The Road to Berkeley
Pacifica’s beginnings, a brief history of radio and TV, and how the author became a CEO
1. When Radio Was New; 2. The Early Days of the Tube; 3. Managing Pacifica: How It Began; 4. 9/11 Theories and Pacifica’s Fear Factor; 5. Applying for the Dream Job from Hell; 6. Challenge or Folly?
In the Bubble
Constraints, conspiracies, more Pacifica history, and an early assessment
7. Marooned on the Margin; 8. The Voice vs. the Authority; 9. Considering Rumors and Pacifica’s CFO; 10. How Campanella Struck Out; 11. Why Pacifica Radio Fights; 12. Practical Idealism & Pacifica Realities; 13. Managing Pacifica: Strategy & Struggles
A Listening Tour: February-March 2006
14. WBAI: The Legend That Lost Its Way; 15. Facing Factions at WBAI; 16. WPFW: Avoiding the Tough Questions; 17. Mixed Messages at WPFW; 18. KPFT: Overhauling the “Texas Jukebox”; 19. Network or Movement?; 20. KPFA: Hanrahan v. Bernstein, et al.; 21. Roots of the Revolution; 22. KPFK: The Price of Stifling Dissent; 23. Tea & Tension at KPFK; 24. PRA: A Preservation Oasis; 25. Elections & Civic Media; 26. Following the Money; 27. Assessing Pacifica’s Deficit of Trust
28. Rethinking the Experiment; 29. WBAI's Delicate Condition; 30. Uncovering Fault Lines; 31. War at Home; 32. End of a Media Dream; 33. What Can Be Done
34. Making Democracy Work, January 2008; 35. Pacifica Ponders Spending Cuts, March 2008; 36. Sawaya Goes on the Record, June 2008 37. Pacifica Tackles Bylaws & Management, August 2008 38. Quiet Meltdown on Planet Pacifica, September 2008 39. Budgeting for Triage 40. The Price of Democracy 41. Sawaya Resigns (Sept. 25, 2008: Current) 42. What Went Wrong?
Afterword: State of the News Media 2008
A Crisis of Fact; Will Newspapers Survive?; Radio’s Delicate Condition; The Future of Community Radio
Reviews by Pacifica Leaders
Greg Guma's journalistic eye precisely captures the essence of contemporary Pacifica as it stuggles with its own contradictions and the proliferation of competing media alternatives to re-establish a relevancy and significance slowly surrendered over the years in accommodation to the tantrums of strong personalities and the ethical compromises of identity-based politics…
Greg Guma's important inside narrative of a critical recent transitional period in Pacifica's complex history is an excellent read, well-contextualizing whatever chapters remain in Pacifica's uncertain future.
What makes Greg Guma's new blog so extraordinary is that he is the first executive in Pacifica who has been willing, and able, to share his experiences…. I think that Greg's articles on his experiences at, and observations on Pacifica have been a real gift to the network. They ought to be required reading for all the PNB and LSB members.
And for me, personally, they have been a tremendous validation of all sorts of observations and concerns that I have been expressing on the discussion lists for years, so for that I am very grateful to Greg for compiling all these stories.
-- Nalini Lasiewicz
While serving on the Pacifica Radio National Board I not only developed a real respect for Greg Guma and his leadership of the network and Foundation as executive director, but I worked in a faction of the Board at that time which tried to consolidate more responsibilities in that office. We wanted to give appropriate power and oversight to the Pacifica national executive director so that decisions on the day-to-day operations of the network could be made more effectively.