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WBAI, Pacifica Radio in New York City, Lays Off News Department, and Most On-Air Talent
Village voice ^ | August 09, 2013 | Tessa Stuart

Posted on 08/09/2013 4:23:49 PM PDT by Drango

Summer Reese, interim executive director of the Pacifica Radio Network, choked up as she announced this afternoon that legendary New York radio station WBAI was laying off its entire news department, and the majority of on-air talent, effective Monday.

WBAI, the station where Pacifica's flagship program, Democracy NOW!, was founded, has broadcast on 99.5 since 1960.

Andrew Phillips, former general manager of KPFA, Pacifica's Berkeley, California, station, has been appointed interim program director. The station's general manager, Berthold Reimers, and interim development director, Andrea Katz, will also stay on board.

"Today I have concluded union negotiations with SAG-AFTRA, regarding proposed layoffs here at WBAI, and with a very heavy heart, and very great difficulty, we will laying off virtually everyone whose voice you recognize on the air," Reese said.

Approximately 75 percent of staff will be laid off. "We are only retaining those staff critically necessary to operational functions at this station," she said.

"We have barely made our transmitter payments," Reese explained. WBAI's transmitter, located at the top of the Empire State building, is leased to the station at a cost of about $50,000 a month. In March, WBAI raised $500,000 to protect the transmitter, after the station was threatened with eviction for non-payment of rent.

"Most of the producers whose shows you value will not even have the chance to say goodbye to you, for which I am deeply sorry," Reese told the listeners.

SAG-AFTRA, the union that represents WBAI's paid producers, declined to comment on the layoffs.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: pacifica; poeticjustice; schadenfreude; union
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For those who don't know, Pacifica is the filthy, ultra liberal, public radio entity. I dance with joy at their demise and note the irony that their union helped do 'em in.
1 posted on 08/09/2013 4:23:50 PM PDT by Drango
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To: Drango

Why does the headline use the word “Talent”?


2 posted on 08/09/2013 4:25:09 PM PDT by jps098
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To: Drango

The schadenfreude is tasty today.


3 posted on 08/09/2013 4:25:35 PM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: jps098

Scumbags was too long of a word.


4 posted on 08/09/2013 4:26:19 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Drango; abb

did their government subsidies not pay for all that crap??

boo-hoo-haha


5 posted on 08/09/2013 4:26:56 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Drango

How much do they get in public broadcasting subsidies? I guess its not enough....

tomorrow there will be protests by 300 listeners demanding they spend money they don’t have to keep it on the air


6 posted on 08/09/2013 4:28:33 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Drango
What will someone with a face made for radio...



...Do with no radio???
7 posted on 08/09/2013 4:28:33 PM PDT by rottndog ('Live Free Or Die' Ain't just words on a bumber sticker...or a tagline.)
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To: Drango

Amy Goodman can do a swan dive from the 86th floor of the ESB in protest for all I care.


8 posted on 08/09/2013 4:28:49 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Drango
The only thing that would break my heart more is to learn that everyone who was laid off will be diagnosed with AIDS on Monday as well.
9 posted on 08/09/2013 4:29:44 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: Drango
who needs a news dept when all they do is broadcast what ever the mutt in the white hut sends them???
10 posted on 08/09/2013 4:30:24 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

The hosts can’t say goodbye??

They don’t have a cell phone? They don’t have a laptop with a mic?

How hard would it be?


11 posted on 08/09/2013 4:31:14 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Drango

So why do they need people to air nothing? Or are they just going to buy CNN,ABC,or other MSM radio programs and cobble them together as some type of lib pool schedule?

I was wondering with the Dems running most things now when the choir was going to decide that it no longer needs it’s preachers.


12 posted on 08/09/2013 4:31:19 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Drango

The local proggies will be sobbing in their beer over the demise of Radio Pacifica. I’ll be LMAO. I’ll let them know there’s always Rush.


13 posted on 08/09/2013 4:31:30 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Chode

and the RATS, take another one in the.........HA ha!!!

14 posted on 08/09/2013 4:31:53 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Drango

You would think they would be doing great in this 0bama era with socialism on the ascendant.


15 posted on 08/09/2013 4:32:09 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Drango

I didn’t know they HAD any talent.
Another voice of socialism bites the dust,
just couldn’t make it in a capitalistic world.
Shut up and die, Beotch.


