Posts Tagged ‘KPFA’

Auction: Photo of Bob Weir by Rosie McGee

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

PLACE YOUR BID IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS POST. Thanks! Bidding starts at $100, please. Auctions end at noon PST on Thursday, February 6.


Photo of Bob Weir, taken by Rosie McGee in 1969. 11×14, flush-mounted on 2mm black-edged styrene, signed by the photographer.

More by Rosie McGee here.

Auction: Photo of Pigpen by Rosie McGee

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

PLACE YOUR BID IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS POST. Thanks! Bidding starts at $100, please. Auctions end at noon PST on Thursday, February 6.

Photo by Rosie McGee

Photo of Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, taken by Rosie McGee in 1969. 8×10, flush-mounted on 2mm black-edged styrene, signed by the photographer.

More by Rosie McGee here.

Auction: photo by Bob Minkin

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

PLACE YOUR BID IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS POST. Thanks! Bidding starts at $100, please. Auctions end at noon PST on Thursday, February 6.


Photo by Bob Minkin: Jerry Garcia playing the Wolf! Brendan Byrne Arena, NJ, October 1989

11 x 14, printed on Epson Professional Luster paper. Signed by Bob Minkin. Not matted or framed.

Auction: Photo by Kirk West

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

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Photo by Kirk West, “Taken from the flagman stand of the 1/2 mile dirt race track of the fairgrounds.” Grateful Dead 6/16/74 Iowa State Fairgrounds.

11×14 b&w
signed & numbered limited edition print

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Auction: Photo by Jay Blakesberg

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

PLACE YOUR BID IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS POST. Thanks! Bidding starts at $100, please. Auctions end at noon PST on Thursday, February 6.

For auction: Photo by Jay Blakesberg 12/10/92

Photo by Jay Blakesberg: Jerry Garcia 12/10/92

11×14, unframed

More of Jay’s photos at

Auction: Be a chocolatier for KPFA!

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

PLACE YOUR BID IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF THIS POST. Thanks! Bidding starts at $500, please. Auctions end at noon PST on Thursday, February 6.

Barlovento Chocolates

I am a regular consumer of Barlovento Chocolates. I buy them at the Grand Lake Farmers’ market on Saturdays and eat a little bit every evening while I do the dishes.

Chocolatier Pete Brydon has become a friend over the years, and he has made a very generous contribution to this year’s KPFA Grateful Dead marathon: Your chance to be a chocolatier!

Work with Peter and his team to develop your own personal flavor of truffle. You’ll spend an evening or two in the kitchen, go through flavors and learn how truffles are made, and decide what you want to do for your own special chocolate truffle. You’ll wind up with at least a hundred truffles (and you don’t have to take ’em all at once).

Your level of involvement is up to you. If you just want to design the truffle that’s fine; if you want to participate fully in the process, that’s great too.

And you’ll get a Barlovento Chocolates t-shirt, too.

We will begin the bidding at $500

KPFA’s annual Grateful Dead marathon: Feb 8, 2014

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014
Shirts designed and produced by Papa Lindsey

Shirts designed and produced by Papa Lindsey

Berkeley’s pioneering listener-supported radio station, KPFA, presents its annual Grateful Dead fund-raising marathon on Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 9:00 am to 1:00 am PST. Host David Gans promises a bounty of unreleased and previously-unheard music by the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia, and related artists. There will be a live performance (musicians TBA) from the KPFA studio.

David Gans is a well-known expert in Grateful Dead music. He has produced a nationally-syndicated radio program, The Grateful Dead Hour, since the mid-’80s, and he has been a programming consultant and on-air host on SiriusXM’s Grateful Dead Channel since its inception in 2007. He has published three books on the subject and is at work on a fourth, and he has produced several important boxed sets and compilations of Dead-related music. He has hosted a weekly program (known as “Dead to the World” since 1995) on KPFA since 1990. “I did my first Grateful Dead fund-raiser at KPFA in 1986,” Gans recalls. “I think the first few were four hours or so, but somewhere along the line we decided that this musical world – and this generous audience – merited a whole day. And if you’re gonna do 12 hours, you might as well do 16!

Gans is a KPFA listener as well as a KPFA programmer: “I listen to Letters and Politics, Visionary Activist, America’s Back 40, and many more,” he notes. He has served on KPFA’s local station board for several years, and is active in station governance. “I am as passionate about the importance of community radio as I am about the music I play in my two unsupervised hours of air time. I see this annual marathon as a gift of service to both the station and to the listening community, and I am deeply thankful to the Dead organization and the Garcia family for the opportunity to broadcast unreleased music from their archives.”

