Pacifica dissidents provide groundbreaking coverage

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Thu Sep 13 12:10:57 MDT 2001

Pacifica Campaign Release
September 13, 2001

Free Pacifica Movement Responds to Crisis

Groundbreaking Programming Available via
   Satellite, Web, and Community Stations

Pacifica Radio's fired, banned, and exiled programmers are providing
extraordinary coverage of the cataclysmic events of the past couple of
days. From the extended daily newscast of Free Speech Radio News
(FSRN), which is now airing on more than 40 community stations
nationwide, to the compelling reporting of Democracy Now! broadcasting
from inside the evacuation zone in Lower Manhattan, to the webcast of, the Free Pacifica Movement is now producing the kind of
groundbreaking reportage that has distinguished the network for the
last fifty years.

Along with broadcasts over KPFA in Berkeley and KFCF in Fresno, online
audio and other media can be found at the following sites:

Additional reports can be found at: and click on Laura Flanders' Manhattan

KPFA 94.1 FM has been providing excellent day-long coverage of the
crisis, highlighting the work of many fired and banned programmers,
including former Pacifica Network News (PNN) anchor Verna Avery-Brown,
former Pacifica news director Laura Flanders as well as Polk Award
winners Larry Bensky, Amy Goodman, and Robert Knight. KPFA has also
distributed Democracy Now! to Pacifica affiliates nationwide.

Community radio stations with KU satellite receivers can access the
KPFA broadcast and Democracy Now!. Ask your station manager to contact
KPFA for details. (Tel: 510-848-6767)

FSRN's special extended coverage Wednesday included on-scene reporting
from Miranda Kennedy and Robert Knight in New York. FSRN then turned to
Boston and Chuck Rosina of WMBR who filed on the FBI raids near Logan
Airport and then to a report in Washington from Verna Avery-Brown at
Capitol Hill with a story on stepped up security and the possible
removal of civil liberties. From the Middle East, FSRN interviewed
Bassam Abu Sharrif, a former airplane hijacker himself. Rafael Krafft
in Jenin in the West Bank reported on stepped up Israeli attacks
against the Palestinians that left 7 dead including an 11-year-old
girl. FSRN then went back to the United States and Florida, where Mitch
Perry from WMNF in Tampa filed a report on concerns among Arab
Americans about a possible backlash. Perry spoke to the family of Mazen
Al-Najaar, a professor who was imprisoned for close to three years on
secret evidence under the anti-terrorism and effective death penalty
act signed by President Clinton. Then to Europe, where Sputnik Kilambi
reported on the 1,000 French troops that have moved into Paris. One
thousand additional troops have moved into London. FSRN heard from
peace activists in Europe and French public officials. And finally to
Belgrade, where correspondent Jeremy Scahill reported that most Serbs
are horrified at the airplane attacks, despite NATO's 78 day bombing
campaign against their country.

The following is a list of programming and where you can find it.
Thank-you to all those whose contributions to the Pacifica Campaign
have helped make this programming possible.


On Thursday 9/13 and Friday 9/14, Democracy Now! in Exile will be
offering special extended programming. It will run from 9-11 am EST
from the DNx studios in southern Manhattan.

The Democracy Now! team are broadcasting from inside the evacuation
zone -- within blocks of ground zero, what used to be the World Trade
Center towers. They are staying overnight so they wouldn't be kept out
by police and the National Guard. The broadcast is being run by KPFA
94.1 FM in Berkeley and the majority of Pacifica affiliates, including
KGNU in Boulder, WMNF in Tampa, and WORT in Madison.

In New York City, Democracy Now! is also being broadcast live on cable
television. Check MNN Channel 34 on Manhattan cable.

You can listen to Democracy Now! on the web at:


On Thursday, September 13, a two-hour roundtable: Retaliation, War, and
the Voices of Peace with Howard Zinn, radical historian; Grace Paley,
one of America's most revered short story writers; Simon Sharoni, an
Israeli feminist and peace activist; Kathy Kelly, Voices in the
Wilderness, nearing the end of a 40 day fast to protest US sanctions
against Iraq; Manning Marable, Professor of History and Political
Science at Columbia University, author of many books, including Black
Liberation in Conservative America (1997; and Hussein Ibish,
Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee

WBIX.ORG (WBAI in exile) has been broadcasting all day, with a combination of local
overage as well as Democracy Now!'s special coverage. See is a web-based radio station comprised of producers,
listeners, and others fired, banned, and exiled from New York City's
WBAI radio. With help from the Pacifica Campaign and Independent Media
Center of NYC, Washington DC , Philly, and Seattle, WBIX aims to help
the survival of community radio. WBIX webcasts weekdays 6-10am and
6-8pm & special daylong events.

