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Big Programming Changes Are Coming to WPFW (far left Pacifica drops music for news/talk)
Wash. City Paper ^ | 11/29/12 | Jonathan Fischer

Posted on 12/04/2012 10:41:16 AM PST by raccoonradio

"I am very upset about the changes. I think we need to boycott."

"I for one will not give more money until I hear some answers...some real answers about the station."

"They're not the people's station."

Those were some of the on-air words of WPFW listeners this morning...Word has already spread about impending programming changes to the 35-year-old "jazz and justice" station.

Interim Programing Director Bobby Hill announced on the WPFW Facebook page yesterday that the station will begin a new programming schedule on Dec. 3—one that includes more syndicated talk programs.

While some of the new programs will be made in-house, others will be syndicated from other stations owned by the Pacifica Foundation, whose network of progressive-talk stations includes WPFW. Although a new programming grid isn't online yet, the move seems to push music programming out of workday hours. And depending on where you sit on the political spectrum, the inclusion of Tavis Smiley, who hosts a show on PBS, and Michel Martin, whose Tell Me More is produced by NPR, may strike you as more mainstream.

The new additions, taken together, could be seen as a path to a bigger, broader listenership. Or they could be seen as watering down the station's mix of progressive talk and a wide range of musical genres—not to mention its local identity. To make room for all these new programs, WPFW's management has ended others. According to an email conversation among WPFW programmers, some outgoing hosts have already said goodbye to their listeners on air, including Tom Porter and Askia Muhammad (although Muhammad's Tuesday jazz show is ending, he'll host the new Morning Brew talk show)...

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtoncitypaper.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: npr; pacifica; talkradio; wpfw
This may explain why commercial "progressive talk" stations don't do well: the lefty listeners prefer NPR/public radio.
In the case of the far left Pacifica, _NPR_ is to the right of them (they are corporate sellouts!...many NPR shows are financed by Evil Big Corporations as well as "listeners like you". (One 2008 list of companies donating to NPR included car companies, movie studios, and something called "Fox Broadcasing Company")

And they're dropping music for news/talk. Care to guess what direction they'll lean towards? I would guess more than a few taxpayer dollars will go toward these "progressive" shows.

This has happened in places like Boston (WGBH) and Pittsburgh (WDUQ) too. Out with the music, in with the lefty talk/news. And calling them non-commercial radio isn't totally accurate. They get corporate "donations" and the companies get mentioned. They speak of the need to get "commercial (sic) revenue" for these stations.

And they want a Fairness Doctrine. The day I hear ANY conservative opinions on public radio is the day they're at least trying to be fair. (And it still would be nothing comp. to the liberal bias)

1 posted on 12/04/2012 10:41:25 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

Taxpayer funded radio

oh goodie

I bet they are fair and balanced

lolz

//sarc


2 posted on 12/04/2012 10:46:42 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: raccoonradio

Pacifica is going broke. Donations are plummeting. Stations are mismanaged. Almost nobody listens ... and probably half of those that do are amused conservatives, not sycophants.

There is a Pacifica station in Houston that I listen to from time-to-time. Funny stuff. These guys are far enough out of the mainstream that they’re not even worth worrying about. Democracy Now, the flagship show, is broadcast on hudrends of stations ... to dozens of listeners.

SnakeDo0c


3 posted on 12/04/2012 10:52:19 AM PST by SnakeDoctor (Texas survived one Obama term, and we'll survive another. The rest of you are screwed.)
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To: raccoonradio

it’d be ironic is they started airing Rush Limbaugh


4 posted on 12/04/2012 10:53:57 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: SnakeDoctor

When Quinn and Rose are on vacation and nothing much happening on sports talk, I will often turn to the local college station that runs Democracy Now. It’s my bit of comic relief to make it thru the rush hour traffic.


5 posted on 12/04/2012 11:06:16 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SnakeDoctor

yes...from 2010 involving KPFA Berkeley

http://www.eastbayexpress.com/ebx/cuts-and-dueling-protests-at-kpfa/Content?oid=2186210

>>There were several protests and counter-protests happening outside of KPFA’s Berkeley station headquarters last Thursday. Most people were picketing parent company Pacifica Radio, which just announced a huge spate of layoffs and program cuts projected for next week. Some people were picketing the protestors, arguing that they should just suck it up...Edwards-Tiekert and other union members think they’ve found a way to salve the $500,000 operations deficits that KPFA posted in the last two fiscal years. Their proposed budget includes ideas like asking Pacifica to pay for shows it syndicates to other stations in its network, using video conferencing instead of flying board members to meetings, and having some union members switch to a cheaper health plan through Medicare if KPFA reimburses the co-pays

(Flying board members to meetings...nice.)

