February 3, 2011 by staff
Aljazeeraenglish, Pacifica Radio becomes the first radio network to broadcast Al Jazeera English in the United States in New York flagship station WBAI (99.5 FM). The show airs Monday through Friday 5:00 to 6:00
“Reports on the scene of protests this week in Egypt, were absolutely fascinating,” said Berthold Reimers, general manager of WBAI.
As North Africa & The Middle East experience one of the most tumultuous periods in recent history, independent media is of paramount importance as the voice of the people in the street, in the fight says Tony Bates, director of WBAI program. “WBAI has been and will continue to be at the forefront of the coverage that the world is changing before our eyes. The station Al-Jazeera and Al Jazeera English network brought much of the breaking news to us.
“WBAI is proud of Pacifica Network’s exclusive partnership with AJE. Listen to the first story here on 99.5 FM WBAI. The world is changing. Not to be outdone,” Bates said in a promo on the air. “Get the real story, the whole story, at 5 o’clock on Al Jazeera English on WBAI, the only one left, left.”
One hour of Al Jazeera English is followed by six hours “Wakeup Call” with Esther Armah and 8 hours by the award-winning “Democracy Now” with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. “WBAI broadcasts a formidable block of 4 hours per day “must listen – Happening Now information every morning that cannot be heard elsewhere,” said Reimers.
Since its launch in 2006, Al Jazeera English has become a world leader in the coverage of Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. With news bureaus in 70 countries worldwide and employs more than 1,000, the goal of Al Jazeera to provide news in a spirit of independent journalism that is honest, courageous and distinctive to an international audience in addition to that of WBAI and Pacifica Mission. He is widely regarded as the reference channel for coverage of the Middle East and South. Its programs reach more than 220 million households in over 100 countries worldwide.
Recently, the New York Times reported that cable networks would not affect Al Jazeera English, if the site traffic of AJE were exploding. WBAI partnership with Al Jazeera English radio gives listeners the opportunity to give Al Jazeera English in New York and its environs.
“Pacifica Radio Broadcast allows us to bring the contents of Al Jazeera English news cheered at a broader audience in the U.S.,” said Al Anstey, CEO of Al Jazeera English. “For over four years Al Jazeera English has been setting new standards in international relations by providing a platform for articles on the corners of the under-represented in the world. Demand for our new and innovative news is increasing in the United States, and we look forward to providing Pacifica listeners with a global perspective on the events of today’s most important news. ”
Arlene Engelhardt, executive director of the Pacifica Foundation, Berkeley, California, is one of the principal architects of the Pacifica partnership with Al Jazeera. She said, “Al Jazeera English-News is a valuable addition to our current lineup of programming for reflection. It is part of our mission to Pacifica to act as a bridge between cultures and to present stories that are too often neglected by other media in the United States. Al Jazeera English Channel is a truly global, and we are pleased to offer this important new service to our loyal listeners across the country. ”
Towers news broadcast on WBAI file impressive new programs, including “Democracy Now!” with Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, “Wake Up Call” with Esther Armah, “WBAI Evening News” with Jose Santiago, Andrea Sears and Rebecca Myles, “Five O’Clock Shadow” Polk Award journalist Robert Knight, and “Free Speech Radio News. “Within the first network of listener supported by the United States, WBAI Pacifica offers a variety of programming including local news, national and international music with live music by local musicians and in-depth interviews andanlysis of public affairs cannot be found elsewhere.
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Al Jazeera English is the first news channel in English-speaking world at its headquarters in the Middle East. Launched in November 2006, Al Jazeera English tries to present all sides and all angles to her stories and act as a bridge between cultures. With unique access, making it the channel of reference for events in the Middle East, and 70 offices strategically located throughout the world, Al Jazeera English provides independent and impartial news for a global audience, giving voice to different views of under-reported regions around the world.
The canal was named Best News Program 24 hours “in the 48th and 50th annual Monte Carlo Television Festival and has received awards from the Royal Television Society, Amnesty International and YouTube. The chain has also received a total of six Emmy nominations in international news, documentaries and current affairs category.
For 50 years, was WBAI radio listener without advertising support for the community, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Currently, the 50,000-watt signal of the broadcast tower atop the Empire State Building its programming to listeners in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey to upstate New York and Long Island, and the five boroughs of New York. In addition, programming can be heard on the Internet at www. WBAI.org.
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