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SFLC Resolution to Reinstate the “Morning Mix” Drive-Time Radio Show & Say No to Cuts in Labor/Community Programming on KPFA Radio

SFLC Resolution to Reinstate the “Morning Mix” Drive-Time Radio Show & Say No to Cuts in Labor/Community Programming on KPFA Radio
http://sflaborcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/06-09-14ResReKPFA.pdf

Whereas, KPFA Radio 94.1 FM, with a powerful radio transmitter, has been a megaphone for community free speech radio throughout northern California for over 65 years, and is the flagship station of the Pacifica Radio Network; and

Whereas, for the last 3 and a half years KPFA has aired a ground-breaking labor and community program called the Morning Mix – broadcasting at a time when more working people could hear it, during “drive time” from 8 to 9 AM, Monday to Friday; and

Whereas, the rotating hosts of the Morning Mix radio shows on KPFA have featured the voices of Bay Area working people and their issues, to a degree not found on any other Northern California station with the reach and power of KPFA. This included regular reporting on labor and community struggles – about the postal workers’ fight against privatization; the concerns of teachers, dockworkers, transit and healthcare workers, and immigrant workers; as well as the community fight in the city of Richmond against toxic pollution by Chevron Corporation; and

Whereas, the Morning Mix provided regular announcements of Bay Area labor and community events, so working people could be aware of these activities and participate; and

Whereas, late in the evening on May 21, KPFA and Pacifica management abruptly, and without proper consultations, cancelled the Morning Mix and replaced it with a syndicated program “Uprising” produced in Los Angeles that doe over Bay Area issues and events; and;

Whereas, we need more local labor and community programming on KFPA radio, not less – especially since working peoples’ stories are almost completely ignored by the mainstream media. This program change is a tremendous loss for the radio listeners in the Bay Area.

Therefore be it Resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council calls on KPFA/Pacifica management to reinstate the Morning Mix drive-time radio show. We need more labor and community programs on the radio—not less!; and

Be it Finally Resolved, that this resolution be submitted to Bay Area labor Councils and the California Labor Federation for concurrence and action.

Submitted by NALC 214 and adopted by the San Francisco Labor Council on June 9, 2014. Respectfully,

Tim Paulson Executive Director