The Pacifica Foundation, founded in 1946, pioneered listener-sponsored radio in this country and WBAI became a Pacifica station in 1960. But the station went off the air at midnight. “I knew that there was a world of people” who would listen to late-night radio, Fass told us — “for companionship, for education” — so he talked them into letting him do an all-night shift.
As Rag Blog editor and Rag Radio host, I was honored to participate in a panel with the filmmakers after the Austin screening. I spent time in New York in the ’60s and worked with Houston’s Pacifica station, KPFT, in the ’70s — and I can offer personal witness to Bob Fass’s incredible contribution to progressive radio in this country.
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