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Broad and Transparent Elections


I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July.

In my trying to make these elections broad and transparent I am let with a lot of resistance and a general feeling of this being an impossible task.

interim Executive Director update for June, 2009

All the station fund drives so far (KPFK is in the middle of one) have improved in performance over the winter drives. Although WPFW and KPFT came in 10-13% under budget from last reports, that is still a lot better than the 20-25% shortfalls in the winter drive for those stations.

According to LaVarn Williams, interim CFO of Pacifica and acting General Manager of WBAI, the WBAI fund drive that just concluded May 30th raised over $839,000! The goal for this drive in the Fiscal Year ‘09 Budget was $672,000, according to James Ross, Chair of the National Finance Committee.


Exercise Your Right to Free Speech: Come to ASHKENAZ, this Wednesday, July 8, 2:00 - 4:00 pm to find out what the KPFA station board elections are all about. Election support staff will be there to help you to participate as a candidate or voter in these elections. KPFA needs you. Only 17% of the World’s population lives in a country with freedom of the press. So please exercise you right to have your ideas heard by making an effort to participate in these elections.

Pacifica Finacial Report June 2009

The below Pacifica financial report was prepared by Joe Wanzala, Vice Chair, Pacifica National Board, Listener Representative, KPFA Local Station Board (with input from Jamie Ross, Pacifica National Board Treasurer and Listener Representative on the WBAI Local Station Board)



Pacifica’s overall failure to meet our budget goals (this is for figures available through May 31) is due to a number of factors, primarily:-

1) overspending at KPFA and at WBAI on salary and related costs, and
2) lower than expected income at KPFA, WBAI and WPFW.

It's important to remember that KPFA and WPFW have cash in the bank, so they can lose money during a fiscal year and still not run out. WBAI of course does not have money in the bank, so WBAI's annual deficits have to be funded essentially by KPFA listeners and to some extent by WPFW’s listeners. However, at the rate they are going, WPFW is going to put a serious bite in their reserves this year.

KPFA Local Station Board (LSB) Election Forum

The Coalition for a democratic Pacifica (CdP) is sponsoring a KPFA Local Station Board (LSB) Election Forum.

DATE/TIME: Monday, June 29th, 7pm - 10pm
LOCATION: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists (BFUU) corner of Cedar & Bonita in Berkeley



If you would like to find out more about the many changes that are occurring for the better at WBAI from the people who actually work at the station, please check out the podcast of Report to the Listener that was broadcast last Wednesday, June 17.

Just click on

and click PLAY for Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 3 pm

Grigsby Hubbard appointed the Interim General Manager of WPFW Radio

June 18, 2009

It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Grigsby Hubbard as interim General Manager of WPFW effective immediately. Mr. Hubbard was one of the founders of WPFW and has maintained a commitment to the station for over 35 years. His involvement actually began before the station even went on the air. He is well known and respected by virtually all stakeholders of WPFW. Mr. Hubbard has decades of managerial experience in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors.

Annual PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY Special on KPFA - June 12th, 2009


airs in TWO PARTS on FRIDAY, JUNE 12th, 2009:

Deadline for KPFA membership extended to July 15th, 209

Greetings all-

Deadline for KPFA membership to be eligible to run for LSB and/or to vote in the election has been extended to July 15th.
FYI, the new KPFA Local Election Supervisor is Renee Asteria Penaloza. You can locate her contact info by visiting the below website.


All paid-up Pacifica station listener-sponsors (members) can vote in the current LSB election. That is, anyone
who has paid the annual dues of $25 by the deadline, July 15, 2009. You can also become a voting member (by

Fundraiser for Nadra Foster June 4th

When : Thursday, June 4th 2009 7:00pm

Where: La Pena, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Performers Include:
* *I GO! - Poetry leadership and performance by Oakland students *
* *Shaverik of East Bay Politics *
* *Andrea Prichett of Rebecca Riots *
* *Tiny Grey-Garcia of Poor Magazine *
* *And much more… *

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