The station sought to give its listeners more than one side of an issue and to do so without imposing a doctrine of its own. Monday's report contained some objective criticism from LSB members and callers, but the very real issue of dominant internal racism was skirted. I edited the attached audio clips, but only to remove the preamble, extraneous banter, Cerene's entrance music, plugs and phone numbers—the "reports" and shouting matches are intact.
Here is the first hour of the Report. The participants are Janet Coleman, Carolyn Birden, Steve Brown, and Cerene Robertson.
The second hour has LSB Treasurer R. Paul Martin and Secretary Ken Laufer in the "studio" and several callers from the outside. The moderator (facilitator) is Reggie Johnson.
The latter was facilitator Reggie Johnson's reaction to a dramatic, management-staged entrance by career troublemaker Cerene Robertson.
The broadcast studio at 388 Atlantic Avenue is very small, and when Cerene burst into the room without warning and took Steve Brown's seat next to me, I was extremely uncomfortable: I was sitting closer to her than I cared to be, about the same distance away as Mitchel Cohen was when she struck his arm. There wasn't much room for me to move away, although I tried to do so. As usual, Cerene came to disrupt the meeting, divert us from the purpose of the broadcast, and promote herself as the queen of flimflam.
Fortunately for the us (and for WBAI's general manager, who would most likely have been sued otherwise), no further assaults took place yesterday. I trust that "for this special circumstance" means that people can access the station without fear of more trouble from that particular board member.
Steve Brown adds his complaint and a few details. Click here for a PDF file of his letter.