UPDATE: Under pressure from listener members, Out-FM, The Personal Computer Show and Where We Live will continue to be Broadcast, but at new times. For Out-FM we will be broadcast Tuesdays at 9pm. However, we remain imperiled and this is a provisional assignment. Please keep the letters coming and of course support the show and the station in the upcoming fund drive. Urge station management to engage in respectful dialog with affected producers before making program changes and to roll-back the changes until that happens. Out-FM will be on the air tonight, Tue 9/6 at 9pm with a special show.
The Personal Computer Show will be on at 9pm Wed, and Where We Live will be broadcast at 9pm on Thursday.
Below are some remarks we made last week including contact information for your letters of support for our show.
Hosts John Riley, Naomi Brussel, Emma Missouri and Tricia Spoto.
This year marks Out-FM’s 20th anniversary. Sadly, tonight we must report that Out-FM has been cancelled from the broadcast air. This will be our last program on 99.5 FM at 7pm on Tuesday evening -- to be transferred, we are told, to a podcast. More on that later, including what you can do to make your voice heard with the decision-makers at WBAI and our parent organization, the Pacifica Radio Network.
What is happening to Out-FM and other shows on WBAI
So it is with great sadness that we inform you of our removal from the broadcast schedule. WBAI's General Manager, Berthold Reimers, recently decided, without any consultation with us, that after tonight, Out-FM will no longer be on the air at 7pm. Mr. Reimers said the show will be available as a podcast beginning in September. It is unclear how that will occur, as the infrastructure for podcasting doesn’t yet exist and details about how that is to occur have not been forthcoming. Mr. Reimers also informed the producers of "The Personal Computer Show" -- now aired Wednesdays at 8 PM -- that their show is also to be moved to a "podcast." A range of other changes is being made. At the recent Local Station Board meeting where the changes were announced, Mr. Reimers, in response to a question about the extent of the changes responded:
Mr. Reimers has stated publicly that the current round of changes was necessitated by the urgent need to raise more funds, and may affect 20 to 30 percent of the station's programming, and that "if I had my way," he might change up to 70 percent of the shows.
Dozens of other WBAI producers are working with us to try to halt these precipitious changes and to institute a fair process for program evaluation and decision-making.
We believe Mr. Reimer’s decision to take us off the broadcast air is a major loss for the WBAI audience and for the LGBT community. We join our fellow and sister producers in urging you to write letters expressing your opinion about these actions to these 4 email addresses:
The LGBT movement for liberation is far from over. While there have been gains in the quest for equality, the fight against HIV/AIDS is far from over. Out-FM has covered the most recent efforts to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in NY state by 2020. That is a battle in progress. It is a proof of concept that if successful could be an inspiration to the US and the world that this epidemic could and must end. The struggle for civil rights, ranging from housing to employment has a long way to go. Equal pay for equal work is an issue for all sectors of the LGBT movement, but especially Lesbians and Trans people.
You can also join us on our Facebook group called Out FM
There you will be able to find updates and eventually instructions on how to tune in.
And now, for our final broadcast program in the 7pm time slot, we will present the voices of several activists and journalists who have appeared on these airwaves, some as producers, others as guests, over the past decade. We'd like them to share their thoughts about what Out FM has meant to them.
Some history of LGBT Programming at Pacifica and WBAI.
Pacifica was the first broadcast entity
This video is Out-FM's coverage of the NY AIDS and LGBT Community response on 20160621 to Donald Trump's attempt to use the Orlando Massacre as a campaign prop for his presidential bid. Speakers include: Omar Sarwar, Heriberto Sanchez Soto, Monica Cruz, Brook Cerda Guzman and more. Includes Trump speech, as well as ACT UP/NY and various speakers reaction at the Trump Tower on 5th Avenue protest. Hundreds participated in the protest and 70+ people participated in a "die-in" near the entrance.
To watch, click the youtube embedded video above (and expand to your screen size), or watch streaming on "Progressive Community Media", MNN.org Monday July 11th at 6:30pm on TWC channel 34 (MNN1).
Moving Beyond Single-Issue Politics
Tune to Out-FM Tuesday 11/3/2015 at 7pm for a special segment broadcast from Chicago, Illinois by John Riley and Bob Lederer. In an interview with Human Rights lawyer Osvaldo Burgos Perez, he describes recent developments in the LGBT rights movement in Puerto Rico. Perez helps lead CABE, a coalition of human rights organizations, that work on LGBT issues and other human rights issues such as the continued incarceration of political prisoner Oscar Lopez Rivera. Jan Susler, attorney for Oscar Lopez Rivera joins the discussion and explaims how popular support for his release is widespread in Puerto Rico and increasing in the United States. Rivera was fighting for independence for the Colony of Puerto Rico and has been incarcerated for 35 years for seditious conspiracy.
Jan Susler, longtime lawyer with the People's Law Office in Chicago, is the attorney for Oscar Lopez Rivera and discusses the expanding campaign to demand his release from federal prison.* Out-FM can be heard at 99.5FM in NY City or streaming at http://wbai.org
Out-FM producer Naomi Brussel interviews Black lesbian Moses Harper talking about life experiences and her work with youth and adults who have been tramatized. Harper is also a Michael Jackson tribute artist.
*Special thanks to Ricardo Jimenez, Roberto Sanabria and a transgendered friend for assistance.