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Re: “KPFA Radio Meltdown

Hi Rachel, yos seem to prefer attacks over facts, but how about following the money. Remember Water Gate? I obtained a copy of the 2005/2006 KPFAitemized budgets for different departments. It was sent to me by accident, by the last business manager, who freaked out,after she found out she sent me the itemized budget. On the KPFA website, you can only see one figure for all salaries without any itemized budgets for each department. The Itemized budget shows an over $50,000 dollar leap for the news department in the first year lemlem came in. Are you really surprised Aileen Alfindary and the News Department, fully supports Rijio? From there, I beleive, the morning show kept going ups, as did the news, while flashpoints continued to get cut. It seems quite clear, that KPFA GM lemlem rijio broke the budget, by supporting her station allies, and is now trying to us it as an excuse getting rid of Flashpoints." Do you have the itemized figues for the other years of Rijio's tenure? In 2006, Adminstratio0n was also up 0ver $30,000, while Flashpoints was beingt cut. Do what a good reporter does Rachel, and Follow the money. It is the only way the full truth will come out...


News 2005-$171-392 News 2006-$223,212 First year of lemlem as man.?
Flashpoints 2005 $123,129 Flashpoints 2006-$114,600

KPFA News up $51,820 Flashpoints down $8,529

Actually positions

News Fulltime-equivilent 2005 3.75 2006-5.70
Flashpoints 2005 3.25 2006-3.00


KPFA Administrative budget
2005 $210-675 2006 $244,828 up $34,153

Posted by dennis bernstein on 12/25/2009 at 1:30 PM

Re: “KPFA Radio Meltdown

Wow rachel, good journalism. you interviewed me through mitch jesserich, and quoted the ever unbiased aileen alfindary, whose news budget went up under the current regime, by $60, 000 in the first year,according to the official PNB budgets for fiscal 2005/2006 , and kept going up. Flashpoints was cut that same year, and ever year since. This despite the fact, that for the last fifteen years, Flashpoints has raised on average, well over five times Aflindary's KPFA news. And this despite the fact that the news has three times the budget, and five times the plant space in the station. And I see Jesserich really conned you with that internet gobbldygook. We have already recieved 2500 letters from supporters and sustainers and big donars from all over the country: All of them know how much they gave, and why? (By the way, its hard to raise money, when management censors your main guest, an hour before air time, on the first day of a fundraiser, and forbids you to use your planned thank you gift. Please, google "catherine austin fitts/kpfa censorship.)

Your article is uninformed and silly, and very corporate. You spent a lot of time on me, but never bothered to interview me? You always work that way--side-stepping an interview with the person you want to attack. I guess that way you don't have to worry about the facts. Just for the record: You swallowed the crap about 20% across the board cuts, but under current management, Flashpoints has been cut fifty percent. How has the morning show done, as of right now? Budget cut or expanded under current management? Same question for the News, way up or cut back 50% like Flashpoints. And Of course, finally, it was pretty easy for you to skip the part of the story--the newsy part- where Nora's seniority rights were thrown in the garbage, as management committed major breaches in the union contract, but then you don't have a union at the Express, so why worrry about that either. best Dennis Bernstein, Executive producer, Flashpoints

Posted by dennis bernstein on 12/22/2009 at 10:36 PM

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