be listening to KQED in the morning until you bring back the morning show. I don’t believe you needed to make that drastic change that has had a major impact on the lives of long time KPFA listeners.


Name: DF

I have made a difficult choice to not donate to KPFA as long as Arlene Engleheart is at the helm. Her seriously poor judgement is costing the station allot of money. The professionalism of the station has shown some ware of late and as much as I enjoy listening to uprising off and on, it is not how I want to start my day. Pacifica seems to have forgotten that it is the Bay Area mostly supporting it and that they should treat us that way.


Name: KLP

As I stated in my petition statement, the canceling of the most popular, functional & lucrative show on KPFA is a completely dysfunctional way to balance the budget. STOP THE POSTURING NOW. I have given at least a few hundred dollars to KPFA every year during the past 5 years & was planning on continuing that. MY CONTRIBUTIONS STOP NOW. I will not give one more dollar to KPFA or any Pacifica affiliate until you return the local morning show to KPFA. I DO NOT WANT TO LISTEN TO A LOS ANGELES RADIO STATION. I want to listen to local news & views from KPFA. Come on, this is not your station. It is OURS. Do what makes sense & return the morning show NOW.