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on the present of WBAI-FM, a once significant, intelligent New York
radio station that for years has suffered chronic abuse from within and now
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Thursday, December 19, 2013
Buddy, can you spare a dime? NO!
"We are in need of cash for sure this drive, but our BAI Buddy numbers are down to a trifle."
—Andrea Katz, December 18, 2013
This fund drive is supposed to end tomorrow, but look at the pledge figures, and bear in mind that they are only pledge figures.
It may surprise you to see the 7 - 8 slot figure for yesterday: $1,650
A thousand of that came from one of Hennelly's unions and
was to be earmarked for the shameful severance debt, but
Haskins—clueless and dishonest as ever—immediately called
it a "matching fund." Hennelly, equally loath to level with the listeners, said nothing to correct him.
Does anybody here really think this money will go to the
laid-off staffers? Does anybody here believe that this drive
will not be extended? Does anybody believe the ship hasn't taken on too much water?
For that matter, does anybody believe that the $1,000 from the union wasn't, in essence, buying air time on WBAI?