When it is not 'just listening' as a passive person, but when you as a KPFK STAKEHOLDER, pledge-maker, contributor, volunteer, or wanna-be whatever...
also have asked but could not find out what is occurring "inside" that station,
here is a tid bit of info that helps satisfy that 'wanting needing to know'.
Below is some good information that some of us did and do NOT know or have access too..until we asked:
"It is public information that Chief Engineer Bob Conger is serving as
KPFK iGM at 1/4 salary, that Alan Minsky is serving as both iPD and
probably Senior Producer at a single full-time salary, and that
Margaret Prescod and Ian Masters, previously volunteer programmers,
are temporarily sharing a single full-time salaried position.
It is public information that Ernesto Arce is still on the KPFK
payroll as a news reporter, which is KPFK's main contribution to the
production costs of the California News, which is produced at KPFA and
replaced the KPFK Evening when we laid off most of our local news
"Yes, these details are not publicized; but they are not confidential
and have not been hidden. Most of this has been mentioned at public
meetings, which are not well attended. Some has likely been mentioned
on-air at odd moments.
Though many of us have been taking time and work to learn all above that WE DID NOT know at all.. does that mean there are KPFK people smarter than us ?
more connected to the in-crowd, staff, management, money players than us ?
pay more for their pledges and thus gain info too?
go to parties we dont or dont even get invited to ?
sneak in and read private station info docs that we dont know how to get to ?
or what ?
Maybe if we repeatedly tolerate to attend LSB meetings and LSB Finance Committee meetings so info is found therein
The informer of this information also said nicely:
"I respect your concerns and I recognize how mysterious normal station affairs can look like from afar, especially when various actors pick pieces of information to spin in support of their special interests."
Yes, that person understands our frustrations in just trying to get basic information about "what in this world is going on in there ! ? ! ? "...that black hole where our money goes and what comes out seems to be...well you describe it...as some programs are offensive, some are informative, some are creative and others are mainly FEAR mongering while complaining about everyone else in media doing just that....trying to get benefits, money, influence by emphasizing the horrors that 'could happen'....maybe...worse than what occurs INSIDE our station.
this is from a stakeholder of long ago, with lots of cash, time, effort and love invested in those 4 call letters....
K for kaput....
P for political ...
F for ['you know what in past tense and present also'] ...
K for .....kkkkk ??? Komodo dragons who are those strange creatures that look scary [see pix here: http://www.arkive.org/komodo-dragon/varanus-komodoensis/description.html]
Komodo dragons are the largest lizards in the world ~ KPFK has a big signal too ....and with weird wild ancient heritage ! just like KPFK which has been around for 50+ yrs..... then more similarities also are apparent....
so conjure up the stuff of the dangerous eat-'em-up legends. Thekomodo's essential body is long with stocky legs and a long muscular tail ~ so like the macho-tough-image KPFKers prefer to display....
then the animal's scaly skin is inpenetrable and hard with no access, pretending invulnerability ~ KPFK style is same.....
Komodos also have a well-developed sense of smell so like KPFK's searching for any scary or wild drama and pretend-prophetic projections to arouse and also maybe get funds for sharing that virtual fearful experience.....
and the komodo's fancy long, forked yellow tongue which resembles the mythical, fire-breathing dragons ~ so the programs emanating from this KPFK beast is also always trying to be as fierce, as influential,as fear-provoking, as daring as any fire-fierce-producing uncapturable creature-of-old.
not a good analogy ? OK, then make a better one up for us all instead. What other creature, animal, natural image can KPFK in it's essences be conjured up to be similar to ?
(c) 2010 akpfker
and also see the recent la times article:
with Alan Minsky's reply below
"to know the way and not practice is to be a soup ladle in the pot and not taste the flavor of the soup." jack kornfield
which also means KPFKers who Want to Know and cannot find their way are stuck in some heating up the frog gradually in watered down soup. ahem !