Web links related to the Back of the Book program of May 21, 2007

We're pitching tonight, we hope that you can pledge!

The next WBAI Local Station Board meeting is scheduled for May 31, 2007, at 7:00 PM, at At 1199's Bread and Roses Art Gallery, Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center, 310 West 43rd Street between. 8th & 9th Avenues in Manhattan. Trains: A, C, E to 42nd Street/Port Authority; 2, 3 to 42nd Street/Times Square and walk one block west to 8th Avenue. Location is wheelchair-accessible. Public participation is welcome.

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!

We're pitching on tonight's program.

We hope that you'll pledge to WBAI while Back of the Book is on the air tonight/this morning.

A regular one year membership is $25. So please call 1-212-209-2950 and make a pledge to keep Back of the Book on WBAI and keep WBAI on the air!

It would be really great if everyone who listens pledges during tonight's radio program.

On the May 7, 2007, Back of the Book radio program I made reference to evidence that the Pacifica Foundation's Executive Director Greg Guma was leaving his position some time in the not too distant future.

A couple of days after the radio program I posted the information to this Web site and posted links to it to some mailing lists and Web sites. Mr. Guma subsequently made a response, and I replied to that. Here's a page with links and my reply. I issued my reply on May 12.

On May 14, Mr. Guma issued an official statement that begins, “The Board of Directors of the Pacifica Foundation has asked that I release a statement about my intention to leave the position of Executive Director by April 2008 or earlier.” So he is leaving. There's a good chance he could be gone a lot sooner than 11 months from now.

Mr. Guma's statement has appeared in several places, but I can't find it yet on any official Pacifica Web site. When I do I'll link to it. Meanwhile the link above is to the bleepin' blue board where it's posted.

Even though we're going to be pitching tonight we plan to get in some science stuff. Pickles of the North has some things to talk about, and I hope that I can get to talking about the biggest supernova explosion ever seen by astronomers, and what may be some new evidence of the presence and behavior of cold, dark matter.

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.

WBAI related links

Free Pacifica Web site

WBAI Listeners' Web page

WBAI Management's official Web site

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