On December 17, 2012 I sent the following e-mail to Bertold Reimers asking why WBAI doesn't hold a benefit concert the way WFUV does? The following e-mail isn't rude or disrespectful. I think it makes very valid points that a benefit concert, run by a professional concert promoter, not only would attract WBAI listeners but more importantly, it would attract people who've never heard of WBAI. I'd imagine that a such a concert could inject WBAI with anywhere from $50,000 or more in one go. Plus, who knows how many new memberships the station might get in the lobby of the auditorium or how many tee-shirts the station could sell? How many recording artists got their start on WBAI? We can start with Bob Dylan. And how many actors and writers got their first radio interviews on WBAI and could help emcee a benefit concert and draw even more people to buy tickets! WBAI is sitting on its heritage like an elephant sitting on its butt. I have contacted WFUV and I have the contact name and e-mail address of the person who produces their concerts and I was given that contact info by someone in the upper ranks of the station, so it doesn't sound like even WFUV is against it. For goodness sakes, what does it take to make this radio station work? —anonymous listener
I should also add that I sent private messages via e-mail to approximately ten WBAI hosts and producers asking them to raise this fundraising concept with station management, however, I haven't heard back from even one host or producer. So I'm more than baffled because with this extra effort that I pursued, to have not even one person get back to me makes me seriously wonder if everyone's waiting for someone else to make the first move?
Feel free to re-post my e-mail to Mr. Reimers, or this entire posting on your blog as well as elsewhere.
Meanwhile, may I just add that on February 16th I made a $35 donation to WBAI and yesterday I made a $100 donation to the transmitter fund and I specifically said to the volunteer o the other end of the telephone line, "No premium, please." At my level of income, I feel that I've done as much as I can. So it's not like I'm not doing my fair share. Still, I'll say it again, just one benefit concert could raise tens of thousands of dollars. "WBAI -- what's wrong with this picture?"