Lawyers Guild Program February 7, 2002 With Guest Host: Ron Wilkens

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Lawyers Guild Program February 7, 2002 With Guest Host: Ron Wilkens
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LAWYERS GUILD PROGRAM THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7, 2002 WITH GUEST HOST: RON WILKENS Jim Lafferty hands over his "National Lawyer's Guild" show to former KPFK Programmer, Ron Wilkins. Lafferty first does a brief intro to his show in which he described the crisis the station has been in, and the recent positive changes that have slowly been occurring due to the creation of a new national board. He also mentioned the fact that Marc Shubb has been relieved of his position and that there is a new Station Manager, Steven Starr. Mr. Lafferty then goes on to explain to his listening audience that he is turning his show over for the evening to Ron Wilkins. Lafferty states clearly that Wilkins had contacted him, asking for access to broadcast air time. Lafferty consulted with Station Manager Steven Starr, who APPROVED the idea. So Thursday evening, [Feb. 7, 2002] the former Programmer of "Continent to Continent" was back on the air, and his special guests were also African Americans who were former KPFK Programmers FIRED by Marc Shubb. Ron Wilkins and Friends described the situation at KPFK from their militant position, saying that African American Programmers as well as others recently banished from the station (Native American, Latino, and Asian Programmers), be reinstated as soon as possible. Wilkins and company also URGED listeners to financially support KPFK and save the station from ruin. They called for listeners to respond generously to the upcoming station fund drive. Ron Wilkins and guests only minimally addressed local and international politics on the broadcast, but it is made very clear that their political position is Working Class, and from an African perspective. Phones are opened and the many calls taken are positive and supportive. The overwhelming number of calls come from African Americans... who are thrilled to hear Ron Wilkins on the air once more. They pledge to support the ongoing struggle to democratize the station and herald the brief return of Wilkins as a new day for KPFK. [Souce for program description above: "KPFK liberation starting to roll 2-9-02" on]

Date Recorded on: 
February 7, 2002
Date Broadcast on: 
February 7, 2002
Item duration: 
60 min.
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