In the first elected WBAI Local Station Board, which served during 2004, an alliance of List-Prog (Listeners and Staff for Progressive Elections), present/former business associates of health entrepreneur/broadcaster Gary Null (specifically Paul DeRienzo and Luanne Pennesi), and several others, forged a majority. They were -- and their continuing members remain -- largely hostile to current station management and unfriendly to the unions of workers at the station. In the fall 2004 elections, the majority shifted to the anti-racist Justice and Unity Campaign, which advocates a working relationship with management and staff based on mutual respect.
This episode of "The Battle for Progressive Media" shows how some of the new board minority have conducted themselves in the course of debates, including the use of abusive language, name-calling, and extreme personal attacks. A particular focus is the severe disruptiveness and abusive behavior of Paul DeRienzo during three recent meetings, and the resulting successful motion to suspend him for six months. There will also be analysis of the history and political issues behind the conflict.
Click HERE to download the 60 Megabyte QuickTime movie anytime. (The large file size is designed for cable modems or DSL) (28 min)
Click HERE to download the 7 Megabyte Real Player File (designed for dialup connections -much lower quality)
WBAI Justice & Unity Campaign
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