Free Speech Radio News in financial trouble

From Moore's memo:


We cannot in good conscience continue to commission new stories from our freelance reporters.  And we cannot continue to keep the same number of people on payroll.  We are simply not confident we could cover these liabilities without a new infusion of funds.


FSRN will continue to distribute daily newscasts through and including Monday, December 20th.  Beyond that is currently uncertain.  If we are not able to raise enough money by Friday, December 17th, to pay our past due bills and to fund our scaled back the newscast through the end of December, then we will suspend production beginning Tuesday, December 21st.  We will stay in close contact with you about the status of our program.


This is not the first time that FSRN has been near its death bed - similar sentiments were expressed by officials close to the broadcast a few years ago.  But this seems pretty serious.  Locally, WMNF music programmer Nell Abram is involved with the show as a headlines editor.  And the chairman of the show's Board of Director Zach Baddorf also resides in the area, and several other former WMNF News reporters can occasionally be heard on the show.


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Free Speech Radio News is the independently produced progressive radio newscast that airs on over 100 stations across the country, including WMNF 88.5 FM on its Evening News program every night at 6:00 p.m.

The majority of the national and international news program's funding comes from the Pacifica Radio Network, which has had its own issues with funding over the years.  Now that lack of funding is putting this newscast in a perilous financial situation.

On Tuesday, a press release was issued by Nathan Moore, the General Manager of FSRN, who painted a rather dire letter scenario to its supporters, calling for financial help.  Moore says Pacifica owes the program around $160,000, putting FSRN more than $80,000 in the red.

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