If the KPFK LSB meetings represent anything about the Pacifica stations' management or if LSBs have input with their PROCESS into how the radio station runs, no wonder the system is floundering.
[yes, like a dying fish in shallow water= as in having not enough money, not much breath of life left, while still trying to stay alive and not quite healthily - flipping and flapping and biting anything around it in sight].
The *chaos* that reigned and continued loudly for the first 3 hours of the scheduled July LSB meeting in Los Angeles was scary and horrendous. It can still be audio-heard perhaps on the sites listed below, and if not, ask anyone who was present [forget any members being on scheduled time, that did not seem to exist for most eventually present ] what an angry event it was. The meeting was vindictive-harassing- argumentative-disruptive-antagonistic- dysfunctional-mean-and much more... [ so listen if you want to hear the loud shouting and contentious conflicts galore....]
[if you reach an August LSB session, go back one month, tho that one may be different sounding]
The question of addressing any "business" or agenda items for the 3 hours the members spent bickering, provoking and being 'out of order' repeatedly left any person in that large room intimidated and confused. Or rather distressed and afraid to ever return to be part of helping their radio station improve or even survive.
If the Local Station Board is to be any model for guidance or assistance to the KPFK station management or staff, this proved that many LSB members' personal pride and antagonisms reign over any logic or reason. There were changing numbers of people officially present, many coming over an hour or even two late, or leaving early. Outbursts of fury overrode a few voices attempting to return to "work" timidly suggested, and the scene was worse than some of the more viscously violent B-movies that produce nightmares. Physical hitting was not evident but verbal and emotional pounding and injury were inflicted repeatedly and indiscriminately.
That meeting is a shame to all who were present, for many were "enablers" of the acting-out and venting, and others felt perhaps helpless, while others may have even enjoyed the negative drama. Some people even enjoy the allowed venting of anger and threats too.
That scene needs exposure. It needs not be hidden to only those who were unfortunate to be present on July 18, 2009. That was a memorable time, though a bad one. It may be that it may teach a few that their LSB membership is hardly worth the hate-inflictions and provocations that flew around so easily.
Do each of the other stations also have such virulent board meetings ? Do others have more self-control and civility in order to make effective suggestions, decisions, discussions and all that is necessary, so as to get the stations out of their financial doldrums and management turnovers ?
To pretend that all is fine and working decently would be a big lie and deceit, just as the for-profit-corporations and governments cover up their conflicts. To hide behind a facade does not improve the essentially needed good *work-relationships*, the creation of teamwork, and the making more positive diplomacy. ...All the ways to get things done that need to be accomplished to save our stations in more than monetary ways.
All must admit the difficulties and distrusts that abound and 'get over it'. Now !
Or else KPFK and maybe other Pacifica places are doomed, for the station itself may become infected by these kind of mis-alliances and hindrances. In-fighting and angry outbursts are contrary to working together to improve the station. KPFK surely needs all the help it is willing to take to keep the diminishing staff and shifting management from losing it all.
Let those who recognize the problems they created or experience be big enough to acknowledge that those scenes need never again be repeated, and that each person in that room that day allowed it to happen too. Never again, hopefully..