Tuesday, September 13, 2016
If da closet phones don't ring...
It don't mean a thing if the phones don't ring, but try telling that to WBAI's amateur manager, Berthold Reimers. Well, now that Federal Communications Commission has at last reacted to complaints. The following "very gentle response" was submitted to our blog by the ever-helpful, ever-concerned Tracy Rosenberg:
Below, is a transcription and audio file of a voice mail message left for me this AM while I was in a meeting.
"Hi Tracy. This is agent Gary Barker from the Federal Communications Commission. I received your complaint in regards to station WBAI not having a telephone line at their main studio. In the midst of the investigation, I spoke with them and they are hopefully going to have that resolved within the next day or two. I just wanted to update you and inform you on the investigation being conducted and thank you very much for your complaint. If you would like any additional information, please call me at xxx-xxx-xxxx".
As a reminder, it is a violation of federal telecommunications law for an FCC NCE licensee not to maintain a local or toll-free grounded telephone number at their main studio location. This is part of the public safety infrastructure of the United States in the event of catastrophic Internet and wireless failure.
a) The Pacifica national board should make entirely sure Mr. Barker's hopes are realized and the violation is resolved "in the next day or two". Please report back at your September 15th meeting.
b) When there is an FCC investigation in process regarding a Pacifica-owned broadcast license, it must be reported immediately to the board of directors. I sincerely hope it is not news to any member of the PNB that an FCC investigation is in process.
I assume you will take my word for the message transcription, but here—minus the phone number—is the voice mail message.
—Tracy - September 13, 2016