This Friday, July 26, will be the last day of both Democracy Now! and Free Speech Radio News broadcasts on WRCT. Both programs are being taken off of the air due to funding problems and a lack of cooperation from the Pittsburgh Campaign for Democracy Now (local organization that raises the money to support the broadcasts) and Pacifica (listener-funded radio network responsible for distributing the programs nationally). It is very expensive for WRCT to air these programs, and without adequate support from PCDN and Pacifica, we can no longer continue to do so.
We know how important these shows are to our Pittsburgh listeners and we sincerely hope to resolve the issue as soon as possible and get both shows back on the air. But to do this, we need cooperation from both PCDN and Pacifica. We’ve been trying to resolve these issues for months and regret that it has gotten to this point, but without support from PCDN and Pacifica we have to take the shows off the air. If you feel strongly about keeping these programs on WRCT, please contact Pacifica and urge them to work with WRCT.
Contact information for Pacifica:
Address: The Pacifica Foundation, 1925 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley CA 94704-1037
Email form: http://pacifica.org/contact_email.php
The next three editions of Pinkney Hall (9–10 a.m. on Fridays) will have the following themes:
July 12 — On July 12, we’ll have another two hour show. The first part will be feature gypsy music and the second part will be long songs.
July 19 — Musicians with July birthdays will be featured.
July 26 — We’ll play songs with a summer theme.
In addition, every show has some new music and, when appropriate, music from artists who are playing Pittsburgh in the week following the show.
Requests that fit these themes can be made prior to the shows by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or during the show to the WRCT request line (412-621-9728).
Tune in Sunday, June 30, starting at 2 p.m. to hear Gordon Spencer’s final broadcast of “The Best of Broadway” followed by “Classics” at 3 p.m. In the upcoming months, Spencer will be leaving Pittsburgh and moving to Omaha. Spencer has been with WRCT since 2003 and has been involved in theatre for most of his life. You can catch his theatre reviews during “The Best of Broadway.”
You can read Spencer’s own farewell post on his blog at http://gordonspenceronwrct.blogspot.com/.
It’s been a joy working with Gordon throughout his time at WRCT and we wish him the best of luck as he continues to spread his love of theatre and music to other parts of the country. Please join us for his final broadcasts this Sunday, June 30, beginning at 2 p.m.
If you’d like to learn more about Gordon Spencer’s shows, you can view the past playlists of his broadcasts by clicking the following links:
“The Best of Broadway”
Photo courtesy of gordonspenceronwrct.blogspot.com.