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Pacifica Radio

Pacifica Radio is a small radio network of independent, listener-supported radio stations in the United States.

For most of its history, the organization was very loose, consisting mostly of arrangements to share programs with each other, but with no requirements that the stations use each other's material. During the 1990s, the Pacifica board attempted to centralize control. This led to years of conflict, including court cases, firings of station staff, and demonstrations. Many people who listened to the individual stations --especially KPFA in Berkeley, California and WBAI in New York City --felt a strong attachment to their stations, and objected to what they saw as an attempt to turn the stations into a copy of National Public Radio. The board eventually backed down.



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