[Wpfw-lsb] Re: [alliance] RE: [OurWPFW] Re: Broadcasting Political
bredwards at hotmail.com
Thu May 13 18:16:42 PDT 2004
In a sense you are right when you say " There was NEVER a time when the
responsibility for programming and the station's operations was not the
pervue and charge of the national executives of the Pacifica Foundation"
again i beg you and all the other naysayers please read the old rules for
Radiotelephone operators signed on to station operation's log before the mid
80s, you just might find out it was a shared responsibility at one time.
And with those rule change's in the mid 80s Pacifica was asleep and didn't
realize that this was the foundation for the mission of Pacifica and the
root cause for the monopolization of radio station's and censorship we have
in America today, and by this rule change it has also created the turmoil
we have now in this organization.
You also need to know how and why Pacifica got the license for wpfw to
broadcast in the first place, but i want go into that, i will leave that up
to someone else to educate you on this issue.
So you think the by-laws gave power to the LSB's to have control over local
programming as a standing committee of the national board and if that's
true, you are foolish and stuck on stupid.
And now speaking of standing committee's of Pacifica, i listen to a national
committee meeting on getting information so local committee's could start to
do the job the by-laws require, Ambrose Lane our wpfw member to board made
a simple motion to get that information and i heard a few members on that
committee from other listening area's say that they liked his motion but
voted the party line of the parlor tricks that is bent on power and control
That's just one reason that i suggest dialog around the networkabout
dissolvingPacifica using the by-laws process and keeping the mission of
Pacifica Alive and community's can have real power and control over there
asset , emergency communication outlet "Radio Station".>>>Peace and
>From: evan <evan at iwaynet.net>
>To: billy edwards <bredwards at hotmail.com>,
>OurWPFW at yahoogroups.com,newpacifica at yahoogroups.com
>Subject: Re: [alliance] RE: [OurWPFW] Re: Broadcasting Political Commentary
>Date: Thu, 13 May 2004 18:37:42 -0400
> There was NEVER a time when the responsibility for programming and the
>station's operations was not the purvue and charge of the national
>executives of the Pacifica Foundation..
> I don't know how or why WPFW became a mostly crematorium Jazz outlet
>or what oversight there is even currently to determine that any of the
>programming is "on-mission" but according to the current structure that
>authority rests ultimately with the listeners and staff who elect
>proportionally representatives to the local boards that set programming
>policy and oversee the managers..
> In the original COOPERATIVE MODEL which was presented and published
>but never taken seriously the PNB would have been a committee of the 5
>LSB's and of the affiliates and it would have been charged with holding the
>licenses on the 5 LSB's behalves and with providing managerial services on
>contract. That would have mitigated your concern.
> My impression - correct me, PFW'ers if I'm wrong, is that a
>culture of cronyism set in both before and during the previous regime
>whereby personal loyalties were the main influence upon programming
>decisions. That, in turn nurtures proprietarialism in programmers - some
>of whom were scared when the previous management got the boot and others of
>whom bonded opportunistically with Tony Regusters. Tony, like Eva, Don and
>Gus walked in to the middle of a flaming skirmish with more than two
>"sides" and under those conditions it would be virtually impoissible to
>perform effectively and without seeking a few allies.
> The whole "debate" over national versus local contril of programming
>is not really about community needs or local autonomy in my view, it's
>about restoring or preserving the old crony systems in which programmers
>feel secure in their time-slots when they buddy up with the managers who
>like to surround themselves with loyalists
> Sometimes I almost feel it would have been best for Pacifica to have
>fired EVERYONE and contracted with an independent agency to screen all the
>new applicants and make un-biased recommendations based solely on technical
>criteria, work experience and mission awareness.
> We owe this mess mostly to the obstructionists who did everything in
>their power to prolong the destructive limbo between when the managers were
>hired ( and l;et's face it; they were ALL political hires) and then new
>boards copuld be elected to work with them and supervise them. The
>obstructionists did this by raising the red herrings of "diversity" and
>"local control". The real merit of those issues was never illuminated
>because the obstructionists engaged in classic provocateurialism and they
>are the very same people who are inhibiting the newly elected local boards
>from functioning efficiently.
> I had hoped that once the new boards were elected much progress would
>be made and Pacifica would develop a kind of working unity . Unfortunately
>the obstructors so politicized ythe elections that most of the folks on any
>"side" who got elected were elected based on their perceived political
>orientations and not because they had any particular skills that quality
>them as directors.
> Board training would help that situation immensely but, as I predicted,
>the same obstructionists are against that, too.
> Evan Davis
>billy edwards wrote:
>>Could it be that this dialog is just another smoke screen, to keep
>>everyone off of the real issue of power for this community to have control
>>over programming and also lose the focus and sight on the prize, " Control
>>of WPFW Broadcast License" when that's were the real power is, in
>>The ultimate decision in programming is in the hands of the owner of the
>>radio station, "The Pacifica Foundation and until this issue is put to
>>rest, as far as i'm concern this dialog on programming is moot, because no
>>one seam to understand this and want to go after the station license in
>>order to get real power for this community and this can be done thru a
>>by-laws process that will dissolve Pacifica.
>>This might seam like a bad thing to do, but soon as all the new so call
>>elected member's of LSB's in the network realize that they have been pimp
>>and hustle by power hungry fool's as a Standing Committee of the National
>>Board of Pacifica, with no real power or control over programming or there
>>local emergency communication outlet.
>>Then they might be willing to help dissolve Pacifica, before it's
>>contracted away or all the assets are sold after bankruptcy leaving
>>Pacifica, radio station's community's high and dry.
>>Yes there is away to dissolve Pacifica, with a by-law process, and keep
>>the Mission of Pacifica alive with all community's in the Pacifica network
>>and keeping there asset, there local emergency communication outlet, "
>>The Pacifica, i know that was creative and i love died the day producers
>>and programmers no longer had control or the responsibility over
>>programming or it's content, so why not give that power to the community
>>that the radio station is license to serve.
>>I just hope that our wpfw member's elected to the Pacifica National Board,
>>KEEP THERE EYE ON THE PRIZE the Radio Station and not buy in to the Parlor
>>Trick's of power hungryy fool's as one of our members seam to be doing and
>>it's up to you all to keep this in check.>>Peace and Love>>Billy Ray
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