16 posted on 08/09/2013 4:33:10 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Amy Goodman can do a swan dive from the 86th floor of the ESB in protest for all I care.

I'm gonna be at 34th & 8th on Tuesday.I'm willing to walk a few blocks in order to give her a push.

17 posted on 08/09/2013 4:33:16 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: Drango

Finally a story with a happy ending! :-)


18 posted on 08/09/2013 4:35:02 PM PDT by Twotone (Marte Et Clypeo)
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To: GeronL
maybe they can all post their opus over at the DUmp... i just checked, and no mention of this has yet been made
19 posted on 08/09/2013 4:35:58 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; Drango

June 11- CPB lambastes QUESTIONABLE fundraising by WBAI

http://www.cpb.org/ombudsman/display.php?id=141

June 18- WBAI urges listeners to call CPB to demand the funding

http://radiosurvivor.com/2013/06/18/memo-to-wbai-call-the-corporation-for-public-broadcasting-if-you-havent-yet/

June 20- CPB holds back funding as WBAI misses transmitter payment

http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/119567/cpb-holds-back-funds-from-pacifica-as-wbai-is-late

July 10- CPB Ombudsman responds

http://www.cpb.org/ombudsman/display.php?id=147

..........

That is the back story


20 posted on 08/09/2013 4:37:02 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Chode

Did you shower after going over to the DUmp? ~ Nasty.


21 posted on 08/09/2013 4:41:24 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: dennisw

You would think they would be doing great in this 0bama era with socialism on the ascendant.

__________________________________________________________

You would think. But the failure of “Air America”, Current TV and now Pacifica the rise of socialism seems more like an illusion.

Combined with the miserable ratings of CNN, MSNBC and the collapse of left learning print media and you would think some executives would begin to re-think their business model.

I suppose they are holding on to the idea that it is only news if they say it is news.

All of this was predicted many years ago with the advent of the Internet and the free flow of information, but it is taking a really long time.


22 posted on 08/09/2013 4:41:52 PM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: Drango

It’s about time.


23 posted on 08/09/2013 4:43:16 PM PDT by AdaGray (Primary Them All)
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To: Chode

It says they have swollen their payroll with new staff they could not afford and so missed their payment for the rented transmitter. Their fundraising dropped by 43% more than $340,000.

In 2011 the five Pacifica stations received CPB grants ranging from almost $79,000 down to $47,000.

So instead of fixing the outrageous budget they squabble over the CPB money which would never be enough to save the station.

lol

typical leftists


24 posted on 08/09/2013 4:43:27 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Zeneta

Remember this is just one of the 5 Pacifica stations. Still it brings tears of joy to my eyes and whiskey to my lips.


25 posted on 08/09/2013 4:44:10 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Drango
Gets more confusing from this related article;

“Reese said that payments due to WBAI’s $50k-a-month transmitter will be used instead just to make the next payroll.”

The rest of the announcement focused on Pacifica’s financial troubles. “I currently have four out of seven units which do not have payroll for next week,” Reese disclosed. “I’m looking to find $100,000 by Monday . . . that is where we are at.”

http://radiosurvivor.com/2013/08/09/pacifica-radio-vast-majority-of-daytime-wbai-paid-programming-to-go-next-week/

How do they expect to stay around with no transmitter? Lib money fairies aren't as plentiful as they used to be. They can always steal some government money as it's worked in the past for many leftist causes like this.

26 posted on 08/09/2013 4:44:15 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Zeneta; abb

see #20


27 posted on 08/09/2013 4:44:26 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Chode

Even the DUmmies gave up on WBAI?

lolz


28 posted on 08/09/2013 4:45:55 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

They hired too much staff for real money. The crying over the public funds is stupid, its not even enough to cover 2 months of a rented transmitter.


29 posted on 08/09/2013 4:47:20 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

“...the probe involved charges of racism at the Berkeley signal.”

I need double popcorn.


30 posted on 08/09/2013 4:48:03 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Drango

They don’t need radio. The reds have the army in their pocket now.


31 posted on 08/09/2013 4:49:10 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: GeronL

Very interesting, and thanks for the links. Clearly what we need here is a federal bailout.


