Web links related to the Back of the Book program of August 10, 2009
It's Sunday night, August 23, 2009 21:14, and I'm declaring this Web page finished. I've updated this page with some links and a photograph. What follows is the original heading for this page ⇒ Oh, it's a sticky August night. We'll be pitching on this program and we sure do hope that you'll pledge tonight. Pitching programs are always very fluid so we're not exactly certain what we'll get to tonight. We do know that it's very important to raise money for the station.
Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of many of the WBAI LSB meetings? Well, I do, and I've recently updated this stuff a tiny bit.
There was a sudden Town Hall meeting held on Monday, April 13, 2009, at 7:00 PM at The Fortune Society, 630 Riverside Drive at 140th St. in Manhattan. Here's a flyer that was passed out at the event.
The next WBAI LSB meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2009, at 7:00 PM, at the Cathedral Parkway Towers Community Room, 125 W. 109th Street in Manhattan.
There was a regular meeting of the WBAI LSB held on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at 7:00 PM, in the community room of Cathedral Parkway Towers, 125 West 109th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues in Manhattan.
Once again the faction that's losing its grip on the radio station didn't make the huge, impressive showing they'd been threatening to make at these meetings. In fact there were fewer of them than has been usual of late. Part of the reason for this was that some of the FoBs were at a faction band rally where their faction boss was speaking at a front group of the so-called Worker's World Party.
The issue of waivers finally came up. The Pacifica Foundation bylaws allow for waivers which would allow folks who can't afford to donate $25 or 3 hours of work to WBAI over the course of a year to become members and vote, and even run for the LSB. The faction had been screaming that the bylaws require the LSB to issue waivers. Well, this is not the case. After the faction operatives had made this claim again I read the relevant part of the bylaws which say the LSB, “...may adjust or waive the contribution requirement for Listener-Sponsor Membership....,” at the LSB's discretion. Well, that shut that argument down.
The waivers issue has been on the agenda for months, but the FoBs have been disrupting the meetings and we haven't been getting to that part of the meeting agenda where we could take up the waivers issue.
Well, the deadline for being a member is July 15th. So any waivers would have to be granted by the LSB by that date. By the July 8th, LSB meeting this was not looking so likely to happen.
At this meeting I made a motion to move the creation of a Waivers Committee down in the order of business after the Finance Committee reports. We had a lot of things to get to, we haven't had a financial report since June 10, and I figured we could put a proposition to the faction operatives. With the Waivers Committee agenda item at a place on the agenda after some other business they could either disrupt the meeting as they've been doing and delay things and not get to that agenda item, or they could behave, let the meeting go on and get to that item. Unfortunately, my proposal got voted down with 3 for and 15 against.
So the faction disrupted, we went through business slowly and there were a number of roll call votes.
Public comment lasted for the full 30 minutes required. Actually, it lasted longer than that. At the end there was one person left who had signed up but had not gotten to speak. The Chair asked if the LSB would allow an extra two minutes for this person to speak. The faction was eager to have another delay of the meeting, even if only for two additional minutes, and since most of the speakers were people they'd brought to the meeting with their lies they really wanted another speaker. The rest of the LSB didn't object. The final speaker turned out to be Jim Dingeman who has been an opponent of the FoBs for many years and who tore into them with some truthful comments that they did not want to hear.
Eventually we got to the waivers section of the meeting.
So a faction operative read out a motion from two years ago that had established a Waivers Committee then. After reading that out she added some parts to it. Essentially it called for some of the dates related to the current election to be pushed back so that the WBAI waivers could be given out. A substitute motion was proposed that asked the National Elections Supervisor to push back the date for those who wanted to run as candidates in this election but who couldn't afford the $25 donation to join Pacifica or couldn't put in the 3 hours of work, usually answering phones during a 'thon, required to become a member.
Some felt that both of these motions were out of order. I voted against both, the substitute motion passed.
The history of waivers at WBAI is interesting.
Most of the 2007, applications came from one person who had gotten them from selected attendees at a faction rally in Newark, NJ. It was flagrant cheating, and I suspect that if the faction had gotten their way this year they'd have cheated even more flagrantly and have tried to stuff the ballot box with hundreds if not thousands of votes that they'd basically manufactured.
This meeting ended at 10:15 PM.
The 2009, WBAI LSB elections are under way at Pacifica. So for the next number of months we'll be seeing the FoBs trying to regain a majority on the LSB and the PNB in an effort to reinstall their faction boss and turn back the clock for WBAI and Pacifica, which would of course result in the destruction of both, which may be exactly their goal.
At its January 21, 2009, meeting the LSB voted to hold its meetings on the second Wednesday of every month and/or the last Thursday of that month, subject to change by the LSB, which gives us the following schedule:
All of these meetings are set to begin at 7:00 PM.
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.
WBAI has an official Web stream of what's on the air at any time! You can go here and pick which type of stream you want! If this stream isn't working let me know. The stream was working at 8:23 PM last night.
