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WFMU cancels record fair, appeals for disaster recovery donations

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy WFMU has had to cancel its annual record fair, one of the station's key fundraising events of the year. The fair would have raised around $70,000, and since WFMU are refunding all dealers, the station stands to lose approximately $150,000. As a result, WFMU, which survives by the skin of its teeth at the best of times, has been left in its most cash poor state ever. 

Hurricane Sandy also left equipment fried (two streaming computers and audio processing equipment) and the station's FM transmitters are down, although the WFMU vinyl library is safe and well. The station's online broadcast was knocked off air for a while (with station manager Ken playlisting an "extended mix" of John Cage's 4'33"), but managed to broadcast from the homes of various DJs until power was restored. 

Currently the station has raised less than 10% of its target. As per usual, there's WFMU swag on offer for donations. More details here.