KPFA LISTENERS WILL CONVERGE outside of Pacifica's offices in Berkeley (next door to KPFA) for a DRAMATIC PUBLIC READING of some of the thousands of letters they have sent to Pacifica's executive director Arlene Engelhardt, urging her to return the Morning Show, the bay area's only locally-produced non-commercial morning news and information program, to the airwaves. WELL-KNOWN VOICES will be on hand to participate.
The event will take place FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, from NOON - 1PM at 1925 MLK Jr Way, Berkeley. Engelhardt says she's making the cuts out of financial necessity, but can't answer why she's taking KPFA's biggest fundraiser off the air. Now KPFA's morning audience has dropped, Pacifica management has had to call off two days of scheduled fundraising, and KPFA's union has filed legal actions over the treatment of its workers.
SaveKPFA supporters are also circulating a petition on the matter, titled Restore the KPFA Morning Show. Among the early signers are poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, writer Raj Patel and historian Gray Brechin.
Pre-event interviews are available. The contacts below can put you in touch with KPFA listeners, staff and volunteers spokespeople.
Margy Wilkinson, 510-219-2567, email@example.com
Mal Burnstein, 510-527-1798, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pamela Drake, 510-593-3721, email@example.com