Occupy the Airwaves is live Sundays at 10am on 103.3FM WXOJ-LP in Northampton, MA. The show is rebroadcast on Thursdays from 4 to 5pm. If you’re not from around the valley, you can stream online at

We are working on a new website. In the meantime, you can hear all of our past shows at

You’ll find links to our shows before June 2017 below.

Sunday, May 21, 2017 on OTA: Our guest was author, activist, and PhD student Eleanor Finley (and currently a board member and activist  with the Institute of Social Ecology). Occupy_the_Airwaves_3.21.2017 : Occupy the Airwaves, Valley Free Radio : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Sunday, May 14, 2017 on OTA: Sue Baxter & Vivienne Simon  Occupy_the_Airwaves_5.14.2017 : Occupy the Airwaves, Valley Free Radio : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Sunday May 7, 2017 on OTA: The Nonviolent Peace Force and Reed Schmillfling of Represent Western Mass. Occupy_the_Airwaves_5.7.2017 : Occupy the Airwaves, Valley Free Radio : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Sunday April 2, 2017 on OTA: Smith Students for Justice in Palestine

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Sunday March 26, 2017 on OTA: with in studio guest Caroline Oppenheim, and call-in from Paki Wieland at the AIPAC conference protest.
March 19, 2017 on OTA: The show with Prof. Elizabeth Pryor.
February 19, 2017 on OTA: Prof. Glenda Garcia Garcia.
Feb. 5, 2017 on OTA: where guests were Paki from DC and Bill Newman, Bill Dwight and Bill-Bob Gardner.  

January 22, 2017 on OTA: Paki & d.o. call in for a wrap on both the DC Woman’s March and the Boston Sister March. Rick gives his take on Boston as well. Occupy_the_Airwaves_1.22.2017 : Occupy the Airwaves, Valley Free Radio : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

January 15, 2017 on OTA: covering confirmation hearings in Washington and protest plans and the Peoples Music Network and the upcoming Winter Gathering.

December 11, 2016 on OTA: Robert and Jenn Meeropol (granddaughter of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who where tried, convicted, and executed on June 19,1953 for conspiracy to commit espionage by conspiring to pass secrets about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union) & actor/director/author, John Hadden, on his recent memoir, Conversations with a Masked Man:  My Father, The CIA, and Me. 

December 4, 2016 on OTA: Paki, et al. on Standing Rock

November 27, 2016 on OTA: Show focus: with Reed Shimelfing and Harley Isgur and Green Party with State Coordinator Darlene Elias. Occupy_the_Airwaves.11.27.2016 : Occupy the Airwaves, Valley Free Radio : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

November 20, 2016 on OTA:  Wobbly Show

November 13, 2016 on OTA:  Vijay Prashad on the elections and call-in from Paki.

November 6, 2016 on OTA:  Sue Gamelli on housing & SNOL, Andrew Larkin MD on Marijuana Ballot Question, and Crystal Zevon and Paki Weiland calling in from Standing Rock.

October 23, 2016 on OTA: Labor issues, UMass Labor Center struggle. Occupy_the_Airwaves_10.23.2016 : Occupy the Airwaves, Valley Free Radio : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

October 2, 2016 on OTA: Alexandra Castillo (translation by Oonagh Doherty) on Guatemala human rihts & Paki calls in. Occupy_the_Airwaves_10.2.2016 : Occupy the Airwaves, Valley Free Radio : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

September 25, 2016 on OTA:.  World Beyond War Occupy Show

September 18, 2016 on OTA:, with Cecily McMillin, Rose Webster-Smith, and Adele Franks, talking Climate Action, Springfield No One Leaves, and the 5th Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.

September 4, 2016 on OTA: Labor Day Show covering The Standing Rock demo with Raphael Rodrigues Cruz and commeration of Labor Day.

August 21, 2016 on OTA: Green Party and Gardening the Community. Occupy_the_Airwaves_8.21.2016 : Occupy the Airwaves, Valley Free Radio : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

August 7, 2016 on OTA: Dr. Manisha Sinha, UMass faculty member and author of, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition.

July 31 2016 on OTA:  Paki calls in with a DNC wrap-up. Andrew Larkin on Hiroshima/Nagasaki event.
July 24, 2016 on OTA: Paki, Susan Triola & friends call-in from DNC activities.

July 10, 2016 on OTA: Rose Webster-Smith, SNOL, and Bonnie McKracken, candidate state legislature. Please distribute as you see fit.

July 3, 2016 on OTA: with Jewish Voices for Peace.

