Two updates on the KPFA situation (and apologies to those of you who find Pacifica news sleep-inducing):
• A few weeks ago, I reposted the news, which I originally got from KPFA Worker, that “Amit Pendyal resigned because Pacifica executive director Arlene Engelhardt wouldn’t let him do his job.” Official circles denied this. An example of such: WBAI board chair Mitch Cohen commented, “[H]ere’s what a member of the KPFA Board just wrote to me when I inquired: ‘It’s not true. He is still on the job, despite efforts by Doug’s allies to exasperate him enough to quit….’” Now comes this oddly worded news from Engelhardt, in an email to the KPFA staff: “I received word from Amit last week that he will not be able to return as General Manager at KPFA.” Sure looks like the original report was right.
• A few months ago, Engelhardt fired the old paid Morning Show staff and replaced them with volunteers, including 9/11 Truther Peter Phillips. That saved the station about $80,000 a year. But in the recent fund drive, pledges during the morning drive time—for which the Morning Show was the anchor—were down by $139,000. Details here.