Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Milking the listeners...
This post was added on August 5, but I decided to update and move it up, because very serious questions are being raised as to the accuracy of the figures made public by the station's GM. We are told on the air that WBAI is moving out of the red, but the optimism has a shallow ring to it. Where, indeed, did the money go?
Over on Nalini's list, where there has been an active but largely useless exchange going on for days on end, Kenya Lewis posted the following reality check, She doesn't post often, but she is among the few who can get right to the point and seems not to have been hypnotized by one faction or the other.
Many of us have seen Mitchel Cohen's everything's-comin'-up-roses defense of current mismanagement; Michael Haskins fantasizes about a rebuilt, rejuvenated WBAI, and last weekend, Tony Ryan ("Sledgehammer") told Gary Byrd that he has plans to build a studio at the Brooklyn site, using his own money. He also said that the bills were almost paid, at last. This news both delighted and surprised Mr. Byrd, for very good reason: the facts belie it. Someone obviously delivered a case of rose-colored glasses to the Atlantic Avenue building and Reimers has been handing them out freely. He knows that he'll never find another $100,000-a-year job that demands no skills.
Obviously sick of this chronic delusion, Ms. Lewis offered something to think about:
Surely, I am not the only one who wonders why Berthold Reimers is still around. Anyone wish to take a guess?
A post that appeared overnight on the dying Blueboard shows that some people are counting as they wonder. The following was posted by "MYCROFTXXX" in response to the July 9th General Manager's Report to the LSB. Click on the green text to download that report).
Doesn't anyone there know how to add?
The last five lines of the "PREMIUMS" graphic shows numbers that make no sense; the totals should be 1945, 3912, 56, 86545, 23, 92496, 10, 39120 rather than
2086, 3912, 111, 162755, 46, 169999, 10, 39120.
I don't know what reason the totals for "Printed," "Paid & Shipped," "Returned" & "Total" are roughly double what they should be, nor what effect this would have on BAI's reported finances overall, nor if someone is pocketing $82,000 somehow, but I do know that the lack of ability to do simple addition demonstrated by this chart would get one an "F" in grade school.
Sorry, folks, with math like that I ain't sendin' yas no mo' money. An' I been sendin' yas money since 1971.... I think WBAI's finances should be made public iffen yas want any mo' money from da public, and dat da public probably deserves a forensic accounting of, say, the past 15-20 years' income & outgo. —"MYCROFTXXX"
If Berthold Reimers' resumé is not fiction, we must conclude that the discrepancies in his report are an deliberate attempt to delude us into believing that all is as well with WBAI as he continues to suggest.
All the more reason to ask why this totally inept man has not been shown the door.