April 2010 KPFT Report

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REPORT TO PACIFICA NATIONAL BOARD

April 2010 – Los Angeles, CA by Duane Bradley, GM

BUSINESS/ FINANCE/ DEVELOPMENT:

KPFT enters the second half of FY10 in good shape fiscally. Cash in the bank as of this report is $184K. Membership currently stands at 8,461. Current listener support income stands at over $611K, 52% of the FY10 budget goal for revenue. Our Spring drive is set for May 9-27 with a goal of $300K. The Winter drive achieved 95% of the budgeted goal, brought in $262K in pledges and has a current fulfillment rate of 64%. The Fall drive raised $291K in pledges and has brought in $213K (76%) to date.

PROGRAMMING:

KPFT programming focused on the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal with a 30-minute special that will air Saturday, April 24, 9-9:30 p.m., in following up on the recent PNB resolution. KPFT will also air May Day programming at the same time next week. KPFT hosted its first Program Council meeting of the new term. The KPFT PC, acknowledged by many to be the network's best functioning council, ran into issues last term over questions about doing program evaluations in public session. After discussions with counsel, management has sought to shift personnel responsibilities from the PC
to a management advisory committee and to engage the Community Advisory
Board in considering new program proposals. The Program Director hosted a staff meeting with programmers to review recent security issues at the station, including an attempted late-night robbery and an alleged assault on a programmer by a former volunteer. As at all Pacifica stations, KPFT management is tasked with ensuring station property is safe and accessible for programming staff. Managers sought to define clearer policy for staff and to obtain programmer feedback on how station guidelines can better empower those in charge of the facility after hours. Because of KPFT's proximity to street traffic and its status as a facility without typical security deterrents (e.g. no guards, etc.), many programmers have expressed concerns about dealing with those without station business coming on property and creating issues.

EVENTS/ OUTREACH

KPFT’s 40th anniversary year kicked off last month with a Big Top Concert Party that generated over $12K net to the station and featured 11 great musical acts and a visit from our ED, Arlene, who was treated to some traditional Texas hospitality and dancing. KPFT has a major presence at the Houston International Festival over the next 2 weekend’s downtown, with MC duties on the World Music and Louisiana stages. This years spotlight is on the Caribbean region. We also will roll in the annual ArtCar Parade, Houston’s largest, on May 8. KPFT is co-sponsoring the Thursday evening spring concert series at downtown’s Discovery Green Park for an 8 week run beginning May 6.

FACILITIES:

We have signed a tower contract and begun equipment purchases for the KPFT Huntsville translator located 60 miles north of the city. Our new chief engineer is hopeful we can turn on 89.7 FM there early this summer. Our other translator in Goodrich, about 80 miles NE of Houston, is projected to be completed early in FY11.