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    PACIFICA RADIO NEWS - PRESS RELEASE: Eva Georgia Steps Down as KPFK General Manager BERKELEY, CA -- The Pacifica Foundation announced today that, after five
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      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, Pacifica’s National Board of
      Directors expressed its appreciation of Georgia’s
      “innovative leadership” and cited her successes in the
      areas of fundraising, programming, and staff
      diversity.


      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 isn’t easy.
      In fact, it’s a tough and draining job. With that in
      mind, I’ve 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, Georgia’s tenure has
      resulted in programming that is “more relevant to the
      needs of the Los Angeles area’s diverse communities,”
      along with successful fundraising efforts, and
      increased membership.


      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
      against apartheid.


      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, KPFK’s 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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      Radio with conscience for 58 years


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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
      www.kpfk.org for complete job description and
      application process.

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