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AUGUST 2012 
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From the Station Manager - Berthold Reimers
Berthold Reimers

Like the presidential race, it is an election year at WBAI. Local Station Board seats need to be filled. Pacifica is the only listener-supported independent media network for which both listener-members and staff-members (paid and unpaid) have the opportunity to be involved in the decision-making process via the Local Station Board.

Each Local Station Board (LSB) is composed of 24 delegates and 12 are elected to serve on the board each election cycle. These 12 delegates are elected to the board through two simultaneous elections, one among staff-members (staff members elect 3 staff delegates) and one among listener-members (listeners elect 9 listener members).

The Local Election Supervisor is charged with supervising these two simultaneous elections. You can contact her with any questions by emailing electionswbai@pacifica.org

Key dates for the election process can be accessed here, and forms will be available there as well. We look forward to new board members with an eye to a 21st century WBAI- while honoring progressive ideals of the last century.
Be sure to check the Calendar at WBAI.org for an extensive list of events
submitted online by not-for-profit groups from around the city.

  • August 3, Friday 6:30-7:30pm- ZUMBOOT Dance Workshop. WBAI's Sduduzo Ka-Mbili, producer of No Questions Asked  will teach  a mixture of traditional, contemporary and gumboot dances from Southern Africa. Accompanied by his assistant Bafana Matea (South Africa's top dancer). Sduduzo will be sharing his heritage at CUMBE Center for African and Diaspora Dance. 558 Fulton St. (near Flatbush) 2nd Floor, Brooklyn. For more information, call (718) 935-9700 or 347-407-5232  Bring your rubber boots to class and come ready to sweat!                    Hear Sduduzo Ka-Mbili on No Questions Asked , Wednesdays from10am-12noon. 
  • August 8-31- BEFORE WE WERE QUEER: The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History. WBAI will be part of the upcoming art exhibit  Pop-Up Museum of Queer History in NYC  by way of the Pacifica Radio Archives and director, Brian DeShazor who will bring the "Pacifica Radio Archives Queer Time Capsule" to the The Leslie + Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art Gallery, 26 Wooster Street, NYC, 12-6pm, Tuesday-Saturday. Opening Reception: Saturday, August 11, 7-9:30PM. More Info  




Listings of events for not- for-profit organizations must be submitted by the 15th of the month prior to publication of the e-Newsletter for the next  month. Email information here.  
Host Highlights
Host of the month: Mike Sargeant
Mike Sargeant
A graduate of the High School of Art & Design and Parson's School of Design as an Illustrator, Mike Sargent started his career in theater and film as a sound designer. He was nominated several times for the prestigious Audelco Award for
excellence in Sound Design. From there Mike went on to write, produce and direct radio drama and audio books, adapting the works of such acclaimed science-fiction authors as Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clark and has been the recipient of a series of grants to develop his feminist-science-fiction play Nemesis.

As an Illustrator he has also has done storyboards for a number of films as diverse as the horror film Brain Damage by Frank Henenlotter and most recently the thrillers Illegal Tender, and The Ministers by Franc. Reyes. Mike Sargent is currently Chief Film Critic for WBAI Radio's daytime film review program, Reelworld, and host of WBAI's popular late night radio show, Niteshift, which features live guests including everyone from Richard Donner, Harlan Ellison, and Richard Dreyfuss to Levar Burton, Esai Morales and Rah Digga.

Mike is a nationally quoted film critic whose quotes have been used in television, print and radio advertising campaigns. He is also a founding member of Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC). BFCC holds the distinction of being the only organization developed by and catering to the needs of African American media professionals who critique movies and cover the film industry.

Mike Sargent is also an established writer and director. His writing and directing debut feature film, Personals (aka Hook'd Up) starred Malik Yoba (of NY Undercover and Why Did I Get Married?) and Stacey Dash (of the film and TV show Clueless). Personals was the opening night film at Los Angeles' Pan African Film Festival in 1999. The L.A. Times called the film "both entertaining and provocative." The film was distributed theatrically in 2000-2001 by the independent urban film distributor FILMLIFE/BFFA.

