Thursday, June 19
Thursday, June 19, 2014
As WBAI prepares to "transition"....
Thursday, June 19
This morning at midnight, I heard a very sick rerun of Robert Knight's "Earthwatch." I say sick, because this was the program he did upon his return to WBAI following a two-month medical ordeal that almost took his life. The fact that the final curtain came down not long thereafter, makes it almost cruel to air a program in which he celebrates being alive. He points out that he is on "live" and makes several references to having "come back." He thanks a list of people who visited him in the hospital, and the medical crew that he says, performed a miracle. Then he describes in detail what he went through as he experienced death. When he opens the phone for calls, he gets them from listeners who have had a similar experience, and a lady who tells him that he was "called back" because he is needed and that this translates into a long and important life ahead. Is it just me or is this rebroadcast in the poorest of taste?
Kathy Davis introduces the program, claims that it is being aired in answer to requests from Knight's family and friends, and that the station will continue the rebroadcasts on a weekly basis. Yep—never mind that Knight had become a disgrace to the profession he associated himself with or that these programs are hopelessly outdated—that's what this certifiable pseudo-spiritual numbskull said. I find certain irony in the fact that she is the scammer who tried to push homeless angels and cure-all miracle water on us.
I won't participate in this bad joke by posting an audio clip, but check out the archive and listen to the first five minutes (following that mundane Stevie Wonder song). Whether you agree or disagree with me, I hope you will post a comment.