WBAI shuts down due to financial issues

AmNews Staff Reports | 10/7/2019, 11:15 a.m.
New York-based, listener-supported radio station WBAI is shutting down, according to a press release from the station's owner, the Pacifica ...
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New York-based, listener-supported radio station WBAI has shut down, according to a letter from the station's owner, the Pacifica Foundation.

"Due to ongoing and continued projections to further financial loses at WBAI, local operations are being discontinued as of October 7, 2019," Pacifca said in a statement. "We realize this news will come as a deep and painful shock, but we can no longer jeopardize the survival of the entire network."

WBAI host Jeff Simmons broke the news in a Twitter post.

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Twitter - @JackHites

Host Wuyi Jacobs posted a photo of a sign at the station on Facebook.

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According to another host at the station, WBAI informed all staff, management, hosts and producers on Monday that the station has been taken over by Pacifica National.

"Everybody been knocked out and lost their positions.," the host told the AmNews.

WBAI first hit the airwaves in 1960.