Back of the Book — October 20, 2018

It's Sunday afternoon, Sunday, October 21, 2018 14:59, and I've updated this page with the E-mail from the National and Local elections Supervisors. The original top of this Web page follows the arrow. ⇒ There's a lot to talk about this morning, but we also have to pitch. If we can raise enough money early in the program we can spend less time pitching and more time talking about various topics. I will try to update this Web page very soon.

Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of some of the WBAI LSB meetings?

The LSB tried to meet on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, but it failed to achieve a quorum. I made a written Treasurer's Report for that meeting, but was not able to actually give a verbal one as well. You can read the written Treasurer's Report for August 8, 2018.

I have also posted a whole lot of the minutes of the Pacifica National Finance Committee. I'm a member of that committee because I'm the WBAI LSB Treasurer.

The next WBAI LSB meeting is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, November 14, at a location to be announced. The meeting is supposed to start at 7:00 PM.

Some years ago the WBAI LSB voted to hold its regular meetings on the second Wednesday of every 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.

Here is WBAI's current Internet stream. We can no longer tell if the stream is working without testing every possible stream. Good luck.

WBAI is archiving the programs! WBAI has permanently switched to yet another new archive Web page! This one is more baffling than the previous one. We have to put archive blurb copy in before the program airs. The person in charge of the WBAI Web site says, “If you fail to create a playlist, your show may not show up in the archives at all.” So we made an archive blurb long before the program.

This is a link to the latest version of the official WBAI archive To get to this program you'll have to click on the drop-down menu, which says “Display,” and find Back of the Book on that menu. We're pretty early in the list, so it shouldn't be too difficult. Once you find the program name click “GO” and you'll see a list of programs, most of which are Back of the Book programs. Good luck.

Since the General Manager has banned Sidney Smith from WBAI there's no telling what's on in the alternate week's time slot anymore.

Things have improved this year on the PNB. I'll be trying to update my pages about all of this in the near future.

Bring Back Uncle Sidney!

Our friend, fellow WBAI producer and Saddle Pal Uncle Sidney Smith has been banned from WBAI by General Manager Berthold Reimers. The General Manager will not say why. He won't even tell Sidney why he's banned! This is grossly unfair to Sidney and constitutes abuse of Staff. Why did Berthold ban Sidney?

There's a posting here about it. More to come.


The WBAI Fall 2018, 'thon is on. Management has moved programs around based on their evidence of having listeners, which is accomplished in the WBAI Managerial mind by how much the programs raise during these on-air fund raisers. I hope we raise some money for the station this time.

So for this WBAI Fall 'thon, if you can, please call 1-516-620-3602 during the radio program and pledge some amount of money to help keep Back of the Book on WBAI and help keep WBAI on the air. Remember, the phone pledge needs to come in while we're on the air for it to count, otherwise use the on-line method below.

If you want to pledge to the program via the Web while we're on the air, you need to go here and pick the amount you want to donate, then click on “Add to cart,” and then be sure to pick Back of the Book as the favorite show from the drop down menu. Otherwise your pledge won't be counted towards the program.

Now you can also go here and donate to the program. This is probably less cumbersome than the above method. Under the Support this show line there are options to become a BAI Buddy for this program, or to make a one time donation. Give it a try!

WBAI is fighting for its life right now, and the amount of money raised in this 'thon will be crucial for the station's survival.

Management tells us that any donations made either one time or as a BAI Buddy on this page will count towards the program. Please try pledging to that page if you're listening on the archive. Let's see what the folks who don't listen in real time can do!

We plan to talk about Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi whom the Saudi Arabian government is finally admitting was killed inside their Istanbul embassy. The Saudis are saying that it was the result of a fight. Interesting fight where a guy not only gets killed but gets cut up into pieces and smuggled out of the embassy.

President Trump has been saying that it didn't happen, and parroted the Saudi line that they knew nothing about it. After the Saudi about face even Trump has had to change his tune and say that it at least certainly looks like Kashoggi was killed by the Saudis. Reports are that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or people close to him, ordered the murder of the journalist, who was a thorn in the said of the Saudis.

The Pacifica elections are going on. The Nomination phase of this election is happening right now and there will be an event tomorrow where people can get their nomination petitions signed. Nominations close on October 24. Below is an E-mail I got the day before this program about all of this.

Subject: Become A WBAI Local Station Board Candidate!
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:07:21 -0400 (EDT)
From: WBAI Pacifica Radio

Become an LSB Candidate!

WBAI Local Station Board Elections

As you may already know, the season for electing WBAI's local station board (LSB) members is upon us once again.

If you are interested in running for the LSB or nominating someone, there is some important information bellow.

The deadline for candidate applications is October 24th, 2018.

If you are interested in running, and have not already done so, please complete your Candidate Application available here.

To facilitate the submission and later, publishing of your candidate statements and questions, please use this link to submit your statement and questionnaire digitally.

In person candidate application submissions can be made at the station on the following dates:

In Person Petition Signature Gathering will happen on the following dates:

Local Election Supervisor Hotline Hours:

Call 413-424-9569 or leave a message anytime also, feel free to email anytime.

Tuesday: 9am - 11am

Wednesday: 9am - 1pm

Saturday: 11am - 3pm

Election Timeline

  • 10/24: Nomination period ends- Complete applications should have been submitted no later than 5pm. Candidates can expect confirmation of the validity of their candidacy no later than close of business 10/26.
  • 10/25- 12/20: Campaign Period- Candidates may begin campaigning as of 10/25 in accordance with Fair Campaign Provisions. Candidates will also be asked to record a campaign announcement for airing by either submitting an .mp3 recording digitally or by recording in person at the station.
  • 11/15 -12/20: Voting Period- Ballots will be sent by an independent balloting agency to each member. Electronic ballots may also be requested.

Please feel free to reach out with questions.


Kihani Brea

WBAI Local Station Board Election Supervisor

The full election process schedule can be viewed HERE.

Questions? Email the National Elections Supervisor

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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 open list is the 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. The bleepin' blue board had to add a step for folks to get onto it because it was 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

UPDATE: In of June 2012, I ended up having to salvage the bleepin' blue board, and so I'm the moderator on it now.

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 used to alternate with us, has a blog these days. You can reach his blog here.

One formerly popular mailing list is the “NewPacifica” mailing list. Founded October 31, 2000, this list has been moribund for a couple of years due to de facto censorship by the group owner. As of February 2018, it had 696 subscribers coast to coast, but postings on it are very infrequent now.

Back in the day it sometimes also got a bit nasty. All sorts of things used to happen on this list and official announcements were 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.

We like to stay interactive with our listeners. Here are the various options for you to get in touch with us.

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