Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Buddy Can You Spare a Dime?
Rather than bury it at the bottom, where guest commentaries usually go, I decided to give some prominence to the latest thoughts expressed by a man we know only as "The Pacifica Maven." This time, he addresses the ineptitude of a rudderless WBAI and how its nominal "management" (Reimers is still hibernating) cannot get priorities straight. These people don't seem to learn anything from past mistakes—in fact, they don't seem to regard them as such, so they perpetuate them. I cringed when I heard the first call for listeners to become a "BAI Buddy" and was not at all surprised when few, if any, could spare a dime. The attempt failed, so mismanagement—in its usual fog—now feels encouraged to try this dumb idea again. The lure is a suggestion that a successful buddy system will obviate the need for what they call the customary 2-day fund drive. What about the month-long scams, one might ask. Here's what our friend, The Pacifica Maven has to say about that:
The following was posted on the BlueBoard, and elsewhere, by Mitchel Cohen, upon the death of Alexander Cockburn, whom he had the priviledge to know. It may tell you something about WBAI's poor batting average when it comes to appointing people to managerial positions. Don't miss the comment from TPM, which follows and please let us hear what you think needs to be done to revive the station—the clock is ticking