Free Speech Radio News mounts comeback with new site

By Ben Mook

After going off the air last fall, Free Speech Radio News is resuming production, but on a relaunched version of its website.

Beginning Feb. 11, FSRN producers will post audio, photos and articles online as the progressive news operation charts a path back to ongoing radio production. The FSRN board drew on support from major donors and other contributors for the web-based relaunch, wrote Sang Hea Kil, FSRN’s president, in a Feb. 2 post on FSRN’s website. FSRN cut staff and ended its weekday radio show in September 2013 when it could not collect $200,000 in payments owed by its biggest customer, the cash-strapped Pacifica Foundation.

Though the network was contractually obligated to cover the bulk of the show’s operating costs, Pacifica’s support dwindled as it faced its own financial woes.

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