Sunday, November 14, 2010
November 15 on Women's Magazine: Another View of the Crisis at KPFA and Pacifica
(Note: Our conversation with Arlene, Carol and Maria was prerecorded and edited for time. We will make the full discussion available here soon.)
For more information about the struggle for KPFA and Pacifica:
Laid off Morning Show host Brian Edwards-Tiekert wrote an email (shown at left; click on the image to enlarge) to acting Program Director Sasha Lilley suggesting various syndicated shows to replace our locally produced Women's Magazine.
Now Brian is one of the leading spokespeople for the unionized staff, whose website proclaims that one of their demands is:
"PRESERVE LOCAL PROGRAMMING. Stop all attempts to replace community-driven programs with syndicated content."
The justification for taking Women's Magazine off air was that we were not "professional" enough and our programs were not high quality. In our show today, Maria Gelardin raises the question: shouldn't the role of paid staff be to help unpaid programmers get our quality up to standards?