June 26, 2016 on OTA: A show on refugees with Deidre Griffin and Carolyn Oppenheim.

June 19, 2016 on OTA:   Merri Ansara on Cuba today.

June 12, 2016 on OTA Vira Douangmany Cage, candidate for Mass house seat being vacated by Ellen Story &  Adele Franks on the various climate justice bills currently before the legislature.

June 5, 2016 on OTA  with attorney Bill Newman.

May 8, 2016 on OTA: Daniel Berrigan, Presente! Defend Mother Earth!

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May Day, 2016 on OTA:  Springfield NO One Leaves (Sue Gamelli) and Cooperative Fund of New England (Dorian Gregory).  Thanks to Dorian and Sue for joining us on the broadcast, and Kathy for taking pledges.    Please distribute to supporters, family, friends, colleagues.  -Best, Bob Gardner

Sunday, April 24, 2016 on OTA: Deb Kozikowski, Chief cook and bottle washer at the Voter ID Project… a collaborative voter protection program joins us along with Mica Reel of the Umass Fossil Fuel Divest group. Also reports on Kinder-Morgan decision to “suspend” the NED fracked gas pipeline project!

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 on OTA: Water privatization and Shays Rebellion.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016 on OTA:  Reed Shchimmelfling and Jerry Perkins from “Represent Us!” to talk about the rally on tax day, April 15th. Also a call-in from Code Pink at the Democracy Spring March!

Sunday, April 3, 2016 on OTA: Walk for a New Spring, with Jahann El-Bisi.

Sunday, March 27, 2016 on OTA: Graeme Sephton on Democracy Spring. Build it and they will come? Check it out:

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Sunday, March 13, 2016 on OTA: Barbara Madeloni, President of the  Mass Teachers Association, and Andrew Larkin, Nuclear Free Future, will be our guests. Also news & events.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016 on OTA: UMass economist Gerald Friedman on what a Sanders Administration might look like.

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Sunday, February 28, 2016 on OTA: Dylan Lazero, Hub Coordinator and Field Organizer at Democracy Spring joins Paki to talk about “taking mass nonviolent action on a historic scale to save our democracy” and Cathy Kristofferson talking about pipeline opposition, her recent visit to Lynn to talk about their water supply, K-M cutting trees in Sandersfield, and the DPU pipeline tariff hearings!

Sunday, February 21, 2016 on OTA:Reed Schimmelfing, a leader of the local chapter of Represent Us is a national, non-partisan, grassroots movement to get big money influence out of government AND Marcello Federico, an activist with Western Mass Jobs with Justice.

Sunday, February 14, 2016 on OTA: Vijay Prashad  and Dottie Morris speaking about the Middle East and Black Lives Matter and general race issues.

Sunday, February 7, 2016 on OTA: Revisiting Shays Rebellion with writer, Dan Bullen and Carolyn Toll Oppenheim, co-founder of Shays2: Western Mass Committee on Corporations and Democracy. Also, d.o calls in with his 2 cents.

Sunday, January 24, 2016 on OTA: Crystal Zevon (Nuclear Waste)-in studiio, Elaine Arsenault from Success after incarceration,(n studio; Margaret Flowers (nuke waste) – via phone.

Sunday, January 10, 2016 on OTA: Nancy Talanian, chair of the local No More Gitmos group  about the  demonstration planned for 3 pm Sunday Jan. 10th in front of  Northampton City Hall. Also, Sara Weinberger, author of a widely discussed recent gun control column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Paki calls in from DC on Guantanamo
Sunday, January 3, 2016 on OTA: Natalia Muñoz and Douglass Ross of the Northampton Human Rights Commission

December 13, 015 on OTA:  We had call-ins from Paki in Paris, and DO, just returned from Boston March, plus in studio with filmmaker Alex Leff, discussing his new film: In the Path of Resistance.  In studio hosting were Jean Grossholtz, Chelsea Donaldson, Tyler Ingraham, and me, Bob G

December 6, 2015 on OTA: All climate show with Paki calling in from the COP21 and Irvine Sobelman of Climate action Now!MA.

November 1, 2015 on OTA:  An election focused show, with Northampton candidates Ryan O’Donnell (city counsellor) and Elaine Reall, running for trustee of Forbes Library.  We did deal with some critical issues this day, as they relate on the local level.
November 8, 2015 on OTA:  Our VFR pledge drive special, and a prison show with activist Lois Ahrens of The Real Cost of Prisons.