WBAI is archiving the programs! Just go here and you'll be able to listen to the program any time for the next couple of months. When you first go to the Web page you'll only see the WBAI programs for the past 7 days. If you want to see older programs you can click on one of the “See ALL Shows” buttons.
Back of the Book is now one of the programs that you can download, as well as listen to on line.
I'm glad to announce that with a new person doing the archives there have been some positive changes. In the table on that Web page Back of the Book and Carrier Wave are both in the Show column. The “Date and Category” column shows the date of the program. After the program I go in and write the details of the program and say which program it is. Of course I'd recommend that you just listen to both programs in this time slot!
The Local Station Board (LSB) is the primary governance body for WBAI. When meeting as delegates the LSB members elect the Directors of the Pacifica National Board, which is the governance body for the entire Pacifica Foundation. The Pacifica Foundation owns WBAI.
This election is crucial for the survival of WBAI and Pacifica. WBAI and Pacifica are in a precarious position right now as current Management attempts to reverse the death spiral that the station and the network have been in for years. If some bunch of chuckleheads gets a majority on the WBAI LSB they'll be able to change the composition of the Pacifica National Board and revert to corrupt, incompetent and malfeasant Management, they might even sell WBAI.
We need decent people on the WBAI LSB who will be interested in preserving the station, not in selling it or running it into the ground. I hope that the listeners will educate themselves about the candidates and vote for good ones.
The official Web page containing the list of candidates and their statements is here. You'll have to scroll down the list to find the WBAI candidates.
The Pacifica National Board (PNB) met in New York City from Friday July 23, to Sunday July 26, 2009.
The meeting was held at the Beekman Towers Hotel, 3 Mitchell Place, in Manhattan, a couple of blocks north of the United Nations.
There's an election going on in Pacifica, so there were a few candidates attending and speaking during the public comment sessions. Some disrupted the meeting. Maybe you can get an idea of what some candidates are like by going to this meeting.
Here's the Web page I did about this PNB meeting and the amazing things that went on at it.
WBAI currently has interim Management and needs a permanent General Manager and a permanent Program Director. At its June 25, 2009, meeting the WBAI LSB voted to establish a search committee. This committee will produce a list of people whom it will recommend to be hired as General Manager and Program Director.
The committee already has its LSB members on it,
but at the August 12, LSB meeting we'll be voting in the 3 listener representatives who are not members of the LSB, and the 3 staff representatives who are not members of the LSB to complete this committee.
UPDATE: This election will now occur at the September 9, 2009, LSB meeting.
If you're not a member of the WBAI LSB and you want to nominate yourself for this committee just go here and fill out this form and then E-mail it to WBAI-LSB-Publicfirstname.lastname@example.org or send a paper copy to:
WBAI Local Station Board
120 Wall Street, 10th floor
New York, NY 10005
The vote is going to be held on September 9, so if you want to be on this committee you'd better make sure you get it to the LSB Chair by September 7, at the latest.
We are pitching on this radio program! If you can please call 1-212-209-2950 during the radio program and pledge some amount of money to help keep Back of the Book on WBAI and help keep WBAI on the air.
It should be noted that many of the overnight programs are preempted for this 'thon. Back of the Book is on tonight because we did well raising money during the spring 'thon. If you'd like to see this program continue please pledge tonight.
UPDATE: We raised exactly $1,000 on this program. thanks a great deal to everyone who pledged, and to the folks in Tally who took the calls.
The Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 12, but it's still going to be visible for nights before and after that date. There ought to be some Perseids shooting through the night sky while we're on the air! Of course the weather has to cooperate.
For more details on this year's Perseid meteor shower click here.
On Saturday, August 7th, Pickles of the North and I went to the “Summer Streets” event. This is where the city blocks off An entire avenue from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
This event is sponsored by the New York City Department of Transportation. We talked about it on this program.
I was sort of amazed that I was able to walk the 6.9 miles of the entire thing, plus we then walked through a bunch of Central park afterwards! We got to see a bunch of parts of the city that we don't generally get to see because the streets are clogged with deadly cars and trucks. In the photograph you can see Pickles of the North reveling in the fact that pedestrians were definitely not prohibited that morning.
Pickles put up a Web page on her site about last year's event.
This event will happen again on August 15th, and 22nd. Here's the official Web page about it all.
On this program we confirmed that former Program Director Bernard White made a threatening speech at the July PNB meeting.
We played a couple of short but defining excerpts from it on the air.
Bernard White said, “We're going to get you.”
And in case anyone missed it he said, “We will get you.”
His full public comment, along with links to reports and other media, are here.
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. UPDATE: The bleepin' blue board has had to add a step for folks to get onto it because it's under attack by spambots. When you click on the above link you may be asked for a username and password. Type in Username: poster Password: enternow
When the computer in Master Control is working we sometimes have live interaction with people posting on the “Goodlight Board” during the program.
Our very own Uncle Sidney Smith, whose program Carrier Wave alternates with us, has a blog these days. You can reach his blog here.
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