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Bring Back Local Community News Shows/End Merged KPFA-KPFK Merged Nightly News Show
by Voices For Justice Radio
Monday Jul 19th, 2010 11:11 AM
The merger of KPFA and KPFK news has limited the amount of local community news on both stations from each area. This merged operation must be changed with a return to a one hour locally produced show on both stations. With population of over 10 million in each region it is critical that there be more local an regional community news and not a homogenization of the news on both stations. petition.pdf
Bring Back Local Community News Shows/End Merged KPFA-KPFK Merged Nightly News Show

We the following members and listeners of KPFA, KPFK, and supporters of the Pacifica
Foundation call for the end of the merged Local News shows on KPFA and KPFK and for
the return of the locally based nightly news reports in Southern and Northern California.

In each region, with more than 10 million people, the need for more community news has been
harmed by merging the two news hours into a one hour show. The News has become homogenized
and more and more resembles NPR, and not the Pacifica activist history.

We are not opposed to a joint news show combining news from Southern
California and Northern California, but it should be above and beyond the
needed Local News programs. We do believe that this merger of the nightly
News shows has led to a reduction of local news reports from both regions.
And this is unacceptable for the listeners and supporters of KPFA/KPFK and
Pacifica. We call on the Executive Director, Programming Directors and the PNB to take
action to bring back an hour of local community news without the merged News format.

Name Radio Station Phone Email Union/ Organization

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§Corrected link to petition On ending merged news
by Voices For Justice Radio Monday Jul 19th, 2010 11:15 AM
Corrected url link to petition to end merged news show between KPFA and KPFK

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by reality check
Tuesday Jul 20th, 2010 11:43 AM
Bringing back the local coverage and ending the merger of the L.A. and Bay Area news reports is a great idea, especially for KPFK listeners who are now subjected to the horrible news announcer Mark Mericle. Can we trade him for someone from KPFK who can actually read without stumbling over every word while slobbering into the microphone?

He and most of the rest of the KPFA news department sound like a bunch of amateurs: Christopher Martinez with his whisper, Leann Caldwell with her spoken word sing song delivery, Glenn Reader who reads like he's never learned to read. But Mericle is the worst. It might be acceptable to stumble over a few words once every few months but Mericle cannot even make it through one newscast without sputtering and mangling every sentence. Try listening to him for a minute and then compare his horrible delivery and grating voice with the actual professionals at KQED or KALW. And since he is just reading (barely) AP press releases anyway, why even bother trying to get through a KPFA news broadcast?

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