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"Cooking The Books" Community & Staff Challenge KPFA/KPFK On Morning Mix Cancellation
Community activists and labor supporters protested the cancellation of the KPFA "Morning Mix" by the KPFA/Pacifica management. During the protest on May 27, 2014 the manager Richard Pirodsky came out of the building to answer questions from the community and programmers about the cancellation
"Cooking The Books" Community And Staff Challenge KPFA/KPFK Pirodsky On Morning Mix Cancellation
In the second day of protests at KFPA radio station in Berkeley
on May 27, 2014, community supporters and staff protested the
cancellation of the Morning Mix radio segments on prime time to
be replaced by a program called "Uprising" in LA hosted by
Sonali Kolhatkar. Information was also released that Oakland attorney
Dan Seigel whose firm is representing the current management and
board majority and also is running for mayor of Oakland had contributed
$1,000 and this temporary increase in donations which was part of the
justification by KPFA/KPFK management for "Uprising" to replace the
Morning MIx which is a local labor community program production at KPFA
in prime time.
This debate outside KPFA in the morning was not reported on by
the KPFA news managers.
For more video:
UPSO Statement On Management Process at KPFA/Pacifica And Program Changes
Production of Labor video Project http://www.laborvideo.org
Community and labor activists want to protect local community labor programming
KPFA programmer Miguel Molina spoke in support of more community labor programming.
Community people want more community free speech on KPFA during prime time instead of canned programming from Los Angeles
Sonali's "Uprising" faces a growing backlash and anger in Northern California for replacing local community and labor programming on prime time.
KFPA programmer Davy D spoke in favor of keeping the Morning Mix on KPFA and called this fight about the rights of the local communities and poor to hear their voices
KPFA manager Richard Pirodsky was confronted by programmers and community supporters of KPFA who are angry about the unilateral conciliation of the local prime time line up of the Morning Mix.
Sonali Kolhatkar the host of "Uprising" has been pitched as a new "star" at KPFA by the "Save KPFA" and their supporters like Pacifica Foundation attorney Dan Siegel who is also running for mayor of Oakland and donated $1000 to Sonali's show building up her numbers. The management then argued that she was raising tremendous new money.