KPFA host Wesley Burton killed in car accident

Burton (From Bay City News) A public radio host who died in a rollover crash near his Oakland home early Saturday morning had deep Oakland roots and loved to barbecue for his friends, family and neighbors, his nephew said Monday. “He was a guy that you could make friends with within an hour,” said Wesley Burton’s nephew, 19-year-old Tlaca Hernandez. Hernandez has raised nearly $20,000 through a GoFundMe campaign to help support Burton’s wife and three young children — a

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Man falls to death from KPFA radio tower

Kristin Bender of the Oakland Tribune reports that KPFA radio employees visited their transmitter tower in the Oakland hills on Thanksgiving morning and discovered that a man had fallen from the structure overnight. The dead man — an aspiring tattoo artist from Antioch — was likely stargazing, his mother told the Trib. The story doesn’t say how he was able to enter the transmitter site.

KPFA’s firing of morning hosts questioned

Aaron Glantz, an editor at New America Media, has written an opinion piece for Huffington Post questioning the wisdom of KPFA’s decision to ax both hosts of its morning show, Aimee Allison and Brian Edwards Tiekert, and producer Laura Prives. “If your non-profit radio network is facing a financial crisis, it’s best not to kill your most successful program,” Glantz wrote. Allison and Tiekert have been replaced with programming being piped in from Los Angeles. “It’s unclear why Pacifica’s Executive

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Larry Bensky retiring from KPFA

Award-winning broadcaster and journalist Larry Bensky (pictured) is retiring from Pacifica Radio’s KPFA-FM 94.1 after 38 years at the station, the Bay Area Indymedia reports. The last program of his weekly talk show “Sunday Salon” will air Sunday (Aprl 29) at 9 a.m. on KPFA. Perhaps best known as national affairs correspondent for Pacifica Radio from 1987-1998, Bensky covered numerous national and international events for Pacifica, including confirmation hearings for four Supreme Court justices, the 1990 elections in Nicaragua and

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