2020 News Press Coverage

‘Time for Reckoning’ on WMHT examines post-protest response

Airing Monday, special features activists’ demands, officials’ answers

Activist Jamaica Miles - shown at a July protest in Schenectady - is one of the panelists featured in
Activist Jamaica Miles — shown at a July protest in Schenectady — is one of the panelists featured in “The Time for Reckoning” airing at 9 p.m. Monday on WMHT. (Lori Van Buren/Times Union)Lori Van Buren/Albany Times Union

ALBANY — Featuring the voices of activists from the Black Lives Matter movement as well as prominent Albany officials, the hour-long special “The Time for Reckoning” airs at 9 p.m. Monday on WMHT Ch. 17.

The program features parallel panels discussing the issues of racial reconciliation and social justice in the context of the protests that followed the killing of George Floyd of Minneapolis, and touches on more local controversies such as the 2018 shooting of Ellazar Williams by police and the notorious raid on a First Street home in March 2019 that resulted in an officer being charged with felony assault.

In addition to sharing the views of local activists, the program includes responses from Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Common Council President Corey Ellis and Police Chief Eric Hawkins on matters ranging from the pace of police discipline to the relative worth of the city’s police review board. Times Union editor Casey Seiler moderates.

All three of the city officials are part of Albany’s ongoing Policing Reform and Reconciliation Collaborative, a broad effort to address many of the issues brought to light in recent months. Formed in response to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s executive order requiring local communities to address systemic racism in law enforcement, the collaborative has an April deadline to produce proposals for local lawmakers to consider.

The program — a special edition of WMHT’s “New York Now” — is part of a larger symposium sponsored by Albany’s Center for Law and Justice and the New York State Writers Institute and other groups, with a mission to confront systemic racism, seek justice and reimagine society.

The community panel will have a follow-up online discussion held on the evening of Monday, Nov. 2 on the Facebook page of the All of Us social justice group.

Additional partners in “The Time for Reckoning” include the Justice Center of Rensselaer County, the Times Union, Amnesty International USA, the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and the Sanctuary for Independent Media. The symposium was supported by the Steve McKee Foundation.

2020 News Press Coverage

Early voting opens Saturday with surge anticipated at local polls

TROY – When early voting starts Saturday, three chartered buses will run every 20 to 30 minutes, getting members of the city’s Black churches and residents of public housing and community centers to Rensselaer County polling sites.

“I want to get the people in the neighborhoods out and involved,” said Deacon Jerry Ford of the United Ordained Church.

“Souls to the Polls” is the effort to get voters out on Saturday, Oct. 24, Wednesday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 31, to county’s early voting sites at Holy Cross Armenian Church in Troy and Brunswick Town Hall, which don’t have direct public transportation.  Schodack Town Hall is the county’s third early voting site.

Voting across the region will be every day at a few sites in each county from Saturday to Nov. 1. Election Day at regular polling places is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

“We’re trying to make it easier,” Ford, who is involved in community and youth activities in the city, said about giving inner city residents the opportunity to cast ballots.

Souls to the Polls is sponsored by Bethel Baptist Church, Equality for Troy, Fifth Ave AME Zion Church, Justice Center of Rensselaer County, Kingdom Ministries, League of Women Voters, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Team Hero, Troy Area United Ministries, United Ordained Church and the Troy Branch of the NAACP.

Also in the region, Schenectady County Board of Elections Commissioners Amy Hild and Darlene Harris said Friday that the office is working with CDTA to provide bus transportation to two of its four early voting sites. There will be a trolley circulating around downtown Schenectady to take voters at the Hon. Karen B. Johnson Library, 99 Clinton St., and the Glenville Senior Center, 32 Worden Road.

The Capital Region’s county election boards are anticipating a flood of early voters.  Since it’s a presidential election year, interest is heightened. There are also congressional and state legislature seats on the ballot, and Saratoga Springs has a charter change referendum.

The boards in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties have all reported record requests for absentee ballots, due in part to the COVID-19 exception allowed by the state, for this year’s elections.

“We believe it’s going to be a huge turnout. That’s what we’re ramping up for,” said Ed McDonough, Rensselaer County Democratic elections commissioner.  McDonough said the staff is receiving hundreds of calls asking about early voting.

