A thoughtful listener is on this issue as her comments so indicate. Now is the time , more than ever for listeners, supporters and all who say you are interested, to be vigilant, to question, and continue to connect the dots! You, as the stations’ member supporters hold the key, and must be prepared to insist on accountability from everyone who represents themselves as an interested party.
SARAH MARSHALL’s comments are incisive, telling, and questioning with the razors edge of skepticism that we must maintain each step of the way, until WPFW is rid of the poison that has weakened it for years. Eyes on the prize. Aluta Continua….
“I appreciate that ms. price is on the scene to hopefully keep Wpfw afloat, however we must not rest on our laurels & assume all will stay the course w/out our constant attention & oversight. For example, will the programming be restored before, after or during the move? Will jazz be played in the mornings again? ever? these are serious questions that must be answered. The real elephant in the room: JOHN HUGHES. When is his termination final? Summer Reese is holding that bag.”
THIS IS YOUR STATION! WHOSE STATION? OUR STATION!
Tuesday’s hearing in Landlord & Tenant court has resulted in a different and final date in which the station must vacate its current premises. We had been told of a later date at the recent town hall last Thursday (18th), however, May 25th, a Saturday, is the drop dead date for WPFW on Champlain Street.
Adjusting for this earlier date also necessitates the earlier moving of its scheduled pledge drive to now begin May 5th and according to our sources, the drive will go through the 25th!
Questions regarding the relocation are being handled by Michelle Price at the station. Ms. Price has been brought in as a move consultant, by interim Executive Director, Summer Reese. Ms. Price is in charge of relocating the station. She has effectively freed the station from the dual grip of indecision, and lack of leadership. Members of CMS (Concerned Members and Supporters) and UCSPB (United Committee to Save Public Broadcasting have indicated that there is a noticeable improvement in activity to prepare the station for its move. Price’s leadership has been, to paraphrase several observers “…a breath of fresh air.”
More to come…
The United Committee to Save Public Broadcasting filed a Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to stop the sublease with Clear Channel from going forward. There was a hearing in Judge Geoffrey Alprin’s chambers, Friday morning (12th). The Judge did not issue the TRO, but did agree to the plaintiff’s motion for a hearing on a Preliminary Injunction, which is slated for April 26th.
The Plaintiffs (Jared Ball, Robert Daughtry, Salih Latif, and Thomas Porter) were out to stop the imminent execution of the lease, which has been teetering on the edge of completion for months. They have as an additional, and equally important goal, the full disclosure of the truth about the sublease, and how it came to be. There have been violations of the stations own bylaws pursuant to disclosure of the sublease, and illegal secrecy regarding its terms and all manner of obfuscation (e.g. with the other LSB members) and all this in the guise of so-called ‘confidentiality.’
Summer Reese, the interim Executive Director of Pacifica appeared without counsel. She indicated in response to Judge Alprin that she had “concerns” (about the sublease) and subsequently conceded that she “regretted” signing the sublease. Reese, responding to the Judge stated that the Foundations’ name had been appropriated during a period when the corporate status of the Foundation was not in good standing. According to Reese this was due to a lapse by her predecessor(s). She stated that the organization is now chartered as Pacifica Foundation Radio, which for now seemed to satisfy the judge’s questions about the sublease’s validity. Reese seemed to indicate that it is “unlikely” that the Clear Channel deal will go forward. Further, she stated in supporting that statement, that she was “pursuing other options in DC,” but she did not elaborate.
Consider this part one – More to come………
1) From Jared Ball, on his Friday Show:
“The issue, for me, is less the move to CC, or the specifics of that legal/political relationship. The issue is the process that brought us here, the secrecy involved, the wasted time, the rushed pressure imposed, the blame of the community for its relative lack of clarity, the previously existing list of issues raised in a no confidence vote against Hughes, the narrow reactionary circle of PNJ’s (Pete Tucker, Tony Norman, John Hughes) sway over this and their related PR campaign against the people with false claims of unity and family, the liberalization and whitening of the station and network, the colonial relationship we have with Pacifica, the political direction of our programmers and the future role this station is to play in fostering radical thought and organization.”
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.