Interview with the General Manager: On the Future of KPFK

THE FUTURE OF LISTENER-SPONSORED KPFK Change Links Exclusive: Interview with new KPFK General Manager Miquel Calçada Listener sponsored free speech community radio station KPFK 90.7 FM, part of the Pacifica Foundation, is a unique democratically governed media institution. After an extensive search, a new General Manager was recently hired and started his tenure in mid-September. Change Links got a chance to conduct this interview with him to give our readers more of [...]

Elections in Central, South America Show a New “Pink Tide”

by   Michael Novick As Change-Links was going to press, voters in Honduras appeared to have elected the left candidate for president, ending 12-years of a coup-based conservative government (installed after Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed off on the overthrow of the elected president, Manuel Zelaya). According to Reuters, "Leftist opposition candidate Xiomara Castro raced to an early lead in the Honduran presidential election on Sunday, November 28, partial election [...]

KPFK, Pacifica  Face Uncertain Future

by Michael Novick, KPFK LSB Chair The future of KPFK and Pacifica are up in the air, as newly-elected or re-elected Local Station Board members are to be seated in December here and at the other four Pacifica stations in Berkeley, Houston, New York and Washington DC. New general managers recently took the helm at KPFK and at KPFT in Texas, with big problems to overcome. The L.A. station has been mired [...]

KPFK Local Station Board Elections Underway

by Michael Novick, KPFK LSB Chair The elections for listener and staff delegates at KPFK and other Pacifica stations, no longer threatened by a Bylaws replacement effort that would have eliminated elected local oversight of station management, finances and programming policy and fairness, are now underway. Listener-sponsor and staff members, in separate elections, will choose nine listener and three staff delegates to serve for three years on the Local Station Board (LSB). [...]

Grassroots Community Radio Coalition candidates for KPFK LSB

-Paid Political Ad - Vote for Grassroots Community Radio Coalition Candidates for LSB Defend Democracy, Diversity, Accountability & Community Radio! Money Out of Pacifica Politics - Keep Pacifica Whole and Committed to Peace, Justice & Self- Determination! Grassroots candidates are predominantly Black, Indigenous & People of Color, and majority women, reflecting the community. In alphabetical order: Deidra Bynum, Marisol Cruz, Fernando S. Fernando, Kelly Flores, George Funmaker, Rob Macon, Jack Neff, Michael [...]

Victory for Democracy and Diversity at Pacifica

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action LA      The outcome of the recent Bylaws referendum at Pacifica, allowing the Local Station Board elections of listener and staff delegates to go forward, is a victory for democracy, diversity, accountability and a commitment to mission-driven, community-based radio.       The New Day bylaws change, according to the same rules that governed the previous Bylaws referendum, in accordance not just with Pacifica's existing Bylaws, but with the California Corporations [...]

Poetry Corner: Shallow Roots by Michael Novick

Shallow Roots by Michael Novick [excerpts] I have shallow roots in the blood-soaked soil of Turtle Island. My father arrived from Bialystok in the '30s, in his teens. There are no Americans in my genes and my genes are in no Americans. My non-biological grand-daughter was raised in Europe and has become a Swede, married to a Swede, with two lovely Swedish children. I am glad she didn't have to grow up [...]

Democracy Hangs in the Balance at KPFK & Pacifica

Dual Elections at KPFK in June Reveal Dueling Futures for Pacifica Radio by Michael Novick, KPFK Local Station Board Chair June 1 opens the regularly scheduled election process for listener and staff delegates to the KPFK Local Station Board (LSB), under the Bylaws that make Pacifica radio a unique democratically governed national media institution. June 7, a separate special costly election process begins on a revision of those Bylaws which, if it [...]

KPFK 90.7 FM is Seeking a Visionary, Collaborative General Manager

Which Way KPFK? Neo-Liberal “Professionalism” or Free Speech Community Radio?

Which Way KPFK? by Michael Novick, KPFK Local Station Board chair Listener-sponsored, free-speech community radio for southern California, Pacifica Foundation's KPFK 90.7 FM is currently in the midst of another fund drive. Even more critically, the station and the rest of the Foundation's stations face a fundamental choice, as a Bylaws revision comes up for a membership vote beginning on June 7. (You must have become a member during the year ending [...]

April 7 Deadline to Qualify to Vote – Democracy & Diversity in Danger at KPFK/Pacifica Radio!

April 7 Deadline to Qualify to Vote Democracy & Diversity in Danger at KPFK/Pacifica Radio! by Pacifica Fightback https://pacificafightback.org The folks who illegally shut down Pacifica station WBAI in NYC in 2019, and who were behind the "Pacifica Restructuring Project" (PRP) Bylaws replacement that was roundly rejected by a 2:1 margin by both listener and staff members in March 2020, are back again, calling themselves "New Day Pacifica", with a new plan [...]

The Envoy on Antisemitism, the IHRA Working Definition of Antisemitism, the ADL and Me

by Michael Novick, Anti-Racist Action-LA Rumor has it that Joe Biden is considering naming Abe Foxman, former head of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), as his new Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, a position within the State Department that falls under the Under-Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights. This focused my attention both on the purpose of the office, which is related to US foreign policy, explaining why it’s [...]

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