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'Devastating': DC Community Radio Station Off the Air After Burglary

We Act Radio is trying to raise $15,000 to get back on the air



    Anacostia Burglary Forces Radio Station Off the Air

    The headquarters of We Act Radio were burglarized, forcing the station off the air. News4's Derrick Ward reports on the impact of the crime and what it means for Anacostia. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017)

    A community radio station based in Southeast D.C. is off the air after their headquarters was burglarized, they told News4.

    "This could be a devastating blow to We Act's mission of providing an independent progressive voice East of the River," a GoFundMe page called Save We Act Radio says.

    We Act Radio in historic Anacostia was the victim of a break-in late Tuesday or early Wednesday, station representatives say.

    Someone took the back door off the hinges and stole just about everything of value: microphones, computer hard drivers containing all their shows and pieces in production and cameras for video programming. 

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    In addition to broadcasting several radio programs, the station was collecting books for a community bookstore in slain reporter Charnice Milton's memory.

    D.C. police dusted the studio for fingerprints on Wednesday. 

    The social justice-oriented radio station operates out of black-and-red storefront at 1918 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE.

    Robert Henry, who works with male caregivers in the area, said the crime rips at the fabric of the Anacostia community. 

    "This is ground zero. This is where we have to work," he said. "It's a setback, but a setback is what? Time for a comeback." 

    We Act Radio is trying to raise $15,000 to get the station back in working order.

    Stay with News4 for more details on this developing story.