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Posts Tagged ‘WBAI’

Acerbic WNYC Host Steve Post Passes Away

WNYCLogoNew York Daily News writer David Hinckley describes Steve Post as one of “New York radio’s all-time great contrarians.” After learning the ropes at WBAI, Post earned that reputation beginning in 1982 on Morning Music, the WNYC he took over from Robert Lurtzema. Post passed away Sunday at age 70:

The show was primarily music, but Post also injected commentary on matters from Ronald Reagan to WNYC management. He often grumbled that reading “underwriting” messages on WNYC was not much different from reading ads on commercial stations.

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Public Radio Station Layoffs Encompass Sobbing Exec, Surprising Interim Hire

It’s not every day that a radio station executive cries on the air while relaying the details of a major staff shake-up. But that was indeed the case Friday afternoon at WBAI-FM in New York as Pacifica Foundation interim executive director Summer Reese confirmed a huge downsizing at the public radio station.

Although she said on the air that 75% of WBAI 99.5 FM staff was being dismissed, she later clarified in an interview with the New York Times that starting today, it is in fact 66% – or 19 of the station’s 29 employees – that are gone. columnist Matthew Lasar was struck by another aspect of the drastic WBAI cutbacks:

What I found most surprising about this impromptu [on-air] press conference was that Reese announced that she has tapped into former interim KPFA general manager Andrew Leslie Phillips as WBAI’s new interim program director. Last we checked, the Pacifica National Office had put Phillips under “paid administrative leave” at Pacifica station KPFA pending an investigation of complaints against him. According to Phillips, the probe involved charges of racism at the Berkeley signal.

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Occupy Wall Street Overnight Police Raid Slow to Occupy Stations

The battle lines were drawn between Mayor Bloomberg and the protestors making up the Occupy Wall Street movement. At 1:00 a.m. that battle came to a dramatic head as Bloomberg ordered police, in coordination with the owners of Zuccotti Park, to remove anyone in sleeping bags and tents. Those who didn’t leave peacefully were arrested. The park has since been cleaned and reopened, but overnight stays by the protestors are no longer permitted.

Although this major shift in Occupy Wall Street story, which marks two months Thursday, failed to generate the breaking news. Granted, it happened during the overnight, but the city never sleep, why should coverage?

In the end, FishbowlNY has learned, via a tipster, that WBAI was the only station that aired updates of the raid for up to one hour.

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Progressive WBAI Names Two New Hosts

Pacifica Radio’s WBAI 99.5 FM has announced a pair of new shows coming to its airwaves.

Beginning on Wednesday, George Galloway, the former British Minister of Parliament, will bring his unique perspective to world politics with the The Mother of All Talk Shows. The one-hour show airs at 9 a.m.

Also joining the progressive talker is Richard D. Wolff, a world renowed economist. He will break down the world of economics each week starting Saturday, March 26 at noon. On Economic Update, Wolff will use his talents to translate complex financial issues into layman’s terms.

Wolff is a visiting professor at the International Affairs program at The New School.