Monday, January 14, 2008


On Sunday, Jan. 13th, hundreds gathered at Connellys, Times Square, to pay tribute to the life and achievements of Vietnam Veteran and peace activist David Cline. Dave, recipient of the purple heart for his service in Vietnam, dedicated his life to fighting for peace. He was a member of Veterans for Peace, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and was instrumental in organizing Iraq Veterans Against the War. Dave was a tireless advocate and lobbyist, who never missed an opportunity to fight
to insure that veterans who had sacrificed so much for their country were protected, and to portray the horrors and great cost, in human terms, of war.

Michael McPhearson, Executive Director of Veterans for Peace, joined by fellow members from around the country, addresses the crowd.

It was an honor to be Co-M.C. with Michael McPheason.

Cheney, Rice and Bush in prison uniforms - an activist's dream come true.

Actor Brian Jones, currently appearing in "Marx in Soho," read from an interview given by David Cline in "Voice of the People of the United States."

Geoff Millard and Jose Vasquez, Iraq Veterans Against the War, spoke eloquently about the influence and inspiration - both personally and professionally - of Dave Cline.

The inimitable Randy Credico, activist with the William Moses Kunstler Fund and internationally known comedian, magically dissolves his neck while portraying crowd favorite Rudy "9-11" Giuliani.

Pat Scanlon, Major General Smedley Darlington Butler Chapter of Veterans for Peace, Boston, Massachusetts, sang in front of the "Bush Chain Gang," and brought the crowd to their feet. Pat's CD's are available at, and his music will be featured in upcoming shows of Radio Free Eireann on WBAI, 99.5 f.m.

Nancy Lessin, from Military Families Speak Out, gave an impassioned speech about the hardships endured by families with loved ones serving in the Iraq war.

A bemused member of NYPD tried to move along two pro-war "activists" who came to protest the memorial to Dave Cline. In their misguided war fervor, they failed to grasp that David Cline was the best activist any soldier could ever hope to have on her or his side. Given their support of the Bush-Cheney war, their time would have been better served heading to the recruiting station a few feet away in Times Square, and volunteering to fight in Iraq. Ironically, Dave would have been the person fighting for their benefits when and if they returned. As usual - the staunchest war supporters expect other people's children to fight their wars.

Saturday, January 12, 2008


Saturday, January 12, 2008
Radio: WBAI to salute Viet vet & host David Cline

Saturday, January 12th 2008, 4:00 AM

David Cline, a Vietnam veteran and anti-war activist who hosted shows about veterans on WBAI (99.5 FM) and died late last year, will be remembered Saturday by WBAI hosts Karen Lewis and John McDonagh, noon-3 p.m.

The radio special will be followed Sunday by a live memorial at Connolly's, 121 W. 45th St., featuring a number of poets and musicians.

Q TOPS: Classic rock WAXQ (104.3 FM) has finished its annual "favorite songs" poll and you'll be shocked to know that listeners' top pick in 2007 was "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin.

"Stairway" was followed by Derek and the Dominos' "Layla," Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird," the Beatles' "Hey Jude" and the Who's "Baba O'Riley."
AROUND THE DIAL: Sid Gribetz will feature Mel Rhyne, organist in the Wes Montgomery Trio in the '50s and early '60s, tomorrow on WKCR (89.9 FM), 2-7 p.m. ... "American Routes" tomorrow on WFUV (90.7 FM), 6-8 p.m., looks at music as literature, with guests who include Laura Cantrell, Toussaint McCall and Nat Hentoff. ...

Puerto Plata, 84-year-old acoustic guitarist from the Dominican Republic, guests tonight with Rob Weisberg on WFMU (91.1 FM), 6-9. David Kenney rounds up CD releases of 2007 tomorrow night on WBAI (99.5 FM), 9-11. Oscar Brand features "Folksongs for Fun," a collection of humorous new and old tunes, tonight at 10 on WNYC (820 AM). ... XM is dropping its promotional affiliation with Starbucks.

David Hinckley

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Sunday, January 06, 2008


If you're in town next Sunday, stop by and celebrate the life of a good friend and fellow soldier. I will be the Master of Ceremonies at the event, so please - get off the Internet, and go down to Times Square and help us end Bush's WAR. Also -I will be hosting a 3 hr radio tribute Dave on WBAI 99.5 fm on Saturday, Jan 12th, from 12 noon until 3pm, featuring poets, music and comedy. During the show, I will be taking phone calls from those who knew, or wish they had know, Dave Cline, a great American hero. If you are out of the tri-state area, listen live on Please forward the press release to any media, or anyone interested in the anti-war movement.

On Saturday, January 12, 2008, from 12:00 noon -3:00 p.m., Al Lewis Lives and Radio Free Eireann will host a three-hour radio tribute to David Cline, Anti-war activist and Vietnam Veteran on WBAI, 99.5 F.M. Join hosts Karen Lewis and John McDonagh as they pay tribute to the life of this remarkable humanitarian and soldier, who, after being wounded during the Vietnam War, dedicated his life to helping fellow soldiers, and being instrumental in the fight against the war in Iraq. The radio special will be followed by a memorial on Sunday, January 13th, at Connolly's, located at 121 W. 45th Street (between Broadway and 6th Avenue) from 2-6 p.m., featuring music, poetry and comedy.