Web links related to the Back of the Book program of July 31, 2006


Well, better late than never. I had a problem getting this one up here because of the computer problems I've been having. This page isn't done yet, so I hope that I'll be able to get everything working again to the degree that I can update and finalize this Web page.

The next WBAI Local Station Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 7, at 7:00 PM, (NOTE LATER TIME) at 1199's Bread and Roses Art Gallery, 310 W. 43rd St.(between 8th and 9th Avenue) in Manhattan. Take the 1, 2, 3, 7, or N, R, Q, to Times Square, or A,C,E, to 42nd St. Port Authority, or 4, 5, 6, to 42nd St./Grand Central Station and transfer to the shuttle to Times Square in Manhattan. The location is wheelchair-accessible and public comment is welcome.

Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of some of the WBAI LSB meetings? Well, I do. And I update them from time to time.

The July 11th, LSB meeting was held in Manhattan. The big thing that happened was that the faction showed up with an E-mail from Pacifica Executive Director Greg Guma telling everyone that WBAI General manager Indra Hardat “... has chosen to return to her regular position as WBAIís Business Manager, effective as soon as a new Interim General Manager is appointed.”

The faction leader showed right up with a motion to get a new interim General Manager as soon as possible.

Now Ms. Hardat is the best General Manager WBAI has had in decades, so this was a bit of a shock. There was something of a second shock when Ms. Hardat issued an E-mail of her own the next day saying that, “The reports of my resignation have been greatly fabricated.” Oops! Something funny's going on here. Here's her full statement.

We're all awaiting full clarification from both the interim General Manager and the Executive Director about what exactly is going on here. My guess is that the Executive Director is looking to terminate Ms. Hardat. Why would he fire the best General Manager that WBAI has had in decades? Well, I know that the faction is really after her. She won't knuckle under and give the faction leader a patronage job at the expense of the Paid Staff, and she has made mention of corruption at WBAI, which is the sort of charge which the faction currently in charge is especially sensitive to. So maybe she's being lobbied out of her job now. What a shame this could turn out to be!

UPDATE: The WBAI LSB held an executive session meeting on July 25, 2006, the outcome of that meeting was a statement that I think doesn't do any good. The LSB could have issued a statement that was much better. Here's a link to the Web page I have about this meeting, the LSB's official statement and my take on it.

I have written a statement about the constructive removal of a LSB member and sent it to the PNB, the WBAI LSB and various public mailing lists and bulletin boards. His 6 month “suspension” is now in its 17th month.

WBAI has a program schedule up on its Web site. The site has gotten many of the individual program pages together to provide links and such, so check it out.

There is a new, official stream for WBAI! You can go here and pick which type of stream you want! If this stream isn't working let me know. It was working at 8:53 PM last night.

The Pacifica Foundation, which owns WBAI, has revamped its Web site and now has something called the Pacifica Lounge where you can post messages about Pacifica, WBAI and other Pacifica radio stations. This may be a good thing, and of course there are other, long term fora in which to participate.

WBAI also has a forum on its Web site now. You have to register to post messages, but anyone may read the messages.

WBAI is now archiving the programs! Just go here and you'll be able to listen to the program any time for the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately, Back of the Book is not one of the programs that you can download, you can only listen to it on line. But maybe someone will change that at some point. NOTE: The archives have not always been behaving properly of late. They have been fixed, but we can't guarantee their condition. If Back of the Book isn't archived this time I'll post an archive myself. Also note that they have been calling the Back of the Book archive the Carrier Wave archive. You should go by the date of the program until this gets rectified.

NOTE:The archives are screwed up again so I've posted an archive on another Web site. Just go to this link to download the audio archive of the July, 31 2006, radio program. I've stripped out the music in order to keep it legal.

On our previous program we pitched, for the first time in a while during the Summer, and we raised $1,095 for WBAI. It's less than we usually raise, but this was a Summer 'thon.

Pickles of the North and I would like to thank everyone who pledged or sent in a donation ahead of time. And for those of you who pledged, please make sure that you fulfill your pledge promptly. The money from this 'thon is what's going to be needed to pay the September bills!

There are a lot of issues that are considered hazardous to talk about on the air at WBAI, even now that the gag rule has been lifted. However, there is the Internet! There are mailing lists which you can subscribe to and Web based message boards devoted to WBAI and Pacifica issues. Many controversial WBAI/Pacifica issues are discussed on these lists.

Probably the most popular list that's sprung up is the “NewPacifica” mailing list. This one is very lively and currently includes over 400 subscribers coast to coast.

Being lively, of course, it sometimes also gets a bit nasty. All sorts of things are happening on this list and official announcements are frequently posted there.

You can look at the NewPacifica list here, and you can join the list from that Web page too. If you subscribe to the “NewPacifica” mailing list you will receive, via E-mail, all of the messages which are sent to that list.

There is the option to receive a “digest” version of the list, which means that a bunch of messages are bundled into one E-mail and sent to you at regular intervals, this cuts down on the number of E-mails you get from the list. You will also be able to send messages to the list.

This list also has a Web based interface where you can read messages and from which you can post your own messages.

There is also the more WBAI specific “Goodlight” Web based message board. It is sometimes referred to on Back of the Book as “the bleepin' blue board,” owing to the blue background used on its Web pages. This one has many people posting anonymously and there's also an ancillary “WBAI people” board that's just totally out of hand.

When the computer in Master Control is working we sometimes have live interaction with people posting on the “Goodlight Board” during the program.

And then there is the historic “Free Pacifica!” list, which has been used to help organize resistance to Pacifica Management hijackers since the mid-90s. It's become a low volume mailing list because it's been eclipsed by some of the newer, more technologically advanced, lists. Just click on this link and follow the instructions, and you'll be subscribed. This is a mailing list only, it doesn't have a digest option nor does it have a web interface.

My voice mail number at WBAI is 212-209-2996. Leave a message.

You can also send me E-mail.



WBAI related links

Free Pacifica Web site

WBAI Listeners' Web page

WBAI Management's official Web site


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