Date: Fri, Sep 2, 2022 at 11:41 AM
Subject: re: The news, Paul Derienzo
I am writing to you regarding your recent decision to remove Paul DeRienzo from the WBAI news. Not only was I saddened and distressed by his sudden dismissal, but virtually everyone I am in contact with in the area has expressed their disappointment and a real sense of loss for someone who is virtually a New York City institution. Please reconsider your firing of him. His concise, no-nonsense, unbiased approach to the news makes him a rare voice in the highly polarized world of today.
Literally, Paul’s broadcasting has served our city as a beacon in bad times. During the pandemic and other disasters, rebellions, strikes, 9/11, police riots, and acts of terrorism and war, Paul’s voice has remained steady and reliable. I’ve listened to WBAI, spellbound, as Paul, unafraid, recorded the news in the face of blood, riot police, flames, and tear gas. His words bring hope to New Yorkers of all stations. Do not silence him.