1. John Hughes woeful mismanagement left the station’s finances in shambles, surviving month-to-month with the threat of the station going dark. Hughes has developed no substantial fundraising initiatives, has squandered several significant off-air fundraising opportunities and, rather, has locked programmers and listeners into more frequent and longer on-air fund drives. Now, the station’s finances are being audited and the business manager, Robert West, has resigned.
2. Were if not for community pressure, the station would either be homeless or locked into an eight-year lease with no exit clause with the right-wing radio network Clear Channel. The deal, supported by Tony Norman Campbell Johnson and Pete Tucker, would have forced $1.4 million of our “jazz and justice” dollars into the coffers of Clear Channel–home of Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage and Glenn Beck.
3. Shamefully, Hughes’ management style qualifies him as an anti-labor manager and he’s come under fire from union officials with the SAG/AFTRA union representing workers at WPFW. On Nov. 30, 2012 AFTRA filed a grievance against Hughes with the American Arbitration Association for raises owed WPFW staff since 2011. In addition, the union filed an unfair labor practice charge with the NLRB for Hughes’ failure to provide documentation about the station’s financial status.
4. Hughes disregarded the carefully worded dictates of the Bylaws and mission of the station in Dec.2012 when he summarily and haphazardly removed programming and programmers from our airwaves in Dec. 2012 without any input whatsoever from the LSB, programmers impacted by the changes or station members and supporters.
5. Hughes showed just how out of touch he is with the mission of the station when he attempted to import corporate–funded programs from NPR, some of which already air in the same media market.
6. Hughes has created a hostile work environment for paid and unpaid staff, leading programmers to sign a letter of no confidence in him in Dec. 2011. He has presided over repeated and ongoing FCC violations and stifled the potential of WPFW to make the best use of its most precious resources—its programmers and member-listeners.
JOHN HUGHES MUST GO!
7. UPDATE: JOHN HUGHES HAS GONE!
8. As of January 2014, station supporters want to know how long Hughes’s “paid” leave will continue and do not want to continue paying his salary.