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NYC IMC reporter alleges assault by WBAI/Pacifica staffer at protest

by Edwin Johnston Wednesday, Jun. 06, 2001 at 12:18 PM
edi@hal-pc.org

NYC IMC reporter, Kevin Prichard was hospitalized yesterday for an injury sustained at a protest at WBAI/Pacifica in NYC. Prichard claims he was assaulted by WBAI staffer, Paul DiRienzo.

On Monday morning, June 4, about 18 people stormed the offices of WBAI/Pacifica radio in New York City to protest the rightward trajectory of the station.
Kevin Prichard, an NYC Indymedia reporter, alleges that he was assaulted by WBAI morning show co-host, Paul DiRienzo. Prichard was later hospitalized with an injury to his finger.
According to reports on counter-Pacifica discussion boards, DiRienzo has claimed that he was the one assaulted by an Indymedia person that morning, that he was hit in the eye by that person and had his glasses bent in the process.
Paul DiRienzo has been a participant on various counter-Pacifica discussion boards but lately has become very critical of the counter-Pacifica movement. There is an alleged transcript of a phone conversation between DiRienzo and a WBAI listener who called during WBAI's recent fundraising marathon in which DiRienzo seems quite agitated and threatens himself to cancel the Democracy Now! program.
Counterclaims of assault are not unusual these days at Pacifica since Edwin Johnston was arrested at a KPFT/Pacifica protest in Houston on March 23 based on false claims of assault by station management. As a result of Johnston's false arrest, new claims of assault were alleged by Pacifica management against former WBAI producer, Ken Nash from an incident in early March when his show was interrupted by station manager Utrice Leid. Nash was interviewing Representative Major Owens at the time. Leid now alleges that Nash elbowed her during that incident.
Edwin Johnston has two court dates in mid-June. A jury trial is set for June 18 in Municipal Court agaisnt a false claim of simple assault filed by KPFT station manager, Garland Ganter. A plea hearing is set for June 13 in County Court against a false claim of assault/bodily injury filed by Ganter's wife, KPFT employee Molly (O'Brien) Ganter.

More info:

A Press Statement from Kevin Prichard's Legal Team
http://nyc.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=6313&group=webcast

Report of assault of Indymedia reporter at WBAI
http://nyc.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=6289&group=webcast

More Info on WBAI Demonstration
http://nyc.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=6287&group=webcast

Violence from KPFT (Johnston arrest)
http://www.hal-pc.org/~edi/kpft.html

Houston Committee for People's Radio webpage
http://www.hal-pc.org/~edi/hcpr.html

NY Newsday blurb on incident (bottom story)
http://www.newsday.com/coverage/current/news/tuesday/nd2972.htm
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Audio of LOUD RAPP

by RevereRides Wednesday, Jun. 06, 2001 at 3:55 PM

If you listen to the links Lynn provides you can pass the first 52 minutes
of the first hour, its just the "dynamite" morning show there. The first
30 minutes of the second hour has the commentary by the shows host after
the event.

From what I can figure you, instead of Amy WBAI listeners get to hear the
urgent controversy of how Yoga was invented in Africa. The show itself was
mind numbing dull.
At the 55 minute mark or so we hear some commotion and the female host
sounding surprised. All I heard was one voice saying "We want Democracy
Now".
The next hour as the co host saying over and over again that Amy is the
cause of these "violent" episodes and that because she won't fundraise she
won;t be on the air until have the funddrive is over, meanwhile others will
raise her salary.

A producer comes in and claims one of the protesters hit him in the
face. (the protester claims it was the other way around).
He than goes on to say that the protester was from the Independent Media
Center, a group that is funding by right wing international capitalist
George Sorris
Also that the protesters were just like the anti abortionist who kill
doctors.





Here's the audio from WBAI's air this morning during the
demonstration when 18 listeners entered WBAI studios

http://www.radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=3158

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Your guide to enjoying the insanity

by Regulator Wednesday, Jun. 06, 2001 at 4:24 PM

Here's the deal.
After linking the Radio4All site, listen to the first file a bit to get a flavor in how far progressive radio has slid.
Remember folks, WBAI is in the 95's in the FM dial, we're not talking left end radio here. It is a STRONG signal. And now the jackals are snipping away at it, trying to gnaw the bone.
So after you get an idea of the wasted energy eminating from their transmitter, move the time setting up to 59:25, and be amazed. Incredible, reality has a fighting chance.
Then go to the second file and listen to the inanity which current commands the mic, with a distant echo of truth somewhere in the edges.
Enjoy, inspire, excite.
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