Web links related to the Back of the Book program of November 27, 2010
It's Saturday morning, January 8, 2011, 00:15, and this Web page seems to be done. I took a long time finding, preparing and posting photographs of my male ex. I had more photographs to post, but in the end I decided that two were enough. I've updated this Web page with the location of the next LSB meeting. The original top of this page follows the arrow. ⇒ Well, this is our first program in our new, and truncated, time slot. We'll see how this goes, and how long it goes for. Be sure to check back with this page in the next week or so for the usual updates.
Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of many of the WBAI LSB meetings? Well, I do.
The next regular WBAI LSB meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, at 7:00 PM at 388 Atlantic Avenue, between Bond and Hoyt streets, in downtown Brooklyn.
There was a regular LSB meeting on Wednesday, November 10, 2010, the LSB finally passed its FY11 budget. After that people were agitating for stopping all program changes until lots of process happened. That opportunistic motion got postponed.
At a previous meeting the WBAI LSB voted to hold its meetings on the second Wednesday of every month and/or the last Thursday of that month, subject to change by the LSB, which gives us the following schedule:
All of these meetings are set to begin at 7:00 PM.
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 is archiving the programs! Just go here and you'll be able to listen to this program any time for the next couple of months. You may need to scroll up one line to see the audio archive. Let me know if you find this feature useful.
If you want to listen to any part of the WBAI archive click here to go right to the archives. When you first go to the Web page you'll only see the WBAI programs for the past 7 days. If you want to see older programs you can click on one of the “See ALL Shows” buttons. Or to see only the two shows in this time slot click here. The archives of our programs in our previous time slot are here.
For legal reasons, WBAI stopped making podcasts available as of June 28, 2010.
Back of the Book is one of the programs that you can download, as well as listen to on line.
In the table on the archive Web page Back of the Book and Carrier Wave are both in the “Show” column. The “Date and Category” column shows the date of the program. After the program I go in and write the details of the program and say which program it is. Of course I'd recommend that you just listen to both programs in this time slot!
Last year there was a Pacifica National Board meeting held in New York. Here's the Web page I did about this PNB meeting and the amazing things that went on at it.
And the PNB has also met in Houston from Friday October 9th, through Sunday October 11th, 2009. The official audio archive of that meeting is here. It was not disrupted as the New York meeting was, although some of the same miscreants got out there to say stupid things.
The Pacifica National Board (PNB) met in Manhattan the weekend of October 1-3, 2010. I guess those of us who didn't attend will hear about what happened at it some day.
The Executive Director of Pacifica, Arlene Engleheart, appointed another new interim General Manager of WBAI on June 24. So far there's been a Staff meeting to introduce Berthold Reimers as the new iGM, but Pacifica Management has not issued anything in writing yet. When they do I'll post a link to it.
Here is the list of those elected in order of their finish:
Thanks to all who voted for independent candidates. The Sixth WBAI LSB is almost evenly split the independents and the former Program Director's faction operatives.
UPDATE: Voting in the WBAI listener election is officially over.
The WBAI Staff election failed to meet quorum. It turns out that this was not true. The WBAI Staff election met quorum on September 30th. Why, then did the Election Supervisors extend the WBAI Staff election by two weeks? This is an unanswered question. Also, the National Election Supervisor, Renee Asteria,, wrote to me that “Approximately 200 staff ballots have been cast.” by September 30th. But the voting tally shows a total of only 89 ballots counted. We still don't know if the screwup of sending many of the ballots to the wrong ZIP code has resulted in a lot of those ballots not getting to the proper P.O. Box.
The official Web site of this election was here.
There are a lot of questions about this election. Some of those questions are: who didn't bother to proof read the ZIP codes on the return envelopes? What was the real reason why the Staff election was extended? Why were the so-called Justice and Unity Campaign listener candidates given such preferential treatment, especially when it came to on-air campaign time? There also may have been people who weren't eligible to vote as Staff who were allowed to vote in this election.
Here is a reproduction of the official E-mail from the Election Supervisors as issued on October 4, 2010.
Here is a reproduction of the official E-mail from the Election Supervisors as issued on October 13, 2010.
The 2010, election campaign has officially ended. Pickles of the North only got her ballot as of the middle of September. The ballot arrived with no booklet about the elections. And the return envelope had no stamp on it. The lack of a stamp on the envelope will affect both the Staff and listener elections, but it will potentially really affect the listener election. This, I think, favors the former Program Director's faction on the listener side a lot.
Many listeners may not even realize that they've gotten a ballot! And then they will not know who the candidates are at all, but there will be at least two names that they'd have heard on the air. And those are faction candidates.
