Staff and Current Groups

First Voice Director:

Micky Mayzes

Technical Director:

Freewillin Franklin Sterling


Frank (far left), Micky (far right)

Group 44: Audacity 








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Charles, Eve, Ianthe, JC, Josiah, Ron, Samuel, Vika, Zakiyyah



Cecilia, Felicia, Greg, Madeline, Sara, Vylma


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Autumn, Beatriz, Jamai, Tania, Matt, Shora, Prema, Leila, Kirsten


Angelina, Bernard, AnnMarie, Yvonne, Orca, Neal, Shwanika, Joseph, Sulaymaan, Maya, China

Group 34 and 35

Members from group 34 and 35


3 Responses to Staff and Current Groups

  1. Brenda Gidron says:

    I’m very interested in the Apprenticeship Training Program. However I’m not young considered to be a junior senior citizen/disabled. Is there an age group you’re considering?
    What about those with physical disabilities?

    • Lawrence Jay Buchalter says:

      Yes Brenda you can do this program.

      I’m Larry Buchalter. I am a graduate of Rios group number 22 for the year 2001 2002 and also an ex student here volunteer radio programmer at KALXradio at UC Berkeley from 1977 to 1982.

      You may need some modifications in order to use the equipment at the radio station and access the production areas and editing sweets but you’ll find plenty of people will be more than happy to help you.

      The director, Mickie Mayes (Ms. M.) knows me very well and also has a great deal of empathy for people with disabilities and in addition works well with a wide variety of people and is very keen on seeing people get the technical skills that they are offered in the program
      Oh and while I had some problems adjusting to the curriculum and some social skills difficulties adjusting to the people that I volunteered with and occasionally with some staff members at the program generally speaking It was a good experience and I look back on it with a sense of positivity

      And while I have not used the skills that I got in the production program or the skills that I got doing radio programming at the University station regardless of my experience, I know that you can do this
      Just I would suggest that you talk to the pushing the limits crew and also to Mitch just Rich who does a show on KPFA and has been successful at various Pacifica stations for many years now who are also The disability. I think you’ll learn a lot from them as well as getting getting a great deal of encouragement so if you’re keenly interested Learning and learning technical skills applied to radio ,apply ,give it a try..

  2. Ryan Geller says:

    Hello Sara Blanco Group 39,
    Thank you for being so gracious with me on Saturday last when I spoke to you about the First Voice Apprenticeship Program in front of KPFA. I feel embarrassed that I was less than thorough in examining the qualifications for the program. After I spoke to you I was able to download the application and it makes it quite clear that the program is for women and people of color, which I, obviously, am neither. I am a long time kpfa listener and occasional member as I can afford it. I love kpfa for the role it has played in educating, enlightening and informing my life. I am an urban agriculture, environmental and social justice activist and I appreciate the fact that this program has been created to bring underrepresented voices opportunities in media. This is indeed one of the reasons that I love kpfa. I am in the process of investigating other opportunities which I am sure are available. If you have any advice or suggestions or if there is any way that I can be supportive of the program on a volunteer basis please let me know.
    Thank you for all of your great work.
    Ryan Geller

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