Pacifica Launches Nationwide Emergency Fundraiser to Save WBAI in New York ~ You Can Listen to KPFK 90.7: www.kpfk.org or Go to: www.wbai.org
- For Immediate Release
Pacifica Launches Nationwide Emergency Fundraiser to Save WBAI in New York
Sandy Destroyed Studios, De-Railed Fund Drive, Threatens Existence of Iconic
National Pledge Drive to Save WBAI
Thursday, November 15th, from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Eastern.
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NEW YORK-When Superstorm Sandy hit WBAI, it trapped seven of the station's
staff in studios on the 11th story of a building with seawater up to the
Today, the building's wiring is still unusable, and the station's facing a
second disaster: because the storm knocked WBAI off the air in the middle of
a fund drive, and the station has no way to resume fundraising, it faces the
prospect of laying off its entire staff and going dark for good.
That's why Pacifica, the non-commercial network that owns WBAI, is combining
the signals of all its radio stations to broadcast a nationwide emergency
fundraiser to save WBAI on Thursday, November 15th.
The network hopes to raise $150,000 to move WBAI into a temporary studio
that the station can use to resume regular coverage and resume doing its own
"This is precisely the time when New York needs a Pacifica station. WBAI
needs to be reporting on the suffering of people who've been neglected by
relief efforts, how the city's treating residents of public housing, the
incredible grassroots organizing of groups like Occupy Sandy," says Summer
Reese, Interim Executive Director of the Pacifica Foundation. Currently,
WBAI is mostly broadcasting archival material.
The national emergency fundraiser will include contributions from across the
network, and a special broadcast highlighting Superstorm Sandy coverage by
Democracy Now!, a program birthed at WBAI and now broadcast on over 1,100
television and radio stations.
Part of the Pacifica Network since 1960, WBAI pioneered the freeform radio
format, served as a cornerstone of the counterculture, took
precedent-setting free speech fights with the FCC all the way to the Supreme
Court, has delivered cutting-edge coverage of generations of social and
cultural movements, and helped launch the careers of some of America's
best-known broadcasters, from NPR's Neal Conan, to RadioLab's Jad Abumrad,
to Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman.
The Pacifica Foundation operates noncommercial radio stations in New York,
Washington, Houston, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and
syndicates content to over 100 affiliates. It invented listener-supported
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