FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2020
‘THE BLUNT POST with VIC’
on KPFK 90.7 FM, Election 2020 Nerve Center, Coast to Coast, A to Z
LOS ANGELES—Listener-supported Radio KPFK, part of Pacifica Foundation Radio, proudly announces that starting Monday, September 21 the station’s weekly, national breaking-and-headline news show, The Blunt Post with Vic (TBPV) becomes its Election 2020 Nerve Center, along with the station’s other news and political programs.
Featuring host Vic Gerami, TBPV covers national, regional, and local politics, news, and current events. Setting high the bar for himself and other Los Angeles journalists covering national politics, Gerami interviews a member of Congress on every show. But he doesn’t stop there.
A longtime admirer of KPFK’s storied past, yet a member of the station’s growing stable of invigorated young broadcasters, Gerami takes seriously his responsibility to hold accountable elected and appointed public officials – especially when they resist being held to account – in ways that sometimes only members of the news media and journalism community can assert.
The Blunt Post with Vic airs LIVE Mondays, at 7 a.m. (Pacific) on Independent & Progressive Radio KPFK 90.7 FM and livestreams at KPFK.org.
Listeners and members can expect comprehensive election coverage from KPFK thanks to TBPV Election 2020 Headquarters as Vic Gerami goes coast to coast and A to Z during the next six weeks. In addition to grilling members of Congress, Gerami’s will drill deep into the minds of leaders from an array of Democratic Party organizations. Here are just a few: Westside Democratic Headquarters, Santa Monica Democratic Club, Grassroots Democrats HQ, and Stonewall Democratic Club.
“Forget about Gore vs. Bush, Bush vs. Kerry, Obama vs. McCain, Obama vs. Romney, and even Clinton vs. Trump,” Gerami implores established listeners and anyone else looking for a new, progressive, and exciting window into the inner workings of Election 2020. “This is the election of our lifetimes. With so much at stake, 2020 will dramatically alter the course of history for America and the world.”
THE BLUNT POST with VIC’s host says that his program’s aim is to deliver fulsome coverage of their political universe to his listeners and those they influence.
“Why? Because I think they deserve it,” Gerami says. “I know my listeners can handle more and better information than they’re getting. People are smarter than most politicians and frankly most reporters think. My objective for the program is to cover the elections coast to coast and A to Z by reporting about national, regional, and local races. I will continue to interview members of Congress, as well as movers and shakers in politics, social justice, and voting rights.’
A noted journalist and columnist, Gerami is editor and publisher of The Blunt Post. Having produced and hosted shows for KPFK during the last few years including PrideCast LIVE, Gerami’s recent hour-long interview with then-presidential candidate, Marianne Williamson, was a defining moment one week before she suspended her campaign. The entire interview is available to listeners here, with a preview video here.
“We are excited for THE BLUNT POST with VIC as the official KPFK Election 2020 Headquarters,” KPFK Program Director, Kevin Fleming says. “Vic brings the type of experience, skills, contacts, and enthusiasm we need to attract the progressive community we seek. Vic’s program is immensely popular with members of Congress, so it is a natural fit for him to cover this historic and important election.”
Today reaching national and international audiences, Gerami first built a foundation of knowledge and skills by learning the media industry during his years at Frontiers Magazine. He further honed his understanding of the media arts with positions at LA Weekly and Voice Media Group. Twice, Gerami was selected as a finalist in the Los Angeles Press Club’s National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards; “Columnist of the Year” category in 2019, having first made the final round of consideration in 2017. His Q&A column, ‘10 Questions with Vic‘ is internationally syndicated. In 2020, the Los Angeles Press Club announced that Gerami is a Finalist in record seven categories for the 62nd Annual Southern California Journalism Awards.
A few of Gerami’s recent guests on TBPV include Congressman Adam Schiff, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Congresswoman Katie Porter, Congressman Tony Cardenas, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and Congresswoman Judy Chu, Congressman Mark Takano, Congressman Jim Costa, Congressman Gil Cisneros, Congresswoman Norma Torres, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, Congressman Raul Ruiz + Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Congressman Alan Lowenthal, as well as Marianne Williamson.
THE BLUNT POST with Vic airs on Mondays, 7:00 a.m. (PT), on KPFK 90.7 FM + Livestream at KPFK.org.
MORE ABOUT VIC GERAMI
The Wall Street Journal featured Gerami as a “leading gay activist” in its landmark 2008 coverage of opposition to Proposition 8, the ballot measure that for years denied same-sex couples in California the freedom to marry. In addition to his years of volunteer work as a leading advocate for marriage equality, later Gerami went on to serve as a Planning Committee member for the historic Resist March in 2017. Vic Gerami is also a founding board member of Equality Armenia.
In 2015, Gerami was referenced in the landmark Supreme Court civil rights case, Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Court held in a 5–4 decision that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process and the Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Vic Gerami is a contributor to the Windy City Times, LGBTQ San Diego County News, Star, DC Life Magazine, Out & About Nashville, Q Virginia, GNI MAG, QNotes, GoWeHo, Asbarez, California Courier, Desert Daily Guide, Armenian Weekly, GED, The Pride LA, IN Magazine, OUT Traveler, The Fight and The Advocate Magazine, among others.
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