Journalism project in Lower East Side, NY by Andrea Katz

In the spring of 2011 a treasure trove of reel to reel tapes were uncovered at WBAI. Due to the delicate condition of audio tape that has aged, we organized a visit by audio archivists and volunteers to evaluate our findings. We sent 25 cartons of the reels to Pacifica Archives for restoring. We chose priority reels to ship by temperature controlled trucks to facilities in California to be “baked” and then digitized. We still have 30 more cartons filled with reels that need to be saved.

The voices of Woody Allen, Malcolm X, Bob Dylan, George Carlin, Pete Seeger, Angela Davis, Gore Vidal, Coretta Scott King, Delores Huerta, Noam Chomsky, Odetta, Fidel Castro are invaluable historical voices. We believe we also have the only existing recording of the Stonewall Uprising – someone actually went out in the street to record it! Continue reading


Fri Nov 25, 7pm WBAI Fundraiser : Peace of the World(s)

Friday Nov 25, 7pm Fundraiser for WBAI Building Fund

For one night only, Anthony J. Sloan, WBAI Arts Director Emeritus, will lead an all-star cast in an original live modern AudioDrama –Peace of the World(s) – in support of the station’s building fund.

Listeners are invited to be part of the broadcast audience as we present an original concept from the Creative Unity Collective. We are recruiting staff from our current line-up to take part in the very special broadcast. There will be a live dance party as we continue broadcasting from 56 Walker Street (between Broadway and Church Street) with the Underground RailRoad with Jay Smooth and crew. The party will go until 1am. The donation admission price is $15 at the door and includes a light meal…all proceeds will go directly to the moving fund for WBAI. Doors open at 7pm. Check this website for further updates…

After the jump, I interview Anthony J Sloan who will lead the all-star cast to this Friday’s Peace of the World(s).

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In order to promote a conversation about contemporary America in a historical context, WBAI is launching a monthly commentary by contributing writers – you, me, and anyone we know…

The first contributor is Marcin Rusinkiewiczwho is a volunteer/intern working remotely with Pacifica Affiliates Coordinator Ursula Ruedenberg and on site at WBAI with Interim Development Director Andrea Katz. Marcin (pronounced “Marchine”) is a former Austinite (as in Texas), academic and labor organizer. He has written on various topics and militated on behalf of various progressive causes.

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