PACIFICA RADIO NEWS - PRESS RELEASE:
Eva Georgia Steps Down as KPFK General Manager
BERKELEY, CA -- The Pacifica Foundation announced
today that, after five years as General Manager of its
Los Angeles station KPFK-FM, Eva Georgia has decided
to resign effective October 31, 2007. In a motion
adopted recently, Pacificas National Board of
Directors expressed its appreciation of Georgias
innovative leadership and cited her successes in the
areas of fundraising, programming, and staff
In releasing the resignation news, Pacifica Executive
Director Greg Guma described Georgia as a forceful and
creative leader. Her vision, technical skills, and
ability to anticipate change have helped KPFK make
significant strides, he said. Being General Manager
of a progressive community radio station isnt easy.
In fact, its a tough and draining job. With that in
mind, Ive reluctantly accepted her resignation. But
Eva has made a great contribution, and she will be
difficult to replace.
When Georgia was hired in 2002, KPFK had a significant
debt, signal problems, only one daily newscast, and
little staff or volunteer diversity. Since then, the
debt has been eliminated, studios have been added and
rebuilt, more daily newscasts including one in
Spanish -- have been added, and the mix of staff and
volunteers has evolved to better reflect the
demographics of Southern California.
According to the National Board, Georgias tenure has
resulted in programming that is more relevant to the
needs of the Los Angeles areas diverse communities,
along with successful fundraising efforts, and
Before joining the Pacifica staff, Georgia managed an
AIDS/HIV prevention program in Long Beach. But what
made her an exciting choice was more than a decade of
journalism and radio work in South Africa.
In Capetown, she had developed and managed a newspaper
on behalf of the Atlantis Development Forum, as well
as personally launched Radio Atlantis, an FM station
that recently celebrated 10 years on the air. She left
that station in 1997 to start Cape Talk 567, a
progressive commercial radio station.
In the early 1990s, she also helped launch a release
from prison campaign with the South African Clothing
and Textile Union (SACTWU), negotiating with the
judicial system for the release of workers
incarcerated due to a rent Boycott and protests
In November 2005, she received a Courage Award from
the San Francisco-based Colin Higgins Foundation,
named for the acclaimed US screenwriter. The awards
are given annually to people who become leaders in the
face of discrimination.
Earlier this year, Georgia was handpicked as part of a
special International Presidential Campaign recently
launched by President Mbeki for her outstanding skills
in radio broadcasting to help support the development
and mentoring of upcoming talent in South Africa.
In the coming weeks, KPFKs Local Station Board will
seek and review applicants for Interim General Manager
in hopes of recommending a temporary replacement by
the time Georgia departs. The search for a permanent
General Manager is expected to take several months.
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Interim General Manager - An iGM is now being sought
to serve for approximately 3 months. Preference will
be given to candidates with managerial experience in
non-profit or community organizations. See
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