We got our sixth pandemic edition of Back of the Book recorded and posted in time for this program to air in its regular timeslot. We covered the below topics, mostly related to the pandemic and how Trump and others are behaving in it, and we pitched. Since we recorded the program about 12 hours before it aired we have no idea how it did with regard to on-air fund raising. I may be able to update this Web page 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 June 10, 2020, it will be held as a teleconference meeting, as the three previous meetings were because of the pandemic.
The WBAI LSB met on Wednesday, May 13, 2020.
There were technical difficulties during the meeting again via a certain service that has privacy and security problems. Before the meeting I had 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, then I could, and then I couldn't again. You can take a look at it and see if I've been able to post anything on it lately. 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 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 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 some 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. There is sometimes a 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?
More to come.
The WBAI Spring 2020, '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 Spring '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.
Of course there was no way we could not talk about Trump and the pandemic we're all still suffering through.
A couple of days before this program aired we blew through the round number of 100,000 Americans killed by this pandemic. As I write this Web page the global total is 365,252 deaths from COVID-19.
All of this could have been avoided if only the Tramp administration had been about running the most powerful country in the world rather than stoking the ego of a malignant narcissist.
We talked about the rush to
reopen everything. Pickles of the North read from the 1722, novel A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel DeFoe. The novel is about the 1665-66 bubonic plague epidemic in London, England. Then, as now, when people thought they'd just stop isolating the number of cases of the disease and the deaths went up again.
We talked about a report from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University that said fake social media accounts are fueling a worldwide push to loosen pandemic lockdown restrictions and get workers back into their jobs. And the researchers say that the sources of these trolls and bots may be Russian and Chinese propagandists who are eager to see Americans rushing back to work, and spreading the disease. And besides propagandists from Russia and the so-called People's Republic of China we also have Donnie
Bonespur Trump saying the same thing. Maybe he's just taking order from one of those entities.
A truly bizarre and tragic statistic which is sadly in keeping with these times is that a poll taken last week found 44% of Republicans think Bill Gates is working on a coronavirus vaccine because he wants to plant a microchip in them and monitor their movements.
We also talked a bit about AIDS activist and playwright Larry Kramer, who died this past week. I used to cover some of his activities and interviewed him more than once when I was a part of the WBAI Gay Men's collective.
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 that no longer exists was the WBAI specific
Goodlight Web based message board. It was sometimes referred to on Back of the Book as
the bleepin' blue board, owing to the blue background that was used on its Web pages. This one had many people posting anonymously and there was also an ancillary
WBAI people board that was just totally out of hand.
In June 2012, I ended up having to salvage the bleepin' blue board, and so I was the moderator on it for its last seven years, until it got too expensive.
Sometimes we used to 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 had become very infrequent. During the WBAI Coup of 2019, traffic picked up on that board again, for a while.
Back in the day it sometimes also got a bit nasty. All sorts of things used to happen on that 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.
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