Also expecting plenty of activity are Albany County Republican Elections Commissioner Rachel Biedi and Saratoga County Democratic Elections Commissioner William Fruci.

Ford said helping get city voters to the poll locations may help get them interested and involved in the 2021 elections when the City Council and Rensselaer County races are on the ballots.

2020 News

Troy organizations provide free buses for early voters

TROY, N.Y. — A coalition of community organizations in Troy are providing free buses to early voting sites.

“We want to level the playing field by providing an opportunity for people to make it out to vote,” Deacon Jerry Ford of the United Ordained Church in Troy, who is helping to organize the program, said. 

The non-partisan effort, “Souls to the Polls,” aims to make it easier for voters in Troy to access Rensselaer County’s early voting sites, which are not located on convenient CDTA bus routes for many living in South Troy, North Central, and Lansingburgh. Souls to the Polls is also meant to help voters avoid Election Day crowds on Nov. 3 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“If we can reduce some of that traffic, we can help make it safer for everyone,” Ford explained. 

The buses will comply with CDC guidelines by limiting the number of passengers in each vehicle and requiring all riders to wear masks. Masks will be available on the buses for those who do not have one.

There will be three routes running to two polling places, Holy Cross Armenian Church polling place in Troy and Brunswick Town Hall. The routes include pickup locations at 19 public housing complexes, churches, and parks. 

Schodack Town Hall is the third early polling place in Rensselaer County. There is no early voting location in downtown Troy.  

Early voting begins Oct. 24 and ends Nov. 1. Election Day is Nov. 3. There is no early voting on Nov. 2, which is the day before Election Day. 

Troy residents who want to take advantage of the free buses but are unable to get to and from a pick-up location are encouraged to contact any of the sponsoring groups for assistance.

“It doesn’t matter who you’re voting for, we just want people to get out and exercise their right to vote,” Ford added. 

Souls to the Polls is sponsored by Bethel Baptist Church, Equality for Troy, Fifth Ave AME Zion Church, Justice Center of Rensselaer County, Kingdom Ministries, League of Women Voters, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, The Sanctuary for Independent Media, Team Hero, Troy Area United Ministries, United Ordained Church and the Troy Branch of the NAACP.


Hudson Mohawk Magazine

Abelove Trial: Defense Closing Arguments

On April 17th, 2016, Troy Police Sergeant Randall French shot unarmed Edson Thevenin to death after pulling him over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Less than one week later, then Rensselaer County District Attorney Joel Abelove hastily convened a Grand Jury to review the case against Mr. French, while at the same time effectively granting French immunity. Abelove then failed to show the Grand Jury key evidence as well as apparent contradictions in French’s description of the killing. This apparent misuse of power led the Attorney General to indict Mr. Abelove himself on counts of official misconduct and perjury.

This is a recording of the closing statement of Mr. Abelove’s attorney, William Dreyer, delivered on September 24, 2020.

Columbia County Judge Jonathan Nichols acquitted Mr. Abelove of all charges.

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Audio Hudson Mohawk Magazine News

For Black Lives

Black Lives Matter.

Listen here for local coverage of the Movement for Black Lives. This playlist includes all of the speeches from Troy’s Rally for Black Lives on Sunday, June 7, as well as more recent words from those fighting for justice:

MediaSanctuary · Rally For Black Lives

Coronavirus Statement for The Sanctuary for Independent Media

The escalating concerns about the spread of Coronavirus/Covid-19 have led to extraordinary measures.

For the well-being of our audience, staff, and artists, facilities at The Sanctuary for Independent Media have been closed, employees are working from home, and all in-person public activities scheduled through September 2020 have been cancelled or postponed. We are  maintaining our broadcast and online operations in the meantime.

We are closely monitoring this situation and will continue to follow the lead of local, state, and federal authorities as well as the decisions of individual artists so we can respond to changing conditions.

We will provide ongoing updates as necessary. Stay safe!


COVID-19 Coverage

We are extremely grateful to be able to serve our community during this pandemic. Producing hyper-local radio and video coverage of COVID-19 that can’t be found anywhere else is a reminder of how important community media is. None of this programming would be possible without the daily work of a team of volunteers and interns. Thank you to them, and to all of you who are listening.

