Pacifica was founded in 1949
by Lewis Hill and a group of Pacifist/Anarchists. Hill realized that commercial
media, which existed to deliver mass audiences to sponsors, could never
engage in the free and open flow of information necessary to promote justice
and peace through understanding, nor give artists a place to exercise their
creativity without boundaries. Voluntary listener-sponsorship, he believed,
was the key. And Pacifica Radio was born. Today, we struggle to preserve
that tradition both from attacks from the outside,and now, from the organization's
so-called leaders. This section contains writings on the heritage we seek
from Dallas in Wonderland
- Dallas in Wonderland: The Pacifica
Approach to Free Radio, is a 1967 self-published account of his
experiences as KPFK's GM and Program Director in the mid-1960's by Paul
Dallas. Dallas writes of gag orders by the Pacifica Board and fierce opposition
to elected governance at Pacifica, as well as demonization of community
groups calling for democracy at Pacifica. It is disturbingly similar to
the controversy that now rages more than 30 years later. Dallas' account
shows that until the problem of governance is addressed, and structures
put in place for open and accountable decision making, we will fight the
same battle again and again.
- An essay by John Whiting on the founding of KPFA by Lew Hill,
and the early years. Whiting served on the staff of KPFA from 1952-1968.
- An essay by John Whiting on the 1995 "putsch"
at KPFA, part of the current crisis.
- An essay by Chris Koch, a former WBAI staff
member. Koch concludes his essay with a defense of radical free speech
in Z Magazine 1994
- An interview with Peter Franck, former President
of the Pacifica Foundation, as he explains the changes in the 80's that
led to the current crisis, and the formation of SAVE KPFA.
See the San
Luis Obispo Declaration
of 1984, which puts an ironic twist on
the current situation. This document was signed by Pat Scott, and among
other things calls for independent local governing boards!
- The 1995 by-laws of the Pacifica Foundation.
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