The Middle Third is here! I am very glad about that. And we plan to get to the below topics and more on tonight's radio program. But we do have to pitch. This time it's our annual Spring Marathon. The station is in really dire shape right now, but there is some hope in the future. However, we need to get to that future. So we hope that many of you will be generous and pledge tonight. And I really will try to update this Web page.
Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of some of the WBAI LSB meetings? Well, I do, and I've recently updated some of that.
I have also just posted a whole lot of the minutes of the Pacifica National Finance Committee. I'm a member of that committee because I'm the WBAI LSB Treasurer.
The next regular WBAI LSB meeting is scheduled to happen on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at 7:00 PM at a location to be announced.
The WBAI LSB met on Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Alwan-for-the-arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th floor, in downtown Manhattan.
I got to give a Treasurer's Report for the third meeting in a row. I had once again posted a written Treasurer's Report the night before because the LSB had passed a motion that I had to post one before every meeting. This one is very dire.
WBAI Management gave a report, or tried to. Faction operatives insulted Management, other LSB members and anyone not aligned with their so-called Justice & Unity Campaign political party. Eventually the WBAI General Manager and a number of his Staff just walked out of the meeting.
The entire meeting was boisterous and disrupted by the faction operatives. At the last meeting the faction had cheated and had spent more than an hour making believe that they were having a legal meeting. That nonsense got struck down at this meeting. As usual the faction didn't like it and got nasty. They can dish it out, but they can't take it.
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 newly revamped Web site. The site has gotten many of the individual program pages together to provide links and such, so check it out.
Because WBAI was forced out of its studios by the flood waters' destruction of the building's electrical system we still have this alternate, temporary stream for the radio station! I do not know how long this emergency stream will be up for. If this stream isn't working let me know.
New WBAI stream! WBAI has put up an experimental stream for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This is a brand new, experimental stream. So if you have one of those devices you might try the link out. And let us know how it works for you one way or the other. That way the folks implementing it can iron out any kinks in the system.
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. There is also another version of the archive here.
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.
It's mid-Spring so of course it's time for the WBAI Spring 'thon! We are pitching on this radio program! If you can please call 1-516-620-3602 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.
If you want to pledge to the program via the Web it's best to do so while we're on the air, you need to go here and pick the amount you want to donate, then click on “Add to cart,” and then be sure to pick Back of the Book as the favorite show from the drop down menu. Otherwise your pledge won't be counted towards the program.
We plan to talk about a new study which shows that the concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth's atmosphere is now at its highest point in 3 million years. And this increase in the carbon dioxide levels shows no sign of going down nor does it seem to be levelling off. If humans ever get serious about reducing greenhouse emissions it will take a long time for the atmospheric CO2 levels to even start going down.
Here we were, Pickles of the North, Uncle Sidney Smith and I, after the last program. I'm taking the photograph.
Yeah, we can hang out in the CCNY North Academic Center Rotunda after a program. So we're getting all diet soda'd and potato chipped up here, with some of the revelers opting for juice. Oh, we are a wild bunch all right.
After the big party Uncle Sidney stayed at CCNY and Pickles of the North and I went exploring.
Here's a photograph of St. Nicholas Park. This is from the steps that you enter by from 135th St. Some folks have suggested that it's easier for producers to take the A or C train to the 135th St. stop there and walk to WBAI's current CCNY studios through the park, and thus avoid that long slog up the hill from Broadway up 135th St. But the prospect of going through an urban park at 4:30 AM isn't that appealing to me. Besides, you end up having to climb a lot of stairs anyway!
It's a nice looking park early on a sunny Saturday morning though. We walked around in it a little bit. I'm sure we'll explore it more in the coming months as WBAI shares space at CCNY.
I have some shots of Spring flowers that I'll be posting up here some time soon.
There are a lot of issues that are considered hazardous to talk about on the air at WBAI, even though the gag rule was lifted in 2002. 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.
One popular list the “NewPacifica” mailing list. Founded October 31, 2000, this list is sometimes lively and as of mid-2011, has 687 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 Saturday Morning With the Radio On alternates with us, has a blog these days. You can reach his blog here.
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