Web links related to the Back of the Book program of April 16, 2011
It's Friday morning, April 22, 2011, 11:06 and I've updated this page a little with some more information about what we talked about on the air, more to come. The original top of this page follows the arrow. ⇒ It's still early Spring and we're still going to go look at flowers. We plan to get to the below topics and we plan to get through a bunch of the mail on tonight's radio program. We'll do what we can in the time allotted. Check back for updates.
Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of many of the WBAI LSB meetings? Well, I do.
The next regular WBAI LSB meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at a location to be announced.
The April 13, 2011, LSB meeting was held at Alwan for the Arts at 16 Beaver St., in Manhattan. We heard from the General Manager about things, I gave a Treasurer's Report and we had a bizarre departure from agreed upon past practice with LSB members being allowed to talk during the Public Comment segment of the meeting. Pacifica Executive Director Arlene Engleheart was at the meeting too, and she spoke about Pacifica's struggle to survive financially. Not a rosy picture, that. Faction operatives asked her to un-ban various of the faction operatives who are banned from entering the premises of WBAI, mostly for violence. I certainly hope that she does not un-ban them. Those creeps need to stay away from the radio station.
Also on the agenda was a report from WBAI General Manager Berthold Reimers. He reported on the off-air fund raising efforts and noted that the Spring 'thon will start on May 2, and will run till June 3 (ouch!). And the General Manager answered questions from LSB members.
After public comment we went to an executive session. And while I can't talk about what went on at this executive session I can say that it was mostly a waste of an hour.
At a previous meeting the WBAI 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 is archiving the programs! Just go here and you'll be able to listen to this program any time for the next couple of months. You may need to scroll up one line to see the audio archive. Let me know if you find this feature useful.
If you want to listen to any part of the WBAI archive click here to go right to the archives. 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. Or to see only the two shows in this time slot click here.
Back of the Book is one of the programs that you can download, as well as listen to on line.
In the table on the archive Web page Back of the Book and Saturday Morning With the Radio On 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!
In the Summer of 2009, there was a Pacifica National Board meeting held in New York. Here's the Web page I did about this PNB meeting and the amazing things that went on at it.
And the PNB has also met in Houston from Friday October 9th, through Sunday October 11th, 2009. The official audio archive of that meeting is here. It was not disrupted as the New York meeting was, although some of the same miscreants got out there to say stupid things.
The Pacifica National Board (PNB) met in Manhattan the weekend of October 1-3, 2010. The audio has been posted for the first day of the meeting, the second day of the meeting and the third day of the meeting.
Subject: [WBAI-LSB-PUBLIC] Announcement: Berthold Reimers appointed GM of WBAI
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:43:09 -0500
From: Mitchel Cohen
I've just received word from Arlene Engleheart, Executive Director of Pacifica, that she's appointed Berthold Reimers as the General Manager of WBAI.
Chair, WBAI Local Station Board
As noted on previous programs I managed to get behind on updating the Web pages for these radio programs over the depressing Winter months. I've completed the Web page for the December 11, program, however.
•Just a gentle reminder that we'll probably be pitching on our May 14th program. If you would like to contribute but you figure you may not be able to catch the program when it airs you can always send your donation in ahead of time. A regular one year membership is $25. If you want to send more than $25 that would be great. So, if you can, please send a check made payable to “Pacifica/WBAI” and send it to:
R. Paul Martin
120 Wall St. 10th floor
New York, NY 10005
And we hope that everyone who listens pledges or sends in a check.
Has the Tevatron, in its final days, discovered something new and fundamental about the universe? Or was some screw loose?
•As of March 31, the so-called People's Republic of China's State Administration for Radio, Film & Television (SARFT) has banned time travel TV shows. I suppose that this is more important than making sure that their schools don't collapse on helpless children during earthquakes.
This program was done in early Spring. We'll enter mid-Spring on Wednesday, April 20th, at 5:19 PM (ET). And we'll be exactly at mid-Spring on Friday, May 6th, at 4:18 AM (ET). For more about the seasons, sub-seasons and dates look here.
The Lyrid meteor shower will peak on the night of April 22-23.
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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