Written on Apr, 12, 2014 by in , | Leave a comment

Pacifica National Board acted improperly in its attempted termination of Executive Director Summer Reese To sign onto this statement use the form here. We, the undersigned, members of the Pacifica’s Local Station Board, staff and listeners, strongly believe that members of the Pacifica National Board (PNB) acted improperly at their late-night telephone board meeting on March 13, 2014, when they …

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Written on Apr, 18, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

Berkeley- Appointed/disputed/interim executive director Bernard Duncan failed to appear without notice at two scheduled meetings on Thursday, the first with national office administrative staff and the second, the weekly senior management call. Duncan reported illness and may have left the Berkeley area on Thursday after missing both scheduled meetings. Duncan appeared on KPFA briefly during the April 15th fundraising drive.  …

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The enclosed statement was prepared by 5 board members, who asked that it be attached to the fraudulent minutes for the February 7-10 board meeting approved by the board on 4-17-2014. Normally, any board member is permitted to add a statement to the minutes without contest. In this case, the board formally voted down the request from their colleagues. The …

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The song changes, but the name remains the same: Save KPFA, formed in 1999 for the purpose of addressing the station’s needs vis-a-vis the Pacifica network of which it’s a valued part was a respectable organization in its own right. Savekpfa.org is a site whose current owners had little or nothing to do with those events of 15 years ago. …

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Written on Apr, 17, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

Robert Knight, a self-described distant visitor to a strange planet who produced and hosted Earthwatch, a free-form radio program at WBAI, has died. Robert Knight  worked as an on-air correspondent for Comedy Central’s “Daily Show,”  Pacifica’s nationally-syndicated “Flashpoints,” “Informed Dissent,” INN’s International News Net, and the Public News Service, where his reports have been heard on hundreds of stations. He …

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The radio network and 12 of its board members have a date in court for an expedited preliminary injunction hearing in Oakland on May 6.  The injunction was requested by nine board members, as the Pacifica Directors for Good Governance. The lawsuit, which was paid for by independent fundraising (more than 40 community members have donated to the legal fund) …

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Written on Apr, 16, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

Prepared by Janet Kobren, PNB Listener Director from KPFA* I am one of nine Pacifica Directors for Good Governance (PDGG).  Since being seated on the PNB on January 30, 2014, I and my fellow PDGG colleagues have witnessed a majority of 12 of the 22- member board put the Foundation at financial risk by violating meeting notice requirements and recklessly …

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After many years of mismanagement at the Pacifica Foundation, Summer Reese has been working overtime during the last 20 months to correct a total lack of internal financial controls and to introduce industry standard accounting practices throughout the network. These efforts to establish transparency with listener-sponsor funds have been met at every turn with intense opposition from the very forces …

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Berkeley- Confusion reigned at the national Pacifica Radio network when board member Hank Lamb from Houston (one of the 12 directors being sued for breaching the executive director’s contract) sent a muddled email to network employees. Lamb’s April 10th email assured staff the “legal” executive director was *not* Bernard Duncan, but was instead alleged chair of the board, Margy Wilkinson. Lamb’s …

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Written on Apr, 11, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

Please attend KPFA’s Local Board meeting this Saturday A regular monthly meeting of the KPFA Local Station Board Saturday, April 12, at 11 am North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst St, Berkeley (two blocks north of KPFA). All are welcome!  The center is wheelchair accessible. Here’s the agenda. Public Comments are set to begin at 11:30 pm.   It’s likely that …

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Written on Apr, 11, 2014 by in , | Leave a comment

I strongly support Summer Reese in her position as Executive Director of Pacifica and in her efforts to preserve and protect the network and five Pacifica stations and their mission, and to prevent the total collapse of Pacifica into bankruptcy court, pay-off its debts, clean-up the corruption and financial mess, and rebuild.  I believe those Pacifica directors who voted to …

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Written on Apr, 10, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

Is the Pacifica Foundation Board Trying to Dissolve the Foundation’s Five Station Union, Place Each Station’s Broadcast License under Local Ownership, Sell WBAI into the Commercial Marketplace and Distribute the Proceeds as “Endowments” to the Remaining 4 Stations? By Eric C. Jacobson The destiny and character of the venerable non-profit Pacifica Foundation is now in the hands of the Honorable …

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On April 7, 2014 Pacifica Radio’s Executive Director Summer Reese was interviewed by Heather Gray of WRFG-89.3FM in Atlanta which is an Affiliate of Pacifica Radio. Ms Reese discussed her accomplishments, the challenges of community radio and her ideas for future development of community radio overall in America and specifically about the Pacifica Radio network. https://soundcloud.com/tracy-rosenberg/april-7th-interview-summer

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by Eric Jacobson This is an except of a longer article.  For the full text, click here. Is the Pacifica Foundation Board Trying to Dissolve the Foundation’s Five Station Union, Place Each Station’s Broadcast License under Local Ownership, Sell WBAI into the Commercial Marketplace and Distribute the Proceeds as “Endowments” to the Remaining 4 Stations? . . .Ms. Reese has …

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Berkeley- The hearing at Department 15 of Alameda Superior Court booted the referendum on the breaching of the executive director’s contract into May. A procedural requirement to individually serve 12 defendants in 5 different cities (including one with no established place of residence) was virtually impossible in the abbreviated time frame between the filing on April 3rd and the hearing …

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The Pacifica National Board Majority announced the appointment of Bernard Duncan to be the disputed interim Executive Director in the first week of April, 2014.  Board members report he was the only candidate and they did not interview him prior to the board vote.  Some members of the board have never spoken to the person they “voted” to appoint. Duncan …

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Written on Apr, 09, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

The court paperwork reads: “…the application of the plaintiff for a Temporary Restraining Order is DENIED.” Here’s the details from someone who was present at the hearing.  She is not a lawyer: The TRO was denied for today.  A preliminary injunction hearing date was set for May 6.  Intermediate dates are as follows:  April 15 is the deadline for everyone …

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The directors of the Pacific National Board supporting the current contract with the Executive Director, Summer Reese are: Janet Coleman, WBAI, staff representative Carolyn Birden, WBAI listener representative Manijeh Saba, WBAI listener representative Luzette King, WPFW listener representative Richard Uzzell, KPFT listener representative Kim Kaufman, KPFK listener representative Janet Kobren, KPFA listener representative Heather Grey, affiliates representative  Janis Lane-Ewert, affiliates representative …

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