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Radio News: Pacifica, WBAI get settlement

Apr 05, 2018 10:50 pm
All Access reports that the Pacifica Foundation and WBAI have settled with their landlord Empire State Realty Trust, releasing the radio organization’s New York radio station from a court judgment and the last two years of its lease at the Empire State Building. The Pacifica Foundation owns five non-commercial radio stations across the country, and distributes radio material to hundreds of U.S. stations. The settlement should put the always-rickety organization on firmer ground, with a $1.8 million liability at least delayed. Under the agreement, WBAI will get a new transmitter and move its antenna from the Empire State Building to 4 Times Square. Board Chair, Nancy Sorden said in a Pacifica press release, “These series of steps – getting a loan to resolve the judgment, release from the remainder of the lease, moving to our new site, and launching our search for a permanent Executive Director, are steps we are taking to give us the time to recover, stabilize, and improve our operations. This is our opportunity to return Pacifica to its place at the forefront of being a place to hear alternative, progressive, corporation-independent, and community-based voices of music, news, information, and inspiration at a time when they are desperately needed in this country and around the world." WGXC is a Pacifica affiliate.
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