KPFK's fund drive

Leifer

Senior Member.
I was listening to KPFK's (Los Angeles) recent fund drive while driving.
I was amazed at the amount of conspiracy theory being offered as an insentive in order to garner listener subscription funding.
...everything from 911 truths, to secret cancer cures......and all in between.
This is my personal opinion, but it seemed like a Jerry Springer/ Alex Jones method to zap suspicious minds into relinquishing/donating their money based on fear.

http://www.kpfk.org/eventcal.html?task=view_detail&agid=2744&year=2012&month=05&day=22

Of the above video, the fund drive played a pre-recorded version of the above video several times that week....I believe once a day (?)
I don't listen to this radio network very often....it's way to socialist for me. But I listen to it once-in-a-while, as I do Rush Limbaugh....to hear what's going on.

Michael Murphy pitch...(2012)
 
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Leifer

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Mick West

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I used to listen to it. It's changed in the last few years.

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/mar/27/entertainment/la-et-onthemedia27-2010mar27

There's some quite serious allegations out there:

http://la.indymedia.org/news/2011/01/244027.php

 

Leifer

Senior Member.
Pacifica Foundation's Los Angeles radio station KPFK is once again airing one of their frequent fund drives.
The "donation incentive" theme appears to be nearly 100% driven by alternative health treatment and other off-the-grid, body-and-mind cures. These are all touted as cures that are normally hidden by the corporate establishment, and that KPFK is the only public airwave station exposing this....and that is why people should donate.
As I listen right now, Mike Adams (NaturalNews), Gary Null, Thom Hartmann, etc....even actress Mariel Hemingway.....is helping push a product line called "BoKU International". This is just one example.

Usually the station will offer a "free" gift in exchange for a donation of typically $150 to $300.
Here is an example of their pledge incentives....
http://catalog.kpfk.org/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=KPC&Category_Code=awa
The irony here is, KPFK programs often comment on the "horrible practice of gov't/corporate back-scratching"....yet.....

Gary Null, one of the most recognizable purveyors of alternative health supplements, books, and advice....is, during the pledge drive, interviewed several times a day (often a recording repeated daily).
Gary Null is known in the circles of skeptics, for his extreme political views, AIDS denial, alternative Cancer cures, etc......and a very dubious self-touted educational background.
Null's education on QuackWatch
Similar educational overview on YouTube:
(some of the above analogies are opinionated)

The irony here is....Gary's constant complaint about how big-pharma overcharges an over-medicated public and the lavish profits that are the result.
.....among other ironies and doubletalk.

I am trying to find the audio I heard on KPFK this week....but he stated that
.....every US phone call for the last 10 years has been recorded and stored in giant databases including all the audio.
....streetlights now have the technology to record everything you say...and streetlights are everywhere.
.....every activist is being followed and monitored.
....smartphones have the ability to listen to your speech and can be monitored by authorities, even when it is turned off.
 
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Mick West

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Staff member
Los Angeles Skywatch are trying to stack the KPFK board, so then can have chemtrails all the time:

(via email)
 

Leifer

Senior Member.
It seems KPFK is in big trouble, financially. I doubt they will exist much longer.
Their seemingly "every two month" fund raising has not solved the issue.
A recent "memo" stated.....
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Mick West

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Staff member
It seems KPFK is in big trouble, financially. I doubt they will exist much longer.
Their seemingly "every two month" fund raising has not solved the issue.

Sadly I don't think allowing the conspiracy theories during their fund drive helped their fund raising efforts at all. Regular listeners that might support the their normal programming would feel like it was a different station when fund-raising came around.
 

scombrid

Senior Member.
My local PBS had Gary Null on as part of an annual fund drive several years ago.

I had never heard of him before that.

I un-pledged my annual membership that year based on what he was spouting about nutrition and such. Utter quackery.

It is the only time I've ever written a letter to complain to a company about something.

The station that brought me Frontline, Ed Moyers, NOVA, etc... sunk to Gary Null during a fund drive.
 

scombrid

Senior Member.
I would expect that even among people that might be "out there" a bit politically that flat out flogging conspiracy theories during a fund drive could back fire. One of my biggest annoyances with the PBS fund drives had always been that programming other than what was regular on the station would often crop up. But the alternative programming being flat out whacky was what it took to make me end my membership.
 

