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.
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.
yes...from 2010 involving KPFA Berkeley
>>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.
>>Pacifica receives about $1 million annually from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting )
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...”