In the weeks leading up to the 2014 marathon, as in 2013, Gans will auction photos and other desirable objects via the Facebook page of his weekly program Dead to the World. “Several of our community’s finest photographers have donated prints of their favorite photos, and I’ve got some other interesting items lined up, too,” says Gans. “I’m going to offer up one of my own laminated backstage passes – all for the benefit of KPFA.”

Oakland’s Barlovento Chocolates will once again offer a truffle-making session in the auction. “Last year this prize was won by Jim LeBrecht of Berkeley Sound Artists,” says Gans, “and I got to spend the day with Jim and chocolatier Peter Brydon creating and manufacturing delicious treats!”

The San Francisco Chronicle ran a feature article by Carolyn Jones on the morning of the 2011 marathon. Read it here.

KPFA is the nation’s first listener-sponsored, non-commercial radio station, founded by the Pacifica Foundation in 1949. From the station’s Facebook page:

“Founded in 1949 by Lewis Hill, a pacifist, poet, and journalist, KPFA was the first community supported radio station in the USA. KPFA broadcasts on 94.1 FM and KPFB 89.3 FM, Berkeley, and KFCF 88.1 FM, Fresno, California. Our signal reaches one third of the state, utilizing 59,000 watts.

“Much of our programming is local, original and eclectic, with a well produced mix of news and in depth public affairs, an ongoing drama, literature and performance series, interviews, and reviews. Our music ranges from folk to hip hop, Bach to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. We travel the region to broadcast live music, demonstrations, and cultural events. The majority of our staff are unpaid community volunteers donating their time and energy to bring you our programming.”

Learn more about the History of KPFA here.

To donate to KPFA (which you can do any time), visit

Still looking for help for KPFA computers

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

We’ve collected about $450 out of the $1800 we’re looking for. Please help if you can. Here’s the info.

Donations to this cause are tax-deductible, by the way.

The KPFA Local Station Board Election

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

PLEASE NOTE: We use ranked-choice voting. SaveKPFA supports all our candidates and we have decided not to rank them. However, you should, in any way you like. The important thing is that you vote for all 9 and that you rank them 1 – 9. If you give them all the same ranking, a 1 for example, it hurts us because the way ranked choice voting works is that as soon as one candidate has enough votes to be elected his/her remaining votes go to that voter’s second choice and so on. If all your candidates are ranked 1 there is no second or third choice to receive the extra votes and the votes are discarded. Questions? Email us at or call 510-969-9373. PLEASE get your ballot in the mail by December 1. Thank you!

This is from my friend, ally, and colleague Brian Edwards-Tiekert:

*Please forward, share, and shout from the rooftops!*

Hi everyone,

If you’re a KPFA member, you should be getting a ballot this week from the Pacifica Foundation that asks you to rank candidates for 9 seats on KPFA’s Local Station Board. THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT! Here are the people I’m endorsing (I’ll explain why below). You can read more about them at In no particular order:

Jose Luis Fuentes-Roman
Carole Travis
Craig Alderson
Paula Erkkila
Kate Gowen
Mark Hernandez
Barbara Whipperman
Burton White
Dan Siegel

What’s at stake is the survival of KPFA as we know it.

Right now, our radio station is slowly recovering from a near-mortal blow. When Pacifica purged The Morning Show two years ago, it removed KPFA’s biggest fundraiser from the air. To compensate, the station had to increase the amount of days it spends in fund drives by 30%–a sure recipe for dropping listenership and diminishing pledge totals. Then, Pacifica racked up hundreds of thousands in legal fees—some from the country’s most notoriously anti-union law firm, Jackson Lewis—and stuck KPFA with most of the bills.

Thanks to heroic fundraising efforts by KPFA’s staff, the generosity of KPFA listeners who kept donating under protest, and to a fortuitous bequest gift, we’ve made it this far—barely.

And, against the odds, we’ve started to re-build.

Thanks to our union, several of us won reinstatement after Pacifica’s purge. With support from local management, we launched UpFront—KPFA’s new 7:AM program. Since day one, we’ve been the station’s top fundraiser—and thanks to the boost in morning fundraising, KPFA’s fund drives are now raising more money per day, and ending sooner. Meanwhile:

A SaveKPFA campaign forced Pacifica to ditch Jackson Lewis—which should fend off further inflated legal bills. Another SaveKPFA campaign fended off a move by Pacifica to impose another disastrous round of cuts on KPFA.