October 25, 2015 on OTA:

October 11, 2015 on OTA: Pioneer Valley Workers Rights Center with Rose Bookbinder, and Climate Justice League with Gabriel Shapiro,
Hosts-  Paki Wieland, Jean Grossholz & Bob Gardner
October 18, 2015 on OTA: Piece of Peace, with Bar Kolodny, Camille Reynolds, and Aya Razzaz
with hosts Paki Wieland & Bob Gardner
September 6, 2015 on OTA: the Climate Crisis and Kinder Morgan Pipeline with Irvine Soberman and Karen Robeiro.
August 16, 2015 0n OTA: Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, talking Iran Nuke Agreement, Vanessa Lynch of Black Lives Matter 413, talking police abuse, colonialism and so much more, and Martha Hennessy of Catholic Worker, talking history, and current events.
August 9, 2015 on OTA:  Important show commemorating the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, along with a call-in from BLM Amherst Regional HS

July 26, 2015 on OTA: Vietnam Vets, on Heart  Healing, visiting Vietnam as part of the process. Other guests Irvine Sobelman and Cathy Kristoferson talk about upcoming FERC hearing (Wed. 7/29) in Greenfield!

July 19, 2015 on OTA: Brent & Alexis, and orginis of Occupy Wall Street.

July 12, 2015 on OTA: Harvest of Grief Show with Amrita and Rasil Basu. 

June 14, 2015 on OTA: Springfield No One Leaves & Direct Action Everywhere.  Thanks for visiting the show and sharing your knowledge Rose, Sue, and Zach.

May 3, 2015 on OTA: Animal Rights Show

April 5, 2015 on OTA: Vijay Prashad on the Middle East
March 29, 2015 on OTA: Barbara Madeloni on Holyoke schools & Jeff Nepolitano on immigration issues

March 1, 2015 on OTA: Paki & Crystal call-in from the road. Native issues, etc.

Febuary 8, 2015 on OTA: Mass Slavery Apology & Mothers Out Front

February 1, 2015 on OTA: Tzapora Lederman of and Alisa Klein, ward 7 councilwoman, Northampton City Council. Occupy the Airwaves Covering the local, national and global Occupy Movement.

January 25, 2015 on OTA: Black Lives Matter

December 21, 2014 on OTA: A Fresh look at Cuba

July 27, 2014 on OTA: Adam Trott on co-ops

July 13, 2014 on OTA: Seth Newton on OWS and Occupy Northampton

June 29, 2014 on OTA: Net Neutrality Show with Candace Clement of Free Press

June 15, 2014 on OTA: Barbara Madeloni – Education

May 11, 2014 on OTA: Cecily McMillan –

Justice denied & Occupy Wall Street on Mothers Day.

March 23, 2014 on OTA: Science for the People & Youth Walkout for Climate Justice

March 30, 2014 on OTA: Corruption & the Supreme Court decision – John Bonifaz from Free Speech for the People & Lindsey from Represent.Us

Occupy the Airwaves Show link for February 23, 2014“Gas Pipeline Show”
No Fracked Gas in Mass! with Rosemary Wessel and Bruce Winn, President
of the Board of Berkshire Environmental Action Team join the OTA team
for a full hour on the horrendous Kinder Morgan/TGP fracked gas
pipeline proposed to go through the Berks and Franklin County here in
Massachusetts. Learn about the issue and the latest efforts to
confront this threat in the Valley, throughout the Commonwealth and
over the border in New York.
NOTE:  this recording is incomplete, due to a “crash” of the IKey recorder during the interviews.

Occupy the Airwaves Show link for March 9, 2014 –  Paki calls from Egypt, and d.o. calls from Leverett with report backs on International Womens Day in the Gaza Strip, and the New England proposed gas pipeline. Also, Garret Schenck joins the team,  with a broad discussion of Ukraine and Crimea, as well as Occupy tactics.

November 17, 2013 OTA:
Bonnie McCraken & Tracy Lee of Amherst Fair Housing Now!
November 10, 2013 OTA:

Frances Crowe and Bob McChesney on media & democracy.

October 27, 2013 OTA:

Nate Kleinman and Katt Ramos of Occupy Sandy.

October 6, 2013 OTA:
Paul Chappell returns, Occupy news & views
Sept. 8, 2013, OTA with Margaret Flowers And Kevin Zeese, talking about the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Sunday, August 25, 2013 OTA focused on CA Hunger Strike, Washington 50th Anniversary March, Roundup sprayed on Florence Field, and Madison Wisconsin.

Sunday, August 11 on OTA:  an interview with Rick Todd of Occupy Kalamazoo and the Occupy National Gathering.

