I've been trying (and not fully succeeding) to stay out of your colloquy with Steve Brown, as Steve has taken a propagandists' position and everything he says with regard to WBAI and Pacifica these days needs to be understood in that context.
Note, for instance, that although Steve has responded to everything else you've said, the one comment of yours that he's ignored is your blaming of Kathy Davis alongside the others for the station's ills.Why has Steve not commented there? Because he needs Kathy's vote as a WBAI delegate. The 12 Indies on the LSB are (rightly) contesting the seating of Vajra Kilgour instead of Kathy Davis, and the PNB has voted to accept Vajra and not Kathy. (Whether the PNB has the right and authority to arbitrate the dispute of who is and who is not legitimately elected as a delegate is itself in dispute, as the PNB is itself elected annually by the very delegates in question, and will be the subject of a lawsuit.)So, Steve's views-of-the-moment are colored by political expediency.
My own view is that Jeannie Hopper is trying to improve the sound quality of the shows; political context is not her strong point.
Mario Murillo started off great, but then personal issues began piling up, and after the first couple of months on the job he lost his focus. (His wife was very sick. She died a few months ago. The commemoration held for her was truly beautiful and jam-packed with folks from the art world, who far outnumbered the numbers from WBAI.)
Jeannie was thrown into the mess temporarily. She has focused on technical issues (which are legion) at WBAI, and has made some headway.
Also, I do not share your opinion of Kathy Davis, who has worked extremely hard to raise funds for the station and to keep it afloat, and who, along with Paulette Spencer, have been heroically keeping Robert Knight's flame alive on WBAI. (There's more to Kathy -- and to all of us, actually -- than a one-dimensional view of her perceived politics.) I see her spirituality show on WBAI in that context.
Similarly, Tony Bates worked his ass off to raise funds for the station, which is what he was hired this go-'round to do. Berthold decided that we need instant cash (true enough) and that the main things to make money are health-related premiums and promotion of financial counseling. He's right about what makes the largest percentage of money for WBAI in our greatly shrunken audience. Of course the fact that so many have been driven away by this approach throws us into a vicious cycle, with no management plan to break out of it. Tony was doing the best he could these last two drives within that framework.
The problem is the framework. I once again for the sixth or seventh time proposed that WBAI air a folk music show. There's a whole new wave of folk music happening, a new scene emerging, in New York ... And Eli Smith -- one of the leading (and young-ish!) folks afficianados who has put together festivals and performs as well has submitted a proposal to host a folk show, which is so missing from WBAI and would do a lot to stabilize and expand our audience (not by itself, but in conjunction with other shows, such as the great Arts show that has been added at 5 pm on Fridays). But Berthold is clueless here, and so is Tony Bates when it comes to the importance of folk music. (As an aside, I met Eric Anderson a few weeks ago, and asked if he'd be willing to call into a folk show from his home in France, I think (not sure). Eric is the writer of my favorite song (if I can pull one out of that wonderful hat) -- "Thirsty Boots" -- which has been my anthem for decades. He said he would LOVE TO call in to WBAI, maybe provide commentaries as well as original material.
I am so very depressed at what is happening in and around WBAI, with Steve and Gary's lawsuit topping off the nasty insanity (as opposed to the good kind that we need!), when there is SOOOO much potential and, in my view, not too difficult to set right, with proper leadership. The great Sandy Boyer died a few weeks ago (I owe my meeting with another of my heroes, Bernadette Devlin, to Sandy Boyer's bringing her to the U.S.); Simon Loekle is gone (and WBAI management was nowhere to be found at his memorial). Same with the killing of Dani Lamar, who was the young man responsible for working his ass off to mail out WBAI's premiums, and who was indeed affected emotionally by Gary's lawsuit (even though Dani isn't named in it) because it obliquely sought to address (and pressure) his work. Steve and Gary really either have no idea or just don't care about the effects of what they've wrought (Steve had the stupidity and immorality to call it, in one of his letters, "collateral damage", for shame!)
I wish I could end on a more cheery note, but when Berthold leaves for his other job, I have no hope at all that the ED will appoint someone competent as GM, and that it will fall to EVEN WORSE hands than we have now.