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Posted 10/19/2006

The Battle for Progressive Media TV Program:

WBAI: Conflict and Promise : Board Member DeRienzo Suspended, Justice and Unity Views on Expanding Radio Channels and Campaign Finance Reform

Time Warner Ch 34, RCN 83
Saturday Oct. 21, at 10:30 PM and streamed live at www.mnn.org
Seven minute review available now at www.justiceunity.org.
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In this episode of “The Battle for Progressive Media,” Margareth Dominique and John Riley examine the internal conflict that has gripped the station for the two years since the last station board election. The segment includes footage from three station board meetings that board member and candidate Paul DeRienzo’s disrupted by shouting abusive and discriminatory statements, sometimes for extended periods, which eventually led to his suspension from the board. We’ll also look at the support given DeRienzo by his allies in ACE/WBAI, the current incarnation of “List-Prog,” a slate that ran in the last two elections. We’ll discuss the proposal of the Justice and Unity Campaign to implement their five-year plan to add new channels to WBAI’s broadcast signal by adding multi-channel High-Definition Radio, combined with utilizing its unused sideband signal and a new Internet stream. Justice and Unity members explain their call for Pacifica campaign finance reform and their successful advocacy for a Pacifica-produced national  Spanish-language news program.

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