Press Release: The Largest Minority Hits the Airwaves (November 4, 2002)

Press Release
The Largest Minority Hits the Airwaves
November 4, 2002

A radio show focusing on the news and views of the community of people with a disability had its first airing on Monday November 4th at 10 a.m. The show titled “The Largest Minority” was heard on The Pacifica Network’s New York station, WBAI, 99.5 F.M., available throughout the New York Metropolitan area including Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut and the northern suburbs.

The Show was produced by a group of people representing a number of disability organizations including: Disabled In Action (DIA) and the Disabilities Network of New York City. The premier edition featured an interview on the history of the disability rights movement with Chris Rosa of Queens College, followed by a call in opportunity for listeners to question in studio guest Frieda Zames, current Vice President of DIA. A highlight of the program was a witty commentary by Brendan Costello, castigating the media for its role in helping Chris Reeve paint himself into his“image corner” of the disability world.

“The Largest Minority” will be a radio magazine reflecting the whole spectrum of disability and opinions in this community. It will be a forum for the different groups within the disability community to talk with each other as well as our non-disabled friends. Regular segments will include National, State and local reports from the disability rights front lines, community announcements, and commentary. The show will feature the music of composers and performers with disabilities, making for a large and varied play list.

The next show will probably air Monday December 2 at 10: a.m. and celebrate the International Day of Disabled Persons. Be sure to tune in to the Largest Minority on WBAI, 99.5 FM.