Pressure Campaign Forces Management to
Stop Censorship of Popular Show-Victory Rally Planned for
May 23, 2001
LOS ANGELES— A listener protest of daily picket lines, hundreds
of phone calls resulting in a significant drop in fund drive pledges
has forced KPFK 90.7 Station Manager Mark Schubb to relent on his
decision to censor live broadcasts Amy Goodman’s "Democracy Now!," a
daily national newsmagazine show and the most popular program on the
What: KPFK listeners celebrate victory "Defend Democracy Now!"
When: Thursday, May 24th, 3:30-6:30 PM
KPFK 90.7, 3729 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood
Today, for the first time in a week, KPFK/Pacifica Radio
listeners were able to hear their favorite show live. Starting on
May 16th, the first day of KPFK’s fund drive, the listener-sponsored
station only aired old tapes of "Democracy Now!" adding an
announcement that Goodman had "refused to cooperate with KPFK and
provide fund drive programming."
Reached by phone Goodman, an award-winning journalist had
strongly denied management's version. "Whenever a general manager of
a Pacifica station wants me to fund raise, I fund raise. Pacifica
management informed me, KPFK General Manager Mark Schubb did not
want me fund raise live on the air."
In New York at Pacifica's WBAI "Democracy Now!" is still being
pre-empted altogether, but the show continued to be broadcast at the
three other Pacifica stations-and at two of them, Berkeley's KPFA
and Washington's WPFW, Goodman did fundraise.
In the last months, AFTRA and UE (United Electrical) have filed
formal grievances against Pacifica's management on Goodman's behalf
around the issue's harassment, censorship and a hostile workplace.
In March, Goodman and her former co-host Juan Gonzalez drew over
1,300 KPFK listeners to a Los Angeles forum on the "Pacifica
Crisis." Gonzalez, resigned on-air earlier this year, citing
harassment and muzzling of free speech, Gonzalez said that "the
current management situation at Pacifica has become intolerable."
A national boycott of Pacifica Radio was organized in the wake of
widespread criticism of the network's leadership, including the May
15th Congressional hearings before in Washington, D.C. stemming from
Rep. Major Owens (D-Brooklyn) censorship by management of
WBAI/Pacifica New York.