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KPFK’s Cautious Approach to Programming Changes

Last month, KPFK program director Alan Minsky sent a memo reminding everyone of the station’s financial dire straits. He politely asked programmers to grow their audience and fundraising, or voluntarily leave the airwaves in order to make room for new and more profitable shows.

LA Observed has the latest email from Minsky, explaining that exactly no programmers took up on the offer.

As a result, he warns that the hammer is about to fall: “New voices need to be added to KPFK’s programming. In a week’s time some very difficult decisions will be made by KPFK management.”

Marc Cooper, who used to anchor a show on KPFK and has never been one to pull any punches where the station is concerned, addresses the glaring question:

Why would a manager ask instead of direct and just fire those who are dead wood? Answer: because the station is dominated -both on staff and in its audience- by loonies who scream “fascist coup” if anybody’s special interest i.e. his or her program, is tinkered with. Minsky is a nice guy but what a pathetic, groveling and demeaning position to put oneself in – to have to beg your subordinates to give up their positions!

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