My friend Susan Swift just posted news about the passing of our friend Corey Dubin, who, among many other things, encouraged me to apply for the station manager position at KCSB, which I held from 1983-1989. Here's what Susan wrote and what long-time station manager, Elizabeth Robinson wrote:
It is with heavy hearts that we share news of the passing of Corey Dubin, a veteran producer and host on KCSB-FM. An instrumental part of KCSB for decades, Corey co-produced "Latin American Journal," among other news and public-affairs programs, while this decade he also hosted an inventive and eclectic music program, "Inside/Out."
We send our love and condolences to Corey's wife and radio partner, Faviana Hirsch-Dubin, and to all of his family, friends, colleagues, and listeners. Information about special commemorative programming and more will be forthcoming.
KCSB's former advisor Elizabeth Robinson shared the following reflections, as we remember this independent-media pioneer and powerful activist.
"Sadly, Corey Dubin, a very long-time KCSB programmer died early today. He must be credited with developing news and public affairs programming at KCSB in the late 1970’s and with imagining it as a community and university station meant to serve well beyond the gates of UCSB. Programs that he imagined and developed continue to this day. He also worked at KPFK in Los Angeles and with his wife, Phoebe Hirsch-Dubin, as an independent journalist primarily focusing on Latin America and Native American issues in early days. However, Corey who had hemophilia, was among the first afflicted people to survive into adulthood. His struggles with that condition and with HIV-AIDS led him to uncover the impact of tainted blood supplies on the hemophilia community and to advocate for them locally, nationally and internationally. He was one of the leaders of the Committee of Ten Thousand which worked with the Center for Disease Control, FDA, and other agencies to prevent the kind of practices that took thousands of lives of people with hemophilia."
Corey will be greatly missed.
Dube and I in my office, 1983.