Friday, December 9, 2016
Who's streamin' who?
You may have heard fantasists like Haskins, Bates or Reimers talk about the thousands of people throughout the world who listen to WBAI via the internet stream. Did you believe that? Do you, in fact, believe anything these people say?
One indication of abysmal listenership is an inactive phone. Some hosts will tell you that "the phones are lighting up" when there is but one line. They will say "hello" to imaginary people in far-flung corners of the world and the U.S. Like all chronic liars and deceivers, they are averse to reality, and when a caller does get through, he or she is more often than not as familiar to us as to the host.
If you are curious to know how many people are streaming the WBAI signal, the answer can be found here.