Bad to worse at KPFK

Do you remember last month's desperate-sounding email from KPFK management asking all programmers at the Pacifica radio station to urgently grow their audience, and their money-raising, or volunteer to get off the air? Well, a new email from the interim program manager says no one took him up on the offier. His tone this time is even more grim. "Unfortunately, following my e-mail of one month ago in which I asked KPFK programmers, for the good of the station, to offer to shorten the length of their show or to move to a web-based show or to end their shows, not a single programmer stepped forward and made such a sacrifice," writes Alan Minsky. As a result, he warns that the hammer is about to fall: "New voices need to be added to KPFK's programming. In a week's time some very difficult decisions will be made by KPFK management."

Minsky adds a final request: that programmers volunteer to take their shows on hiatus from mid-September "through the winter 2011 KPFK fund drive."

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