Housing Notebook Radio Show

Housing Notebook is a weekly live call-in radio show covering the housing movement in New York City and around the world. The show is a production of the Metropolitan Council on Housing.

Monday evenings from 8 – 9 p.m.

  • On the radio: 99.5 WBAI FM (in the New York metropolitan area)
  • On the Internet: live on wbai.org, or visit the WBAI archive.

The programming schedule is subject to occasional changes.

Tune in for the latest news from New York City and around the world on struggles to achieve safe, decent, affordable housing for all. Shows include interviews with guests and calls from listeners regarding political developments or questions about tenants’ rights.

Missed a show? You can still hear it. Programs from the past 90 days can be accessed on WBAI’s archive of recent Housing Notebook episodes.

The history of Housing Notebook

Housing Notebook has been broadcast over Pacifica Radio’s New York outlet, WBAI · 99.5 FM for over 30 years.

The current host, Scott Sommer, stepped into the studio after Met Council on Housing leaders such as Esther Rand, Roberto “Bob” Marrero, and Susan Radosh, established Housing Notebook as a staple of WBAI’s schedule. Sommer, a long time tenant activist and former legal services attorney, has been discussing issues of housing and related urban affairs and giving advice on tenants’ rights over the air since 1984.

About the show’s hosts

Scott Sommer has been a tenants’ rights activist for over 30 years. A former legal services attorney, Sommer is the honorary chair of the Metropolitan Council on Housing, New York’s oldest tenant union. Sommer currently is the New York Sub-Regional Director for the United Auto Workers.

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Vajra Kilgour has been involved in tenant struggles since the late 1960s. She has served as co-chair of the 515-521 West 122nd Street Tenants’ Association for many years, and has worked as a tenant organizer in Harlem and the South Bronx. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Council on Housing since 1998 (currently a vice chair), and served on the first board of directors of the Harlem Tenants Council.

Call-in or contact the show

The call-in number for the live show is 212-209-2900.

For other correspondence regarding the show, email: housingnotebook@wbai.org