Saturday, June 21, 2014
Bob Fass winds down—anybody have the key?
As mentioned in a previous post, WBAI's horrendous sound hit the nadir of audio incompetence with the June 13 show. It was even worse on June 20, so bad that one would not be surprised to hear grumbling from the FCC. To make that a distinct possibility, Bob Fass ran a video clip acquired from Youtube that almost makes George Carlin sound like the old lady who lived in a shoe. It was an irresponsible thing for Bob to do, even in the middle of the night, and there was no bleeping nor warning.
WBAI is falling apart, and so—it would seem—is Bob. Here is the opening of the June 20 show; you can almost hear Chief Operations Manager Tony Ryan's infamous sledgehammer at work and although Bob needs to be wound up, one can't help but feel sorry for him as he rambles and the station hums.
The hum continues throughout, at one point obliterating program content for 25 minutes. This segment is also a good example of how rude Bob can be as he contributes to the eradication of a listening audience.
Bob was broadcasting from his house via Skype and the WHCR control room was manned by Bill Propp and Arnold. As I understand it, Arnold is an engineer from the upstate station that carries some of Radio Unnameable each week. He volunteered to help set up the studio in Bob's Staten Island house and is apparently appalled by the state of WBAI's equipment. Here we hear him break in as Bob stalls in utter frustration. Arnold explains what the problem is and takes the opportunity to register his disgust with WBAI's inept management.
By the way, the profane audio Bob aired appears to have been removed from the station's archive of the show. The vultures who profess to run Pacifica should have deleted the entire program, handed Reimers and the sledge pink slips, and scheduled a real, truthful Report to the Listeners (all 26 of them).