[sixties-l] Save WEVD Listeners Group Intensifies Efforts

From: Chuck Zlatkin (CZlatkin@nyc.rr.com)
Date: Mon May 07 2001 - 06:32:01 EDT

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    Save WEVD
    P.O. Box 821
    JAF Station
    New York, NY 10116-0821


    For Immediate Release Contact: SaveWEVD
    May 7, 2001 Chuck Zlatkin 212-726-1385
    10:00 AM

    Owners of WEVD 1050 AM Stonewall Rumored Sale to Disney/ABC/ESPN
                 The Foward Association Ignores Lobbying Effort By WEVD's Listeners
                                                      Listeners Group Intensifies Efforts

    NEW YORK-MAY 7- Listeners to radio station WEVD-AM 1050 in New York City have been
    lobbying the owners of the station, The Forward Association, not to sell the stand-alone, news-talk
    radio station to Disney/ABC/ESPN. The rumored sale price is considered to be in the neighorhood
    of $80-85 million, with the new owners using the freqeuncy to be the flagship station of the growing
    ESPN sports-radio network. The efforts by the listeners group, SaveWEVD, and the creation
    of the web site www.SaveWEVD.com has been ignored by The Forward Association.

    The members of SaveWEVD concentrated their efforts on generating letters, e-mails and phone-calls to the Forward Asscociation detailing what the station meant to them as an independent, alternative voice in New York City, countering the dominance of right-wing and hate radio on the dial. It was felt by the members of SaveWEVD that the owners of WEVD were honorable people who were committed to progressive social and political issues. The tenor of the effort by Save
    WEVD was respectful and civil.

    As time passed, it became increasingly clear that the strategy of The Forward Association was to
    ignore the efforts of SaveWEVD and not respond. A formal request was made by representatives
    of SaveWEVD to meet with Samuel Norich, President of The Forward Association. This request
    was also ignored.

    A number of rumors have surfaced in the press that the sale has already been made. There is speculation that the announcement of the sale has been delayed for tax purposes.

    SaveWEVD has decided to intensify its efforts by forming two new committees.
    The first committee is a Legal Committee to explore
    options for taking legal action to stop the rumored of radio station WEVD. The second committee
    is a Research Committee to find out the true history of how The Forward Association gained control
    of the license to WEVD, and how its business affairs have been conducted in recent years.

    SaveWEVD@mail..com Phone: 212-726-1385

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