Kevin Prichard visited the studios of WBAI this morning to interview staff and volunteers about the station's recent troubles. He was alone.
Upon presenting his New York City Independent Media Center press credentials to one Paul DiRienzo, Prichard was physically and verbally assaulted without provocation. He also sustained $300 in damage to his audio equipment. He is currently being treated at St. Vincents Hospital for a badly sprained or broken finger, a cut lip and multiple abrasions. He intends to press charges against DiRienzo later today.
That a working member of the press was attacked by a current employee of WBAI is a sad commentary on the recent direction of the station.