Our intrepid team of Hudson Mohawk Magazine volunteer radio producers has continued to produce the show remotely, since The Sanctuary for Independent Media locked down on Monday, March 16. Our producers are doing an inspiring job of covering the justice and equity aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic that dominant media is not focused on.

If you’re not already subscribed to our podcast, now is as good a time as any to sign up! Click here to subscribe.

You can also listen Monday-Friday at 7 AM, 9 AM and 6 PM on WOOC 105.3 FM Troy and WOOS 98.9 FM Schenectady and (streaming right here on And thank you to WOOA 106.9 FM and WCAA 107.3 FM in Albany for carrying the show as well!

And bookmark this page for easy access to all of our COVID-19 segments:

News Projects

Spirit of the Suffragettes

Spirit of the Suffragettes
Freedom Square, North Troy, 35 5th Avenue * FREE

A free outdoors concert series and community resource fair showcasing women and gender non-conforming musicians, both international & local.

Relive the Spirit of the Suffragettes concert series: watch our MediaSanctuary documentation videos here!


Sat. June 8, 3-6 PM – Fay Victor & Sa-Roc

Tuesdays 5-8 PM
July 16   – Martha Redbone & Girl Blue
July 23   – OKAN & Climbing PoeTree
July 30   – Crys Matthews & Amy Rigby
Aug. 6   –  Sammus & Nitty Scott
Aug. 13 – Mourning [A] BLKstar & OSHUN
Aug. 20 – Eljuri & Taina Asíli
Sat. Sept. 21, 3-6 PM –Toko Telo & KATANI

Contact Regina Tillman, Spirit of the Suffragettes Coordinator, for more information, at [email protected]

Rain site is adjacent at The Sanctuary for Independent Media (3361 6th Ave).

With special appearance by our Spirit of the Suffragettes MC, Sojourner Truth! (a.k.a. D. Colin)

Here is a list of organizations supporting our community resource fair!

More about Spirit of the Suffragettes

Suffragette standing on Freedom SquareThe century-old suffragette message needs to be heard and updated to be made more inclusive. Women, especially women of color, still struggle for equity in their everyday lives. We’ll bring history alive with music, positioning the suffragettes as radical role models to explore gender imbalance throughout society–from music festivals to single mother households in low-wealth communities.

Highlighting discrimination of women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming artists, particularly women of color, Spirit of the Suffragettes responds to the inequity facing women artists. All-male acts make up the overwhelming majority of festival lineups; femme artists face pervasive under-representation in museums and galleries.

Women still struggle for equity in their everyday lives, especially low-income women, single moms, and women of color. Spirit of the Suffragettes will serve local women in a place where two thirds of children younger than 12 live below the poverty line. The community resource fair is an opportunity to highlight the organizations and opportunities that can support women and families in North Central Troy and beyond. Women bear the heavy load of caring for their families against all odds. We can still learn from the suffragettes, elevating the concerns of women to a statewide and national level.

Suffragette Parade - New York City May 6th, 1912

In anticipation for the Spirit of the Suffragettes summer concert series and resource fair, Hudson Mohawk Magazine correspondent Cassidy McCabe is producing radio segments showcasing local activists and organization work that connect local social justice work to our history. Shared on WOOC 105.3 FM Troy, WOOS 98.9 FM Schenectady, these interviews are also uploaded to Soundcloud and iTunes for download and unlimited access.

Did you know that the Seneca Clan Mothers of the Haudenosaunee Native American tribe were an inspiration to the early suffragettes? Listen to their story, and check out these other interviews …

dancing girl at Freedom Festival

Thank you to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature for making this project possible!

And thank you to the sponsors and foundations helping us meet the matching funds required to pull this off!

If you would like to sponsor “Spirit of the Suffragettes,” please contact Melissa Bromley, Development Director at: [email protected]. You can view our sponsorship package by clicking here



The Tides Foundation
Troy Capital Resource Corporation
Upstate Coalition for a Fairgame Arts Grant
Messler Family Foundation
Stephen J. McKee Foundation
The O’Bryan Family Foundation
The Judith Fund
Merrill Family Charitable Foundation
Tom Phelan Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region
Honest Weight Food Coop
Capital Women
The Church
Denison Farm
Pioneer Bank
Bella Napoli Bakery
Friends of Claudia Israel
Music Haven
Price Chopper | Market 32
Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood
Women Against War


singing taina

News Sanctuary Sustainer

$20,000 hole in our budget…

Let me explain what happened. For almost a decade, we’ve been receiving general operating support from the Electronic Media and Film program at the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA EMF). Their funding has been critical, particularly since operating support is very difficult to find in a grant world focused on funding one-shot projects. That kind of funding usually comes from individuals, like you.