The lack of a stamp on the envelope probably got a lot of people to NOT bother voting at all.
Okay, this election is now thoroughly screwed up like the others were.
Back of the Book has been moved to this time slot. We'll see how this move works.
The interim Program Director has issued notice of program changes. The evolving, relevant documents are below. We are hearing from other producers who have been told they are being moved to other time slots and having their time cut in half. One producer has been told he's off the air entirely and another producer has decided that he would rather resign than be treated in a way that he can't abide.
Some producers are lobbying heavily to retain their current time slots, and some have lobbied to get better time slots amid the chaos of this sudden program shakeup. One producer got moved, accepted it, and then got pushed out of the new time slot by another producer who had publicly quit and then successfully lobbied the interim Program Director, with the aid of four supporters, for a better time slot. The producer who got pushed out has quit WBAI.
We got a call on our answering machine from WBAI interim Program Director Tony Bates at 5:17 in the afternoon on November 1st. He said that the grid was changing and that Back of the Book would be affected. When I called back at 7:15 that evening I got his voice mail and the voice mail was full so I couldn't leave a message.
I called the interim Program Director about this again the next day. He told me that he was moving Back of the Book to 5:00 AM on Saturdays! And in this new time slot the program is only one hour long. Let's just say that we are not jumping for joy about this change in the program. It's quite a change for us, and for our listeners. And, yes, Uncle Sidney has moved his program Carrier Wave, or whatever he's calling it lately, to this same time slot and will continue alternating with us.
Here are the latest documents from Management about the programming shakeup:
|Management's Original Formats||Web Friendly Formats|
|First letter from WBAI Management||First letter from WBAI Management|
|Second letter from WBAI Management||Second letter from WBAI Management|
|The new WBAI program grid||The new WBAI program grid|
|The new WBAI program grid in HTML format|
|Updated schedule as of 11/15/10|
Of course I've had something to say about all of this. I sent this out as an E-mail on November 11th. If we don't get more listeners soon WBAI will cease to exist.
Fred was the person I referred to as my male ex on this program over the years. He and I were lovers for about 13 years. We were both each other's first lovers.
Fred passed away on the afternoon of November 15, 2010, after several months of struggling with liver cancer. He'd been HIV+ for 26 years and had numerous medical problems as a result of that infection, including full blown AIDS.
Fred was active at WBAI from 1979, to about 1985, or so. He was a member of the WBAI Gay Men's Department and the subsequent Gay Men's Collective. He produced programs for Gay Rap, and he produced a number of specials on WBAI. He played a large role in introducing the New York City Gay Men's Chorus to WBAI listeners.
In the Summer of 1979, Fred provided updates on the gay and lesbian community's fight against the taking over of gay and lesbian institutions, and sometimes even streets, by the makers of the movie Cruisin'. In one case he provided hours of live coverage on WBAI of overnight confrontations between the police and a group of protesters barricaded in the space rented by the Metropolitan Community Church while the movie's producers filmed scenes in front of the building.
Fred taught high school English and reading at George Wingate High School in Brooklyn until 1985, when he became the first teacher at the Harvey Milk School, a high school for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered youth in Manhattan.
Fred was a founding member of the New York City Gay Men's Chorus. He was a member of the Gay Activists Alliance, a founding member of the Gay Media Alliance, a member of the Gay Teacher's Union and he was active in other activist and cultural organizations as well.
Pickles of the North and I would meet him for lunch and go visit him at times over the years. We visited him during the final struggle with liver cancer. On the day of his death at his apartment in Jersey City, NJ we got to his place shortly after he'd passed away. We are both very sad about his death. I can hardly take it in.
In some cases it's being reported that Fred became HIV+ in 1982, this is not the case. He sero-converted in September 1984, I know because I was there when he finally got the news years after the tests. I found that the erroneous 1982, date came from a guess by a nurse some months ago that was subsequently repeated.
Fred has an obituary in the New York Times, and here's one from the Gay City News.
For the first time a planet has been discovered orbiting a star that is from another galaxy. That sentence alone is just amazing.
Is Yahoo! Clues censoring words like “gay,” “masturbation” and “sex” or is it just that Clues is still in beta? There's a story here.
I finally got the Web page done about our trip to Coney Island last month. Bunch of photographs there.
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. UPDATE: The bleepin' blue board has had to add a step for folks to get onto it because it's under attack by spambots. When you click on the above link you may be asked for a username and password. Type in Username: poster Password: enternow
When the computer in Master Control is working we sometimes have live interaction with people posting on the “Goodlight Board” during the program.
Our very own Uncle Sidney Smith, whose program Carrier Wave alternates with us, has a blog these days. You can reach his blog here.
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