The situation at New York's WBAI-FM took another bizarre and disturbing
turn in the overnight hours. As reported here earlier this month, the
station's general manager was fired by the Pacifica Foundation, leading
to an on-air revolt by many of the station staff. Now it appears that
in the early morning hours, a replacement has been named and installed.
In addition, locks at the station have reportedly been changed.
Both staff and listeners of the station which hosts "Off The Hook"
were shocked to hear the sudden change announced live over the air.
Daytime talk show host Utrice Leid had been named as interim general
manager, replacing long time general manager Valerie Van Isler. Leid
is a popular radio personality, hosting the "Talkback" afternoon
call-in show four days a week. She also serves as Shop Steward for
the station's union members.
The announcement emphasized business as usual and that there would be
no programming changes. However, reports are now coming in that
Program Director Bernard White has been fired and that at least one
other producer has been terminated for unknown reasons. It's an
ominous beginning to a new period of WBAI's history and we will be
following it closely here.
View RealVideo of Amy Goodman and WBAI producers being forcibly ejected and locked out. Courtesy of NYC Indymedia.
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