My farewell to Thursdays at 5
I read this intro to today’s show on WBAI:
Hello, and welcome to Behind the News. My name is Doug Henwood. This is my last show in this timeslot, and perhaps my last show on WBAI.
Back on Monday, November 1, as I was walking to pick my kid up at school, I got a call from the station’s interim program director, Tony Bates, informing me that he and his colleague on the interim management team, interim general manager Berthold Riemers, had decided to move this show to Saturday mornings and to cut back its frequency to twice a month.
I already have a full workweek, and I didn’t feel like adding a weekend morning to it—time I’d much rather spend with my beloved wife and kid. I was also insulted by the cutback in frequency. I’d just raised more money than any producer on this station ever had, by a long shot, on the web, during the last fundraiser—from all over the country and the world, demonstrating that this show has a large, loyal, and global audience. This, and the fact that this is the only show in the entire Pacifica system that focuses on economics in the midst of the worst economic crisis in 80 years, made the cutback in frequency especially incomprehensible and insulting. In the fifteen years of doing this show, no one in WBAI management has ever uttered a word of criticism about its style or content.
So I refused the offer. I’m going to continue producing a weekly edition of Behind the News for KPFA, our Berkeley sister station where this show has been running for almost two years, and for the web, where it has listeners from Austin to Beijing. WBAI is free to take it and broadcast it when it wants. But if you’d like to continue listening to my weekly take on economics and politics, you can find it on the web at my newsletter’s site, (Radio archives), or on iTunes (Behind the News with Doug Henwood).
Enough personal business. If you want to read more, check out my blog, at lbo-news.com, that’s lbo-news.com. I did this show two weeks ago, when I was in Berkeley for a conference, from KPFA’s studio. WBAI was fundraising then, as it’s now doing one day out of every three over the course of a year, so I didn’t do a show here that week. Ok, now to that show. And I’ll see you whenever.