Okay, this was our second pre-recorded Back of the Book program ever. There was a reason for it. I plan to put this Web page together over the next few days. I may get the entire thing done without any updates being needed. Hold on, if I'm putting this up now, and I'll put a later one up in the future, one that's more detailed than this one, then I'm updating it, right? So this Web page will then definitely be updated. Am I still having sleep deprivation problems here?
Pickles of the North and I did not have to trudge up the long hill in the false dawn of this Saturday morning to get to the studios to yak into the microphones WBAI is renting from CCNY. We pre-recorded this program from home. Above is a photograph of the setup.
We've got an old EV 635A microphone, a cable connecting it to the DR-05 recorder that I use, and there are some headphones on the old typing table.
So I will post more up here about that program, and we'll see if we can't get that done in a timely manner, for a change.
The official WBAI archive for this program is here.
There are a lot of issues that are considered hazardous to talk about on the air at WBAI, even though the gag rule was lifted in 2002. 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.
One popular list the “NewPacifica” mailing list. Founded October 31, 2000, this list is sometimes lively and as of mid-2011, has 687 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 Saturday Morning With the Radio On alternates with us, has a blog these days. You can reach his blog here.
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