No Jazz, No Justice
Jazz and all of its extensions
social justice and local public affairs
local artists being given airtime
and the integrity of a historic radio station
It is all at stake right NOW.
WPFW is in need of your community’s support.
WHAT IS GOING ON AT WPFW?
If you have tuned into 89.3fm and tried to find your favorite program-chances are that it may have moved to another time slot or have gone completely-without any prior notice or consultation to the programmer or you the listener.
On December 3, 2012, current WPFW General Manger (GM) John Hughes implemented changes to the schedule – drastically and unilaterally – absent any input from core stakeholders, including: programmers, listeners or even the WPFW Local Station Board (LSB) – in violation of the by-laws. Despite WPFW’s established ‘Jazz and Justice’ mission, the GM has removed 35 hours of music programming in order to purchase
syndicated programs from NPR and other Pacifica affiliates – a move he claims will increase ratings and revenue. In fact it has angered and alienated the audience we have and decreases the likelihood attracting others. Though he claims his objective is to recruit young people, one of the first casualties of the new format was 2K Nation. Besides shocking our audiences with sudden
changes, the GM purposely informed the impacted programmers in the most disrespectful way –many arriving at the Studio to be informed that this would be their final show. Furthermore, he has scheduled yet another fund drive just four days into the new schedule, against the explicit recommendation of the Executive Director of our parent network, the Pacifica Foundation. These are the latest in a series questionable management decisions the current GM has implemented during his tenure.
WHAT PROGRAMS/PROGRAMMERS WERE INITIALLY CANCELLED, (IN SOME FORM OR COMPLETELY)?
On the Margin, Sophie’s Parlor, Myndtalk, 2K Nation, Zarina Shakir’s The Struggle Continues, The
Bama Hour, Sounds of Brazil, Konbit Lakay and more.
Morning Jazz with Katea Stitt, Askia
Mohammad, Tom Porter, Chris De Property, Myrrh, Hassan, Candy Shannon, Yolanda Turner, Dr. Pamela Brewer, Yves Point-du-Jour, Josephine Reedand others.
Many of these programmers
have been re-thrust into slots that are inconvenient or challenging, again,without their consultation.
IS THE PROGRAMMING FOR JAZZ MUSIC AND ITS EXTENSIONS BEING DISCONTINUED?
No, but significantly reduced by apporoximately 35 hours per week. And no daytime Jazz.
WILL COROPRATE SPONSORS BE MENTIONED ON THE NEWLY ACQUIRED SHOWS?
The GM saw fit to purchase programs which are “brought to you by Wal-Mart” and others
sponsors contrary to the non commercial mission of the radio station. The disclaimer
read out after the sponsorship does little affect the damage. But the programs
haven’t aired as yet as the GM hasn’t found the money to pay for it. By the way, the programmers who were let go,
were VOLUNTEERS, some for decades.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
1. Register your protest pledge at http://www.thepeople4pfw.wordpress.com/. Your Protest pledge means simply stating how much you will give to WPFW if programming is restored to the status quo and you may ask for the GM to be removed.
2. Attend the Local Station Board Meeting on Wednesday December 12 at 6.30pm at WPFW radio station.
WashingtonCity Paper Building
2390 Champlain St NW 2nd Floor, Washington , DC 20009
3. Vote for New LSB candidates who intend to carry out the mission of the station-the election deadline has been extended to December 18.
If you did not receive a ballot, call the election help desk immediately at 1.866.720.4357.
4. Sign the petition at change.org
5. Visit http://www.thepeople4pfw.wordpress.com to stay informed.