Another early Spring program, and we're going to have to ask you to maybe log onto the WBAI Web site and become a sustaining member, called a BAI Buddy. We plan to get to the below topics, and we also will talk a bit about the good news that will save WBAI millions of dollars over the next two years. I hope to update this Web page one day.
Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of some of the WBAI LSB meetings?
The LSB met on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. I made a written Treasurer's Report for that meeting, and was able to actually give a verbal one as well. You can read the written Treasurer's Report for March 14, 2018.
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 is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, April 11, at the Theater for the New City at 155 First Ave, New York, NY. The meeting is supposed to start at 7:00 PM.
Some years ago the WBAI LSB voted to hold its regular meetings on the second Wednesday of every 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. We can no longer tell if the stream is working without testing every possible stream. Good luck.
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. 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.
Things have improved this year on the PNB. I'll be trying to update my pages about all of this in the near future.
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.
We're supposed to be pitching for BAI Buddies, which is the name of the sustaining membership project here at WBAI. So if you'd like to give us at least one more BAI Buddy that can be credited to this radio program, we already have one, thanks Pat, please go to this Web page on WBAI's Web site and be sure to choose Back of the Book as the program you want to contribute in the name of. We hope that one or more of you can do this.
In the really good news department, the Pacifica Foundation, which owns WBAI, has reached an agreement with the Empire State Realty Trust that will allow WBAI to break its lease with the Empire State Building and move to a new transmitter site at 4 Times Square. Here is the press release and more details.
We'd wanted to talk about it on the last radio program, but we had to wait until this one to finally get to it. I hope that we finally get to it this time.
We plan to talk about the marbled Crayfish. This thing is a mutated crayfish that reproduced asexually, it makes cones of itself. They are proliferating in the wild in some places, and they are quite something.
On the day before what ought to be our next program, that is April 20, 2018, at 10:12 AM (ET) the northern hemisphere will enter mid-Spring. Let's hope that it doesn't still feel like Winter then. More about the seasons and sub-seasons here.
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 open list is the 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. The bleepin' blue board had to add a step for folks to get onto it because it was 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
UPDATE: In of June 2012, I ended up having to salvage the bleepin' blue board, and so I'm the moderator on it now.
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 used to alternate with us, has a blog these days. You can reach his blog here.
Sidney is also posting occasional podcasts these days at the Web site he's established.
One formerly popular mailing 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 February 2018, it had 696 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.
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