When we last looked in on WPFW General Manager John Hughes and the aggravating ‘low power’ situation, he was sitting at the July Local Station Board meeting oblivious to the fact that listeners could not hear the station.
After several community members and board members asked about poor reception of the station, Hughes asked, “You can’t hear the station?” And, in response, there was an incredulous shout from the crowd of “No!”
Now, as of this writing, he is trying, and failing, to run a major on-air fall fundraiser when many listeners still cannot hear the station and many—assuming WPFW is totally off the air—have completely abandoned the station. As an ominous sign of how damaging the unannounced low power situation has been, early fundraiser returns have been abysmal.
This continuing management debacle is occurring as Hughes is set to be formally evaluated by the Local Station Board, paid staff and programmers. It is vitally important for these parties to return their evaluations, and for the those remaining in the station’s dwindling listenership let Summer Reese, Pacifica’s interim executive director, know that we want John Hughes gone and replaced with someone who will uphold our station’s mission for jazz and justice. Raise your voice by signing the NEW PETITION. If you have already signed, commit to getting at least 5 more signers. (The old petition had continuing technical problems.)