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KPFA: Stop the Closed Door General Manager Hire

A statement from Mike Alcalay, Lincoln Bergman, Jeffrey Blankfort, Riva Enteen, Maria Gilardin, Bill Mandel, Henry Norr, Les Radke
The KPFA Local Station Board is scheduled to select its recommendation for General Manager hire on Sunday, October 10, in executive session. At this point, the decision could be made without the entire Local Station Board even knowing the names of all the finalists, nor seeing any resumes -- based solely on the recommendation of the General Manager Hire Subcommittee, a subcommittee which has been mired in conflict.

For true listener-sponsored community radio, the finalists should appear before the public. Our sister Pacifica station in Los Angeles, KPFK, had a public meeting to help select their General Manager. The same should be done at KPFA.

Let us recall that our last General Manager hire, Gus Newport, only lasted on the job for 9 months, after a one year search process. It is critical that this hire decision be correct and that we are able to retain a strong, progressive manager to help lead our station in these critical times.

We call for a public process to help select our next General Manager. The listeners deserve no less.

Please send your call for a public General Manager hire process to Riva at riva187 (at) She will forward your comments to the Local Station Board.

Mike Alcalay
Former KPFA reporter and programmer of Aids in Focus

Lincoln Bergman
KPFA News Director 1969-71,
longterm programmer through 1995

Jeffrey Blankfort
Co-Founder, Take Back KPFA

Riva Enteen
Chair, KPFA Local Station Board

Maria Gilardin
Co-Founder, Take Back KPFA

Bill Mandel
37-year programmer,
fired for refusal to obey KPFA gag rule

Henry Norr
KPFA news subcommittee,
fired from the San Francisco Chronicle

Les Radke
Co-founder, Take Back KPFA
and the Coalition for a democratic Pacifica,
KPFA Local Election Supervisor, 2003-2004

(All organizational references are for identification only.)

For more information about the General Manager hiring process, please see Jeffrey Blankfort's recent letter, posted on the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center at

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Mike Alcalay
Lincoln Bergman
Jeffrey Blankfort
Riva Enteen
Maria Gilardin
Bill Mandel
Henry Norr
Les Radke

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PUBLIC FORUM: KPFA/Pacifica - Democracy Deferred?

KPFA/Pacifica - Democracy Deferred?

Wednesday, November 10, 7-9:00 pm

La Peña, 3105 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley

Panelists are:

Flashpoints, moderator

Chair, KPFA Local Station Board

former KPFA Development Director,
Co-founder, Take Back KPFA

37 year programmer fired for violating KPFA's gag rule

KPFA Local Station Board and Pacifica National Board

KPFA Director of Arts and Humanities Programming

community and political activist,
long time listener

(Organizations listed for ID purposes only)

The historic victory achieved by KPFA listeners hangs in the balance.
Once again, listeners must come to the rescue.

A panel of the "banned and fired," current programmers,
board members and community members,
followed by an open-mike session,
will address questions and propose solutions
to protect the nation's only independent radio network.

In 1999, 10,000 people poured into the streets of Berkeley
to defend KPFA, Pacifica Network's flagship radio station,
from a corporate take-over. As a result, a court settlement
was reached, which established elected governing boards.
However, the struggle for democratization, which requires
transparency and accountability, is far from over.

To solidify our victory, we must address these questions:

How do we put the community back into community radio?

Is station management listening to the listeners?

Is our elected board showing the leadership we need?

What went wrong with the General Manager hiring process?

Is KPFA really "free speech radio"?

How does our mission inform our news coverage and public affairs programming?

What about the "banned and fired?"

Is it time to take back KPFA again?

What's happening at other Pacifica stations?

Henry Norr on KPFA interview of zionist Alan Dershowitz

An example of what's wrong at KPFA:


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