With the departure of CFO Sam Agarwal, Pacifica finds itself in a deep financial crisis without a CFO—or does it? It has been reported that his predecessor, the controversial Raul Salvador, who abruptly departed last year and rode into the sunset trailing a cloud of questionable activity, is back in some capacity—perhaps his old position? This has not been officially announced, so suspicion is high.
Yesterday, José Feliciano hosted the first of what is scheduled to be his regular show, the Friday morning 6 to 8 slot. As one reasonably expected, it was a a bit of a self-love fest with Feliciano more or less revisiting the kind of blather he so glibly spews. Still, he offers relief from the unimaginative nonsense Haskins has been delivering for a couple of years, including the embarrassing slave girl series of ill-produced, inept readings and the tired, irrelevant "this day in history" data he digs up.
It looks as if Haskins is being eased off that morning slot. He is still heard with Pamela Brown, another amateur who seems destined to remain clueless, and he continues to run the audio panel, though not too well. To compensate for the diminished role, he uses station breaks to repeat his name and tag himself as "chief engineer" and "program guide".
Finally, don't be surprised if Tony Bates moves back in and becomes involved in programming again. Reimers is featuring him prominently in the upcoming (but already started) fund drive, so expect to hear more greatly distorted black history and a bogus "cure" or two for the next four or five weeks.