Aug 8, 2007

IPR's classical service to launch next month

Iowa Public Radio's Todd Mundt outlines plans for the network's new classical music service, slated to launch Sept. 10.

Manners made for print

KOCE-TV's news partnership with the local newspaper, the Orange County Register, has hit a snag in the form of a crude saboteur. An outgoing employee of the daily, where layoffs are "hacking at morale," claims L.A. Observed, has been regularly disrupting the public TV station's broadcasts from the Register newsroom with a variety of obnoxious antics, including picking his nose on camera, according to a memo by Michael Taylor, KOCE-TV news director.

Pacifica roiled in a dispute over KPFK

Reporting by the Los Angeles Times on rancor within KPFK, Pacifica's Los Angeles station, prompted this response from Pacifica Executive Director Greg Guma, posted on Rolas de Aztlan. During its recent board meeting, the Pacifica National Board endorsed a resolution expressing appreciation for the "innovative leadership" of KPFK General Manager Eva Georgia [posted under Guma's letter], and Guma spoke publicly about the dispute. "Pacifica is being defamed and threatened by a small group who see it as an easy target," Guma said, according to a statement posted on Rolas de Aztlan. "This represents a cynical, organized attempt to intimidate Pacifica, to undermine its finances, to spread disinformation . . . , and gang up on the organization in an effort to extort settlements."