Web links related to the Back of the Book program of January 30, 2006

It's Sunday night 2/12/2006 22:40:56 and although this page isn't done yet I've put in a link to a page of our wedding photographs. We're married! We'll be covering the below issues and more on tonight's radio program.

The next WBAI Local Station Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th, 2006. Location to be announced.

Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of some of the WBAI LSB meetings? Well, I do. And I'll be updating it soon.

The January 10th, Delegates' and LSB meetings were held in Brooklyn. The faction currently in charge showed up en masse very late and so the first of the two meetings began three quarters of an hour late! The very predictable elections for Pacifica Foundation Directors took place and the faction sent its choices in and the rest of us sent Patty Heffley.

We also still have the issue of the member whom the faction has illegally suspended. The faction allowed him to vote in the Delegates' meeting, which they'd denied him in the past, but they wanted him to go away for the LSB meeting. A number of us pointed out that his six month suspension was in its eleventh month, but the faction likes to use their majority to exact revenge on people for their faction boss so the faction refused to allow him to be a participating member.

The guy who always denounces me denounced me, along with another Staff member who's demanding fiscal accountability at WBAI. He seems to have backed off some of his charges since the last Finance Committee meeting. Perhaps he's starting to realize that I'm telling the truth about the faction.

I have written a statement about the constructive removal of a LSB member and sent it to the PNB, the WBAI LSB and various public mailing lists and bulletin boards.

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.

Our colleagues from Off the Hook now have both a RealAudio streaming web cast operating, and a new MP3 stream. The MP3 feed is now the preferred feed. Both feeds were working at 10:27 PM last night.

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.

WBAI is now archiving the programs! Just go here and you'll be able to listen to the program any time for the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately, Back of the Book is not one of the programs that you can download, you can only listen to it on line. But maybe someone will change that at some point.

Well, Pickles of the North and I got married this fortnight. The wedding party in the Municipal Building It is amazing to me that we actually got married, but we sure did. And we have the official piece of paper issued by the State to prove it!

You can tell that we all got dressed up for this event.

By popular demand here is a page where I'm putting more of these wedding photographs.

And this past week we even went on our honeymoon to Atlantic City, New Jersey. We walked around on the Boardwalk there, but we didn't go in swimming for some reason. And we gambled and won! Let's just say that our entire winnings didn't pay for one meal.

We're going to talk about all of this tonight, and we'll cover various other things as well. And Pickles of the North and I celebrated our ninth anniversary together this past fortnight.

The 'thon was pushed back by two weeks, so that means that on the next Back of the Book radio program we'll be pitching again!

That will be on the February 12/13, program. Regular one year subscriptions are $25 each. Please be sure to call in 212-209-2950 between 1:00 AM and 3:00 AM on that Monday morning and pledge something to keep Back of the Book on WBAI and WBAI on the air.

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.

My voice mail number at WBAI is 212-209-2996. Leave a message.

You can also send me E-mail.

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Free Pacifica Web site

WBAI Listeners' Web page

WBAI Management's official Web site

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