In the opening audio clip, you will hear Berthold Reimers, delusions intact, claim that the seemingly endless fund drive met its goals, which it really didn't, even with extensions, and that the rent is now paid. There's a problem with that, as we learned Friday.
It turns out that two rent checks were refused and returned, which cannot have come as a surprise to Reimers, because companies like the ESB give their customers advance notice and make sure that you understand their rules. They obviously would not accept the two $50,000 cheques, because at this point they constitute partial payment. So there is every reason to believe that Reimers once again withheld the truth in order to make himself look less of a fool. This worked for a while, but his credibility is shot, Why he is still there, and receiving $100,000.00 a year is a mystery.
Here we hear his opening and everybody pitches in—yes, they really pitch in as if the fund drive were still on. The sad truth is, of course, that Reimers' optimism is utter BS.
Next, Reimers is at a loss for words as he asks Michael Haskins to speak and that, needless to say, is never a good idea. Haskins blathers and announces a break, playing some music and the usual, tired promos. This is supposed to be a a report to the listeners, people who have just suffered through six weeks of boring, repetitive infomercials while opportunists picked their pockets. Well, it's WBAI, isn't it? Here is a mercifully shortened 6-minute sample of what I have just described:
Here's an unwelcomed caller. Reimers attempts in vain to cut him short and soon gets help from Haskins. Not exactly in the old Pacifica spirit.
Here's a 23-minute segment with a typical assortment of current WBAI callers. Notice towards the end that Lederer is all for distributing the online weekly schedule so that people can see what wonderful programs WBAI offers. The problem is that this schedule not only is outdated and inaccurate, it is also singularly uninformative. They should never have discontinued the Folio.