Posts Tagged ‘John Hughes’

With a Restored Signal and New Shows, WPFW Tries to Move Past Its Internal Conflicts

Some new voices are appearing on WPFW-FM, and they'll be a lot louder than what listeners of the long-troubled jazz and lefty talk station have become used to: Following several years of weakened broadcast power—including one week last December in which the station dropped off the terrestrial airways entirely—WPFW announced this week that it has [...]

WPFW General Manager John Hughes Removed From Duties

John Hughes, the controversial general manager of WPFW-FM, has been placed on paid administrative leave following a two-and-a-half-year tenure in which he attempted to overhaul the programming at the struggling community "jazz and justice" station and move it outside the District. According to several sources at the station, the head of WPFW's parent Pacifica Foundation [...]

WPFW Is No Longer Confused About Its Move-Out Date

WPFW-FM has to be out of its home on April 30. Wait, scratch that. It can stay in its office at 2390 Champlain St. NW through June 30. No, hold on, that's not right. WPFW must be out of its home on May 25.
In fact, the "jazz and justice" community radio station's move-out date is [...]

WPFW Has to Move This Month. But Where?

Last week, with 18 days left to go before their station would be homeless, the warring factions of WPFW-FM found themselves in D.C. Superior Court.
But as the hearing began, a wisecrack from Judge Geoffrey M. Alprin couldn’t quite break the tension. “You will find out that I’m a jazz lover also,” the judge said. “If I [...]

Will WPFW Move to Silver Spring?

In 22 days, WPFW-FM has to move to a new home. But as of now, as it became clear at a contentious meeting on Saturday, the music and progressive talk station may not have a new home to move to.
Officially, WPFW and its parent, the Berkeley, Calif.-based Pacifica Foundation, have agreed to a sublease from [...]

WPFW’s Programming Director Resigns

Some of the new, controversial programming changes at WPFW went into effect today. But one of the staffers tasked with implementing them won't be sticking around much longer. Per this email to the station's volunteer programmers, Interim Programming Director Bobby Hill has resigned:
After 30 years of varied service to WPFW, I sincerely regret that, in [...]

WPFW May Move to UDC

Programmers and management still remain in a face-off following last night's lengthy and emotional meeting of WPFW's listener-elected Local Station Board. But the future of the "Jazz and Justice" community radio station is now a lot more secure, at least physically: General Manager John Hughes told the assembly that the station may soon close an [...]

No Justice, No Jazz?

There were plenty of things that made Monday night's town-hall event hosted by the aggrieved volunteer programmers of WPFW surreal. Several minutes in, Jay Winter Nightwolf, the host of the "jazz and justice" station's Friday 7 p.m. block, slipped on a Native American headdress and read a list of grievances and demands. Programmers related horror stories about [...]

WPFW Staff Declare No Confidence in GM

Staffers and volunteer programmers at WPFW, the D.C. "jazz and justice" radio station that is also Washington City Paper's neighbor one floor below, have declared no confidence in the station's general manager John Hughes, they announced in a press release this evening:
“Mr. Hughes has shown a willingness to circumvent station bylaws, ignore process, and demonstrated [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Angry Townsfolk Edition

Good Morning, City Desk readers!  It's the second week in August, which usually means that most people are on vacation and not doing anything news-worthy.  But when he was elected, President Obama promised change and he has followed through on that.  Congressional town meetings, once sedate opportunities for schmoozing with your elected officials, have suddenly [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Birthers, Ben Stein, and the Nature of Reality

Good morning sweet, sweet, City Desk readers, and welcome to another installment of Freedom Friday! We have a new justice at the Supreme Court of the United States–isn't that exciting? Dear race-baiting Republicans: Better luck next time (kisses).
In other other interesting news, the New York Times fired its second token conservative yesterday. Ben Stein, of [...]