Pacifica has been struggling to rebuild its internal structure for a few years, but change has come slowly. Last year there was a campaign to remove board of directors members who didn’t support the network’s progressive principles or grassroots structure. Most recently, the interim board voted to appoint a new interim executive director, to replace the general manager of WBAI — the same station at which the 37 employees were terminated — and to fire law firms the previous board had hired to fight lawsuits, says Flanders.
Pacifica has taken huge steps to return control of stations back to the communities they are in, says one board member. But the task is proving to be daunting, despite Pacifica’s recent progress. The network faces debts of more than $3 million, according to Flanders, incurred mostly by the national office in the last couple of years.