Question Ten: How do you view Pacifica’s potential in providing internet content?
KPFA Listener-Sponsor candidates
Carl Bryant -
Steven Conley - Our potential is enormous but our decision making is extremely singular, lacking in creativity, vision, diverse input, budgets.
Bob English - We have so much talent that we should be able to provide some great programs.
Dianne Enriquez - I think it would be a very wise endeavor to focus significant attention on providing internet content. The internet is allowing most industries to excel in a whole new arena and it is also the way many people, especially youth, are getting the majority of their information and entertainment. A focus on providing internet content could be one of the most significant things Pacifica does to expand its audience, reach and bring Pacifica to a much more recognizable and contemporary importance.
Sherry Gendelman - Limitless, and again I refer back to the recent launch of “The War Comes Home”, in addition to the growing number of on-line listeners to KPFA.
Mathew Hallinan –
Chandra Hauptman – Very great.
We need to fund the technology and the person power to do this.
David Heller – The internet is becoming more and more a source of news and information for people. It is important to foster a good internet presence. I think it would be especially helpful if we could add some sort of video content, like Democracy Now! has done to get people to “tune in” to our internet content. I think it would help grip peoples attention more than staring at blank monitor. I don’t know how much expense that would add, but it may be worth it.
Warren Mar – I’m sorry to say that I use the internet at work and learned to navigate it as an adult therefore I don’t consider myself totally up to date on the internet. I think for younger people this is their main medium and has allowed news to get out across the globe that the corporate media has tried to block. We need to continue and expand this.
Susan McDonough - Take a look at kpfa’s web page! It’s amazing the stuff one can access via internet. At work, I listen to all kinds of archived shows to catch up on programs I missed or could not listen to when they aired. For the next generation coming up, with ipods, etc., this is essential in reaching a wider audience. And take a look at War Comes Home website, also created by KPFA – it is unbelievably good. We need to be relevant. We need to get out information that is NOT being reported elsewhere. I appreciated Pacifica’s/kpfa’s information about the issue of royalties for streaming. This is a very political issue and the internet should be accessible to all, not just those with money (read: media companies).
Antonio Medrano - Go for it, this is the new world and we need to get on board.
Attila Nagy - Archive all programs and make it easily accessible on each of the stations’ websites.
Richard Phelps – We have lots of talented people at our five stations and we should find ways to get our quality programs out to as many people as possible and the Internet is one growing venue to use.
Mara Rivera - Internet listening and archived programs have proved very successful in expanding our reach. We should use the internet to the extent that we can.
Paul Robins - Tremendous potential. Rare and valuable content that hundreds of thousands would love to hear and see.
CC Campbell Rock – I have no specific views on Pacifica's potential for providing internet content because I am not clear about what Pacifica's capabilities are but I will say that podcasting and/or links on Pacifica websites and other websites (Free Speech Radio, Link TV) are viable options that should be investigated.
Tracy Rosenberg – Almost unlimited. Just a question of man/woman power and bandwidth. Both of which are limited at the moment. It would probably take a little army of geek volunteers to fully implement the potential.
Gerald Sanders - We have lots of talented people at our five stations and we should find ways to get our quality programs out to as many people as possible and the Internet is one growing venue to use.
Sureya Sayadi - Pacifica will be opening up new digital channels as a result of digital radio. We need to develop a plan on how these new channels should be used and opening them up to new programming that cannot get on the air now. Also when we do national programming such as on the national anti-war marches and rallies we could open up these digital channels for call ins and comments both in audio and text form that could make Pacifica the interactive network it should be.
John Van Eyck - Special content programming like the new “The War Comes Home” series now available on the Web demonstrates the potential of this medium. We need more.
Joe Wanzala - Clearly the internet is becoming more and more critical to every facet of life in the 21st century and beyond in both positive and problematic ways. I think Pacifica is already behind the curve in terms of the wide range and infectious heterodoxy of discourses that are mediated through the internet and I am excited about exploring ways in which Pacifica can optimize its potential in this regard.
Jim Weber - Again, Amy Goodman is a leader to follow, with her use of the Internet to spread the information needed by our information-starved society. The archives could be provided to schools, via the Internet, along with creative lesson plans contributed by individual stations.
Stan Woods - I will leave that answer primarily to the ‘techies ‘’. I will say the potential is great.
Steve Zeltzer - Pacifica will be opening up new digital channels as a result of digital radio. We need to develop a plan on how these new channels should be used and opening them up to new programming that cannot get on the air now. Also when we do national programming such as on the national anti-war marches and rallies we could open up these digital channels for call ins and comments both in audio and text form that could make Pacifica the interactive network it should be.
KPFA Staff candidates
Shahram Aghmir - There is a limit to the number of programs that can be broadcast on the air. We need to explore our options with respect to Internet programming and to allow more programs available to our listeners.
Mary Berg - The potential is fantastic, in terms of the wealth of talent of all kinds and on all levels that exists in Pacifica; but we have not yet come together sufficiently, locally or nationally, to realize that potential. We are moving in that direction, but we're not there yet.
Chris Brown - We should really start making things even more accessible on the web, especially in light of the fact that corporations like Clear Channel are trying to take over radio. Not that we will give up our stations, but the web offers a way to reach billions not just millions.
Brian Edwards-Tiekert - KPFA's doing pretty well—our webmaster's been putting up videos, interactive features, and web-only specials like warcomeshome.org.
More and more of our listeners are using kpfa.org to listen to their favorite programs, and more and more are using kpfa.org to donate to the radio station. This is an area where KPFA can provide leadership to the rest of Pacifica.
Jeannine Etter - Internet content can definitely be more interactive. I enjoyed watching a short video-clip that was there some time ago and if video clips could be continually added on the first screen, I think that would give listeners greater interaction and insight. Also, making sure that there are music playlists that are more accurate and accessible.
Mary Tilson – I think KPFA is on the right track and doing an excellent job.