No responses? You guys suck.
Anyway, we totally did it:
There were about 30 of us. Wed. night with the help of some sympathetic staff we stormed the building, got on the air and issued our demands:
Here's the Livestream
Originally Posted by OccupyWBAI
Ladies and Gentlemen,
We have Occupied WBAI.
Who are we? Concerned listeners no longer content with passivity. We occupy in honor of the grand tradition of the Pacifica network as an active source for free speech and new voices. This station is the main media outlet to take the time to listen to and amplify our voices, rather than to exploit them to further the cycle of corporate greed. However, we feel it’s time to offer our favorite station some “tough love”. As the tide turns across this country and around the world, so must the tide turn at WBAI. We demand:
That 12 new seats be added to the Board of Directors, each filled by a person under the age of 35, to add youth energy and strategy for the growth of the network.
That a staff committed to this goal be maintained and cultivated.
That WBAI sustain and expand its dedication to social progress by continuing to provide an outlet for the voices of the 99%.
If you, the listeners and supporters of this station, stand with us, call the station and make your voice heard. The Board of Directors will be meeting at 388 Atlantic Avenue at 7pm. The revolution needs the youth; we're here, and we ain't goin' nowhere.
of us in the booth during Burn Baby Burn, (watch it if you want to see me do some REALLY dorky dancing and then rant for a little while)
I also got brought on as a guest on the Progressive Radio Network during the occupation:
(Skip to about 36 minutes in)
Overall this was really cool, and extremely effective. The WBAI staff did this sort of stuff to their bosses in the 60's and 70's and it was really neat to connect with longtime activists in this manner. It was also absolutely HILARIOUS to see old-school hierarchical liberalism come face to face Occupy's lateral structure and culture.