DAVID BARSAMIAN, Founder of Alternative Radio, SPEAKING IN NEWPORT
David Barsamian isn’t afraid to speak his mind, especially when it comes to the state of the world, the economy, and the environment. He is coming to Newport on Tuesday, December 3 to give a talk on “Capitalism and the Environment” at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 227 NE 12th Street. Admission is $10. Advance tickets are available online at KYAQ.org. Seating is limited.
Barsamian writes, “Sure, we have Earth Day, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Environmental Protection Agency, but the threat to our environment is acute and growing. The majority of solutions—from driving a hybrid, to recycling plastic, to using efficient light bulbs—all focus on individual lifestyle choices of mostly privileged people. But the scale of the crisis requires a far deeper and fundamental transformation. As global warming accelerates, carbon-fueled industrial capitalism is systemically incapable of making the necessary radical changes to protect the planet. Its insatiable appetite for profits precludes it from doing so. It is time to think about a different economic system.”
Called one of America’s most tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalists, David Barsamian is the award-winning founder and director of Alternative Radio, the independent weekly audio series based in Boulder, Colorado. David Barsamian has altered the media landscape with his radio programs and books with Noam Chomsky, Tariq Ali, Howard Zinn, Edward Said, Arundhati Roy, and others. His most recent books are Occupy the Economy: Challenging Capitalism with Richard Wolff, Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings, and The New Challenges to U.S. Empire with Noam Chomsky. He is winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU’s Upton Sinclair Award for independent journalism, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. The Institute for Alternative Journalism named him one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.
Barsamian’s talk is a fundraiser for KYAQ (FM 91.7), Lincoln County’s brand new non-commercial, full-power, community radio station. The call letters — KYAQ — reflects our location near the Yaquina River. Broadcasting is scheduled to begin by January 4, 2014. Our signal will reach most of Lincoln County and 40 miles out to sea.
“Part of KYAQ’s mission is to do locally what David Barsamian does on a national level through Alternative Radio — present information, analyses, and views that are frequently ignored or distorted in other media,” says Bridget Wolfe, KYAQ Board Chairperson. “Our initial programming will reflect the interests of the volunteers who come forward to create the programming. KYAQ will continue training community journalists at Oregon Coast Community College this winter, as well as provide instruction on how to be a radio operations tech, and how to host a music or talk show, through the college’s Lifelong Learning program.” If you are interested in getting involved, contact Alan Searle at email@example.com or 541-264-5917.
KYAQ has also just launched a capital campaign through IndieGoGo to raise $6,000 for studio equipment. If you cannot attend David Barsamian’s talk, please consider supporting this endeavor by volunteering or making a cash donation. Donations are fully tax deductible and can be made online at www.kyaq.org, or mailed to KYAQ, P.O. Box 1664, Newport, OR 97365.
Advance tickets for David Barsamian are available online at KYAQ.org.
For additional information, go to the KYAQ website: www.kyaq.org, or contact Bridget Wolfe at 541-336-2284. Building KYAQ 91.7FM. Local Public Radio for the Oregon Central Coast