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Brother Shine resigns from WBAI
airwaves 8-6-01

"My name is Brother Shine, and this will be the last night I come to the air in any manner.."

With these words, Brother Shine announced his resignation from WBAI. He cited "glass ceilings" and "my own personal pride and feelings." and said he was having difficulty being objective because he was angry about a lot of things. The demonstations outside the station had not spurred his decision, he also said.

Brother Shine wept as he apologized to the young people who have worked on Night Drum with him

He cited the long tradition of not lying on the air and "not messing with the marathon."

He said he didn't want to vilify any particular person, and added that he has disagreed with "all the different factions concerned about WBAI" and that these were in many cases tactical rather than philosophical differences. He said he had stayed to try to promote healing, and because he has some large differences with many of those who were banned and fired.

"I am a thinking being, and I don't care who it is, I will not become a yes-man, someone who does not question," he said

Audio is on-line at



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