We have to run out to catch a shuttle bus again tonight, so it's another big rush. We plan to go over the below topics and more on this program. We'll also be talking about the passing of listener and former LSB member Frank LeFever on this program. I'll really try to update this Web page within the next fortnight.
Did you know that I've got a brief synopsis of some of the WBAI LSB meetings?
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 August 14, 2019, at a location to be announced. These meetings are usually supposed to start at 7:00 PM.
The WBAI LSB met on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at 7:00 PM at the First Unitarian Church, 119 Pierrepont St, corner of Monroe Place, in Brooklyn, NY 11201, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
The LSB got some stuff done. The PNB had passed a motion alleviating the controversy involving standing committees and special committees. The LSB created some
task forces or
focus groups or whatever they want to call what in effect are ad-hoc or special committees.
At this meeting the LSB allowed for a Treasurer's Report. It didn't get disrupted this time. I put out a written Treasurer's Report for all to read.
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. For some time I was unable to post archive blurbs, but I've found that after this program I was finally able to do so, but only for this morning's program. I still can't go back and plug in any archive blurbs for the programs that are missing from the archive. We'll see how this works out.
This is a link to the latest version of the official WBAI archive. The archiving software appears to have been at least partially fixed. To get to the archive of this program you can use the usual method: 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 only this Back of the Book program. I expect that after next Saturday they'll have the pre-recorded program that's alternating with us now showing up there too.
For programs before January 26, 2019, you'll have to click on the same drop-down menu as above, which says “Display,” and find
Specify Date, it's the second choice from the top. You are then given a little pop-up calendar and you can choose the date of the program there. Then click “GO” and you'll see a list of programs that aired on that date. For instance, the previous program will be under January 12, 2019. You'll just need to scroll to the 5 AM to 6 AM slot to get to us. For those previous programs you can get the audio, but nothing else, since I can't post anything to those pages anymore. Yeah, it looks like they'll have the alternating program's name prominently there, but if you have the right date it'll be our program. Good luck.
Since the General Manager has banned Sidney Smith from WBAI he's not alternating with us on the air. At this time there's a regular, pre-recorded, program in the alternate week's time slot.
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.
F. Frank LeFever Ph.D.
F. Frank LeFever, we all called him Frank, passed away this past fortnight. He was one week away from his 88th birthday. Frank was a neuroscientist and had had a very interesting life. He was probably the most intelligent person who ever sat on the WBAI Local Station Board (LSB). It was through the LSB that I really got to know Frank. He had been a listener to our program when we were in the old time slot. He liked that we covered scientific topics on the air. We'll remember Frank on the air tonight.
There will be a memorial service on July 14th, at 4:00 PM at the Edward D. Lynch Funeral Home in Sunnyside, Queens. All are welcome to attend. Please contact the funeral home at (718) 784-1525 for directions.
Pickles of the North and I went to the annual Christopher Street Liberation Days march, aka the Pride March, the day after the last program. Oh, we were wrecked.
We did not rush too much to get there for the official noon assembly time. Good thing, too. We didn't get to start marching until about 2:30 PM. We'll give our impressions about the march which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Yeah, we have a few things to say.
We'll both be talking about the Apollo 11 Moon mission that will have made the spectacular Moon landing 50 years ago next Saturday.
Pickles of the North will tell about her experience looking up at the Moon in the night sky while watching the landing on TV with her family.
R. Paul will tell about not knowing it was happening until he had lunch two hours after the landing had happened in the bright, tropical sunlight at the Ho Nai Railhead in the Republic of Viet Nam. No one around him even cared about it.
Pickles of the North will have a number of things to say about it all. She's been leading up to this point for months, bringing the topic of the previous Apollo missions to the air.
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 2019, 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.
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