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Archives from July 1999
Nation’s Oldest Public Station Under Arrest
Dennis Bernstein
BERKELEY — As a broadcaster at radio station KPFA for the last ten years, I often wondered just how many people were tuning in. After all, these are the apathetic 1990s, the passions of the 1960s are supposedly long gone. But when Pacifica Foundation pulled me ...
PACIFICA: The Plot Thickens
David Bacon
BERKELEY–Pacifica Foundation’s growing practice of saying one thing in public, while doing the complete opposite behind closed doors, achieved remarkable new heights this week. For months board chair Mary Francis Berry, fired publicity flak Elan Fabbri, an...
Pacifica’s Crackdown: An Inside Account
Kellia Ramares
Pacifica finally took over on July 13th. I was a reporter for KPFA Evening News that night. In fact, I was waiting in the news control room, ready to go into the studio to read my copy on the Pacifica story when Dennis Bernstein came in, pursued by Lynn Chadwic...
How Pacifica Fired Opal Nations
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
CounterPunchers know well the wars at Pacifica which we’ve reported on more than once this year. The nub of the story involves the efforts of the national governing board, chaired by Mary Frances Berry, to turn the whole Pacifica radio network into a top-down autocr...
Pricks Up Your Ears
Alexander Cockburn
Witnessing the struggles at Pacifica and KPFA, in which on July 13 the network’s national directors called in goons to haul out staffers at the Berkeley station, claiming insubordination, my mind cast back to the early 1970s and to The Village Voice in New York ...
Open Letter to Pacifica Management From Staff of WBAI
R. Paul Martin
The Staff of WBAI is appalled at the anti-labor tactics of the management of the Pacifica Foundation in locking out the Staff of KPFA from their workplace. The assault on KPFA Staff by Management’s armed goon squad will never be forgotten and is a cri...
Ted K., the CIA & LSD
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
July 15, 1999 Ted K., the CIA & LSD It turns out that Theodore Kaczynski, a.k.a. the Unabomber, was a volunteer in mind-control experiments sponsored by the CIA at Harvard in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Michael Mello, author of the recently published bo...
Explosive Pacifica Radio Memo Raises Storm
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Here at CounterPunch we have always predicted that the end game of Pacifica’s national board would the sale of some or all of the 5-station network’s assets, worth some $300 million. Such a sale would finally destroy the listener-subscriber basis of this once ...
Lee “Tiny” Davis. Executed by the State of Florida on July 8, 1999
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Lee “Tiny” Davis. Executed by the State of Florida on July 8, 1999
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Rafael Renteria
former programming and news director, KPFT Houston DIVERSITY AND POWER: THE POLITICS OF DISTORTION A storm has been unleashed in the struggle over the direction of Pacifica station KPFA in Berkeley, and the battle between rebellious staff and listener-sponsors there,...
Lee “Tiny” Davis. Executed by the State of Florida on July 8, 1999.
Alexander Cockburn And Jeffrey St. Clair
Lee “Tiny” Davis. Executed by the State of Florida on July 8, 1999. More Davis photos: Davis Photo 1. Davis Photo 3. ...