Democracy Now! Returns Mon. 1/7/02
Jan 04, 2002 23:37 PST
NOTE: Be sure to see the Action Alert below the news release, in case
some of the Pacifica station managers refuse to air Democracy Now!
despite orders from the interim national board of directors.
Date: Fri, 4 Jan 2002 22:23:56 -0800
From: "Lyn Gerry" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Democracy Now! Returns from Exile Mon., Jan. 7, 2002
For Immediate Release from Democarcy Now! in Exile (DN!x):
January 4, 2002
Democracy Now! Returns from Exile in Bold Move
at Pacifica Radio Network
The award-winning radio show that broadcast blocks from ground zero even
as it was banned from the airwaves of its parent organization, returns
to Pacifica radio stations throughout the United States on Monday, Jan.
NEW YORK (January 4)-- Democracy Now!, the award-winning national radio
show that was banned in August from the progressive Pacifica Radio
Network returns to the Pacifica airwaves on Monday, bringing to the
general public the voices of some of the harshest critics of the "war on
On Monday, Goodman will be reunited on-air with former co-host Juan
Gonzalez for the first time in a year, when Gonzalez resigned to found a
national grassroots campaign to reclaim the Pacifica stations. Guests
will also include filmmaker Michael Moore.
Democracy Now! was banished from Pacifica as part of the Pacifica Radio
crisis, which many community radio activists say was an attempted
corporate takeover of the only progressive radio network in the United
States. The crisis moved toward resolution last month when three
lawsuits against the Pacifica board of directors were settled, and the
board of directors was reconstituted. The new board majority is
determined to return the 50+ year old listener-sponsored network to its
peace and social justice mission. One of the first moves of the new
board was to vote at their first board meeting, a conference call on
December 29, 2001, to bring back Democracy Now!
Democracy Now! is the flagship national program of the Pacifica Radio
Network, and its host Amy Goodman has won numerous journalism awards.
But, as part of the ongoing conflict within the Pacifica Radio Network,
Goodman was forced off the airwaves at most Pacifica stations and joined
the ranks of dozens of journalists who were censored or banned by
Democracy Now!'s host and producers were physically and verbally
harassed out of the studios of WBAI in New York City when that station
was "re-programmed" by Pacifica management and board leaders and
subsequently banned from four of the five Pacifica Radio stations: WBAI
in New York, WPFW in Washington, DC, KPFK in Los Angeles and KPFT in
But rather than stop producing the show, Democracy Now! has expanded. In
addition to broadcasting on Pacifica Station KPFA in Berkeley, the
program aired on community radio stations around the country and has
begun broadcasting a daily national TV show which airs on Free Speech
TV--channel 9415 of dish network (Satellite TV)-- and public access
cable TV stations around the country.
Since the attacks of September 11, Democracy Now! has provided some of
the most incisive programming on war and terrorism to be found anywhere
on radio or television. On December 10, 2001, Democracy Now! broke the
news of a University of New Hampshire professor's study documenting that
close to 4,000 civilians have died in Afghanistan as a result of the
Other recent guests on the show have included Ahmed Rashid, Pakistani
journalist and author of 'Taliban: Militant Islam, Oil, and
Fundamentalism in Central Asia,' discussing the oil-slicked road to war
in Afghanistan, Tahmeena Faryal, spokeswoman for Revolutionary
Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), Arundhati Roy, activist
and author of The God of Small Things, Howard Zinn, Professor Emeritus
of History at Boston University, author of A People's History of the
United States, and Noam Chomsky, author and linguist at MIT.
Pacifica Radio has been embroiled in controversy since1999, when the
Network's managers shut down KPFA of Berkeley. That shut down caused the
largest protests in Berkeley since the Vietnam War. In December 2000,
Pacifica "re-programmed" its New York City station, WBAI, by firing and
banning long-time programmers and eviscerating the station's progressive
political programming. Last August, Pacifica suspended Amy Goodman and
removed Democracy Now! from the Pacifica airwaves.
But on December 12, 2001, it was announced that plaintiffs who sued the
Network reached a settlement with the Pacifica board of directors that
could end years of strife at Pacifica. The settlement created a new
interim board of directors that draws its members from Pacifica's local
advisory boards, its current board majority, and its board minority. Now
there is hope among Pacifica Radio activists that the crisis is coming
to an end and they will have a chance to rebuild the progressive radio
network. Among the issues yet to be resolved are the return of the fired
and banned producers at network-wide and resolution of the news
stringers strike against Pacifica Network News.
For more information about Democracy Now!, see:
ACTION ALERT: from Pacifica Campaign LA
Several General Managers of Pacifica Stations have made grumblings
hinting that they will be refusing to broadcast DN! on their station.
If you live in the signal area of WBAI- NY, KPFK-LA KPFT-Houston or
WPFW-DC and on Monday January 7 and you DON'T hear Democracy Now! In
Exile on your Pacifica Station Call the Pacifica General Manager at your
station and demand Democracy Now! be broadcast immediately.
Pacifica Station General Managers
KPFK 90.7 FM
Mark Schubb, General Manager
3729 Cahuenga Blvd. West
North Hollywood, CA 91604
Tel: (818) 985-2711, ext 503
Fax: (818) 763-7526
WBAI 99.5 FM
Bob Daughtry, General Manager
120 Wall Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10005
KPFT 90.1 FM
Garland Ganter, General Manager
419 Lovett Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
Tel: 713-526-4000, ext. 310
Fax: (713) 526-5750
WPFW 89.3 FM
Lou Hankins, General Manager and Program Director
2390 Champlain Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: 888-770-4944, x336 or (202) 588-0999, x336
Pacifica Campaign LA
10573 W. Pico Blvd. #166
Los Angeles, CA 90064
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