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Sun Apr 16 2017 (Updated 04/17/17)
Exposing KPFA's Secret Secession Effort: "Big Tent Radio Network"
Sun Apr 16 2017 (Updated 04/17/17)
KPFA Local Station Board Member Tries to Secretly Create New Organization
Pacifica Foundation is a non-profit organization which owns five independently operated, non-commercial, listener-supported radio stations known for their progressive/liberal political orientation. Its national headquarters adjoins station KPFA in Berkeley. Bill Crosier, Pacifica Foundation's interim Executive Director, addressed members of the 5-station radio network after it became known that at least one of the KPFA Local Station Board members, with others, has secretly contacted celebrities and prominent supporters of progressive causes, falsely claiming that Pacifica is “collapsing”, and asking them to be on the board of a new nonprofit organization which would seek to acquire Pacifica's assets, or at least those of station KPFA.

In an April 14 press release, Crosier states, "While I have had concerns about Pacifica's well-being in recent years, and feel very strongly about the importance of independent media, I am bothered that any local board member would falsely spread negative rumors about Pacifica. There is an ethical issue with passing along misleading information about Pacifica in order to line up oppositional support for another organization."

Crosier adds, "Many listeners and staff from the five main Pacifica stations and 220 affiliates within the Pacifica community are communicating and working together to build a network capable of addressing the political, environmental, social justice, economic and cultural needs of our time. Setting up a secret organization behind the backs of colleagues and fellow board members, and lobbying against those trying to save the network breeds confusion, distrust, and disunity ..."

An email forwarded to Crosier states, "Attention: This is a confidential communication. Work to establish our non-profit 501(c)3 is underway and being conducted under the radar. When we are a fait accompli, we will announce with a splash." The clandestine pitch explains, "We don’t need your money! Pacifica owns property in Berkeley that can be used to collateralize debt when the banks are assured of the new network’s stability and professional management."

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