Tuesday, June 7, 2016
When you find yourself sent to Coventry....
As another lengthy fundraising effort ends short of meeting its goal, the financial situation at WBAI grows worse by the hour. Morale at the station (reborn black and crippled by gross incompetence) has taken another dip, and listeners continue to flee.
It is a time when the need for unified effort has never ben greater, but there continues to be a failure to communicate with the mostly vacant front office. While many wonder where in the world Manager Berthold Reimers is, even more want to see him disappear altogether, but he i still drawing his $110,000.00 annual salary and he still holds the reins, albeit limply. There is, however, a failure to communicate with this amazingly inept person.
Even the LSB Treasurer, R. Paul Martin, is totally ignored—his email and phone calls unanswered. R. Paul Martin finally resorted to addressing a public plea to him, Pacifica Executive Director Lydia Brazon and Chief Financial Officer Sam Agarwal. Here it is:
R. Paul Martin' email@example.com [wbailsbfinance]
Attachments4:22 PM (14 hours ago)
to Berthold, Lydia, Sam
Berthold, you have been uncommunicative for months now. I have been asking you to tell me when you can meet with the local Finance Committee and you have not given me an answer.
I have sent you a number of E-mails and I have left voice mail for you, on those occasions when your voice mail box wasn't full. You know I am trying to set up a time for you to meet with us.
As I noted in my last E-mail to you the FY17 budget needs to be worked on. The' timeline, another copy of which is attached, calls for the, "Local Finance Committees/LSBs, in consultation with General Managers/Business Managers," to, "Identify and rank budget priorities in order of importance: Scale of 1-5 where 5 is high....," by June 15. By June 30, a draft FY17 budget is supposed to be submitted.
It is a part of your duty as General Manager of WBAI to prepare a budget, and the timeline shows that you're supposed to do that along with the local Finance Committee. How are you going to do that without meeting with the local Finance Committee?
Please contact me regarding when you can make a meeting with the local Finance Committee.
(I thank Ed Manfredonia for bringing this to our attention —CA).