Skip to comments.No injuries when bullet busts window at KPFT radio (Pacifica Radio)
Posted on 08/13/2007 11:41:51 AM PDT by weegee
A bullet blasted through a Plexiglas window at KPFT radio early this morning, missing a woman's head by about 18 inches, said general manager Duane Bradley.
The bullet was fired while another staff member was talking to three people at the station's front door, about 12 feet from the smashed window, Bradley said. The station is located in the 400 block of Lovett.
No one was injured in the shooting, Bradley said.
Bradley said the sometimes-controversial station airs blues, folk and other types of music as well as "alternative" programming about gay and lesbian issues and a program geared toward Texas prison inmates and their families.
But he said programming logs indicated no hot-button topics in the hours before the bullet struck the station's window at about 1 a.m. today.
The community-supported radio station at 90.1 FM finished a weeklong $135,000 pledge campaign on Sunday.
"There was actually a Zydeco music show that was on when this happened," Bradley said. "Zydeco, if anything, is kind of happy music."
Bradley said Mary Thomas, the programmer who came close to being hit by the bullet, was not engaged in any controversial on-air activity at the time.
"I think it was purposeful," Bradley said. "It's highly likely that, at some point, someone may have heard something that offended them and they decided to do something about it."
The bullet fired at the station today smashed through a Plexiglas layer of the studio window and an attached layer of regular glass, then hit a door across the room. Police still were looking for the bullet early this morning.
Bradley said KPFT has been operating since March of 1970. Considered by many a liberal or even left-wing station at the time, the station's transmitter, located then in rural Houston, was dynamited twice in 1970 and 1971. The bombings were believed to be racially motivated, Bradley said.
And the shooter could just have easily been FROM the anarchist-socialist-revolutionary Left. They are ticked off that there is music on that station (they want ALL CHOMSKEY-ALL THE TIME) and among other activities, some arsonist set fire to a shed containing part of the station's music library a couple years ago.
There has been an internal power struggle at the station and several attempted coups from within.
Houston PING (and I put my own comments in the first comment).
Alternately, it could be viewed as a form of music criticism - Zydeco sucks.
Oh sure, somebody took a shot at them BECAUSE they are liberal and gay-friendly. Couldn’t possibly be a random shot, directed by some of Houston’s finest citizens.
Of course most of the businesses in Houston have Plexiglass windows. They get those hail storms down there, you know. /s
Never heard of them. Sounds like someone doesn’t like them.
The commies hate the blues shows too, considers it all to be the “same” song:
See page 20 of this online edition of this free paper around town...
“10 reasons KPFT is backsliding”
The author also wants Amy Goodman rants on morning drivetime to indoctrinate her kid on the way to school rather than “the morning mix”.
My company’s Houston office gets bullet holes in the windows all the time, just like everybody else.
“What You Gonna Do When The Zydeco Turn On You?”
S’lemme take a crack at this:
The Whack Left gets the House and Senate, but still can’t buffalo the American people into buying their crock o’baloney. So, despite them having a stake in the pending Democrat run at the White House in ‘08, they conclude that the BEST way to move their agenda forward is to assault local media outlets that are left-but-not-left-enough?
Because they play Zydeco?
These are the whacko Left who support Kuccinich, Dean, Sheehan, Chavez, et al.
They aren’t Hillary fans. But it is interesting that the focus of the article and comments from the station is that it is BECAUSE they have radical content on the radio that they were shot, not because they don’t have ENOUGH radical radio (there is some music) and their radical base won’t take NO for an answer.
Another homosexual stunt to get the sympathy vote. The shooter was most likely a homosexual male.
Nobody has explained why the hell the prison population ‘and their families’ would want programming about queer issues? Most of the people in prison in Houston are black, and I don’t know if these libs know this, but the black community don’t like no queer issues.
And the Zydeco stuff is just another unfortunate after-effect of Katrina. Houston got the criminals, the poor, the taggers, the gang members, the unemployable and Zydeco. Too bad for Houston.
Better replace those Plexiglas windows with Lexan.
Zydeco is a musical tradition of Houston, not New Orleans.
It is certainly a political smear against those who oppose the homosexual agenda. And it doesn’t make those at the station any safer to deny the violent radicals in their own ranks.
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