Andrea Katz made a better impression. She is articulate and informative. I wish, however, that she had been more truthful when promoting the WBAI site, which is the work of a close relative and remains hopelessly stagnant (they still list Haskins and Hennelly, for example). Apropos Haskins, he took over at at several points, using a critique of his morning show to morph himself into the GM—it was over the line, which is where he tends to go.
The callers included Mitchel Cohen, Fred, the perennial Fass caller from upstate, and a lady named Sarah Smith, who is a long-time WBAI listener/volunteer. I usually find Fred quite boring on Bob's show, but he is good here. Mitchel makes me squirm a bit when he praises Reimers, but it was a disagreement with Reimers that prompted him to call in. Mitchel, shares my annoyance at Reimers' failure to lay the cards on the table and speak frankly about the station's financial situation—he tries to make himself look good by exaggerating WBAI's fiscal status, giving the false impression that financial security is near, when it is far from it. He was doing that during this report, so Mitchell grabbed the phone. Below, you will find an audio segment containing Mitchel's call and Reimers' response, followed by the afore-mentioned lady's call, which ended the 2-hour program. As you will probably notice, the lady has a streak of that certain something that tends to make one regard frequent callers with a bit of the old salt, but she says much that makes sense and her complaints are widely shared. Holding nothing back, she admitted to missing some of the awful disappeared hosts (Hamilton and Armah), but—for other reasons—she is not so eager to send in more money. While I have little regard for Armand Dimele and his "Positive Mind" program, I loved the suggestion that therapy sessions with him might give Reimers a sorely needed personality. I don't think it would help, but he certainly needs something.
I have also included the 2-hour report in its entirety, complete with less interesting calls and Michael Haskins' annoying interferences. Someone should remind him that he is a board operator/announcer, not the captain of the ship.
Remember how he censored Null a few days ago? Keep that in mind as you hear him get worked up when a caller brings up the subject of phone cut-offs.
To sum it up, you may cringe, as I did, but you should also learn some things, as I did—both good and bad. I like Mr. Fred's sound advice and it's good that he mentioned the new Brooklyn studios; we were told last year that they were being wired, but now we learn that this was just another Reimers pipe dream, voiced prematurely. Looks like the Brooklyn site is not going to contain studios any time soon. Let's hope that Ms. Katz wasn't dreaming when she mentioned that she has actually been trying to raise money on the outside. She was working in the dark, for WBAI's front office remains woefully uninformed even after all these years. If you listen to any of this, please share with us your thoughts.
Here are Mitchel Cohen's and Abby Smith's phone calls:
And here is the Report in its entirety: