Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Boom boom boom and it rhymes with doom...
Tuesday's Gary Null Show came on at its appointed hour, high noon, and opened with John Lee Hooker singing "Boom, Boom, Boom" followed by the usual self-indulgence and marketing, but as the hour drew to a close, there came a twist: Mr. Null went from selling to seething quicker than you can say "Berthold is a bozo."
The "engineer" on duty was Michael Haskins, Null's trusty echo and supporter during many a pitch, but I would love to have seen the face of brother Haskins when the voice that came down from the pedestal pushed the miracle powders aside to deliver an ominous message—in essence, Pacifica and WBAI have been issued an ultimatum: Change as he tells you to or he will reveal everything and shock the "audience" beyond belief! The consequences he predicts are the stuff crime novels are made of.
Poor little Haskins, here he bares his ignorance every weekday morning as he publicly tries to convince himself that he is a "community" leader, an apple from the Garvey tree, the glue that keeps WBAI from falling apart. Then Saint Null blows it all away as he threatens to hasten and give a dramatic finale to the scam that pays his salary.
At first, I attributed the exceptionally bad quality of this particular show's archive version to Haskins' richly demonstrated technical ineptitude, but now I am not so certain that the over modulation isn't an infantile protest. After all that has been said and done, WBAI—repeatedly touted as New York's only free speech station—can ill afford to engage in overt censorship.
Is your curiosity aroused? If so, you can satisfy it by hearing the tirade in toto. Granted, this is not the first time Gary Null has threatened to sic his legal team on Pacifica and its chief culprits, but he now claims to have given them a definitive deadline that—if not met—will start the ball rolling on the very next day. What you think?