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Farewell to the Firehouse: After 8 Years at Downtown Community Television Landmark, Democracy Now! Moves to New Home

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After eight years of broadcasting out of Downtown Community Television’s historic firehouse, Democracy Now! is moving to new studios. DCTV’s Keiko Tsuno and Jon Alpert took us in shortly before the 9/11 attacks, giving us a beloved home in one of the country’s leading community television centers. We will be on the road for two weeks and then begin broadcasting from our new studios in an old graphic arts building occupied for years by printing presses. [includes rush transcript]

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AMY GOODMAN: We bid a fond and painful farewell today to our beloved firehouse, which has been our hearth and home for the last eight years, and bid our farewell to its owners, Keiko Tsuno and Jon Alpert.

We moved here just before the September 11th attacks. We were the closest national broadcast to Ground Zero. The firehouse became our shelter in the storm and has been for all of these years. I think we have occupied every floor of this firehouse. We began in the garret. Then, Juan, remember moving downstairs?

JUAN GONZALEZ: Yes, and we moved down to the first floor.

AMY GOODMAN: Where the fire trucks used to come in and out. I should say the fire trucks that were led by the horses. They would come in and out in the firehouse bays. And now we’re on the third floor, well, just above where Jon and Keiko live. When they’re cooking broccoli, we smell it on the set. When they have a coffee machine that breaks, we’re dripped on.

JUAN GONZALEZ: And when the dog barks, we hear it.

AMY GOODMAN: And the dog often barks at views he does not appreciate. Well, Keiko and Jon, we’ll continue to follow the growth of the firehouse as one of the country’s leading community media centers. We also bid a fond farewell also to Rabia Alghani, who greets us each morning. We now go on the road for two weeks, and then we’ll be broadcasting from our new studios in an old graphic arts building, which was occupied for years by printing presses, as we take them into the twenty-first century.

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