This is a follow-up to our story from yesterday regarding Peter Green’s Yowawa Media Services in Niagara Falls. Green (pictured here) was renting space for his podcast studio at The Niagara Falls Arts and Cultural Center.
Green was renting his studio to a podcast and video show called New York Watchman. Local protesters said the program was spewing hate. A group called Buffalo Concerned Citizens wrote a letter to PBJ stating, among other things, that “Yowowa Media creates dangerous, anti-democratic and dehumanizing programming. New York Watchmen podcast is hosted by right-wing extremist Charles Pellien and Brett Biro, with special guests who justify slavery, and who promote armed insurrection. The New York Watchmen is an armed right-wing extremist group that participated in assaults as a group on December 5 in Tonawanda and December 19 in Buffalo. They used the Wednesday night episodes to discuss and share footage of them committing the assaults.”
Green said his eviction is an attack on free speech. He says he had a month-to-month lease with the Center since 2019 and all of a sudden they evicted him after the local protests. He provided The Podcast Business Journal with the eviction letter he says was given to him yesterday. And being that there’s a moratorium on evictions due to COVID-19, Green says he’ll be asking the State of New York if it’s even legal for the center to evict him.
Niagara Falls Arts and Cultural Center Executive Director Kathie Kudela told PBJ there was a statement about the eviction on the organization’s website but we were unable to locate it.