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Pacifica radio Executive Director: foundation by-laws must be rewritten “from scratch”

WBAI The New York Times has weighed in on situation at Pacifica radio station WBAI in New York City with a story titled “Democracy May Prove the Doom of WBAI.” The New York station has laid off a huge percentage of its staff, we reported last week. Excessive fixed costs and inadequate programming played a big role in that unfortunate outcome. But interim Executive Director Summer Reese suggested to The Times that other changes are necessary as well.

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

” . . . critics have long said that its top-heavy governance, with large local boards and frequent, expensive elections, have put the organization in a constant state of gridlock, and that unless Pacifica reforms it will simply govern itself to death.

‘This is what the board does,’ Ms. Reese said in an interview: ‘It fiddles while Rome burns’.”

And: “To reform WBAI and Pacifica, Ms. Reese said she wanted to tame the finances, improve programming and rewrite the bylaws ‘from scratch’.”

I’ve been one of those “critics” for a while, but I’d rather hear from Radio Survivor readers at this point. Here is the link to Pacifica’s by-laws. Do you think that they should be drastically rewritten? If not, why not? If so, how?

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