Sunday, July 7 on OTA: Charmaine White Face, a member of the Oglala band of the Great Sioux Nation on another kind of Occupy. Matt Menezes on Climate SummerMA and the ride around The Valley, No fracking in WMASS! and more

Sunday, June 9 on OTA:  Don Yellowman, Dine from the Navajo Nation, who devotes his life bringing health and hope to his people, their traditions and their very survival. It’s the dark side of Occupation, U.S.-style. Crystal of Searching for Occupy met Don in her travels out West. Paki calls in from the Left Forum in New York. Occupy news and more!

June 2, 2013 OTA: Paki on the Bradley Manning Protests, and the No One Leaves Town Meeting in Springfield, MA
May 26, 2013 OTA with Amy Bookbinder on the removal of public benches in Northampton, MA. Vet activist Eric Waziliski on vet’s issues like health, the VA, economic justice and homelessness. OTA’s Jean on the March Against Monsanto and Crystal calls in Searching for Occupy.
April 21, 2013 OTA with Paul Chappell, Waging Peace, and Crystal on the road in Oakland [Search for Occupy]-
 April 14, 2013 OTA show with Divestment activists in the five college area:

Sunday, April 7, 2013 OTA Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Searching for Occupy & more

Sunday, February 24,2013  OTA:

Crystal of Searching for Occupy calls -in on her latest travels; The Nonotuck Affinity Group’s Andy Larkin, Donna Riley & Joan Sellers fill us in on their work; and reports back from the Washington DC climate crisis demo, plus more.

February 17, 2013 OTA: Springfield No One Leaves [Sue Gamelli, live in studio], and

Searching for Occupy [Crystal Zevon and Tom Palumbo]; and Occupy the Airwaves regulars on the road for the Pipeline protest [Mary McCarthy, Paki Wieland, and D.O.]
February 10, 2013, OTA: Occupy Sandy & more: interviews with Karen Jackson, Diego Ibanez, and Crystal Zevon.
Sunday, January 27, 2013 OTA with Garret on Occupy Hartford, Mary does a reportback on the Portland Tar Sands action and more…
Sunday, December 23 OTA with Paki & Jean
Sunday, December 9 OTA with Atty Daniel Bahls, Community LegalAid on fair lending practices and more!

Sunday, December 2 OTA with Marty Nathan on the Budget for All and more..

Sunday, November 18 OTA includes some “live” coverage from the protest at the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, GA, plus a great recording from Occupy Sandy in New York.  


Sunday, November 4 OTA includes coverage of the situation on the ground in New York and New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy, and the activities of the Occupation movement there, under the banner of Occupy Sandy. Our guest on Sunday was Ira Shor, author of books and articles on critical pedagogy, and co-author, with Paolo Friere, of the renowned book A Pedagogy for Liberation: Dialogues on Transforming Education.  Ira also offers his personal insight into the effects of the storm on communities in New Jersey and New York.  Ira will be coming to speak at the School of Education, UMass. in support of dismissed educator Barbara Madeloni on November 17, 2012.  Check out our blog for further details:

Sunday, October 21 OTA guest was Michele Hardesty, one of the organizers of the Hampshire Occupy Panel series entitled “Visions and Reflections.”   We also had a call-in from regular Paki Wieland, just back from her trip with Code Pink to Pakistan to confront drone attacks.

Sunday, Oct.14 OTA with Aubretia Edick of OUR Walmart. Also reportbacks from the Springfield No One Leaves victory at stopping the Mendez eviction by Aurora Banksters and the SAGE Alliance banner drop.
Sunday, September 30 OTA with call-ins from our own Paki on her way to Pakistan (no, it’s not because they share the same first four letters) and Debra Cohen on Occupy Monsanto at the Big E.
Sunday, September 16 OTA with Dr. Barbara Madeloni and members of the Cant Be Neutral organizing team. Get the corporados off the campus!

Sunday Sept 9 2012  with Springfield No One Leaves.

Sunday, September 2 show on Occupy Student Debt and the VY flotilla.

Sunday, August 19 show with Lois Ahrens on Three Strikes & the prison industrial
Sunday, August 12 show with Rick Purcell reporting from NOFA Conference, and Joshua Epstein on Occupy Western Mass. :
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Sunday, July 15 at 10am eastern on OTA Paki Wieland talking with OWS participant, Susan Lee about “Occupy.” and political activism in the U.S.

July 8 show with Garret Schenk on National Occupy and report from Springfield No one Leaves, & more

 July 1 show with guests Gary Tartakov, and other members of the Justice for Charles Wilhite committee.

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NATO I/Chicago/Matt Dineen
Occupy the Economy/Richard Wolff

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