32 posted on 08/09/2013 4:50:16 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Chode

http://wallstreetcrusader48.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/forget-the-wbai-transmitter-fund-wbai-is-stealing-your-money-to-pay-for-lawsuits-which-were-initiated-because-wbai-violated-federal-law/

rumor?

is this an OWS site?

lolz


33 posted on 08/09/2013 4:50:21 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Billthedrill

They overstaffed, ran up a bill, begged listeners to cover it and failed. All the begging and selling of crap turned off the listeners and got their federal funding yanked.

Cry us a river.


34 posted on 08/09/2013 4:51:31 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

It’s true: Sooner or later you run out of other peoples money.


35 posted on 08/09/2013 4:54:49 PM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: Zeneta

SO whoever decided to expand staff and budget like that should be fired, maybe they were. It was just stupid, its like expanding government bigger than we can pay for.

Oh right.


36 posted on 08/09/2013 5:02:14 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Drango

I thought BAI was financed by a filthy rich Left Coast Bel Air Bolshevik who finally just ran dry.


37 posted on 08/09/2013 5:05:59 PM PDT by Argus
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To: Drango

I have been writing here for some time about a huge shift, or the demise of the liberal media.

There are a number of factors, one of course is their ability/inability to generate a profit and the other is a much broader cultural cynicism that has become much more prevalent in the past ten years.

The liberal media complex, radio, cable and print have a demographic that looks like a barbell. Young people with no money on one end and dying hippie academics on the other. Not the ideal place to advertise.


38 posted on 08/09/2013 5:08:46 PM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: GeronL

It’s funny.

I just read a piece about how Republicans have no clue how businesses work.

Entrepreneurs need demand for their product and a suitable safety net if they fail. Which party stands for those?

http://www.salon.com/2013/08/09/republicans_have_no_clue_how_businesses_work/

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3052921/posts


39 posted on 08/09/2013 5:15:44 PM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: Zeneta

lol.

Nowadays maybe both


40 posted on 08/09/2013 5:17:56 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Drango

Wonder if they are canning that bimbo who hosted “Communism NOW”?

This is just so, so sad.

Pass the popcorn.


41 posted on 08/09/2013 5:38:22 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Drango

They have well-earned the epithet of “Radio Habana.” there is simply no collectivist fascist scheme they do not encourage.


42 posted on 08/09/2013 5:42:20 PM PDT by crusher (Political Correctness: Stalinism Without the Charm)
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To: Drango

43 posted on 08/09/2013 5:43:51 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Drango

As someone who used to work in Berkeley, and listened to KPFA at my test bench (just to get my blood circulating in the morning), I was amazed at the vile anti-Americanism demonstrated daily by Pacifica radio stations. They were pushing the first amendment to its absolute limits, while trashing the very country that allowed them such freedom.

So it’s with great personal glee I read of one station’s demise.

Payback is a bitch, ain’t it?

“Schadenfreude, darling schadenfreude...” (apologies to Wayne Newton)


44 posted on 08/09/2013 5:59:03 PM PDT by Tigerized
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To: Drango
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45 posted on 08/09/2013 5:59:10 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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To: Drango
it's required...
46 posted on 08/09/2013 7:23:48 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: GeronL
100%
47 posted on 08/09/2013 7:24:40 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: GeronL
LOLOLOL... laughing so hard i can barely catch my breath!!!

and the RATS are eating each other

48 posted on 08/09/2013 7:28:24 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

As they spend hundreds of thousands they did not have they cry foul over CPB’s $50-75k.

That just screams stupid leftists


49 posted on 08/09/2013 7:32:25 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Drango

I don’t have that much of an issue with WBAI. At least they are honest about where they stand, unlike the mainstream media. They are proud communists, not closet socialists. Even though they don’t pretend to be neutral, they are often more objective than the network news, NYT, WaPost, etc. A couple of years ago I heard a story on WBAI about the Tea Party movement. While the station obviously did not share the Tea Party’s philosophy, the story completely debunked any notion that Tea Party members were violent, racist, etc. — the same stereotype that the mainstream media perpetuates to this day. I will take Amy Goodman over Soledad O’Brien, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, et al. any day. I would much rather see CNN go.


50 posted on 08/09/2013 7:39:22 PM PDT by Atticus
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