Question Thirteen: Should the station consider relocating the studio to other facilities? Where and Why?
KPFA Listener-Sponsor candidates
Carl Bryant -
Steven Conley -
Bob English - No. Berkeley is the safest place.
Dianne Enriquez - I think that the current facility is a nice building. I feel there may be more pressing internal matters to attend to than the location of station, considering KPFA actually owns the station property.
Sherry Gendelman - KPFA has a fabulous building bought and paid for by its listeners. It is a great site for the creation and transmitting of programming. However, satellite sites within the community, including in local high schools, community colleges, and the like would connect the station beyond its “walls” and expand its reach.
Mathew Hallinan –
Chandra Hauptman – Only if the building is not structurally sound.
Now is not the time, financially, to initiate a capital moving campaign.
David Heller – No, the station owns the building we are currently in. If we relocate, we would either have to pay an enormous rent, build a new facility or renovate an old one. Additionally, Prop. 13 is keeping the property taxes low. Moving would run that expense through the roof. I see no need to change something that seems to be working well.
Warren Mar – Space in the Bay Area for non-profit commercial use is a challenge and if KPFA needs to expand we have to take a long term view on how much space we have now and how much we need to do all the programs we want. One advantage of the station now is that it is in a core urban area and accessible by public transportation. Our volunteers and guests can literally jump out of BART or a bus and with a short walk get to the station. That would be a consideration if we want more space, whether it was as easily accessible.
Susan McDonough - No, 1929 MLKing Jr Way is a great building and an accessible location by bart and bus..
Antonio Medrano - If the costs were not prohibitive, possible consideration.
Attila Nagy - Not necessary to relocate the studio. What is necessary is to do more live remote broadcasts from the various communities, public demonstrations, meetings, special events, etc.
Richard Phelps – This would require an analysis of our space needs and our financial situation. We own the property where we are now. We also have the potential to expand where we are now. I think for tradition we should stay in Berkeley if we ever need to move, minus any compelling circumstances.
Mara Rivera - If we need to spread to neighboring buildings, we should. Flashpoints is making use of New College in SF’s Mission District with great success.
Our own building, however, is fine where it is, in the community of its birth.
Paul Robins - No.
CC Campbell Rock – San Francisco and/or Oakland are options because of the size of the populations there. Greater access to larger populations can lead to more subscribers and bigger audiences.
Tracy Rosenberg – I don’t really see why. When you have a building that’s bought and paid for (unlike just about every other non-NPR public radio station in the country) – why? If the building is too crowded, than I’d suggest looking for additional office space rather than studio space – cheaper to rent and easier to find.
Gerald Sanders - This would require an analysis of our space needs and our financial situation. We own the property where we are now. We also have the potential to expand where we are now. I think for tradition we should stay in Berkeley if we ever need to move, minus any compelling circumstances.
Sureya Sayadi - No relocation, because it is now possible to broadcast at remote locations much easier and KPFA should take advantage of this new technology to reach out to communities throughout Northern California. We need to have news bureaus in the North Bay, South Bay, Fresno and Sacramento and have broadcasting from these areas. This could be on the new digital channels that are opening up and also on the web. We also need to start streaming KPFB which could reach new audiences.
John Van Eyck - This question doesn’t really apply to KPFA where, I understand, the station property is fully owned and the staff finds it adequate.
Joe Wanzala – No.
Jim Weber - Spreading studio space to other locations is possible, but a better solution might be to use the existing space, now occupied by PNB.
Stan Woods - No. Our current locale is more than adequate.
Steve Zeltzer - It is now possible to broadcast at remote locations much easier and KPFA should take advantage of this new technology to reach out to communities throughout Northern California. We need to have news bureaus in the North Bay, South Bay, Fresno and Sacramento and have broadcasting from these areas. This could be on the new digital channels that are opening up and also on the web. We also need to start streaming KPFB which could reach new audiences.
KPFA Staff candidates
Shahram Aghmir - No. Why?
Mary Berg - I don't think there is that need at KPFA at this point, though it certainly exists at other stations in our network.
Chris Brown - No no no! We are here in Berkeley and we should stay! We have grown up in this community and folks know who and what we are about.
Brian Edwards-Tiekert - Hell no! We built our beautiful studios to house KPFA and we've just recently paid off the mortgage. Going through the expense and inconvenience of a move would be really, really silly. KPFA does need more space-we should be renovating the empty building we own at 1925 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way.
Jeannine Etter - I came here when KPFA was at the old building on Shattuck Avenue. My group "Resistencia" was the first Apprenticeship group to graduate in this building, so I have seen the gap between the old and the new and I happen to enjoy this building, however, I like the idea of having off-site studios, similar to what is being done when broadcasting live from the New College in San Francisco.
Mary Tilson – No.