Now, the Pacifica National Board has apparently seen the light—they decided to let go the two executives who carried out the Morning Show purge in the first place.

KPFA is still extremely fragile, but we are headed in the right direction. And that is largely thanks to the fact that we’ve had SaveKPFA boardmembers supporting us every step of the way.

The dividing line on KPFA’s board is this: austerity vs. growth.

On the growth side: SaveKPFA thinks the way you build KPFA is by building great programs that attract large audiences so there are more people will to give come pledge drive. We already know what success looks like: KPFA’s two newest daily programs, Letters and Politics and UpFront, are also its two largest fundraisers, bringing in far more than they cost to produce. Together, those two hours account for over a third of KPFA’s fundraising. Building on those successes with more cutting-edge programming is the key to strengthening KPFA.

As for austerity: this year, its champions are calling themselves “United for Community Radio.” Of course, they never use the word “austerity” – but rest assured, when you hear them call for financial responsibility and supporting unpaid staff, it translates to firing KPFA’s unionized programmers and parceling our airtime out to their allies. Some of them are philosophically opposed to paying people to produce daily shows–they’d rather KPFA sound like a volunteer-run local-access cable station.

Their incumbents have had two years to prove exactly what they stand for. When our union protested impending cuts, they came to counter-protest. When Pacifica fired the entire staff of The Morning Show, they supported it. When Pacifica hired the nation’s most notorious union-busting law firm to fight us, they publicly defended it. When KPFA’s local management proposed a balanced, no-cuts budget, they walked out of the meeting to block its passage – even though KPFA was running a surplus.
Does that mean everyone running on their ticket supports more of the same? Not necessarily. There are a lot of new faces in the election this year, and they don’t all necessarily understand what they’ve signed up for. But the first thing they’ll do once they’re on KPFA’s Local Board is vote to send their slate-mates to the Pacifica National Board, where the real power lies. And those slate-mates will make their worst decisions behind closed doors in Executive Session meetings, where there’s very little accountability.

Again, the record speaks for itself: For four years, the UCR’s precursor slates have been in a majority coalition on the Pacifica National Board. They, and the executives they’ve installed, have left Pacifica a hollowed-out wreck: with millions in unpaid bills, corporate law firms baying at the door, a finance office now incapable of handling even simple payroll transactions, legally-required contributions to workers’ retirement accounts unpaid (for several months now), donor checks meant for KPFA piling up undeposited.

Now is our chance to turn things around: Next year’s boards will choose a new manager and program director for KPFA, a new Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer for Pacifica. It’s a chance to put the entire Pacifica network on the right track – if you do your part.

Help get out the vote. KPFA elections have low turnout, and tend to be decided by relatively small margins—which is why your actions are so important. Please:

Pass this message on to people you know who might be KPFA members.

Go to the website to learn more about the SaveKPFA slate.

Most importantly, return your ballot now so you don’t forget. Pacifica is not allowing any in-person ballot drop-offs this year— you have to mail it. Your ballot has to arrive at the ballot-counting location in New York by December 11—it will be competing with holiday mail traffic to get there, so send it now.

In solidarity,
Brian Edwards-Tiekert
Co-Host, KPFA’s “UpFront”,
Former Co-Host, “The Morning Show”
Former Staff Representative, KPFA Local Station Board

Brian Edwards-Tiekert
KPFA 94.1 FM
1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley CA 94704

KPFA community survey

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Mary Prophet, a member of KPFA‘s community advisory board, asked me to post this (and I encourage you to participate!):

KPFA’s Community Advisory Board is conducting a survey to better understand the needs and interests of our community of listeners. The CAB has prepared a survey that you, the listening public, can use through a paper questionnaire or an online survey to tell us what interests you most for KPFA programming.

The survey focuses on areas of interest within political, cultural, current affairs programming, and activism. We want to hear from people of all ages and all backgrounds throughout our wide listening region, including regular listeners to KPFA and KFCF, as well as occasional and new listeners, those who listen to other radio stations, and former listeners.

What do we need to cover better? What do you want and need to hear on KPFA that you can’t get elsewhere?

