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When Russia launched the war in Ukraine, WMNF immediately took sides and attacked Russia and defended Ukraine. Now that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza, WMNF's board has been silent.
We know WMNF has a representative of a large zionist group on its BOD; is that what is keeping them quiet and in support of Israel?

Conference to support the Tampa 5at the Maureen B. Gauzza Library, Tampa
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at the Maureen B. Gauzza Library, Tampa

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05/23/2023

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04/11/2023
Email/call USF in support of students, alumni, staff, fighting for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Five young women, a...
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And the people fightback to save Pacifica, the only national community radio network in the United States.   Same as at ...
03/31/2023

And the people fightback to save Pacifica, the only national community radio network in the United States. Same as at WMNF-Tampa, Pacifica has been taken over by extreme conservatives bent on destroying the network as a community network.

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03/28/2023

Para leer esto en español, vaya aquí. To the United Nations Human Rights Council: The report of the Group of Human Rights Experts on Nicaragua (GHREN), released by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on March 2, 2023, should never have been published: It is extremely biased, based on m...

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08/25/2022

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Status of Save WMNF Community Radio August 28, 2022, and our demands
Nationwide there is an upsurge of reactionaries functioning under a thin façade of progressivism. Their conservative attacks include cancelling or forcing out Black, Latino, Indigenous Peoples’ and progressive shows and hosts, and replacing them with “Democratic” party hacks or their allies.

WMNF made a public statement supporting Ukraine, and by extension the US, in its conflict with Russia. They made no mention of NATO and what the role its expansion throughout the world but especially in that region has meant, nor the participation and influence of n**i forces in Ukraine’s military and government.

While the Station has not taken a position on the fascist FBI raid on the UHURU-African People’s Socialist Party, one of its shows did bring in a couple of “experts” who unsuccessfully tried to justify the raid as they spoke of the great probability of Russian interference in the small town of St. Petersburg, Florida’s elections a few years ago. Any objective examination of the election makes the FBI contention and these “experts” assertions laughable if they weren’t so tragic.

WMNF now has one or more representatives, in its Board, of the largest Zionist organization in Florida, one that boasts in its site over 2 billion dollars in its coffers and which it claims to distribute “in the US and Israel.”

The de-facto administration has refused, for years, proposals to do training and access to equipment for young people. Some 18 years ago, they used to allow all hosts/DJs/programmers to be Black one day during Black History Month and to be all women during International Women’s Day. They stopped it and never permitted it again.
They fired the News and Public Affairs Director and co-founder of WMNF after 42 years of service and cut the program by 25 percent. As well, their plan calls for the elimination of News and Public Affairs altogether from the main channel. Reminiscent of this is the fact that at WBAI in New York, they recently cut the news program and dared the Director to quit.

As similar forces did at KPFT in Houston, Texas, at WMNF they attempted to use our HD channels as a “separate but equal” setup segregating programs by Blacks and other people of Color, as well as News and Public Affairs, but quick action on our part foiled their efforts. Now they are attempting to use the HD scheme as a back door tactic. They are calling it Urban Café, the same as a Black/Latino talk and news show they cancelled, and have offered the channel to Black 501 c3 organizations. Clearly this is in preparation to, at a “convenient” time, cut them from the main channel.

Right now, WMNF does not have a single Latino show, music or news/talk, during the day, in any day of the week. The only Black/Latino news and talk show was cancelled along with the dismissal of the only Latino talk show host the Station had. The Sunday Forum was pushed to 8:00 AM dislocating its audience. The Indigenous Peoples’ show was forced out by telling them to come on deeper into the night, something they could not do or accept.
All these negative changes comply with the plan “Programming Options and Background” put out by Randy Wynne, previous Program Director and his right wing clique several years ago.

Page 2 Status of Save WMNF Community Radio August 28, 2022, and our demands
What to do!
The bulk of programmers, and Station associated people are accommodating, quietly trying to fly under the radar, or scared to lose their shows. But, there is a nucleus of strong, clear, and committed activists and great probabilities for growth and fortitude.

From our position, we should continue to analyze the situation, confront the administration and conservative’s clique’s actions, and make public in and out of WMNF all that we see happening and our proposed solutions, loud and clear. As they make moves, it will be harder for them to surprise people if we have been warning everyone. We must contact all programmers, supporters, and WMNF affiliated people. The conservative clique will, at some point, attempt to implement the rest of their nefarious program; it’s our job to be ready and in fact be acting ahead of them.

Our demands:
- Correction of the programming schedule to:
o Bring back Latino hosts and shows to daytime
o Return Indigenous programming to the airwaves
o Reinstate the Black/Latino talk and news show
o Replacement of time lost by News and Public Affairs (9:00 AM – 1:00 PM and afternoon drive time news)
o Stop the homogenization of music: Black, Latino, and other ethnic music must be heard over the main channel during daytime on WMNF.
- Rehiring of Rob Lorei, News and Public Affairs Director and
- Verifiable, transparent, observed, one-person-one-vote elections
- Return of Alvaro Montealegre to board operator and co-host of the Sunday Forum
- Training in radio operations for young people leading to their certification by the Society of Broadcast Engineers and incorporation into WMNF
- Stop the path to corporatization of WMNF. Do not seek or accept underwriting from major corporations, ie. MacDonalds, Walmart, Ford Motor Co., banks, etc.

Hello Save WMNF Supporters, we are hosting a email & call blast in order to let the station know that we don't approve o...
05/29/2022

Hello Save WMNF Supporters, we are hosting a email & call blast in order to let the station know that we don't approve of the direction it's heading. We need community radio with diverse voices, not programming meant for the mainstream!

On the 9th and the 10th of June, please call into both of these numbers (813-239-9663 & 813-238-8001) as well as send an email ([email protected]) with the following script:

"Hello, My name is ___ and I am a concerned
listener of WMNF who does not enjoy the
conservative and corporate direction the
station is headed. I am no longer tolerating
reporting that lacks depth and knowledge,
and a station that refuses to embrace the
diverse community. I demand that WMNF
adopt an unbreakable and public commitment
to diversity by immediate integration of the
staff, of programming, and of the board of
directors. I demand that Rob Lorei be restored
as the Director of the WMNF News and Public
Affairs department and restore the previous
time slots. I demand that WMNF make a
statement to reject corporatization and not
accept underwritings from large corporations.
I demand WMNF to reinstate and increase
Indigenous, Black, and Latino programming. I
demand the end of controlled playlists and for
the allowance of programmers to have
freedom to play what they want. I demand
WMNF to have 6 months of open meetings to
ensure that the demands are being met and
regulations are being followed. I demand that
WMNF publicly proclaim a complete
commitment to Peace, and to Economic and
Social Justice. This is what I demand for
WMNF to be a “Community Conscious Radio”."

WMNF Community Radio in Tampa is in the greatest crisis it has seen since its inception. It is a self-inflicted economic...
05/29/2022

WMNF Community Radio in Tampa is in the greatest crisis it has seen since its inception. It is a self-inflicted economic down-turn but also a great membership loss, and most importantly, it is a crisis of legitimacy.

WMNF has been taken over by a conservative clique that seeks to eliminate the News and Public Affairs Department, and Black and Brown programmers and shows, leaving the listeners and our activists without a voice.

Please sign the petition below!

https://www.change.org/p/save-wmnf-defend-our-community-radio?utm_content=cl_sharecopy_33409834_en-US%3A4&recruiter=1224372623&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition

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05/21/2022

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05/20/2022

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