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Nineteen of the noncommercial station's 26 staffers were axed, as Pacifica redirected funds to pay transmitter rent and retain the station's license. The move eliminated the 50-year-old station's news department.
WBAI-FM, long a liberal voice on the airwaves, was particularly hard-hit financially by Hurricane Sandy, which prompted the station to vacate its Wall St. studio. The Times reported the station has been awash in red ink for nearly a decade.
Other Pacifica Foundation stations are teetering as well, according to the Times article, including Washington, D.C.-based WPFW-FM, which insiders forecast may not last through September.