From: MLetwin@HQWEST.WEST [mailto:MLetwin@HQWEST.WEST]
Sent: Friday, February 16, 2001 5:38 PM
To: Everyone At The Legal Aid Society@HQWEST.WEST
Subject: WBAI Protest Tuesday
(Apologies for any duplication of this email)
ALAA has endorsed a labor/community protest against the ruthless management purge of longstanding Pacifica/WBAI (99.5 FM) staff members (among them Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman and ALAA member Mimi Rosenberg) represented by UE Local 404.
The protest will take place this Tuesday, Feb. 20, 4:40-7 p.m. at Pacifica’s union-busting law firm, Epstein, Becker and Green, 250 Park Ave. (E. 46/47) (4/5/6/7/S to 42 St.).
Info: Ken Nash, 212.533.6515, <email@example.com>.
Background (Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001)
Robert Knight, long-term news anchor on WBAI’s popular Wake Up Call morning show, was told by the interim Station Manager Utrice Leid this morning that both he and Amy Goodman had been removed from the morning show.
This completes the purge of WBAI’s Wake Up Call, initiated with the firing during the Coup of 20-year station veteran and Wake Up Call Host Bernard White, producer and union shop steward Sharan Harper, and subsequent bannings of Wake Up Call producers Janice K. Bryant, Cerene Roberts, 28-year veteran programmer Mimi Rosenberg, Rosalie Hoffman, Rachel Barr and Ursula Ruedenberg.
Leid, installed in the middle of the night of Dec. 23rd 2000 during the WBAI “Christmas Coup”, is currently occupying the airwaves during the 6-9 AM Wake Up Call slot as the station enters its second week of fundraising.
Leid has installed guards, imposed a gag rule prohibiting on-air discussion of station business and has prohibited the public from entering the station for the listener comment period of the Local Advisory Board meetings. Staff members report that a climate of terror has been created at the station. Leid is Pacifica Management’s principal hatchetperson in NYC.
Info: Pacifica Campaign, 646.230.9586, <firstname.lastname@example.org>, <http://pacificacampaign.org>, <http://www.savepacifica.net>, <http://www.savewbai.tao.ca>.