Leifer

Senior Member.
Sadly I don't think allowing the conspiracy theories during their fund drive helped their fund raising efforts at all. Regular listeners that might support the their normal programming would feel like it was a different station when fund-raising came around.

I agree, for KPFK/KPFA/Pacifica Radio.
Fund drives also include topics that border on woo, and are not necessarily "conspiracy theories"....and these can also raise thoughts like, "Is this the same station that brings us NOVA and Frontline ???....what's the deal ?"

PBS (TV) fund drives are not all too different from Pacifica, relying heavily on subscription-gathering incentive topics that I'll describe as....
-change your life from within
-self-help motivation
-the hidden power of the brain

....usually presented in the form of books/tapes/cd/dvd/free (or paid) seminars....in exchange for a monetary subscription commitment.
Something about these fund drives must be working, because these type of "subscription incentives" are commonly employed, and have been around for years.
(subscript: this is interesting, perhaps my point in this collection of posts)

Dr Wayne Dyer (now deceased), was a fixture over the years during bi-yearly KCET television fund drives here in Los Angeles. There was a period (8+ years ago) that I did watch and was inspired by his lectures, at PBS funding time. A lot of what he said was simply common-sense and sane mental advice, but then some of it was too metaphysical for me... and my interest became lost.
Dyer is prob the best of the woo bunch (my description). You generally won't find him leaping into his deeper metaphysical and spiritual beliefs during "on-air" public TV fund-drives.....though you'll find it throughout his other writings.

On the note pad next to my computer desk, I've penciled-in a higher ranking of PBS fund-drive woo....
Dr Daniel Amen, who has for years, been found (lurking, lol) in America's living-rooms; explaining his brain-power-mental-improvement method and best-selling book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. (1999).....This not even mentioning his Alzheimer and ADD prevention dietary supplements.........
His appearances on Dr OZ, Oprah, the MSM, and public broadcasting for fund-raising.... did not go un-noticed by questioning critics with quirky questions:
why is there woo on my PBS station ?

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(a letter from the PBS ombudsman, (quoted below) explains how PBS affiliates choose to "air" their own funding content...aka, "don't blame us".)
Dr Amen's most-aired PBS pitch was self-produced by himself, and PBS may expect it's viewers to figure this out themselves - that none of it is "in-house-produced", by PBS (the content).......(and is actually an infomercial with subscription interludes)
Here is but a portion of the Robert Burton criticism, on Salon.com, entitled "Brain Scam".
Here is Harriet Hall,
Frankly...it was very easy to find a large amount of info about public broadcasting (fund-gathering) that is woo based, or that pertain to topics suggesting woo.
~~~~~

Now...despite the scary thought, that 'fear-based woo-people may fund a large portion of public airwaves'.....
What if this woo actually helped many people, and perhaps saved lives, simply by the power of suggestion.
How P.C. is that ?....and can certainly be argued as a benefit, by either side ?
 
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Leifer

Senior Member.
I can't seem to find the original statement made by KPFK during their last fund drive, but it was essentially this:
But I've never heard a political ad on NPR, in the Los Angeles area.

(2013) "Why you won’t hear political ads on public radio/TV anytime soon"

I think that this is a false claim by KPFK.....unless I'm informed otherwise. I've searched Google a lot, but found no instances of political ads on NPR, nor 'overt political sponsorship'.





 

Cello

New Member
This is my profession, I work for both NPR and Commercial Radio. NPR does their best to stay neutral but in order to do that has to air all sides of a topic. Sometimes you hear a voice and an opinion you don't agree with but it's necessary in order to make sure we represent ALL of the public. Believe me, it isn't easy and I can't tell you how many times I've been called a "commie" for working with NPR. I've actually thought of pitching an idea of a podcast with people on both sides of the conspiracy theory fence having rational discussions.

As far as KPFK goes, it seems they are operating legally within FCC standards. Since their funds aren't matched with government grants, they are free to spread their word and raise funds as they choose.
 
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