Thursday, September 24, 2015
Pacifica discussed on PRN
If you listen to WBAI, even sporadically, you have heard The Gary Null Show,which airs weekdays at noon, and—more than likely some of the infomercials that offer his products and services.
Quite frankly, although he brings the station more money during the fund drives than most other hucksters, I see Mr. Null's association as a mixed blessing. His health products may well perform as advertised and I'm sure his DVDs and books are splendid, but he has been on the station for decades and his success there opened the door for a veritable parade of dubious "doctors" and quacks. The problem with that is to a large extent the mission drift it introduced. One of the salient features of Pacifica stations was the absence of commercial advertising and the free speech that it made possible. You will hear Michael Haskins and other stooges repeatedly use the "non commercial" tag as a major reason for donating money, but that in itself is a deception. When you hear hour upon hour, week upon week of pitching everything from cure-all drops of water to pirated pop recordings and unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, you are not listening to the kind of enlightened, intelligent broadcasting that Pacifica's founders had in mind. You are, in fact, being fed commercials for over-priced merchandise that you may or may not ever receive.
You will hear mention of that on Mr. Null's show from time to time, even though he himself is a part of that problem. Which brings me to the reason for this post.
Besides the shows heard on WBAI, Mr. Null runs his own internet radio operation, PRN (Progressive Radio Network), which offers a wide-ranging schedule of shows devoted to progressive discussion, good music, and utter nonsense (Kathy Davis), etc. On Tuesday, September 22, 2015, Mr. Null devoted his Progressive Commentary Hour to a discussion of the crisis currently faced by Pacifica and WBAI. His guests were Janet Coleman, a long-time WBAI producer/host and Board member, and Steve Brown, a close friend of his who currently also serves on the WBAI Local Station Board.
I thought you might find this discussion interesting—it certainly is pertinent—so here it is in its entirety.