After all these years, a few weeks ago we learned that our annual NYSCA EMF funding was cut from $20,000 to… zero. (Thankfully support is continuing from the Music Presenting program for Freedom Sounds, our series of jazz and world music concerts.)

What happened?

We didn’t do anything wrong. In fact, word is we’re a victim of our own success. And that success cost us $20,000.

We’ve been working hard to expand our programming. Building on our deep roots in the media arts, we’ve developed radio stations focused on educating and empowering our community. And we’ve grown into the bioart realm. Our NATURE Lab project, which embraces a multidisciplinary arts approach to understanding and protecting the environment, has taken off.

We’re in the process of building an urban environmental education center to complement our work in media. We’ve raised almost $500,000 to convert the last abandoned building on our block into an amazing lab and classroom resource dedicated to art and environmental justice work.

But we can’t use that money to support our day-to-day operation, and because we’re no longer primarily a media arts organization, we lost our eligibility for general operating support from the Electronic Media and Film program at NYSCA. There went $20,000.

We’re counting on individual donors, like you, to help make up the difference!

Please take a moment to make an online contribution here or send a check (made out to ‘Media Alliance’) to P.O. Box 35, Troy, NY 12181.

We’ve known for years that we need to diversify our sources of revenue. Overdependence on large grants exposes organizations to great risks. That’s why we started our Sanctuary Sustainer program, a campaign to empower our supporters to make recurring contributions of any amount to help guarantee the independence and sustainability of The Sanctuary for Independent Media. As candidates for political office have found, a financial base comprised of numerous small donations by many people rather than from a few major donors is a prescription for independence.

That’s why we’re asking you to contribute to this year-end appeal.

It’s been an incredible year. With your support we have:

  • Helped build infrastructure for three new progressive broadcast radio stations to cover the Capital Region (WOOS Schenectady, WOOA Albany, WOOG Troy)
  • Beat our $100,000 fundraising goal to build the new NATURE Lab Environmental Education Center by four times!
  • Celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Hudson Mohawk Magazine, our volunteer-driven daily news and public affairs program on WOOC 105.3 FM and online at
  • Launched Jazz Sanctuary, a nightly program dedicated to providing local support for what many consider America’s only true art form, on WOOC 105.3 FM and online at
  • Continued building Sanctuary TV, an online video channel with 14,000+ subscribers and 7.5+ million views
  • Expanded our Uptown Summer program for low-wealth youths in Rensselaer County
  • Worked with interns from colleges around the Capital Region and as far away as Buffalo, Cleveland and Montreal, introducing them to community arts for social change
  • Presented the first annual Ruderal Ecologies Conference, using art, urban ecology, and social justice activities to focus on living in urban environments shaped by stress

Despite all of these achievements, the reality remains that we need you to support our programming.

We’ve successfully attracted one-shot and capital funding for our projects but the funds needed for day-to-day, month-to-month, year-to-year operations are incredibly difficult to find. We depend on many small donations from folks like you to survive.

You only have to look to Washington to see the challenges we face. The arts are under attack. Science is under attack. And media is under attack. We are an organization that promotes art and science as ways of understanding the world around us, and media as a way to communicate that understanding. It’s a battle as old as the Scopes trial, and–as an organization using media to promote art and science–we’re in the midst of the struggle.

We need your support!

Whatever you can do to help would be much appreciated. Sign up as a Sanctuary Sustainer for a recurring donation, or a one-time contribution of any amount!

Thank you!


Steve Pierce
Executive Director

P.S. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of your support. Many people, contributing whatever they can afford, are the key to the sustainability of The Sanctuary for Independent Media! Please take a moment to make an online contribution by clicking here or send a check (made out to ‘Media Alliance’) to P.O. Box 35, Troy, NY 12181.


The Sanctuary is Hiring!

