Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A question for Mario Murillo


I'm sure that Mario Murillo, the current Interim Program Director, does not read this blog, but I will send him a link, and perhaps someone who has his ear will tell him that there are questions he needs to answer.

He was brought aboard, presumably by Berthold Reimers, to perform a sorely needed makeover of the program schedule. It is not an easy job, especially given the selfish nature of the ingrained incompetents who claim proprietary rights to air time in perpetuity.

An essential move in restoring WBAI to a station worth listening to—not to mention, sponsoring—is the weeding out of chaff. There is an abundance of that being aired each day, programs that insult even the mildest of intelligence, programs that can be heard nowhere else—not because they contain taboo revelations, but because they are below a standard observed by even the least demanding broadcasting outlets.

One case in point is Geoff Brady's "The Other Side of the News," a weekly parade of paranoid fraudulent fruitcakes like this week's guest, Don Croft, who claims that his Zapper is "routinely" curing "AIDS, malaria, the deadly fevers and infections, dysentery, snakebite and even such conditions as elephantiasis" in East Africa.

This program offers a good example of the kind of fraud WBAI allows opportunists to perpetuate. Geoff Brady's tacit acceptance and, indeed, encouragement of the most outlandish tabloid-like claims indicates that the station's management does not find such pap objectionable. While management is not appalled by such programs, the faithful listeners seem to be. They have abandoned WBAI in droves, reducing the station's listenership to the lowest count in its 54-year history. Only by running dishonest infomercials in almost back-to-back marathon fund drives can WBAI stay on the air, but even its self-generated, dumbed down "community" of gullible now appears to have had enough.

Mario Murillo has had several months in which to cleanse 99.5 of its embarrassing dross, but WBAI still sounds like trailer radio on a bad day, internal moral bankruptcy seeps out over the air, and aural blemishes like Brady, Davis, Haskins, Null, et al persist. Mr. Murillo has his own agenda, which he pushes mostly in the morning, and Berthold Reimers may be off on a cruise, for all we know.

The questions many of us have for Mr. Murillo are as numerous as the excuses they generate, but an honest answer to one of them should give us a much clearer portrait of this man who has chosen to spend his sabbatical in the wreck of WBAI.

Mr. Murillo, please listen to the following  unedited recording of Geoff Brady's "In Other News" and tell us why this lunacy is a weekly feature, decade after decade...

WHY?



ADDENDUM (Dec. 21, 2014)

This morning I came across "Etheric Warriors", a forum run by Brady's frequent guest, Don Croft. It contains a link to this blog, provided by Croft, who seems to think that it belongs to the station. Brady, who posts to that forum as KSD22, sets him straight, albeit not accurately as to my WBAI background. He calls me "a bloated parasite on the neck of this station," which I think is pretty funny. Here is a link to Croft's forum; the pertinent posts are No.s 7, 8 and 9.

I'll be interested in reading what y'all think of it. :)

23 comments:

  1. This modification sounds better...
    Mario Murillo has had several months in which to cleanse 99.5 of its embarrassing 99.5%.dross... :)

    I'll catch the audio later on or something. I pressume it's the same old same old from Brady and his mentally challenged compatriots.

    The one thing that really gets me is that of all the hocus pocus dealers on WBAI, Brady is at the bottom of the donation chain, not even breaking $300.00 this year, if I am correct. Null, Demille, Davis, etc. pull in some decent money, but Brady is a financial joke, beaten out by even the losers like Forlano, Dancy, Fass, etc. I just don't see why this man is on the air when there are far better people doing the supernatural/supranormal thing. And I do want to go on record that I enjoy intelligent, objective talk on supernatural subjects.

    Anyway, if you want to hear a much better version of a radio show doing this sort of stuff, check out George Noory on WOR 710 AM from 1AM through the night. He's the successor to the now retired yet again(!) Art Bell. Seriously, Noory or Bell are what Brady dreams of being. Once you hear either host, you'll understand my contempt for Brady much better, and learn just what an amateur he really is.

