Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Many moons ago, when I was appointed Manager of WBAI by Pacifica President Hallock Hoffman, he told me that I would be the face of the station to the outside world. "Don't worry about it, Chris," he said, "just remember that you represent the city's most significant and revered radio station."
I thought of that last night as I heard my current counterpart make two rare appearances on the air. This, I said to myself, is a man into whose hands WBAI has been placed for close to a decade—the personification of the radio station I once spoke of with pride. What happened?
Here are the two pitches by Berthold Reimers I heard. First, we hear him with his friend, master scammer Tony Bates, a live tag that followed the KPFK originated Jimmy Dore Show. Next, he shows up on Green Street, sounding desperate and incoherent. Bear in mind that this is the man who supposedly meets with the outside world to generate interest and support for the station.