Web links related to the Back of the Book program of October 27, 2003
It's pretty late Sunday night 11/9/2003 20:55:13 and this page is done at last. This was a rogue pitching program and we begged for money for the station. Folks who fulfill their pledges by November 21, 2003, will get to vote for the new WBAI Local Station Board (LSB), which will have a lot of power over what goes on at WBAI. In fact, not only will folks to send in $25 be eligible to vote for the LSB but you'll be eligible to run for it! More details are below.
Here is the latest on the saga of Pacifica. The big meeting of the interim Pacifica National Board (iPNB) took place in New York City, September 19-21, 2003, at The Synod House of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 110th Street), New York, NY 10025, moved from its previous location of a hotel in midtown.
Mr. Roger Manning from the listener group Coalition for a democratic Pacifica New York (CdPNY) attended and has posted his notes from the meetings, along with other documents on the group's Web site.
As of September 15, 2003, the Pacifica Foundation has new bylaws! More about that here.
WBAI now 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's a schedule made by a listener who has Web links for various programs and producers.
Our colleagues from Off the Hook now have both a RealAudio streaming web cast operating, and a new MP3 stream both of which were working at 11:10 PM last night. The MP3 feed is now the preferred feed.
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.
We're pitching tonight, and since the obstructions to adopting the new Pacifica bylaws have been overcome you may vote if you give the station $25 or more. The pledge number is 212-209-2950. Of course a regular one year subscription is $50, but $25 or more gets you a vote. If a couple pledges $50 they both get to vote.
UPDATE: We raised $1,015 on this rogue pitching shift program. Thanks to all who pledged, and remember to get your payment of the pledge in before November 21, date of record so you can vote.
Here's more on this voting thing and how it relates to the marathon and you!
We also have this from the WBAI elections coordinator.
We mostly pitched on this program, We did do one E-mail, however, and that was from Susan from Booklyn who sent us in a large check to kick things off. We also read snail mail from three other listeners who sent in checks to get things going. thanks to them and to all of you who pledged! It does make a difference.
And it sure did make a matching fund, which helped us raise dough at the beginning of the program. I hope Susan feels better!
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.
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