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.

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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:

•   General Manager Berthold Reimers <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

•   Pacifica Interim Executive Director Lydia Brazon <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

•   The Pacifica National Board <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

•   And the Local Station Board (LSB) via the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., which will forward it to the local board.

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.

We are uncertain about how you will be able to get our podcast. If you want to us to send you that information when we have it, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

However, it is best you write us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. That way we can email you when information is available.

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

in the United States to cover what was then called the homosexual rights movement and later the LGBT rights movement from a positive perspective,. It began with a broadcast on KPFA in Berkeley in the 1950s at the height of the red and lavender scares.

In the early 1960s WBAI became the first radio station in the country to offer a regular show to openly gay producers. In the 1970s the legacy continued, though not always through a regularly scheduled show.

In the 1980s a gay men's show again appeared. Meanwhile other LGBT activists, including both men and women and whites and people of color, got an alternating showcalled Outlooks. The two shows were merged in 1996, at which point Out-FM was born. Among its producers were Nicholas Cimorelli, Nancy Kirton, Marle Becker, David Brooks, Chris T, Chad, Vanessa Cooper, Jesse Heiwa, Tony Glover, George Reilly, Lidell Jackson, and Pedro Angel Serrano.

In 2002 the program was reorganized, with many new producers from a variety of backgrounds joining several of the previous producers. Over the years, this rotating cast of contributors has included Anjana, aka Tang, Chris, Renair Covington, Harlan Pruden, Jack Vimo, Angela Williams, Brad Taylor, Miranda Balkin, Angel Brown, Peter Jonas, Christina Hanhardt,Mubarik Dahrir, Lucia Gimeno, Laurie Prendergast, Donna Redd, Trish Spoto, and Susie Day, among others. And of course, tonight's cohosts, Naomi Brussel and Emma Missouri. And we want to pay a special tribute to three important contributors over the years whom we lost far too soon, Vanessa Cooper, Marle Becker and Nancy Kirton.

Out-FM has always been a part of the movement that helped make the world safer for LGBT people, and hopefully we have given strength to those afraid to come out. We have regularly given voice to people with HIV and AIDS and their courageous fights for individual and community survival.

Over the past decade and a half, Out-FM has been an important way to keep people in the NY Metro Area informed about Queer issues and culture from a grassroots and left perspective. While we covered the emerging movements against homophobia in the military and for marriage equality, we did so with a critical eye. We examined the role of marriage in the society and examined the serious questions that gays and lesbians in the military raised about US imperialism. Likewise with same-sex marriage, we raised questions about how marriage privatizes social welfare and while it is okay as a choice, for many, it is about survival in a country that denies healthcare as a human right and instead makes it available to many only when they marry someone with good insurance. We raised the questions that made some in the LGBT movement uncomfortable.

We have had a special focus on the intersectionality of oppressions, including how HIV/AIDS affects all communities worldwide, not just LGBT people. We discussed single payer healthcare and the fight against global AIDS, including new proposed funding mechanisms such as the Robin Hood Tax. We have often provided a venue for LGBT activists of color from diverse communities to share their perspectives and report on the important organizing they are doing for empowerment and survival.

We have also put LGBT voices on the air from around the world -- especially those of lesbians and trans people. In recent years we have focused on transgender issues, especially anti-trans violence.

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:

•   General Manager Berthold Reimers <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

•   Pacifica Interim Executive Director Lydia Brazon <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

•   The Pacifica National Board <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

•   And the Local Station Board (LSB) via the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., which will forward it to the local board.

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.

We are uncertain about how you will be able to get our podcast. If you want to us to send you that information when we have it, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

However, it is best you write us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. That way we can email you when information is available.

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.