To take the survey, you can:
— Go to
— Or go to, click on “About” (don’t use the drop-down menu), then scroll to Community Advisory Board for a link to our survey.
— If you’d like us to send you a hard-copy, paper survey form, you can contact us at CAB, Box 37, KPFA Radio, 1929 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley, CA 94704.
— Or you can email us at to request it.

Remember: KPFA is your community radio station.

KPFA auctions – thanks to all who participated!

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

The memorabilia auction has ended, and we scored $3768 (assuming everyone pays up).

Huge thanks to all who submitted bids! The winners are: Josh Menditch, Jon Marcus (twice!), Fred Schonwald, Mark, Jimmy Hix, Long Island John, Robin Russell (twice), Julia Postel, Luke Ruggieri, Eric Eichorn, Stephen Cornell, Craig Smith, Mark Mathers, and Luther John Deutsch

And big thanks to these kind people who donated items for auction:
Rosie McGee
Robbi Cohn
Ed Perlstein
Herb Greene
John Rottet
Jon Sievert
Nick Meriwether/Grateful Dead Archive
Paul Grushkin/Dead Letters
Una Toibin
Jon Reichbach, James Anderson/Sonic Studio (Amarra)

KPFA GD auction update 2/1 – AUCTIONS ARE CLOSED!

Monday, January 30th, 2012

The auctions are closed. No more bids will be accepted. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!

More info on the February 4 marathon here.

The Attics of Our Lives: Posters and Art of the Grateful Dead Archive – $420.00
Dead Letters: The Very Best Grateful Dead Fan Mail – signed by the author, GDTS workers, and other luminaries. Steve Marcus is adding other goodies to the package, too – $420.00

“Psychedelic Bus” Poster by Una Toibin – $100.00

Audiophile playback software (for Mac):
Amarra MINI – $150.00

Bob Minkin (Jerry Garcia 10/16/89) – $100.00
Herb Greene (GD 1966) – $350.00
Ed Perlstein (Jerry Garcia 9/12/81) – $350.00
Robbi Cohn (Bob and Jerry 1987) – $275.00
John Rottet (Bob Weir 3/31/94) – $35.00
John Rottet (Bob Weir 9/29/93) – $40.00
John Rottet (Jerry Garcia 4/30/81) – $33.00
John Rottet (Jerry Garcia 3/30/89) – $150.00
Rosie McGee (Mickey Hart 1985) – $100.00
Rosie McGee (Bill Kreutzmann 1985) – $20.00
Jon Sievert (David Grisman and Jerry Garcia 1991) – $200.00

“Dead Letters” auction item update

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Steve Marcus has sweetened the deal again! Take a look at the Dead Letters auction item, please, and PLACE YOUR BIDS!

Una Toibin poster for KPFA auction

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Poster by Una Toibin

A Ride on the Psychedelic Bus
Montage created from eight original paintings by Una Toibin.
This work was originally created as an advertisement for the multi-media CD-ROM game, “The Psychedelic Bus of Dead Knowledge.” Shortly thereafter, the piece was featured on the cover of Relix Magazine (Dec 1999) and subsequently produced as a signed and numbered poster. This poster is not available for retail sale.
Like many other musical and visual artists, Una Toibin found inspiration for her artistic efforts in the bubbling creative caldron that is live Grateful Dead music. Una echoes visually what she hears, and she tries to honor the music in her work.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Una got “on the bus” in the early 1980s during the band’s Mid-Atlantic stops. She currently runs CCE Graphics in Virginia Beach, and more of her work can be seen at seen at and

Through the years, Una has remained very interested in the efforts of all the members of the Grateful Dead’s extended family and is thrilled with the revival that is underway with Mickey’s band, 7 Walkers, and Furthur. She would like to thank them all for constantly opening her eyes to the world and she looks forward to what will come next on our Golden Road. Jerry and the great Robert Hunter advised us long ago “Who can stop what must arrive now? Something new is waiting, to be born.” Let us celebrate these new births together in music and art by supporting the KPFA auction!

Auction begins now and ends at noon PST on Wednesday, February 1. Bidding begins at $100. Bid by posting in the comments section below, and please keep coming back to top competing bids!

Proceeds go to KPFA

Bob Minkin photo for KPFA auction

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Jerry Garcia 10/16/89 Brendan Byrne Arena – photo by Bob Minkin
8.5×11 giclée print, signed by the photographer.

Auction begins now and ends at noon PST on Wednesday, February 1. Bidding begins at $100. Bid by posting in the comments section below, and please keep coming back to top competing bids!

Proceeds go to KPFA