Thursday, April 16, 2009

Open letter already sent to KPFK staff & LSB about OUR "Mission" lapses

this is a "the Mission" footnote, indicating all that is still lacking at KPFK to take effect.

["Mission" copied from KPFK web page and surely memorized by all those who work at KPFK already .... with my emphasis to point to what does not appear to be in active process at KPFK ]

" c) In radio broadcasting operations to encourage and provide outlets for the creative skills and energies of the community; to conduct classes and workshops in the writing and producing of drama; to establish awards and scholarships for creative writing; to offer performance facilities to amateur instrumentalists, choral groups, orchestral groups and music students; and to promote and aid other creative activities which will serve the cultural welfare of the community.....

(d) In radio broadcasting operations to engage in any activity that shall contribute to a lasting understanding between nations and between the individuals of all nations, races, creeds and colors; to gather and disseminate information on the causes of conflict between any and all of such groups; and through any and all means compatible with the purposes of this corporation to promote the study of political and economic problems and of the causes of religious, philosophical and racial antagonisms.

(e) In radio broadcasting operations to promote the full distribution of public information; to obtain access to sources of news not commonly brought together in the same medium; and to employ such varied sources in the public presentation of accurate, objective, comprehensive news on all matters vitally affecting the community."

so if some of us are reading this Mission, and it seems to include more than just lectures to raise money or sponsoring media events of other organizations... since it says ,

" to encourage and provide outlets for the creative skills and energies of the community." ...

which does sounds like "outlets" are not ONLY for those included as already selected "programmers" or producers who are allowed to present on-air programs...

the community sounds a lot wider and broader in terms of having some "outlets" of input to the station, even if not officially "on air".

If "the Community" is to be affected or even involved in the results in any way, even off-air, then input, feedback, discourse, discussion, and even debate may be a part of the knowing the community and what / how / when 'it' is being affected and how/when 'it' is responding to the decisions made by those who hold the reins [power].

the quoted above "to obtain access to sources of news not commonly brought together in the same medium" also sounds more like listeners/ sponsors/ stakeholders also can bring in and share and suggest their sources and ideas.... and they too can offer "sources of news" that the established programmers [ many stuck at KPFK for a very very long time holding tightly on their places...some for years and years ! ] do not access or the station staff producers chose.

Are the only the already-accepted-programmers [with their established and long-held biases and viewpoints] and the few producer-staff then the only ones who can find and select "sources of news" ? No input from anyone but those already in ? this does NOT sound like the spirit of what the holy Mission intends.

But then, who is to interpret it, like with the other laws, there is only those who wield the power who decide for everyone else...and that only those already "in" have any "access"or ideas worth using ? or only those pre-selected have "creative energies" to be used ?

and also "....on all matters vitally affecting the community" sounds again like the community can express what affects it and also can and should give feedback to the station staff and programmers about it's affections and what matters too... no ?

if you think I am just picking at words, then I am doing just like all good lawyers, jurists, politicians, and managers and even artists do. Then just ignore all this and continue on in the very same old way and those out here who have become disaffected as not-allowed-to-be-part-of-the-community can just go away and reside elsewhere.

Then I have wasted your time and my time & efforts and caring.

whatever.....and those of us "outside" the realms of KPFK power positions are out of control and not relevant to inform anyone inside the station.... and we seem to only have only money to offer keep the station vibrant, relevant, vital, creative, and varied.

Maybe the same old same old old old repeated programs and attitudes are 'good enough' ...maybe not...any more.

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