Hello!! I’m Dr. Thomas Halle. My involvement with KPFK-Pacifica Radio has spanned four decades. What first attracted me to the station was its distinctive atmosphere: keenly activist, experimental and egalitarian (with plenty of collaborative and volunteer spirit). Unusual arts and humor programming, too. In recent years, I can boast of solid participation in LSB and CAB functions…and “Grassroots” activism. Undoubtedly, you’ve seen me at many of the KPFK-related events.
You may remember my work in the KPFK News through the years…as well as my candidacy during the last–-FAILED—LSB election. During that election, I appeared during two Town Hall on-air panel discussions (and, arguably, “held my own” as we covered a number of critical issues).
Alternative, Activist—even RADICAL–Community based radio is what KPFK is all about, yet too often—in recent times—we’ve dramatically DROPPED THE BALL!! What are some key problem areas?
Countless financial irregularities, in conjunction with an absence of station transparency. Resultant loss of CPB funding. Never-ending hemorrhaging of money somewhere.
A prevailing tone of bland “Neo-Liberalism,” frequently leaving unchallenged the detestable, even diabolical policies of Washington—perpetual wars, Orwellian propaganda, extraordinary rendition and torture, domestic surveillance, abuse of undocumented refugees, and treacherous “free trade” treaties (in violation of Constitution guarantees)…which have reflected a decidedly fascistic, imperialistic national character, and have decimated the American Labor movement. Has the station lost its soul?
Paid “strip programmers” monopolizing the KFPK Radio line-up, representing an impediment to fresh, innovative and more relevant and compelling programming content (and attracting new listener populations, and new revenue).
Station Management characteristically acting in a cavalier, autocratic and arbitrary fashion, with little regard for the input of listener-subscriber stakeholders, the CAB or even the LSB. Overall lackluster performance with a conspicuous lack of LEADERSHIP.
- Endless fund-drives, featuring SOME important content, but—too often—bearing the distinct character of “snake oil peddling” and dishonesty…which has spelled an erosion of our station credibility. Unquestionably, in light of our seriously imperiled financial status, bold new directions must be pursued, not the same old—and alienating—ones.
- Much of the station’s original experimental and staunchly rebellious spirit (and joyous atmosphere of camaraderie) seems to have evaporated, which represents a sad state of affairs. The recent out-sourcing of our phone room operation during fund-drives felt—to many–like the final “death knell” of this original and distinctive spirit.
Our Local Station Board (LSB)—along with the Community Advisory Board (CAB)–must play a vigorous Partnership Role in realization of the Pacifica-KPFK “vision,” not merely function as a “rubber-stamp” for Station Management or the “status quo.”
Imagine a revitalized KPFK with vibrant new content, buoyantly rebellious and stimulating station environment, regular, ongoing training for prospective programmers and journalists, an actual Local News Department–proud of its transparency and accountability, and close links to the community. Radical, Relevant, Alternative Radio—which will not stomach the imperialist-corporate baloney coming out of Washington!!! (or anywhere else!!!).
Vote HALLE for the LSB!!