    Link to Noory's website info: http://www.coasttocoastam.com/

    SDL

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  2. SDL--While I am not the sort of person who thinks a light in the sky is a message or an omen, and I question the intelligence and sanity of anyone who sees the face of Jesus (or, for that matter, Elvis) in a potato chip, I am willing to entertain, "intelligent, objective talk", as you say, about the supernatural. But Brady is a joke in every possible way. I have neve listened to Noory, but from what you're saying, I imagine that he is to Brady as, say, Dr. Majid Ali is to "Dr" Gary Null.

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  3. @Justine Valinotti: Good simile. Brady really is just a bottom of the barrel "mark" for any crap people choose to shovel down his throat. The one thing you can learn from him is what a sucker a person is when they have NO sense of critical thinking.

    @Chris: I listened to the crap. It is absolutely amazing how many accusations can be made without presenting one shred of evidence when a host is so hopelessly stupid that he doesn't even question a single one of the accusations. This audio sounded more like a writing session for a screenplay than anything else. If these people believe all this stuff without evidence, they must have a good enough excuse to be exused from potential jury duty. These idiots have no sense of critical thinking to speak of.

    I think one of the problems with Murillo goes back to what I said when he first got the iPD job. The position was his opening to do what he really wanted, which was to be on the air again, not really iPD. I wonder if he really even listens tro the station,.

    SDL

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    1. I also wonder if he knows what the station is airing. I emailed him a link, but he may not read his email either. As you say, he seems to have an agenda and he is carrying that out. Right now, they are running an extended fundraising "special" with "Dr." Null. They interrupted it to air Obama's Cuba speech (with a delay. Did they expect him to.curse?)

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    2. P.S. Poor Max Schmid, having to screen these crazy callers...

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    3. He reads his email, he obviously just didn't want to talk to you. I don't think anyone at WBAI is interested in shaking anything up. They're just trying to think of new ways to milk their tiny listenership so they can continue to get paid. Mario may be a recent addition to the team and he may have some kind of BS "mandate" to clean up programming but he can't get rid of Gary Null on the basis of quackery because Gary makes the station money.

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  4. "If only the Cuban people would eat my green stuff, they could be so uplifted that they could stand up to the northern oppressors for eternity and they would have no need to capitulate to the capitalist hegemonistas".

    Gary Null (well, not really. --CA)

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  5. Mr. Vanguard, Mario Murillo, is a hard-core leftist. He was picked because he will not disturb the apple cart. Latin America is his personal issue - no one else will be allowed to do programming on that topic but Mario. The station will remain constipated just like present day Cuba as long as Mr. Vanguard is in charge!

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    1. No. I think Senora Sally O'Brien is salivating to say, "I told you so" like a banshee.

      KGT

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  6. As far as I can tell, neither the shooter nor the two policemen he killed were white (going by their names, one was Asian, the other Hispanic), so the little racists at WBAI must be in a quandary.

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    1. As far as the WBAI crowd is concerned, when you put on the blue uniform, you lose your color and ethnicity and are Uncle Toms/Oreos to The Man.

      KGT

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    2. That's how very small minds would see it, so you are probably right.

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  7. Read that blog and laughed. These people are seriously nuts, living in a science fiction movie.. But I would add that Geoff Brady is also a coward. He obviously reads this blog but doesn't have the balls to say anything here nor be part of it.
    The funniest thing, which shows how out of touch with any reality these types of humanoids are, is when he writes that you "claims" to be an ex GM. Seriously? This is easily verifiable and not a claim. There lies the problem with this extremist conspiracy metaphysics type personality - they are incapable of dealing with any evidence, like the creationist. Same personalities, different sky ghosts.

    SDL

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    1. Did you take a look at Croft's post #6? He, his wife and daughter (all three appear to be nuts) are apparently quite close to Brady. As I read #6, Brady is with Croft in Moscow, Idaho, and will accompany that family on a forthcoming boat trip to an "undisclosed country."

      So, Brady is clearly using WBAI to serve his own sick pursuits. Should this sort of thing not be made public?

      Murillo is so obviously not doing WBAI a favor by lavishing his sabbatical on the station.

      Be careful when you listen to Brady's weekly tabloid—I would not be surprised if these people have come up with a way to snatch your aura through a Bose.

