Thursday, November 15, 2012

National Day of Emergency Programming for WBAI

Today all Pacifica stations are participating in a day of programming for their sister station:

KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles
KFCF 88.1 FM in Fresno
KPFA 94.1 FM in Berkeley
WPFW 89.3 FM in Waghington D.C.
KPFT 90.1 FM in Houston

and *streaming on

There's a nationwide call for volunteers to go into their local stations to take phone calls.

WBAI was badly hit by Superstorm Sandy and has not yet been able to return to their studios after being evacuated from their building at 120 Wall Street in the downtown area of Manhattan. The building was badly flooded and is still unusable.  WBAI's fund-raiser was interrupted and the station doesn't have the facilities to continue fund-raising, and can't raise the money needed to meet payroll, so their entire staff faces layoffs. And if that happens, WBAI will go dark.

It's been two weeks since Hurricane Sandy hit the area, when the entire NYC transit system was shut down, and many parts of the New York/New Jersey area are still in crisis.  Seven WBAI staff members camped out at the station to continue live coverage of the storm on Sunday night, but by Monday evening the waters were rising to the 2nd floor, the electricity wa cut and WBAI was off the air. 

WBAI has since then been broadcasting from a temporary studio at Gary Null's headquarters, and has been playing archival material and has been unable to cover what was happening on the ground; the voices of the community and the organizing of relief efforts by grass-roots groups such as Occupy Sandy. Please help this historic radio station get back in their studios, so they can start reporting on the devastation in the many communities in New York and New Jersey that were so hard-hit.

Call 877-435-4386 and make a donation now!

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