Yeah, it's a pitching program. We only have to pitch this one time during the 2015, Summer 'thon. Of we are on the air in two weeks that will not be a pitching program. These Summer 'thons are shorter than the regular ones. And the station does need the money. So we are hoping that listeners will call in a pledge and help support this radio program and WBAI. We plan to get to the below topics and more on this program; of course with a pitching program you never know what's going to happen. Check for updates, I might actually post some.
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 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 WBAI LSB meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at 7:00 PM at a location to be announced.
The WBAI LSB met on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at 7:00 PM at the ARC Central Harlem Senior Center, 120 West 140th St., New York, NY 10030, between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. in Manhattan.
The meeting started extremely late. There was wrangling about the agenda. Anticipating that we'd eventually get a quorum we had public comment, which all LSB meetings are required to have. Everyone agreed that we'd count that as the public comment period for the meeting. After the meeting started the FoBs insisted that we had to have public comment during the meeting, making believe that they had not explicitly agreed only half an hour earlier that we'd had it already. What the FoBs were doing was trying to prevent the meeting from getting anywhere. They do this a lot. We passed a motion about a Program Director search, the station hasn't had a real Program Director since March 1999, when Samori Marksman died.
There was a five minute Treasurer's Report at this meeting. I let folks know that things are not great. As usual I put out a written Treasurer's Report for all to read.
It was getting late, and the FoBs had succeeded in delaying things. They were insisting that at 9:45 PM everything had to end. But there was a Delegates' Assembly to be held. WBAI had to vote on the bylaws amendments proposed by the PNB. I happen to be the Chair of the WBAI Delegates' Assembly at this time. Despite the FoBs attempts to delay things I managed to get that Delegates' Assembly meeting going and we voted on the bylaws amendments and ended right at 9:45 PM, getting it all done in a meeting that lasted only six minutes. Oh yes, the bylaws amendment was defeated by a vote of 5 for and 8 against. It needed 13 to have passed.
At a previous meeting the WBAI LSB voted to hold its regular 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.
Here is WBAI's current Internet stream. The stream does appear to be working at this time.
WBAI is archiving the programs! WBAI has
permanently switched to yet another new archive Web page! This one is more baffling than the previous one. We have to put archive blurb copy in before the program airs. The person in charge of the WBAI Web site says, “If you fail to create a playlist, your show may not show up in the archives at all.” So we made an archive blurb long before the program.
This is a link to the latest version of the official WBAI archive To get to this program you'll have to click on the drop-down menu, which says “Display,” and find Back of the Book on that menu. We're pretty early in the list, so it shouldn't be too difficult. Once you find the program name click “GO” and you'll see a list of programs, most of which are Back of the Book programs. I will see if this can be made easier to get to, but they've only recently implemented this new page and I haven't had time to see what I can do with it. Good luck.
Since the General Manager has banned Sidney Smith from WBAI there's no telling what's on in the alternate week's time slot anymore.
The Pacifica National Board (PNB) met in Washington, D.C. February 7-10, 2014. The big news is that they have mandated that there be no negotiations with the four candidates for the PSOA for 60 days.
Given that the PNB has had a change in its membership that has affected the balance of power, this postponement of any negotiations may actually be a ploy by the people who want to sell WBAI to make that sale more likely. It is possible that a PSOA would allow WBAI to come back after a few years, but it would also not result in a big cash influx to the rest of Pacifica, and that is what some people at other Pacifica stations want. Well, things are pretty much up in the air with WBAI right now.
You can listen to the public parts of the quarterly PNB meeting by clicking on the below links:
The Friday session
The Saturday session
The Sunday session
The Monday session
Chaos and fighting continues on the PNB and at the Pacifica National Office a number of workers have quit their jobs in disgust. The people who want to sell off WBAI started on their destructive path with the firing of the Executive Director at a critical time. The Executive Director, Summer Reese, said she had a contract with Pacifica and that the PNB can't just violate that and fire her the way that they did. So the Executive Director barricaded herself and the National Office workers in the National Office along with some supporters. Yeah, Pacifica got some great publicity from all of this.
The disputed Executive Director issued a press release giving her side of this episode. Here is her press release. Luckily for the Pacifica stations Ms. Reese worked to get the CPB filings done by the March 14, deadline despite having been fired the day before. Had she not done this work Pacifica, and all of its radio stations, would have been ineligible for CPB funds, which have been a significant part of every station's budget.
UPDATE: There have been lawsuits filed, and judgments rendered in the cases brought by the minority PNB members against the actions of the majority PNB Directors. I'll keep this running battle updated on the appropriate Web page.
Our friend, fellow WBAI producer and Saddle Pal Uncle Sidney Smith has been banned from WBAI by General Manager Berthold Reimers. The General Manager will not say why. He won't even tell Sidney why he's banned! This is grossly unfair to Sidney and constitutes abuse of Staff. Why did Berthold ban Sidney?
There's a posting here about it. More to come.
Tonight we have a Blue Moon for our program. This is the second full Moon of July, of course it's August now, but it's the same Full Moon, and that makes it a Blue Moon. We had the first Full Moon on July 2, and the second arrived on July 31.
Will this affect the program, or are we just going to be pitching lunatics no matter what phase our big satellite is in?
The WBAI Summer 2015, 'thon has begun. Management will be looking to see what programs give evidence of having listeners. I hope we raise some money for the station this time.
So for this WBAI Summer 'thon, 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.
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.
WBAI is fighting for its life right now, and the amount of money raised in this 'thon will be crucial for the station's survival.
We plan to talk about various things on this radio program, including some anti-gay attacks this past fortnight. We do have to pitch, however, and there is no telling exactly what we'll get to on the air.For a pitching program it's better not to promise too much, because we might have to sacrifice some content for time spent pitching. The station really needs the dough.
Yeah, another flower photograph. This is one of the sunflowers that are growing just off the Boardwalk at Coney Island. From the street sign in back you can tell exactly where this one is, too.
We've gotten some interesting photographs of the sunflowers that grow in some of these dead end areas in Coney Island. This one is illuminated from front and back. I used a flash and the Sun is around the corner in back of it.
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 formerly popular list is the “NewPacifica” mailing list. Founded October 31, 2000, this list has been moribund for a couple of years due to de facto censorship by the group owner. As of early 2015, it has 693 subscribers coast to coast, but postings on it are very infrequent now.
Back in the day it sometimes also got a bit nasty. All sorts of things used to happen on this list and official announcements were 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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