Web links related to the Back of the Book program of May 7, 2007

Well, it's Tuesday afternoon, 5/8/2007 4:53 PM and I've updated this page with the audio of that excerpt from the PNB meeting where it was revealed that Pacifica Executive Director Greg Gumas is leaving. And I hope to do more updates to this page. Pickles of the North will be talking about various scientific issues, and we'll be going on about whatever enters our minds. There are changes coming for the Pacifica Foundation and we should get to all of the mail and voice mail that we have tonight. We're pitching on the next program!

The next WBAI Local Station Board meeting is scheduled for May 31, 2007, at 7:00 PM, 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 update them from time to time. And here's a link to the video of the March 21, 2007, WBAI LSB meeting.

The March 21st, 2007, WBAI LSB meeting was a hoot. The faction currently in charge delayed the start of the meeting because they didn't have a majority in the room. It got disrupted by some of the usual idiots and we got a real song and dance about the Management Evaluation Committee. I'll be posting my synopsis of this meeting soon, but meanwhile you can go look at a video of the entire lovely thing on the Web.

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.

WBAI has an official Web stream of what's on the air at any time! You can go here and pick which type of stream you want! If this stream isn't working let me know. It was working all right at 9:30 PM (ET) last night.

The Pacifica Foundation, which owns WBAI, 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 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. NOTE: The archives have not always been behaving properly of late. They have been fixed, but we can't guarantee their condition. If Back of the Book isn't archived this time I'll post an archive myself. Also note that they have been calling the Back of the Book archive the Carrier Wave archive. You should go by the date of the program until this gets rectified, or just listen to both programs in this time slot!

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From what was said on the Pacifica National Board teleconference meeting on May 3, 2007, it appears that Pacifica's Executive Director Greg Guma is leaving his position.

Here's the excerpt from that PNB teleconference meeting that I played on the air, it comes at about 9:06 on the audio of the full meeting.

The excerpt starts off with PNB Chair David Adelson calling on Thomas Ruffin, PNB Director from WPFW in Washington, D.C., to speak to a motion about when in July to hold the next PNB meeting. After Mr. Ruffin reveals that the PNB will be dealing with the question of finding Mr. Guma's successor at this meeting another PNB member reminds him that this is an open, public teleconference meeting. When Mr. Ruffin reiterates the need to get as much information on a successor to the Executive Director as possible a number of PNB members chime in to remind him that it's a public meeting. In the end Mr. Ruffin gets the point.

Interestingly, the Pacifica Foundation's bylaws mandate that the meeting be held in June, but the PNB has apparently decided that the end of July is close enough. They held their March meeting in April, so I guess they figure that they can do whatever they want in spite of the bylaws. There are also at least a couple of people on the PNB at this time who have been on it for more than five consecutive years, which is the limit that the bylaws impose. Bylaws? What bylaws? No wonder Pacifica is such a mess.

The fact that the PNB is going to be getting serious about choosing Executive Director Guma's successor in July indicates that he's leaving that position. Mr. Guma ascended to the throne of Executive Director in January 2006. He hasn't been able to turn around Pacifica's downward spiral, nor has he successfully addressed issues of embezzlement, corruption or malfeasance within the Pacifica network. As Executive Directors of Pacifica go, his has been a pretty short term. And what will the PNB replace him with?

I think that Mr. Guma had good intentions to start with but those intentions fetched up on the shoals of Pacifica's legendary internecine machinations and the greed of some who are associated with Pacifica.

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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