Radio Free Eireann Critical Fund Drive

Tomorrow, Saturday February 8th from 1-2 pm New York time, Radio Free Eireann will be asking our listeners to contribute to keep WBAI, and our show, on the air.

The WBAI General Manager, Berthold Reimers, has told the staff that unless the current fund drive succeeds WBAI will probably be leased to another broadcaster. On the other hand, he said that if the drive is a success, talk of leasing will go away.

One of the leading candidates to lease the station has said that he thinks the station should be 80% music and that out public affairs programs are too narrow. That wouldn't leave any time for Radio Free Eireann.

There is no guarantee that if Radio Free Eireann succeeds in this fund drive WBAI won't be leased anyway. All  we can do is ask you to give as generously as you can to give us the best possible chance to survive.

If you can give $75 we would like to thank you with a copy of Lights of the Didicoy, a new novel about Irish immigrants on the Brooklyn docks in the early 20th Century. Peter Quinn has called it 'A rich and rollicking of immigrant struggle and ethnic conflict.'

To get Lights of the Didicoy call 212 209 2950 and tell the person who answers you want the "Irish book." You can also contribute online at
This is a critical fund drive for WBAI and consequently for Radio Free Eireann. If the drive does not succeed the station is likely to be leased to an outside broadcaster, one of whom is committed to a format that would have no room for Radio Free Eireann.

Please donate this Saturday as generously as you possibly can to try to keep Radio Free Eireann broadcasting.

Radio Free Eireann's guests tomorrow will be Ed Moloney, the director of the Belfast Project the oral history of the IRA and Ulster Volunteer Force and Eamon Loinsigh, the author of  Light of the Didicoy the new novel we are offering as a thank you gift as we raise funds to keep WBAI and Radio Free Eireann on the air.

Last week National Public Radio's On the Media ran a segment on the Belfast Project including the accusation that Anthony McIntyre, the Project's chief researcher, is a criminal because he served time in Long Kesh for IRA activities. Ed Moloney will respond to this and other accusations.

Eamon Longsigh is the author of *Light of the Didicoy*, a new novel about Irish immigrants on the Brooklyn docks in the early years of the 20th Century. T.J. English has called Light of the Didicoy 'historical fiction at its best.'

 Radio Free Eireann broadcasts live from Rocky Sullivan's every Saturday afternoon

As always Radio Free Eireann is heard on WBAI, 99.5 FM and on the web and we broadcast live from Rocky Sullivan's of Red Hook 34 Van Dyke Street in Brooklyn.

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