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December 10, 2003

AFTRA NY Urges Support for WBAI Radiothon to Avert Layoffs

WBAI, owned by the Pacifica Foundation, is the only station represented by the AFTRA New York Local that receives up to 85% of its budget through private donations. This progressive, non-commercial radio station provides a public voice for the unions in the New York area.

WBAI's Fall pledge drive fell $400,000 short of its fundraising goal, and the station anticipates a 40% staff reduction if an additional $300,000 is not raised by December 31st. To reach this target, WBAI is sponsoring a special Radiothon December 12th through 14th, in which celebrity guests will entertain or perform as interim hosts.

AFTRA-NY is urging all union members to support this emergency fundraiser to help save union jobs and a pro-labor news perspective. For more information, visit http://www.aftra.com/newyork/StandBy/wbai.html

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