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Comment on 8/7/12 KPFA Report to Listener
We heard something of a Report to Listener from the general manager Andrew Phillips on the 8 a.m. Morning Mix, August 7, 2012, for some reason, cut short by another fire at the Richmond refinery, which fire story is plastered everywhere, but which Reports to Listener are rare and urgently needed. The last question was the best: Where is the daily coverage of Peace & Freedom Party and the Green Party?
The general manager is of course concerned with finances, so his report is a financial report. We heard the news that Pacifica, which has the license for KPFA and the 4 other Pacifica stations, is hiring a consulting firm to figure out how to raise more money! Earth to management: IT IS THE CONTENT THAT RAISES THE MONEY. Every day, 365 days a year, leap year 366, we hear Democrats and Republicans, but only rarely do we hear socialists and Greens, Peace & Freedom Party being a socialist party on the California ballot. There is not even an hour to discuss the concept of socialism and its related labor history, daily or even weekly. The Morning Mix on Mondays is approaching that format (three cheers for Steve Zeltzer and Sabrina Jacobs), and the sooner we have open talk about socialism every week, the better.
Earth to management: The basic audience of KPFA are Peace & Freedom Party and Green Party members. We are the people who never vote Republican and are disgusted with the Democrats. We support the Palestinian liberation struggle, given a good voice on Flashpoints (three cheers for Dennis Bernstein), and oppose the private profit system and its defenders and promoters, the Democrat-Republicans. IT IS NOT ABOUT RAISING MONEY; IT IS ABOUT FOCUS. When you understand your base, you will have enough money to do the work.