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Thursday, March 17, 2016
Try plugging it in....
They're running around like headless chicken. Null's lawsuit looms over them, Mitchel is—as usual—in major denial, and a meeting called by the Empire State people has the fat lady itching to belt out her song.
The following was posted in Nalinis forum, addressed to Mitchel Cohen—who is ever ready to make up stories in defense of WBAI negligence. I hope he gave Ms. Vogt-Downey the courtesy of a reply. She is a station volunteer who may well be misguided when it comes to its direction, associates with clueless "Occupy" cultist D. Goldstein, but clearly has concern for WBAI's future. —Chris
I happened to be in at the station this afternoon about 5 p.m.and saw that the huge stack of unsent premiums that has been there for possibly two months remains there.I had offered to pay for the mailing at least a month ago in an email to Berthold and received no response from him. I repeated that offer to Andrea Katz two weeks ago and she said that money was not the problem. Then, of course, we had the tragic death and loss of our Dani.
After that, Berthold said that no one knew how to operate the postage machine, that we were getting a new machine and that all that was necessary was to learn how to operate it and that was supposed to happen, according to what he told me, on Monday March 7.
A week and a half later, all those premiums are still piled there waiting to be sent!!
It is time to take this matter into our own hands. If these premiums are not being sent, listeners/donors are waiting and losing confidence in our station. If they are unhappy with the station they are probably trying to call us for an explanation. Is anyone answering those calls and addressing listener complaints? This is deadly for the station!
Two years ago, we were in a similar crisis. At that time, we mobilized as volunteers, got the station out of trouble, and kept it afloat. I believe that it is time, once again, for the volunteers to move in, take over and solve the problems.
We need to get those premiums in the mail. This means that we must learn how to use the postage machine, put sufficient money in it to pay for the postage, and deliver the premiums to the Post Office.
Will anyone volunteer to help get this done? Does anyone know how to use the postal machine? How to put money on it? Does anyone have a car to take the stuff to the PO?
I will work with whoever is available, but I need help. Can anyone help with this, maybe starting tomorrow late morning?
The response was apparently good, so MV-D posted this follow-up around 1:30 this morning. Note that she mentions "hundreds of premiums," and 1. No on-air mention/apology has been made to the listeners. 2. When pressed, Reimers was able to get help with the postage machine rather quickly.
Another case of this opportunist's fuck-the-customer neglect and severely warped priorities. Berthold Reimers ought not only be summarily dismissed, he should be made to repay WBAI for 5 or 6 years of irreparable damage.
This is what Ms. MV-D posted today:
Here is a report of what happened today.
I went in to meet up with Maxine, a regular volunteer. We got Berthold to get the man who was necessary to train us to use the new postage machine to come in this afternoon. He showed Maxine, Berthold, Mitch, and me how to use the machine. Then we showed Tony, one of the chief BAI engineers. It is an unbelievably awkward system and labor intensive. But we managed to get started putting postage labels on a few of that enormous stack and now have the hang of what the process entails. A box of premiums is now ready to go to the Post Office. But the work has only just begun...
...We will be continuing this process over the next few days until all these hundreds of premiums are finally posted. From then on, even though the process is not fast, keeping up with the mailing of premiums should not be a problem on a day-to-day basis once this huge pile is processed.