KPFA’s new program director: Laura Prives

After a year-long search for a program director initiated by KPFA’s elected Local Station Board, KPFA general manager Quincy McCoy has announced he’s promoting long-time KPFA producer Laura Prives to the position Prives began volunteering in KPFA’s News Department in 2003, on the day the US began bombing Iraq. Later, she moved to the Morning Show, where she worked … Read more

Fixing Pacifica

Pacifica is the nonprofit that owns KPFA and 4 other radio stations across the country. When this summer started, it was in chaos. Recently-terminated executive Summer Reese had barricaded herself in Pacifica’s offices, blocking elected board members’ access to Pacifica financial records. Her supporters were suing to reinstate her and throw some elected members off … Read more

Finally: local control at KPFA

Former Pacifica executive Summer Reese had also stalled the hire of a permanent general manager for KPFA, which has had a series of interim appointments since early 2010. (The difference: “permanent” managers are hired with participation of KPFA’s elected board, which also gets a say in whether they’re terminated. “Interim” managers are installed and removed … Read more

New programming a hit, permanent KPFA manager expected to be appointed soon

With this spring’s new majority on the Pacifica National Board and Reese’s ouster last month, the network is moving forward once again. After special broadcasts of Sonali Kolhatkar‘s Uprising Radio pushed KPFA’s spring fund drive far above its goal, the station’s interim general manager Richard Pirodsky added the program to KPFA’s morning lineup at 8am, … Read more

KPFA’s Fall Fund Drive ends early, short

In an encouraging sign that KPFA’s management is serious about trying to rein in the length of fund drives, KPFA’s Fall Fund Drive ended last Friday, after 19 days of fundraising — five days shorter than the previous year’s. It also ended short of its goal by roughly $140,000. KPFA is trying to make up … Read more

Surprising developments at the PNB meeting in Berkeley

KPFA listeners and staff filled the July 20-23 meeting of the Pacifica National Board (PNB) in Berkeley past capacity, spilling into the hallway during public portions of the meeting. Listeners came from all over the broadcast area — Santa Rosa, Petaluma, San Jose, Oakland, and even Fresno and Los Angeles. Dozens spoke up eloquently during … Read more

This weekend: Come to PNB meeting to demand no more cuts!

It’s been three years since the Pacifica National Board met in Berkeley — and the first time the board has had to face our community since Pacifica killed the Morning Show, claiming financial necessity. The board is coming here this weekend. At this moment, Pacifica is trying to impose $300,000 in new cuts on KPFA. … Read more

Pacifica’s long-awaited audit shows where the money goes

Pacifica’s audited financial statements for the years ending September 2010 and 2011 have finally been released. You can download the reports at Pacifica’s website. The independent auditor raises “substantial doubt” that Pacifica can continue as a “going concern” without making changes in the way it operates. The audit shows that of the network’s five stations, … Read more

Layoffs imminent at KPFA: vote YES on KPFA recall to stop the next purge

This is a message from Brian Edwards-Tiekert, who hosts UpFront on KPFA. Hi everyone, If you’re a KPFA member, you should have just received what may be the most important KPFA ballot you ever get. It asks whether or not to recall Pacifica Treasurer Tracy Rosenberg. At stake is whether KPFA survives as we know … Read more

Recall ballots mailing 6/28, says Pacifica

At long last, ballots which should have mailed in December 2011 are finally being mailed in the grassroots, listener-prompted recall election on Pacifica treasurer Tracy Rosenberg. According to the election supervisor Pacifica hired, ballots were scheduled to mail 6/26 but he has pushed that back to 6/28. Ballots are due back August 3. “The waste … Read more