Regular Program Schedule: Monday - Friday: 6-10am, 6-8am With Errol
Maitland, Bernard White, Amy Goodman, Dan Coughlin, Ryme Katkhouda,
Joyce Jones, Mark Dunston and other fired, banned, exiled, listeners,
and resisters. Join us on the WBAI Message Board during and after the

WAKE-UP CALL In Exile: 6-9am
DEMOCRACY NOW!: 9-10am, 7-8pm
FREE SPEECH RADIO NEWS: 6:30-7am, 7-8am


Since early last year, some fifty free-lance reporters for the Pacifica
Network News (PNN) have been on strike against censorship at the
Pacifica Radio network. Now, they're producing a daily half-hour news
cast that airs on 43 stations nationwide. At the start of the strike,
PNN aired on some 63 stations around the country. Today, 19 stations
are carrying the cast.

FSRN has offered in-depth coverage of the crisis, including reports
from the Middle East, Europe and the Eastern Seaboard of the United

Station City daily FSRN airs:

KPFA, 94.1 FM Berkeley, CA 1:30 pm
KDVS, 90.3 FM Davis, CA 4:30 pm
KFCF, 88.1 FM Fresno, CA 1:30 pm
KMUD, 91.1 FM Garberville, CA 6:00 pm
KUCI, 88.9 FM Irvine, CA 3:30 pm
KVMR, 89.5 FM Nevada City, CA 6:30 pm
KZYX, 90.7 FM Philo, CA 6:30 pm
Free Radio Santa Cruz, 96.3 FM Santa Cruz, CA 5:00 pm
KGNU, 88.5 FM Boulder, CO 5:30 pm
KDUR, 91.9 FM and 93.9 FM Durango, CO 5 pm
KVNF, 90.9 FM Paonia, CO Tu & Wed 6 pm
WPKN, 89.5 FM Bridgeport, CT 6:00 pm
WHUS, 91.7 FM Storrs, CT 5:30 pm
Dade City Community Radio, 102.9 FM Dade City, FL 7:00 pm
WMNF, 88.5 FM Tampa, FL 6:00 pm
WRFG, 89.3 FM Atlanta, GA 4:30 pm
KUOI, 89.3 Fm Moscow, ID 6 pm
WDBX, 91.1 FM Carbondale, IL 5:30 pm
WEFT, 90.1 FM Champaign-Urbana, IL 5:00 pm
WLUW, 88.7 FM Chicago, IL 6:00 pm
WMBR, 88.1 FM Boston, MA 6:00 pm
WERU, 89.9 FM East Orland, ME 4:30 pm
WMPG, 90.9 FM & 104.1 FM Portland, ME varies
WCBN, 88.3 FM Ann Arbor, MI 6:00 pm
WXOU, 88.3 FM Auburn Hills, MI 4:30 pm
Free Radio Twin Cities, 93.1 FM Minneapolis-St. Paul,
   MN 1-2 times a week, time varies
WRSU 88.7 New Brunswick, NJ 6:00 pm Mondays
WEOS, 89.7/90.3 FM Geneva, NY 6:00 pm
WUSB, 90.1 FM Stony Brook, NY 5:30 pm
WXXE, 90.5 FM Syracuse, NY TBA
WRPI, 91.5 FM Troy, NY 4:00 pm
WRUW, 91.1 FM Cleveland, OH TBA
KBOO, 90.7 FM Portland, OR 5:00 pm
KRCL 90.9 FM Salt Lake City, UT 6:00 pm
   (will air FSRN and PNN on alternating days)
WFRW-LP / VARIETY RADIO 98.1 Warrenton, VA 7:30 pm
WGDR, 91.1 FM Plainfield, VT 6:00 pm
KUGS, 89.3 FM Bellingham, WA 6:00 pm T & Th
KBCS, 91.3 FM Bellevue, WA 6:00 pm
KSVR, 90.1 FM Mt Vernon, WA 5:30 pm
KAOS, 89.3 FM Olympia, WA 5:00 pm
KZUU, 90.7 FM Pullman, WA Tuesdays 11 am & Fridays 4:45 pm
WORT, 89.9 FM Madison, WI 5:00 pm
Radio for Peace Intl. Costa Rica-based, shortwave
   radio to 120 countries

Stay strong and pay close attention.

The Pacifica Campaign is a grass-roots organization representing listeners
and staff alike, fighting to preserve Pacifica's 50-year tradition of
progressive, community-based radio. Tax deductible contributions can be
made payable to the Institute for Media Analysis/Pacifica Campaign. Our
mailing address:

Pacifica Campaign
51 MacDougal St., #80
New York, NY  10012
(646) 230-9588

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