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Despite "settlement," more bannings in NYC and L.A.

[ posted on message board at: http://www.goodlight.net/wbai/ ]

David Rothenberg Suspended
Sat Dec 22 11:32:59 2001

As David left the studio, there was a phone call waiting for him, it was Bob Daughtry who told him he's suspended. Dave will be at the fundraiser tonight at 101 6th AVE.

[ audio at: http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=4016 ]


[ posted on message board at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NewPacifica/ ]

From: siddharta5
Date: Sat Dec 22, 2001 10:01 am
Subject: What David is Saying

OY VEH!!!!

David says WBAI fiscal mismanagement will not change unless ALL the Fired and the Banned come back.

He said he started the ticket service 20 years ago with a donation from a listener ($25K) with the condition that the service be self supporting, professional and with it's own bank account. The service was bringing in upwards of $400K to $500K a year. The money was deposited and expenses paid with the net proceeds going directly to the WBAI fund. When Pacifica took over 2 or 3 years ago, the proceeds went directly to Pacifica and over time, the administrative bills went unpaid. This is the reason why the ticket service, which he stated is probably one of the most effective fund raiser in non-profit history, was destroyed by the mismanagement of Pacifica and Utrice leid.

He also said that Leid was "resigned" with 4 months pay, while people like Bernard White, who had 20 years were summarily dismissed, with his personal belongings sequestered for up to eight months.

David said that he may not be here next Saturday. Apparently, he is daring the bastards to fire him for violating the gag rule. He's compared Pacifica to Ashcroft.

He is now giving the address of the party/fund raiser to a listener (101 Avenue of the Americas corner of Grand). [Note that there are vigils all day in front of the station]. The reception is at 5pm and the shows/party at 7pm.

We are all standing with David Rothenberg in the heroic battle to take back WBAI from the gang of thieves. Onward David! Onward the struggle for progressive alternative radio! Down with Tyranny! Fred


MEANwhile in L.A. ...

A press release from the Pacifica Campaign's L.A. office:

Sent: Friday, December 21, 2001 1:09 AM
Subject: ACTION: Protest Suspension of 'Seditious Beats' Host Fidel Rodriguez

Despite a Recent Settlement of the Lawsuits Against Pacifica Radio Arbitrary and Retaliatory Actions Continue at KPFK by Management 'Seditious Beats' Hosted By Community Organizer Fidel Rodriguez 'Suspended Indefinitely'

LOS ANGELES, CA (December 21, 2001)-- Despite a recent settlement of the lawsuits against Pacifica Radio Network, arbitrary and retaliatory actions continue at Los Angeles' KPFK 90.7 FM by management. "Seditious Beats" hosted by community organizer Fidel Rodriguez was 'suspended indefinitely' by KPFK interim Program Director Josh Berman.

"Given the track record of KPFK's management, the timing of his suspension is highly suspect," said Karen Pomer organizer for the Pacifica Campaign LA, Three weeks ago Fidel Rodriguez was the co-emcee of a fundraising event attended by over 1, 000 people for Pacifica/KPFK flagship program 'Democracy Now! hosted by award-winning journalist Amy Goodman."

WHAT: Picket-line of listeners, donors and former staff of KPFK

WHEN: Friday, December 28, 2001 9 AM- 11 AM

WHERE: Outside KPFK's studios 3729 Cahuenga Blvd. West North Hollywood, Ca 91604 (near Lankersheim)

CALL AND E-MAIL: General Mark Schubb 818 985-2711 Ext: 503 e-mail: GM@kpfk.org to demand the return of 'Seditious Beats". Josh Berman, Program Director's e-mail is jberman@kpfk.org

During the six-year tenure of Mark Schubb, KPFK General Manger over 150 staff and volunteers have been banned or fired from the station the station. Including, eliminating people of color from "drive time" public affairs programs and drastically cutting back Spanish-language programming. One reporter for Pacifica National News was suspended and fired for writing a story for an outside publication on the 10, 000 person demonstration outside Pacifica's Berkley station KPFA.

Just last week Bob Fass a 40-year veteran of WBAI/Pacifica New York was suspended by Robert Daughtry, GM at WBAI .Daughtry said Fass broke the WBAI gag-rule by reporting a news story on the law-suit settlement on air.

-Seditious Beats," " an award-winning and number one rated "A 3 hour live Hip-Hop show highlighting the positive and uplifting aspects of Hip-Hop culture which reaches a wide and diverse audience whose musical tastes often transcend the "boundaries" of the genre. The show focuses on "de-colonizing the minds of its listeners through a peoples history of the world," said Rodriguez. "It was created and developed as a way to expose youth and adults to the power of education and music and their ability to create messages of hope for a new society based on justice, truth and love."

Former state senator Tom Hayden honored Seditious Beats for their "enormous and continuous efforts to touch and transform lives through conscious radio".

Seditious Beats airs Friday (evening)/Saturday morning), Midnight - 3 AM on KPFK 90.7 FM.

Pacifica Campaign LA
10573 W. Pico Blvd. #166
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Tel: 323 878-5680


Last week in NYC:

Friday, December 14, 2001 7:58 PM

Bob Fass was told this morning that he was "suspended" from his overnight talk show on WBAI. Fass has been on WBAI since 1962 and is known for his innovative use of the medium of radio; he is considered to be the inventor of freeform radio and has made the history books for his interactive broadcasts in support of the anti- Viet Nam war movement..

In what can only be described as a blatant double standard, Fass' removal by WBAI manager Robert Daughtry was alleged to be due to Fass comments about the WBAI and Pacifica crisis, which violated the "gag rule.".

Meanwhile, supporters of Utrice Leid spent 6 hours on the air yesterday, 12/13 making derogatory remarks about, and threats against, a number of former staff by name, as well as the Pacifica reform movement generally.

No gag rule for those who bash management's opponents apparently.

You can hear the bashfest, if you missed it, on line at

More details on the attack on Fass when they become available.


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