KPFK GM Eva Georgia Steps Down

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KPFK GM Eva Georgia Steps Down -

The Pacifica Foundation announced today that, after five years as General Manager of its Los Angeles station KPFK-FM, Eva Georgia has decided to resign effective October 31, 2007. In a motion adopted recently, Pacifica’s National Board of Directors expressed its appreciation of Georgia’s “innovative leadership” and cited her successes in the areas of fundraising, programming, and staff diversity.

In releasing the resignation news, Pacifica Executive Director Greg Guma described Georgia as a forceful and creative leader. “Her vision, technical skills, and ability to anticipate change have helped KPFK make significant strides,” he said. “Being General Manager of a progressive community radio station isn’t easy. In fact, it’s a tough and draining job. With that in mind, I’ve reluctantly accepted her resignation. But Eva has made a great contribution, and she will be difficult to replace.”

When Georgia was hired in 2002, KPFK had a significant debt, signal problems, only one daily newscast, and little staff or volunteer diversity. Since then, the debt has been eliminated, studios have been added and rebuilt, more daily newscasts – including one in Spanish — have been added, and the mix of staff and volunteers has evolved to better reflect the demographics of Southern California.

According to the National Board, Georgia’s tenure has resulted in programming that is “more relevant to the needs of the Los Angeles area’s diverse communities,” along with successful fundraising efforts, and increased membership.

Before joining the Pacifica staff, Georgia managed an AIDS/HIV prevention program in Long Beach. But what made her an exciting choice was more than a decade of journalism and radio work in South Africa.

In Capetown, she had developed and managed a newspaper on behalf of the Atlantis Development Forum, as well as personally launched Radio Atlantis, an FM station that recently celebrated 10 years on the air. She left that station in 1997 to start Cape Talk 567, a progressive commercial radio station.

In the early 1990s, she also helped launch a release from prison campaign with the South African Clothing and Textile Union (SACTWU), negotiating with the judicial system for the release of workers incarcerated due to a rent Boycott and protests against apartheid.

In November 2005, she received a Courage Award from the San Francisco-based Colin Higgins Foundation, named for the acclaimed US screenwriter. The awards are given annually to people who become leaders in the face of discrimination.

Earlier this year, Georgia was handpicked as part of a special International Presidential Campaign recently launched by President Mbeki for her outstanding skills in radio broadcasting to help support the development and mentoring of upcoming talent in South Africa.

In the coming weeks, KPFK’s Local Station Board will seek and review applicants for Interim General Manager in hopes of recommending a temporary replacement by the time Georgia departs. The search for a permanent General Manager is expected to take several months.

[KPFT Program Director]