On Saturday, Jan. 6, hundreds of WBAI listeners converged in front of the station's studio at 120 Wall Street to protest the recent firings of WBAI's station manager, program director and a producer of the popular early morning show Wake Up Call. The estimated 500 to 700 listeners carried signs supporting local independent control of WBAI programming, a mainstay of progressive journalism in NYC and home of nationally syndicated Democracy Now!
Many listeners (and staffers) feel that Pacifica's firings signals a move away from progressive, independent journalism and towards more traditionally accepted liberal positions, such as support for established Democratic Party positions. For more information, listen to WBAI at 99.5 FM in the metropolitan NY area, or use Real Audio to listen at http://www.wbai.org. where the firings are the topic of many programs and listeners phone calls. Online, see http://www.wbai.net for alternative views and listings of the many sites involved with the crisis at WBAI.
Click on the thumbnails below to navigate through a slide show of the 1/6 demonstration. Solidatity!
1 Police barrica... 11 Defend Free S... 111 Raise Your V... 1111 Stop Censor... 11111 Democracra... 2 Stop Corporate... 22 Ben Buell hol... 222 Pacificia Na... 2222 The scene i... 22222 WBAI Not C... 3 Hands Off WBAI... 33 Mimi Rosenber... 333 Rosenberg em... 3333 Sign referi... 4 Many the firin... 44 Having White ... 444 Young and ol... 5 The Midnight C... 55 Democratize W... 555 Ben spoke ab... 5555 In front of... Keep WBAI Corpor...