Monday, June 2, 2014
Final Spring 2014 Drive Total
Here are links to daily figures and graph.
In the past, when I referred to Bob Fass' show as "Radio Unbearable," it was half in jest, but on June 6 it was truly unlistenable. No, it wasn't anything Bob said—in fact, he was in better form than usual these days—it was the audio.
As someone pointed out elsewhere, Operations Chief Tony Ryan seems to be more at home with his sledgehammer. You may know that Bob now does his show from his home in Staten Island. It's technically awkward, but they finally got it to work, as it did at the top of this morning, but then it deteriorated and Bob faded, losing a battle to a nasty hum. We've heard a less obtrusive version of that hum throughout other programs, but this one was a ...dinger.
We already know that hardly anyone is listening to these programs, but one would think that someone (the board operator, perhaps?) was monitoring the outgoing signal. Bob himself appeared to be unaware of the problem, so he continued the program to the very end, but I very much doubt if anyone was listening. The next program was—you guessed it—an "encore presentation" (translation: scam) and it came through loud and clear. WBAI is a mess.