Volunteer Organizer/Coordinator
Part-time, 4-8 PM weekdays, $15/hour


About Us

Most people know us as The Sanctuary for Independent Media in North Troy, NY; the official non-profit 501(c)3 is incorporated as Media Alliance. Our mission is to use art and participatory action to promote social and environmental justice and freedom of creative expression.

Since 2005 we have been building an arts and environmental education campus in North Central Troy, NY. We operate indoor and outdoor presenting and production facilities (The Sanctuary for Independent Media and Freedom Square), a radio station (WOOC 105.3 FM), community gardens (Collard City Growers), a STE(a)M learning center (NATURE Lab), internships and youth programs (Uptown Summer and Youth Media Sanctuary).

About the Volunteer Organizer/Coordinator

This is a new, exciting and much needed position. Our goal is to build capacity to grow this into a full-time position as soon as possible.

The Volunteer Organizer/Coordinator will be joining a two-person paid staff, working alongside a hands-on board and numerous volunteers. The successful candidate will be a self-starter able to produce high level work with limited oversight, prepared to create new processes and navigate new organizational territory.

This is a dynamic and organic environment–a magnet for passionate, creative and talented people each working in their own way to make the world a better place. The Volunteer Organizer/Coordinator should be someone who can adjust to evolving needs, able to pivot as they arise, and must be able to relate to and build positive relationships with a wide variety of people, including those of diverse races, income levels, ages, religions, ethnicities, belief systems, gender identities and more.

Position Qualifications

  • Support for our organization’s mission and understanding of grassroots nonprofits in general
  • Ability to communicate with and relate to a wide range of people
  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and nonverbal)
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office suite, Slack and Google Apps (especially Docs and Calendar). WordPress and Salesforce proficiency is a plus.
  • Collaboration and team building skills, including maintaining a “safer space” for all

The role of the Volunteer Organizer/Coordinator is to bottom-line all volunteer management, building a foundation for expanded productivity and volunteer involvement. This includes volunteers participating in basic daily activities and in a wide variety of initiatives:

  • Events and workshops
  • Internships
  • WOOC radio
  • NATURE Lab
  • Uptown Summer / Youth Media Sanctuary
  • Collard City Growers
  • Friends of Freedom Square
  • Sanctuary TV
  • Kitchen Sanctuary
  • Development and outreach

Position Functions, Roles and Responsibilities

  • Recruit, train, coordinate, and retain volunteers
  • Maintain the volunteer database
  • Support organization of events, workshops and public presentations

Application Process

Please email your resume and a cover letter detailing the reasons why you are an excellent fit for this position, including 2-3 references who can speak to your abilities, to: [email protected]

The application deadline is November 14, 2018. Please submit your application as soon as possible; candidate review will begin immediately upon receipt. The position will be filled by January 1, 2019.


We actively seek applicants who reflect the diversity of our community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and, as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider all applicants regardless of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation or national origin.


Uptown Summer Week Five: Agency

The 2018 Uptown Summer program has now drawn to a close. The theme for our fifth week was agency. This week was the final push to perfect our radio projects before they are broadcast on WOOC FM. 

Eel sampling with the DEC.

Between all the audio editing, we still found time to go outside and get our hands dirty!

We collected soil samples from the new NATURE Lab site. We processed honey from the Collard City Growers Garden. We even electroshocked eels in the Poestenkill!

The youth left their mark on the neighborhood while creating safer streets for pedestrians. We used the text from our previous poetry workshop with D. Colin as the structure of our Creative Crosswalks. With the help of artist Barb Nelson, the words sacred, lavish, framily (friends + family) and ours were painted in 5-foot letters on the road adjacent to Freedom Square.

Everything came together on Friday for our final celebration, where an audience of friends and family came to the Sanctuary to see what we’ve been up to these five busy weeks. Cameron Toler unveiled the NATURE Lab building prototypes, with youth describing their inputs and the social problems they hope to address. We screened films documenting the program, beautifully shot by our videography interns. Finally, we presented our completed radio stories on topics including contaminated fish, police brutality, and negligent landlords.

The Sanctuary for Independent Media feels privileged to have had these eight youth on board for the summer! They produced relevant, local content for our radio programming and provided invaluable insights on how the Sanctuary can continue to be a resource for youth in the community. We hope they’ve left feeling empowered to continue producing media and art, exploring science and environmental justice, and engaging with the issues and projects they care about!

Read more about the 2018 Uptown Summer program.

Watch videos from this year’s program.

Photos by Catie Rafferty.


Uptown Summer 2018 Youth Radio Stories

Nicolena and Donovan: Justice for Dahmeek

Nicolena Russell and Donovan Wooten spoke with attorney Mark Mishler at the Justice for Dahmeek rally at the Troy Courthouse and shared their own thoughts on racist police violence. Recordings from the rally were also edited into radio clips by Uptown Summer mentor Patrick Quinn.


Najayah: Collard City Growers Garden and Kitchen Sanctuary

Najayah Jones spoke with Kitchen Sanctuary’s Jonathan Segol. They share their experiences harvesting and cooking with ultra-local food.





Angelo: Negligent landlords in Troy

Angelo Domingo put on an elaborate production, conducting multiple interviews, circulating an online survey, recording his thoughts, and editing his pieces. Read more about his process here.






Kai: Housing a family in Troy

Kai Griffin sat down with his mom Sanchez to recall their struggles with bad landlords, lead paint, and frequent moves.





Felicia: Contaminated Fish in the Hudson

After researching contaminants in the Hudson River, Felicia McConnell went into the field to collect stories about recreational fishing. She spent hours editing to produce this dynamic piece.





Read more about the 2018 Uptown Summer program.

Photos by Catie Rafferty.



Negligent Landlords in Troy: a four-part radio series with Angelo Domingo

Angelo Domingo, Uptown Summer youth employee, looked into the pervasive issue of negligent landlords in Troy. He went above and beyond the expectations of the program, producing not just one story, but a four-part radio series highlighting the issue!






Part 1: Negligent Landlord Survey

After preliminary research, Angelo was unsatisfied with the available data on negligent landlords in Troy. So, he decided to collect his own data. He put together an online survey and circulated it on social media. In part one he describes his process and the results he uncovered. You can take the survey and review the results here.

Some of the results from Angelo’s survey


Part 2: Online Resources for Tenants

Angelo reviews an online resource for reviewing landlords and overviews 7 tips for dealing with negligent landlords.


Part 3: Erin Reale of United Tenants of Albany

Angelo sat down with Erin Reale, executive director of United Tenants of Albany. They discuss the strain that dealing with negligent landlords can place on low-income households.





Part 4: Hilary Lamishaw of TRIP

Angelo invited Hilary Lamishaw, Director of Community Development at Troy Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, Inc., into the studio. They discussed the work that TRIP does in the community and what young people can do to help combat the issue of negligent landlords.



News Projects

Jazz Sanctuary from 7-10 PM

Jazz Sanctuary is a wonderful celebration of all that is creative, dedicated to supporting jazz in the Hudson Mohawk region.

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In line with The Sanctuary for Independent Media’s mission, jazz is an outgrowth of the unique African American experience in America.

Call it jazz, bam, improvised creative spontaneous composition, or just plain ol’ “the good kind,” Jazz Sanctuary transcends the individual to cover the spectrum of creative expression in the world of jazz. We have big ears!

Join us for Jazz Sanctuary, weekday evenings 7-10PM, on WOOC 105.3 FM. Click to listen to our online archive!

Jazz Sanctuary DJs include: Susan BrinkMike JurkovicDylan Canterbury, Michael McDonough, Don McKever, Kevin Ray

Are you a jazz lover and interested in becoming a Jazz Sanctuary DJ?
Contact [email protected] for more info.

Audio Hudson Mohawk Magazine Latest News Reflections


The outpouring of support from this community helped us raise $32,584—we can now help build two new progressive radio stations for the Capital Region.

The Hudson Mohawk Radio Network is now live, test broadcasting on WOOA 106.9 FM Albany and WOOS 98.9 FM Schenectady. The FCC construction permits will not expire and we have time to collectively build this network.

Here’s a picture of Pete Tridish, community media pioneer (co-founder of Radio Mutiny 91.3 FM and Prometheus Radio Project), helping build one of the new transmitters:

We cannot wait to continue growing this powerful force for change and community empowerment with you in 2018.

In gratitude,
Your friends at The Sanctuary for Independent Media

P.S. There’s still lots of work to be done! If you want to make a contribution, please don’t hold back! You can donate here, or you can pitch in! Email [email protected] if you want to volunteer.