Money shortfalls at New York’s WBAI, one of two Pacifica Foundation stations that must relocate their studios later this month, continue to worsen.
At the end of April, WBAI lacked funds to pay staff or rent on its antenna, according to an email by the treasurer of the station’s board.
WBAI owed about $119,000 and had $4,000 in the bank as of April 29, Local Station Board Treasurer R. Paul Martin wrote in an email that was sent to an LSB Yahoo! group.
The station is mandated by law to pay its staff, and missing the rent on WBAI’s antenna on the Empire State Building could result in “very bad consequences” if not paid by Monday, May 6. As of that date, the station still lacked the money, according to a later email by Martin.
CPB funding for WBAI has been held up because Pacifica has yet to issue an audit for fiscal year 2012, according to minutes from an April 10 WBAI Local Station Board meeting.
Pacifica Radio, which owns WBAI and four other stations around the country, was said to be working with its other outlets to address WBAI’s shortfall.
Summer Reese, interim executive director, also stepped in to resolve a dispute at WPFW in Washington, D.C., over plans to move the station to offices in Silver Spring, Md., that would have been subleased from a subsidiary of Clear Channel (Current, April 29).
Some station volunteers and listeners had opposed the relocation plan and went to court to block the move. Reese announced April 30 that plans for the Silver Spring move had been dropped.
WPFW is moving to a temporary location within the District while continuing to look for a permanent home.
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