FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9 April 1999
Media Contact: Elan Fabbri
510.843.0130 X 461
Pacifica Radio's Sunday Salon Cancelled
9 April 1999 Berkeley, CA Pacifica Radio's weekly public affairs
program, Sunday Salon has been cancelled. The show's last broadcast was
Sunday, April 4th.
Sunday Salon was launched in January, as proposed by host Larry Bensky.
Mr. Bensky's April 4th on-air attack of Pacifica Radio Foundation and members
of its management was a direct violation of Pacifica policy, as well as
his AFTRA union contract, both of which prohibit airing personal grievances
on the air. Pacifica has no plans to replace Sunday Salon, nor to offer
Mr. Bensky a new contract.
Larry Bensky has been involved with Pacifica and its Berkeley station,
KPFA intermittently over the last thirty years, both as a volunteer and
paid staff member, at one time holding the position of national affairs
correspondent. "Pacifica appreciates the contributions Mr. Bensky has made
to the organization and wishes him the very best in his future endeavors,"
said Pacifica Executive Director Lynn Chadwick.
Pacifica Foundation is the non-profit parent of Pacifica Radio Network,
comprised of KPFA, KPFK, KPFT, WBAI & WPFW in Berkeley, Los Angeles,
Houston, New York and Washington DC, respectively. Pacifica Foundation
created the world's first listener-sponsored radio as a group of conscientious
objectors sought a medium in which to speak out against the military force
of World War II. The organization's mission is:
1999 marks Pacifica's 50th anniversary of broadcasting radio with vision.
To promote cultural diversity and pluralistic community expression;
To contribute to a lasting understanding between individuals of all nations,
races, creeds and colors;
To promote freedom of the press and serve as a forum for various viewpoints;
To maintain an independent funding base.