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Empire State Building Sues WBAI Over Unpaid Rent

99.5 WBAI New York Empire State Building RentThe ongoing saga of the Pacifica Foundation and its station’s attempts for survival has taken another turn as a lawsuit filed by the Empire State Building over unpaid tower rent by 99.5 WBAI New York has been made public.

The ESB sued Pacifica in November 2016 for the $1,357,429.71 owed in rent and late fees plus interest, costs, disbursements, and attorney’s fees. WBAI’s lease runs contractually through 2020 with the station paying for tower and combiner space, backup antenna/combiner, and a transmitter room on the 81st floor.

WBAI holds a Construction Permit to relocate to 4 Times Square should it be evicted from the Empire State Building that expires in July. But with the Pacifica Foundation struggling survive, a judge’s ruling to force payment could help expedite whatever the group needs to do to raise funds.

The WBAI-NowThen blog has posted the full filing including the rent contract signed in 2005.

Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.

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  1. The saga of Pacifica is probably the best radio soap opera (in a sordid but sarcastic way) since the cancellation of “Ma Perkins” in November, 1960.

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