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    2. OK, how stupid are these extremely paranoid people? They put their plans on a public blog, DUH! Maybe Brady needs to talk to Emanuel Goldstein about a bit of cyber privacy. Anyway. Hopefully they will go adrift into The Bermuda Triangle and be lost in time and space...

      I have never listened to Brady with any regularity, since he's a bore and has no sense of critical thought. Anytime I did I generaly tuned out within 10 minutes or so. Simply put: Brady is a crackpot.

      If they are stealing anything, it's through a Sangean PR-D15, which is my go to AM/FM portable I use for general listening. Although on my dinner table I use a C Crane-EP. Don't start me on my shortwaves...

      Redundant, I know, but I will stick with Art Bell reruns or George Noory.

      Murillo? No idea, really. I don't listen to WBAI anymore. I have spent more time listening to the audio you post than to the actual station. There just isn't any reason to listen.

      SDL

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  8. Just an FYI. I checked out Dark Matter Radio a bit, which is the internet radio station where Brady also airs his show. It was was totally what I expected - a bunch of crackpots. If you want to hear rednecks who were abducted by UFOs, Illuminati stuff, ghost hunters, etc., be my guest. Right now there is some dummy that sounds like Bill Propp rambling on.

    I'll bet this crap has more of a listenership than WBAI, though..

    SDL

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  9. Just a thought. You remember my hypothesis about WBAI having a generally silent New Age listenership, which buys all the snake oil and whacky stuff? I think the callers here are evidence of it. These people will believe (and buy) anything, as long as it promises them a fiction that works into bolstering their made up safety zones. Truly people who live in their own world. I wonder at what point it becomes schizophrenia...

    SDL

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    1. I agree that the station now mostly appeals to the needy, people who are bereft of knowledge and reason. The callers have a problem, but the good news is that they are few in number.

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  10. I was catching up on the Encyclopedia of American Loons site and found a page about the Crofts. Thought you may like it.

    http://www.americanloons.blogspot.com/2010/10/87-don-carol-croft.html

    SDL

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    1. Thanks, I just read it and left a comment with a couple of links.

      I'll be perfectly frank with you, I mislaid my zapper. What to do? :)

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    2. You can get one of those battery operated electric fly swatters for about $10.00. Actually, the below video is pretty cool. Great experiment to show kids.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cwuatmUc-M

      Of course you could just look at a picture of Wilhelm Reich while listening to the original and best space rockers ever, Hawkwind, doing Orgone Acumulator. You have to wonder if Reich afficianados dance about to this tune when alone.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhWArBhPWu0

      But to be serious, I think we see what it's all about here - selling zappers.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_tDkallLMI

      I wonder what, if any, kickback Geoff Brady gets from his guests, who all seem to have something to sell. Think about it.

      SDL

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  11. I have seen video presented by Geoff Brady of baloons and he claimed they were UFO's. I think everyone was too polite to challenge him!

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    1. Behind every sensational Brady revelation, there is the truth. Think of the present WBAI as a supermarket tabloid of the lowest order. We have all seen balloons, but only the Brady bunch recognizes them as UFOs.

      The same kind of irresponsible, baseless sensationalism is practiced regularly on WBAI in regards to African contributions to the world. Here, the perpetrators are opportunists like Ron Daniels, a disciple of John Henrik Clark and the so-called "Doctor Ben", two scam artists why kept at it until their recent deaths. They picked up where Garvey left off and ran with the distortions of black history that he ignited in the early part of the last century.

      Fortunately, these con men got to WBAI's microphone after program deterioration had diminished the listenership to its lowest number ever, so they are preaching to a small choir of gullible people whom they refer to as the "community." Michael Haskins, who has been with the station for some three decades and has yet to learn the ropes, is an example of the groping gullible listener these ersatz activists aim their tall tales at. He also has begun seeing himself as a hero for the underdog, an image he tries to give on the daily "Morning Show."

      We can rightfully blame Murillo for that mess, including such destructive moves as bringing Pamela Brown aboard. Murillo is no longer on staff, but his bad influence continues to help bring the station down and he makes occasional morning appearances to spew his own obsession with South American political events.

      And so it goes until that chain is pulled and the waste is flushed down the drain of greed and venom.

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