The end of “Behind the News”
I just got a call from Tony Bates, WBAI’s interim program director, informing me that as part of changes to the schedule, my show would be moved from Thursdays at 5 PM to every other Saturday at 10 AM. This is clearly a considerable marginalization, so I’m going to quit. The rot of WBAI has been wearing on my nerves, and this change would bring the cost/benefit ratio into seriously negative territory.
It’s remarkable that an interim program director who’s just masterminded another failed fundraiser—this one’s fallen about 1/3 short of its goal, despite being extended by several days—should undertake a renovation of the schedule. He’s the guy responsible for the chemtrails and footpads and 9/11 nuttery during these failed fundraisers, too, so you can see what kind of vision he has. He’s got a good radio manner for hawking premiums, but when it comes to thinking, he comes in rather short. What a remarkable devolution from the days of the program director who gave me my show, Samori Marksman, a man with lots of brains and charisma.
I apologize to any of you who contributed to the station on the basis of my recent plea. If you’d like to file a complaint about the money or the programming shift, here are some email addresses: