Web links related to the Back of the Book program of July 4, 2005

Merry Fourth! We're going to try to cover the Deep Impact event during this program. We'll also be talking about the Pride March and all, as well. We'll talk about a variety of things and be sure to check back in for the updates. And, yes, we'll be updating the previous program Web pages as well.

A regularly scheduled WBAI Local Station Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 27th, at 6:30 PM, location to be announced when the faction currently in charge feels like it.

Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of almost every WBAI LSB meeting so far? Well, I do. And I'll be updating it soon.

At the June 25th WBAI LSB meeting, held in Teaneck, New Jersey, we had five people from New Jersey attend. And the rest of the public who went to it were all the usual suspects from New York.

The faction started in again about how people can't take photographs at meetings. But then faction members were allowed to take photographs. At some point this area of contention is going to get straightened out once and for all.

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 were operating at 10:30 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.

Pickles of the North and I marched in the 36th annual Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Trans Pride March on June 26. Last year they had me riding on a float with a lot of other old activists; this year I walked as usual.

We'll be talking on the air about the experience, and about various gay related things that are going on.

Brenda Howard
1946 - 2005

I'll also be talking about an old friend named Brenda Howard who died last Tuesday. She was one of the earliest people to work on the march, back when we all called it the Christopher Street Liberation Day March. Her partner has a Web page devoted to Brenda.

When we play In My Life, as we always do after talking about the Pride March, I'll certainly be thinking of Brenda, and of Jean O'Leary who passed away earlier in June.

Well, the Solar Sail experiment we talked about on the last program did indeed launch, but it failed to achieve orbit. This is indeed unfortunate.

During tonight's radio program the Deep Impact experiment should smack its 800 pound copper impactor into comet Tempel 1. The impact is scheduled to happen at 1:52 AM (ET) on July 4. We'll be doing our best to bring you the stream from NASA while this historic event is happening.

Here's a little something about the comet itself.

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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