I am not the only one seeking an answer to the above question. The following was posted on the Blue Board today by an unidentified WBAI listener (possibly a worker) who had just listened to Berthold Reimers' report to the PNB last week. I suspect that many people wonder why such incompetent management is allowed to stay on, and what it would take to get rid of it.
Listening to Reimers talk I feel he told us much about himself. His tiny dig in “I’m from the Carribean were we buy not rent” meaning as in those stupid NYers who don’t. Well, let’s be honest not all Caribbeans buy, only those who come from wealth or have a good income. Obviously his family is not from the working poor, so how could he begin to understand the working poor in the US. Let’s be honest most people who come from other countries to the US come from wealth or very good incomes. It sounded to me like. He just seems to me justifying why he should keep his job, exaggerating a few positive points, like positive feedback from other networks.
What I find very troubling though is what I heard from some of the listeners. One woman standing up and saying when she looked at all the premiums she had subscribed to and saw that she had received very few. When Janet Coleman stood up and said she was representing the staff, and asked a fair question that Reimers never answered, I wondered who was representing the listeners, and was there anyone listening who was troubled by what the subscriber said, that she almost never gets her premium. To pitch a premium, COLLECT MONEY and not send it is fraud. What part of the word FRAUD do Reimer, Davis not understand.
Then Gary Null today, Tuesday Feb. 26th, was asked why he was not pitching. He said that when WBAI sends out the premiums from 5 months ago that he pitched and collected money on, then he would pitch again. Gary is right. Gary also said, that WBAI continues to insist on paying people they cannot afford to pay but does not send out the premiums on time to people who have paid for their product. Reimers’ priorities are messed up. There are 8 million people who would do a radio show for free. You can find producers to do radio for free. Why are you continuing to pay people to do it? But people who were promised a product and paid for it, need to be given that product. Otherwise trust is broken and it is DISHONEST. And there is an issue of lack of trust of this network from the outside.
But the big question is: Is anyone really in charge of the network or do they all just collect salaries and have meetings? If you are running an organization that is financially strapped, you don’t stab your customers in the back. You scale down to the bare necessities, antenna, operations, premiums, a station mgr. and engineers, a roof over one's head. But if Reimers does come from a substantial economic background in the Caribbean, he may not understand what it means to budget when you’re poor, and that's why he keeps making the wrong and crazy decisions. Don't get me wrong, I am not against immigrants or those who come here to better their lives, but I think it's time to hire people who understand the environment they are working in and to demand INTEGRITY from those who work for them and oneself. —Anon