Web links related to the Back of the Book program of August 14, 2006

Well, it's Sunday night 8/27/2006 8:50:55 PM and this page isn't done yet, but I have added a link to my comments by pacifica Executive director Greg Guma about the current situation at WBAI. Still having computer problems, and there have been a lot of Pacifica/WBAI related things happened lately. I hope to update this page soon.

The next WBAI Local Station Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 13, at 6:30 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.

The August 7th, LSB meeting was held in Manhattan. The meeting started very late and the faction was all hot to have an executive session. I'll tell more about it in the near future.

And in fact we held an executive session the very next night via teleconference. For more about that meeting click here.

Meanwhile, Greg Guma, the Executive Director of the Pacifica Foundation has issued a statement about all of this stuff regarding the WBAI interim General Manager. Click here to see the text of Mr. Guma's statement. I've added my own comments about his statement click here to see my comments.

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. His 6 month “suspension” is now in its 18th month.

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.

There is a new, official stream for WBAI! You can go here and pick which type of stream you want! If this stream isn't working let me know. It was working at 10:06 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. 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.

NOTE:The archives are screwed up again so I've posted an archive on another Web site. Just go to this link to download the audio archive of the July, 31 2006, radio program. I've stripped out the music in order to keep it legal.

The Pacifica elections are coming! If you want to vote in or run in the upcoming Pacifica elections, which will elect members to the WBAI LSB you must be a member of WBAI and the Pacifica Foundation. You can accomplish this by either donating $25 or more to WBAI before August 31, 2006, or doing 3 hours or more of work for WBAI. Either way you should contact the Local Elections Supervisor to make sure that you get counted as a member.

If you can't contribute at least $25 or do 3 hours of work for WBAI, but you do listen to WBAI, then you should apply for a waiver. To apply for a waiver write to:

WBAI Local Station Board
Box 400
New York, N.Y. 10272

Or call 212-209-2919, or supposedly you can apply at www.WBAI.org. However, I see no way of applying for a waiver there. So to do it on line I'd suggest you just apply directly by sending an E-mail to the Local Station Board. Applications will be decided on a case by case basis. Your application must be mailed early enough to be received before September 1st.

We'll be talking about various science topics, and Pickles of the North has a bunch of stuff on that to read, and we'll do various other things on this program. Right now I'm racing the computer to see if I can get this posted before it crashes!

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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