It's pouring rain out and we only found out on Thursday that we were not in fact preempted. We have to pitch, s we'll be interspersing radio program with pitching. We do need to raise money for the station. I will try to update this Web page some time soon.
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 January 8, 2020, at a location to be announced.
The WBAI LSB met on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at the YWCA at 30 3rd Ave., Between Atlantic Ave. and State Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217.
At this meeting the LSB allowed for a Treasurer's Report. I got a decent amount of time to give that report, too. I also 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 once again do so owing to some fixes this past week. There are still some limitations, but I am assured that I can plug in the archive blurbs that were lost in the latest
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. Management has fixed some problems that we'd been having with the archives.
For programs before March 23, 2019, we're all out of luck. The recent changes that took place once WBAI Management took control of the WBAI archives seems to have wiped out all access to anything before that date in March. 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.
The WBAI Fall 2019, 'thon is happening right now. 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 and by the Nielsen ratings, which the station is now getting after years of not getting any ratings at all. 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.
If we can, we hope to be able to talk about a number of science topics. One of which is the fact that we have an interstellar comet in the Solar System right now. Comet 2I/Borisov made its closest approach to the Sun on December 8, 2019, and will be closest to Earth on December 28, when our next program will be. On closest approach to the Sun the interstellar comet was be about as far from the Sun as the inner edge of the asteroid belt, which is far out by our standards, but close by the standards of something that has been sailing through interstellar space for an unknown, but undoubtedly long, period of time.
In the photograph by the Hubble Space Telescope you an also see a very distant spiral galaxy. The image of the galaxy is a bit smeared because the Hubble was tracking the comet.
It's pretty certain that comets from other star systems have whipped through the Solar System before, but this is the first one that astronomers have been certain has come in from interstellar space.
The comet is looking a great deal like the comets that regularly show up in the Solar System, which suggests that other star systems are constructed of exactly the same chemical components, and aggregate the same way, as the solar system did about 4.6 billion years ago. Maybe some day a probe could be positioned to intercept one of these interstellar comets and get some samples of it, although that would be pretty car in the future, since 2I/Borisov is coming in at around 100,000 miles and hour or more.
Some time in the next 24 hours the Bleepin' Blue Board, aka the Goodlight Board, will be removed from the Internet. It's been around since the late 20th Century, and I've been moderating it since June 2012. The costs kept on going up, and I just couldn't afford it anymore. Maybe someone else will start a new Web-based board for people to talk about WBAI on. I wish them luck. Meanwhile, I've downloaded all of the files associated with the board and there is some slight possibility that I may post some or all of it on the Web again. We'll see.
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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