WBAI-FM Recently Aired Program
Note to Listeners

04/12/2024   5:00 PM


NEW YORK, NY – April 5, 2024 - WBAI 99.5 FM New York is thrilled to announce the launch of a captivating new radio show – Speaking Truth to Power - hosted by former New York State Assemblymembers and New York City Councilmembers Charles and Inez Barron. 

Broadcasting live every Friday from 5 to 6 pm, the program promises to be an insightful addition to WBAI's drivetime lineup,  providing listeners with engaging discussions, expert analysis, and thought-provoking commentary.

Scheduled to launch on Friday, April 12th, the Charles and Inez Barron Show will air on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City and will also be available for streaming worldwide at WBAI.org. WBAI is part of the Pacifica Foundation, a non-profit organization that pioneered listener-sponsored community radio, and continues to be a beacon for noncommercial, free media since its founding in 1946.

“With a focus on addressing pressing political issues facing New York City and the state, the program aims to empower listeners with knowledge and foster meaningful dialogue, said WBAI Program Director Linda Perry. “For more than 60 years, WBAI has been a beacon of independent thought and expression. The addition of Speaking Truth to Power aligns perfectly with our mission to provide a platform for diverse voices and perspectives.”

“We are incredibly excited to embark on this new journey with WBAI,” said Charles and Inez Barron. “Our show, Speaking Truth to Power, aims to amplify the voices of our community and shed light on a much-needed Black radical/revolutionary perspective on important political issues. We look forward to engaging with our listeners and making a meaningful impact through the airwaves.”

Each week, listeners can participate in the program by calling WBAI's dedicated listener call-in number at (212) 209-2877, and those interested in supporting the show through donations or becoming sustaining members as BAI Buddies can do so by calling (212) 209-2950 or by visiting www.give2wbai.org.

Charles Barron started his political service as a member of the Black Panther Party in the 1960s and The National Black United Front in the 1980s, and then spent more than two decades in public service, as a New York State Assemblymember (2015 to 2021) and as a member of the New York City Council, representing Brooklyn’s 42nd district (2001 to 2013, and 2022 to 2024). Barron earned his B.A. in Sociology from Hunter College. His professional experience includes being the founding member of the East New York-based organization Operation POWER (People Organizing and Working for Empowerment and Respect). 

Inez Barron served as a New York State Assemblymember (2019 to 2013) and New York City Councilmember, representing the 42nd district (2014 to 2021). Barron earned a B.S. in physiology from CUNY-Hunter College and an M.S. in reading and special education from Bank Street College of Education. Her 36 years of professional experience includes working for the New York City Board of Education in various roles, including as a classroom teacher, teacher trainer, early childhood district coordinator, executive assistant to the community superintendent, assistant principal, and principal.

About WBAI

WBAI 99.5 FM New York is a listener-supported, non-commercial radio station broadcasting out of New York City. With a commitment to providing diverse, independent, and progressive programming, WBAI serves as a vital platform for voices often marginalized by mainstream media. For more information, visit www.wbai.org.

WBAI is part of the Pacifica Foundation, a non-profit organization that pioneered listener-sponsored community radio, and continues to be a beacon for noncommercial, free media since our founding in 1946. The Pacifica Foundation is a network of five community-supported FM radio stations located throughout the United States: WBAI in New York City, WPFW in Washington DC, KPFT in Houston, KPFK in Los Angeles, and KPFA in Berkeley. The Pacifica Foundation also supports a global network of over 250 stations through the Pacifica Affiliate Network and is home to the 

Pacifica Radio Archives, one of the world’s most extensive historical sound archives. For more information, visit www.pacifica.org. 

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