1) From Esther Iverem, Lies told about CMS and how we are saving our station
John Hughes says that CMS is made up of disgruntled former programmers upset that they were taken off the air:
- a. No, to the contrary, CMS is made up of hundreds of supporters of the station, the majority of whom are longtime listener-members who have contributed their hard-owned dollars to the station. Programmers, those on the air and not on the air right now, are also members but do not constitute the majority, or anywhere near the majority, of members.
- b. CMS represents the best effort of listener- and staff-members to have a voice in what happens at our station in the face of on-air censorship, as well as manipulation by members of the Local Station Board and management.
- c. Contrasted with Hughes’ failed two-year effort to find a suitable new home for the station, CMS has developed, in less than two months, several options for a new home that don’t involve getting in bed with Clear Channel or moving out of the nation’s capital. CMS and the LSB will share this information directly with the PNB and not through Hughes.
- d. Hughes’ claim of sour grapes ignores the fact that long before these current management, programming and relocation crises, the programmers sent a “letter of no confidence” in Hughes to Pacifica in November 2011. So, no sour grapes, just no confidence.
John Hughes says that programmers were removed because of their programs did not perform or were somehow poor.
- a. This is another blatant lie. Long-running shows that were successful both in content and fundraising were removed, mostly in a haphazard fashion, to make room for the syndicated programming the John Hughes wanted to put into place.
- b. Most of the programmers John removed were reinstated in an equally haphazard manner, into unfamiliar timeslots. Were they reinstated because they suddenly had changed or raised more money? No. They were reinstated because of community pressure.
- c. Despite his statements, Hughes still has not restored the grid per the vote of our Local Station Board.
John Hughes and his minions say that the success in the recent fund drive is proof of the community embrace of the current grid:
Another untruth. The fact is that programmers—who are the ones who listeners respond to and follow—made an appeal to save the station from going dark under Hughes’ leadership. Veteran, successful programmers such as Miyuki Williams and Tom Cole, who oppose Hughes and what he has done, went to bat to save the station and raised money to do just that.