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KPFA workers to picket Pacifica 11/4

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

November 3, 2010

KPFA Workers To Picket Thursday to Oppose Cuts to a Quarter of Staff

(Berkeley, CA – November 3, 2010) Union workers at America’s first listener-sponsored radio station, KPFA 94.1 FM, have mobilized to oppose imminent dramatic cuts to KPFA staffing by their parent organization, the Pacifica Foundation. The Morning Show, Against the Grain, Hard Knock Radio, and the Evening News all appear slated for severe program changes and/or decimating cuts, which may include other vital positions at KPFA. The station has already cut nearly a fifth of its workforce over the past year.

Pacifica’s executive director, Arlene Engelhardt, claims a budget shortfall requires the layoffs, but she has rejected most of the proposed alternative cost-savings measures that have won the backing of the staff, KPFA’s Local Station Board, and KPFA management. Those proposals, known as the Sustainable Budget, would preserve jobs while cutting unnecessary board expenses and reducing bureaucratic overhead.

“We’re shocked that Pacifica is disregarding all the recommendations made by the union,” says Communications Workers of America Local 9415 shop steward Antonio Ortiz. “I don’t understand how cutting a quarter of the staff will help the financial viability of the station in the long term.”

“Even during these difficult times, KPFA raises enough money to pay for itself. But it can’t afford to pay for Pacifica and its bureaucracy as well,” says Sasha Lilley, co-host of the public affairs program Against the Grain. “When listeners donate to KPFA, they expect the money to go to programming, not to governance and national bureaucracy. Since 2002, Pacifica has spent more than $2.4 million on its boards and elections alone.”

In the coming fiscal year, Pacifica wants KPFA to pay it more than $800,000, which is more than 21% of KPFA’s revenue.

KPFA’s union will be holding an informational picket at noon on Thursday, November 4 at the offices of Pacifica, located at 1925
Martin Luther King Jr. Way in Berkeley. The picket has been sanctioned by the Alameda Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, which has condemned Pacifica for its “anti-union actions.” The San Francisco Labor Council has passed a similar resolution.

The Pacifica Radio network is an independent, non-profit organization that operates five radio stations: KPFA in Berkeley, KPFK in Los Angeles, WBAI in New York City, KPFT in Houston, and WPFW in Washington, D.C. In 1999, a struggle between KPFA and Pacifica became a national and international news story and 10,000 people marched through the streets of Berkeley to save their station.

For more information about the labor conflict at KPFA, go to A fact sheet about the cuts at KPFA can be found at

KPFA fund drive

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

KPFA – Always Relevant, Never Commercial

The media landscape in this country is changing significantly, as newspapers go out of business, the music industry collapses, and the broadcast media contracts. The culture and information that KPFA provides is becoming ever more rare. KPFA has bucked the trend by expanding its news coverage with a groundbreaking news collaboration with our sister stations KPFK in Los Angeles and KFCF in Fresno, to bring stories from all over California to our listeners. It is vital that KPFA stays vibrant and healthy, well beyond our 60th anniversary, so we can fill the holes vacated by disappearing newsrooms and bookstores.

Please consider becoming a Friend of the station and providing us with your ongoing support at the level of $5 a month or as a Sustainer at the level of $10 month. Right now we’re offering many thank you gifts. You can choose whatever level suits you and receive various thank you gifts as well. But the most important gift is keeping KPFA vital at a moment when critical information and innovative music and culture are increasingly endangered.

KPFA excels in not only bringing you voices from the streets, but providing vital perspectives and analysis that you won’t hear elsewhere. Imagine your world without the information that KPFA provides – ask yourself if you’d find it elsewhere in the media – and then pledge what you can afford to keep us bringing you vital local, regional, national, and international news and analysis.

These are tumultuous times, times of change and turmoil. These are times when KPFA is crucially needed. KPFA is a vital resource and solace for people in our listening communities, whether in Northern California or around the world, and it’s essential that it’s sustained in times like these. Your pledge allows those who can’t afford to pledge to also have access to the breadth and depth of music that only KPFA offers. Whether you listen via our terrestrial radio signal or over the web, support our work today.

If you listen live online at, or listen to archives and podcasts of our programs, please pledge to help pay for those costs. Over 60,000 people a month listen to KPFA via our website in countries from Brazil to the Philippines to Lebanon. If you’re one of them, or if you listen to KPFA from within the US or California, please click on the Support link and pledge securely to keep KPFA alive and thriving.

As the world’s first listener-sponsored radio station, KPFA has blazed a trail through modern American history, giving birth to the Pacifica Radio network, winning every major award in radio, and shaping the medium in this country. We need your support to keep doing the work that you rely upon us for: the hard-hitting news and public affairs, the nurturing arts and music that sustains us through adversity. Help celebrate 60 years of visionary radio from the mother of public broadcasting by joining KPFA now.

In these difficult financial times, your donation to KPFA is one of the soundest investments you can make. Not only is it tax deductible to the fullest amount legally allowed, but you’re investing in the future – in change and the potential for a brighter tomorrow. We provide you with music, arts, and crucial and critical information that allow all of us to take collective action, to articulate that a better world is possible, and then act on that hope.

In this past election season, we brought you debates over the many propositions and races that would shape the years to come, making KPFA the place to go for local, regional and national politics. We just launched a news collaboration with our sister stations KPFK in Los Angeles and KFCF in Fresno to cover the state of California and report on the issues of concern to residents, whether foreclosures, incarceration, labor struggles or the like. And with a new government in place, KPFA has helped launch a national program called Letters to Washington, hosted by our own Mitch Jeserich. If you value critical reporting and political analysis, let us know by pledging at

This year we celebrate 60 years on the air, as the world’s first listener-sponsored radio station. We’ve only made it to where we are because of the many thousands of listeners like you have taken a stand in support of radio not beholden to commercial sponsors or underwriters. Become part of the solution today by making your pledge to KPFA at

They are times in which newspapers are folding and music and culture are disappearing around us. KPFA matters now more than ever, because the avenues for diverse and wide-ranging music and arts are becoming increasingly scarce, while real reporting has become an endangered species. KPFA went on the air 60 years ago, fueled by a mission of cultural expression and investigation into the causes of conflict between people and nations. That mission is needed now more than ever. Please support it by becoming a sustainer today.

Always Relevant, Never Commercial!