Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, David Barsamian, Janine Bandcroft Nov. 15, 2010

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In 1986, while Ronald Reagan reigned havoc across Central America and elsewhere, and the people of America, buoyed by a complicit corporate media cheered Reaganomics, the undermining of the social contract grown out of the Great Depression and ruinous Second World War, David Barsamian's Alternative Radio, or AR took to the airwaves.

Dedicated, as its founding manifesto says, to the principles of public broadcasting, and programming that should and would [quote] "serve as a forum for controversy and debate," and to be and provide a [quote] "diverse voice for groups that may otherwise be unheard," AR was in short dedicated to everything Ronald Reagan and his large C-conservatives abhorred.

Nearly twenty-five years later, Ronald Reagan is dead, long-moldering underground, but the Next-Gen. of the conservative principles he propounded persist, if in a twisted and perverse form. Happily for we who oppose those principles, David Barsamian too abides yet, along with Alternative Radio.

David Barsamian is the multi-award winning director of AR, which airs weekly across North America and beyond, (including right here at CFUV every Wednesday afternoon at 1:00pm pacific time) and remains an entirely independent voice of reason and humanity, an island of sanity in a toss'd sea of shlock jocks, puerile morning "mad men," and aspiring dime store mass media demagogues.

He is co-author of numerous books, his collaborators some of the foremost thinkers and social justice activists of our time; like: Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Arundhati Roy, Edward Said, Tariq Ali, and more. His latest books are 'What We Say Goes,' and Targeting Iran.'

David is the winner of the Media Education Award, the ACLU's Upton Sinclair Award for Independent Journalism, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Award, and the Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award from the Lannan Foundation, and is recognized by the Institute of Alternative Journalism as one of its Top Ten Media Heroes.

David Barsamian also lectures across America and around the world, and best yet, he will be right here on the campus of the University of Victoria this Thursday, November 18th presenting in the David Lam Auditorium at 7pm.

David Barsamian and an alternative to (corporate) media in the first half.

And; the week past marked the observance of Remembrance Day here in Victoria, (Veteran's Day south of the 49th) and I went down to the memorial to the MacKenzie-Papineau Brigade, located off the main grounds of the Legislature, to remember those Canadians killed fighting the fascists in Spain during that country's calamitous civil war.

There I stood with the white-poppied peace activists who too hold this day in its original context, as a reminder of the promise that "Never Again" will violence and warfare be the preferred tools of failed diplomacy; if only it were so. Ape at the Mac.-Pap. memorial in the second half.

And; Victoria Street Newz publisher and CFUV broadcaster, Janine Bandcroft will join us at the bottom of the hour to bring us newz from the city's streets, and a follow-up on the attack on the mayor's house and property and that attack's aftermath.

But first, David Barsamian and keeping it alternative with Alternative Radio and more these past 24 years.  
G-Radio is dedicated to social justice, the environment, community, and
providing a forum for people and issues not covered in the corporate media.

Some past guests include: M. Junaid Alam, M. Shahid Alam, Joel Bakan, Maude Barlow, David Barsamian, Mark and Rhoda Berenson, William Blum, Luciana Bohne, William Bowles, Mordecai Briemberg, James J. Brittain, Vincent Bugliosi, Helen Caldicott, Noam Chomsky, Michel Chossudovsky, Diane Christian, Juan Cole, David Cromwell, Ezili Danto, Murray Dobbin, Jon Elmer, Yves Engler, Reese Erlich, Anthony Fenton, Jim Fetzer, Laura Flanders, Chris Floyd, Connie Fogal, Glen Ford, Susan George, Stan Goff, Amy Goodman, Robert Greenwald, Denis Halliday, Chris Hedges, Sander Hicks, Julia Butterfly Hill, Scott Horton, Robert Jensen, Dahr Jamail, Chalmers Johnson, Diana Johnstone, Malalai Joya, Kathy Kelly, Naomi Klein, Brewster Kneen, Betty Krawczyk, Anthony Lappe, Frances Moore Lappe, Jason Leopold, Jeff Leys, Dave Lindorff, Jim Lobe, Jennifer Loewenstein, Wayne Madsen, Stephen Marshall, Linda McQuaig, George Monbiot, Loretta Napoleoni, John Nichols, Kurt Nimmo, Ken O'Keefe, David Orchard, Riki Ott, Greg Palast, Mike Palecek, Michael Parenti, Robert Parry, John Pilger, Kevin Pina, William Rivers Pitt, Justin Podur, Lila Rajiva, Jack Random, Sheldon Rampton, Paul Craig Roberts, David Robb, Paul de Rooij, John Ross, David Rovics, Danny Schechter, David Schindler, Vandana Shiva, Norman Solomon, Starhawk, Grant Wakefield, Harvey Wasserman, Paul Watson, Bernard Weiner, Mickey Z., Howard Zinn and many others

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