Friday, September 2, 2016
Reimers' live report: can you believe?
Here is my edited version of this morning's Report to the Listeners. I have left Berthold Reimers' input intact, but edited out Michael Haskins' interruptions (fluff and ill-chosen music) and, at one point, near-takeover (as I predicted). The phone lines are still down for non-payment, so listeners had to e-mail their number to Haskins, who then called them back.
This is the closest Reimers has come to conducting a real Report to the Listeners, but he avoided several key issues, such as WBAI's rapid morph into a 3rd-rate black station; the outrageous distortions of history, some of which is hawked by "premium" sellers; etc.
He is revamping the program schedule, mainly by shuffling, it seems, and he claims to listen to the station all the time. When asked why listeners are asked to donate money, but never told how it is used, Reimers would like us to think that he is doing us a favor by keeping that kind of information secret—he says that it is "boring."
Reimers' Report, aired live Sep. 2, 2016 - 6 - 7 AM.