>>She pointed out that Pacifica isn’t just a deadbeat parent. It pays the program fees for national syndicates like Democracy Now and Free Speech Radio News, which supplies about 40 percent of the international news content for KPFA. Also, Rosenberg continued, Pacifica receives about $1 million annually from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which it distributes among five stations.

(Repeat:
>>Pacifica receives about $1 million annually from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting )

Taxpayer $

Among the comments on that page
>>>A National Board member rationalizes need for major reductions: “We have spent, and budgeted, as if a one-time spike in listenership and listener support was long term growth, which it was not.”
“We have a lot more people on payroll; and it hurts to cut jobs...it hurts us as social-justice people...”


SOCIAL JUSTICE!


6 posted on 12/04/2012 11:14:23 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

KPTK Seattle owned by CBS will soon go all sports; it’s prog talk (commercial) for now.

From a board at radiodiscussions.com:
“I live within KPTK’s service area, and all my Democrat friends have never even heard of KPTK. You mention “the progressive station on 1090”, they give you a blank look. They don’t even know the station exists. They all listen to NPR.”


7 posted on 12/04/2012 11:25:52 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

I listened to “gavel to gavel” coverage of the Watergate hearings, on the Lost Angeles Pacifica affiliate, 1973-74.


8 posted on 12/04/2012 11:28:15 AM PST by truth_seeker
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To: raccoonradio

WPFW (89.3, or the far left of the dial, as we used to day) has been beyond barking moonbat for decades.

It’s said their call letters stand for “We’re Public Field Workers”.

Their website indicates that Pacifica is looking to hire a CFO.


9 posted on 12/04/2012 11:32:17 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim

yes—as for call letter meanings or nicknames years ago NYC
had WEVD, for Eugene V Debs:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WEVD

>>WEVD (originally broadcasting at 1220 AM, later on 1300 and finally on 1330, was an American news-talk radio station launched in August 1927 by the Socialist Party of America. Making use of the initials of recently deceased party leader Eugene Victor Debs in its call sign... The station was purchased with a $250,000 radio fund raised by the Socialist Party in its largest fundraising effort of he 1920s and was intended as spreading progressive ideas to a mass audience. A number of national trade unions and other institutions aided the Socialists in obtaining the station.

also:

>>WCFL-AM, radio station in Chicago operated by the Chicago Federation of Labor.

Debs:
(wiki):”Debs read the works of Karl Marx and learned about socialism in prison, emerging to launch his career as the nation’s most prominent Socialist in the first decades of the 20th century. He ran as the Socialist Party’s candidate for the presidency in 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, and 1920, the last time from a prison cell.”


10 posted on 12/04/2012 11:42:09 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: camle
it’d be ironic is they started airing Rush Limbaugh

I bet they could stop begging for money if they did that.

11 posted on 12/04/2012 11:57:38 AM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: raccoonradio
Interim Programing Director Bobby Hill announced on the WPFW Facebook page yesterday that the station will begin a new programming schedule on Dec. 3—one that includes more syndicated talk programs.

That boy ain't right.

12 posted on 12/04/2012 12:32:23 PM PST by Lonely Bull
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To: Lonely Bull
Interim Programing Director Bobby Hill announced on the WPFW Facebook page yesterday that the station will begin a new programming schedule on Dec. 3—one that includes more syndicated talk programs.

That boy ain't right.

Maybe I'm silly to focus in on names sometimes, but I probably would've started using a different nickname after a certain show came out. (I assume that he's not actually named "Bobby"; the thought of actually having "Bobby" as a legal name is weird to me.)

Besides, anyone involved with a station like that is probably more left, anyway.

Whatever the case with any of those things, it's wonderful to see a station providing endless Justice to its listeners, even if they don't like it at first. If you align yourself with "progressives," you shouldn't be surprised at having to shut up and take your lessons from those who know better than you.

13 posted on 12/04/2012 12:43:34 PM PST by Lonely Bull
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To: Lonely Bull

Supposedly the station has reversed itself due to public outcry


14 posted on 12/04/2012 8:19:05 PM PST by raccoonradio
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