By Reginald Johnson
A majority of the 28-member staff at the station have received layoff notices from the Pacifica Foundation, which owns WBAI and four other listener-supported, non-commercial outlets around the country. Layoffs were supposed to go through July 15, but were delayed until Wednesday, July 31.
Details on what program cutbacks would take place as a result of the layoffs and what the future holds for WBAI is unclear as neither
WBAI has been struggling in recent years with high rental costs and major damage to the station from Hurricane Sandy. Additionally, fundraising drives have fallen short of their goal.
At certain times this year staff has gone without pay and the station came close to losing its 50,000 watt antenna on the