marijuana raid, Open-air wrestling on streets of Williamsburg, Four-story building planned for East Flatbush. — Linda Perry (@lindaperrybarr) October 9, 2019. [citation needed] Other dramatists whose works were featured included Jean-Claude van Itallie, Richard Scheckner, Andrei Serban, and Elizabeth Swados. And for more about WBAI, Pacifica, and free-form radio, read my book Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America, available here. lol. After the events in 1977, the station began a shift to a more profound international direction. The Internet Archive has a great selection of BAI audio files from 1960 through 2019, and I've embedded some highlights below. Hosted by Producer/Engineer/Chief film critic Mike Sargent and co-hosted by the amazing Chris Taylor, featuring rotating co-hosts including: Byron Saunders, Joe Mauceri* & Elaina Fulgham. The station’s most valuable asset may be its license to operate a coveted spot on the dial, at 99.5 FM, but Mr. Vernile said Pacifica was determined not to sell that prime piece of radio real estate. Today, with bikes, scooters and even baby carriages fighting for space, pedestrians don’t have a chance. He added that the station was unable to make payroll and other expenses, forcing the larger Pacifica Foundation network to bail it out. [16] The Manhattan offices saw flooding reach the second floor, trapping seven staffers inside, and the telephone systems being disabled. Now, bikers have decided they don’t need Brooklyn Bridge. Mission in 1996, the award-winning program now helmed by Amy Goodman. Newsletter Archives See actions taken by the people who manage and post content. In 1977, there was a major internal crisis at WBAI which resulted in the loss of the physical space of the station. She's also beating the Trump-Biden spread in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Nevada. 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(Pacifica broadcasters are not known for quietly obeying the higher-ups.) ELECTIONS IN COURTS — Courts stressed by COVID-19 now face a new conflict to resolve: elections. John Vernile, interim executive director of the Pacifica Foundation, said the station's fund raising and audience had declined in recent years, to the point where the rest of the Pacifica network was subsidizing WBAI's operations on top of servicing its unsustainable debt load. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Driving Forces: Let us know your Election thoughts, Which Direction America Will Go To Change Nothing, Lara Lee on her Indonesian cookbook Coconut & Sambal, Malika Lee Whitney Women at Work: Focus on Film, #Election2020 Post-Mortem & Happy Caribbean Music, A Virtual Reading of SHELL SHOCK by Eugene O'Neill, Because of the pandemic, donations to not-for-profits are down by 60%, © 2012 - 2020 WBAI, Pacifica Radio in New York City. College student with COVID-19 found dead in dorm room while quarantining, Woman busts her cheating boyfriend after spotting clue in his selfie, Election results map: All eyes on Georgia, Arizona, Nevada and Pennsylvania, USPS says huge amount of mail-in ballots were not delivered, Trump campaign scores legal win in Pennsylvania vote count. [citation needed] The day the Vietnam War ended, poet Muriel Rukeyser came to the station to read her poem on peace. “There’s six and a half people on staff,” he joked. In 2013, after nearly a decade of losses, the station laid off 19 employees. 101,768, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved On December 17, 2014, the California State Attorney General opened a full and formal investigation into the Pacifica Radio Foundation, owner of WBAI, with respect to its alleged irregularities as to its finances, violations of California law with respect to nonprofit organizations, and violations of its own bylaws. In 2007, while vacationing in Alaska, Gregory was moved by the scenery in an Alaskan National Park, so he bought a small cabin located on the banks of a nearby creek. Can Trump run again in 2024 if he loses the 2020 presidential election? Then an eccentric millionaire named Louis Schweitzer bought it, thinking this … Report abuses. The station got an unexpected boost in listenership during a newspaper strike, as New Yorkers tuned to it for the news, and Schweitzer found he had a financial success on his hands. [citation needed] The epic novel was read cover to cover by more than 200 people—including a large number of international celebrities from various fields. The example he gives is gambling—"You can hardly go two blocks without seeing a crap[s] game," he says in disgust—but I can't help wondering how he'd feel about the hosts of The New Symposium. WBAI signed a new lease for the 19th floor (the former Caedmon Records office/studio) plus one office on another floor of an office building at 505 8th Avenue on the West Side of Manhattan. The transaction was soon completed, and in 1960 WBAI became a noncommercial Pacifica station broadcasting in the middle of New York's commercial FM band. [citation needed], Ruas initiated a year-long series on Marguerite Young’s epic novel Miss MacIntosh, My Darling. [citation needed], WBAI played a major role in the evolution and development of the counterculture of the 1960s and early 1970s. Go to the 46:21 mark below, and you'll hear Ayn Rand deriding the Columbia rebels as hoodlums and praising a student group called the Committee for Defense of Property Rights. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. SCHEDULE; PROGRAMS; PODCASTS; EVENTS; ABOUT; CONTACT; LISTEN LIVE ON AIR NOW: Democracy Now! The New York Times reported[23] that the station owes $2 million in broadcast fees to Democracy Now! “This decision can be reversed,” she said. Oh, wait, I’m a libertarian, I only subscribe to one of those principles. The news surprised public relations executive Jeff Simmons, a volunteer host of two weekly WBAI shows. There was a time when the left was actually fun and subversive. [3], WBAI was purchased by philanthropist Louis Schweitzer, who donated it to the Pacifica Foundation in 1960. So he started the Brooklyn to Alaska Project, an annual two week wilderness training respite. The entire news department was laid off. Election 2020 Special . Community Advisory Board The BAI broadcast that I'd most like to hear was transmitted shortly after student militants seized and occupied Columbia University in 1968. FROM AN ASIAN LIVE MARKET …or other? I mentioned it in the final paragraph! There was static.”. About See All. For many years, WBAI had believed it was exempt from New York City real estate taxes as an "educational" institution, but in March 1977 the City Tax Commission denied that status[15] and WBAI eventually sold the church (which it owned) to pay the back taxes. On June 3, Ibrahim Gonzalez died in his sleep. window.mc4wp.listeners.push({ [36], After going back to Manhattan Supreme Court, judge Justice Melissa Crane ordered Pacifica to return control of the station back to WBAI.