[Hpn] [Fwd: [EMMAS] INVITATION TO A PARTY]

William M Mandel wmmmandel@earthlink.net
Fri, 08 Sep 2000 22:19:51 -0700


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Subject: [EMMAS] INVITATION TO A PARTY
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2000 19:25:10 EDT
From: WoodSL@aol.com
Reply-To: emmasdance@cs.pdx.edu
To: WoodSL@aol.com

PASS IT ON!!!

CALLING ALL MEDIA ACTIVISTS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZERS, AND
ANYONE WHO CARES ABOUT 
THE QUALITY AND INDEPENDENCE OF MEDIA AND JOURNALISM TODAY:

A unique opportunity is coming up.  We invite you to take
advantage of it.

On September 19th, POV, America's premiere broadcast
showcase of independent 
documentaries on public television, will feature "KPFA On
the Air," a one 
hour documentary on the legendary community radio station,
on PBS stations 
everywhere.  In most cases, the show will air at 10pm, but
check your local 
station for the exact time.   The broadcast is a
co-presentation with the 
Independent Television Service (ITVS).

SYNOPSIS:  In 1949, America's first listener-supported
community radio 
station, KPFA, began broadcasting from Berkeley,
California.  The station 
quickly became a living testament to free speech and
cultural diversity - a 
vital community of the air that often found itself embroiled
in conflict.  
This riveting film takes us through KPFA's passionate
50-year history, 
including its founding by pacifists and poets, through its
defiance of Cold 
War conformity, to the present day challenges that confront
this on-going 
experiment in democratic media.  

HERE'S OUR SUGGESTION:
Organize a house party around the broadcast.  Invite
friends, neighbors, and 
colleagues, and use "KPFA On the Air" to raise questions and
begin to develop 
strategies to improve, critique, or simply better understand
the radio, 
television, and new media outlets available in your
community.  A list of 
possible discussion questions and relevant web sites is
included below.

If a house party isn't feasible, POV offers what amounts to
a national forum 
on issues its broadcasts raise through its "Talking Back"
program.   Viewers 
can send a camcorder tape of their opinions, or telephone,
write letters or 
send Email.  A selection of these responses is broadcast or
web-streamed 
later in the POV season.  Who might see these responses? 
Congress, the FCC, 
PBS, CPB, and NPR, among others.  Write or send tapes to
POV, PO Box 750, Old 
Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10011.  Email to pov@pbs.org. 
Call 
800-688-4768.

QUESTIONS you might want to ask:

Use, adapt, or make up your own - but don't miss a chance
for stimulating 
discussion and action in your community about media that's
important to you.

To what extent do you have access to radio (public,
community, commercial) in 
your life?

What kind of access?

What kind of relationship would you like to have with media
in your community?

What is the purpose of non-commercial radio/television?

Why is it important?

What functions can a radio station like KPFA serve in your
life, in the life 
of your community?

How would you describe you local public/community radio
station?

What do you know about the Pacifica Network?  What lessons
can be learned 
from the crisis that overtook Pacifica last year?

What do you think about low power FM licenses, which the FCC
is offering to 
community groups for the first time in decades, and many
members of Congress 
are seeking to block?

What do you think about Internet radio stations, and
streaming audio and 
video?  Who has access?  Who should have access?  How can
they get it?

If the public owns the public airwaves, what are our rights
as owners?

WEB SITES OF INTEREST:

www.kpfa.org  (program schedules, special events, and
information about the 
station and staff)

www.pacifica.org  (the official web site of the Pacifica
network) 

www.savepacifica.net  (for background on last year's crisis
and updates on 
the latest developments in the struggle over the future of
Pacifica and KPFA)

www.lasarletter.com  (for information on Pacifica's founder,
Lewis Hill)

www.pbs.org/pov (POV's interactive web site)

www.itvs.org (Independent Television Service, the primary
funding 
organization for innovative independent films that meet the
needs of 
underserved audiences)

www.kqed.org (the San Francisco-based station is preparing a
web page to 
coincide with the broadcast, and plans to include streaming
audio and video 
of KPFA programs and selected scenes and outtakes from the
film)

www.newsreel.org (to buy or rent "KPFA On the Air" for
educational or 
organizing purposes).  California Newsreel can also be
reached at 
415-621-6196.
	I HAVE MS. WOOD'S PERMISSION to add my website,
www.BillMandel.net to the foregoing list. I broadcast on
KPFA for thirty-seven years. The film has four clips on me.
The website offers fuller material on my firing in 1995 for
ignoring the gag rule. That event was the start of the
intense controversy between the station and Pacifica for the
past five years and counting. The website includes two
chapters of my autobiography, SAYING NO TO POWER, with rich
material on KPFA in the years covered.



 
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