Mike has returned to film making and is currently shooting Bad Boys: A Documentary. This is an in-depth, investigative film that examines why women, and society in general, are in love with "bad boys" throughout history. He has also created the website, www.badboystories.com , that is a standalone component as a place intended for women to share their stories with each other in hopes of having a greater understanding of why they do it. Why they get involved with those bad boys - whether it is helping or holding them back - whether it is empowering or diminishing their power - whether the attraction to bad boys is nurture or nature.

Mike can be heard on Reelworld on the 1st and 5th Wednesday of the month from 2:00pm - 3:00pm and on Nightshift on Tuesdays from Midnight-2 AM.


Congratulations to David Rothenberg, WBAI's host of Any Saturday (Saturdays 8-10am) on the publishing of his new book.

David's multilayered life thrust him into Broadway's brightest lights, prison riots, political campaigns, civil rights sit-ins, and a Central American civil war.

In his memoir, Fortune in My Eyes , his journey includes many of the most celebrated names in the theater: Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Sir John Gielgud, Charles Boyer, Peggy Lee, Eartha Kitt, Charles Laughton, Alvin Ailey, and numerous others. David produced an Off-Broadway prison drama, Fortune and Men's Eyes , which reshaped his life. John Herbert's chilling play led directly to the creation of the Fortune Society, which has evolved into one of the nation's most formidable advocacy and service organizations in criminal justice. David was Elizabeth Taylor's opening night date at the Richard Burton Hamlet a distant cry from his entering Attica prison during that institution's famed inmate uprising...just two of the experiences revealed in this memoir.

As a theater publicist and producer and as a social activist he shares experiences with presidents (JFK and Bill Clinton) and with anonymous men and women, out of prison, who have fought to reclaim their lives. The human drama of the formerly incarcerated is a match for many of the entertainment world's most fabled characters.

We are proud to announce that Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg's production, Out of the Flames, From the Ashes: The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and Its Legacy, has won the Matt Doherty/Gwen Wells Excellence in Broadcast Media and Communications award, one of the
Ken Nash + Mimi Rosenberg
most prestigious awards granted by the New York Metro Labor Communications Council ("METRO").

Out of the Flames, a Women's History Month production, is a tapestry of archival sound, and reenactments, a docudrama of the "flowering girls" who lost their lives in the Triangle Fire,  for the hundredth anniversary of one of the most tragic and pivotal events in the history of the labor movement. Threaded through the sound tapestry are the haunting voices arising from the fire,  intermingled with the poetry and songs that arose in the wake of  the tragedy. Another thread of the tapestry are voices of scholar/activists who discuss  the legacy of Triangle for today; to organize and unionize, to regulate the workplace and create a safe, decent life for working people, to attend to the problems of today sadly that echo the conditions at the time of the Triangle Fire.

This is the second time the producers have been honored by METRO, with this award, which they also won for their documentary Domestic Workers Uniting - Your Home, My Work. 

Building Bridges and WBAI wish to thank both METRO as well as the International Labor Communications Association for their recognition of our programming over the years and our numerous listeners for your support. The program is available here.
 Donate, Donate, Donate!donate

We are launching an intensified initiative to respond to your requests that we cut down days of on-air fund drives. You can help us to do that by becoming a BAI BUDDY.

A BAI BUDDY is someone who signs up to make a recurring donation to WBAI using either a credit/debit card, or EFT (electronic funds transfer) from your bank account. It is safe, secure, and so easy!


It's simple, automatic and means a great deal to keeping our unique and high-quality programming on the air!


An online form for registering as a BAI Buddy is not yet ready for prime time. But it will be available soon. In the mean time, don't forget us! There are two ways you can become a BAI Buddy without waiting for this page to go live:


Mail : You can register your recurring donation using the U. S. Mail. Just print out the form that is available here and mail it to the address provided.

Phone: Or, if you're really enthusiastic about the great programs you're enjoying on WBAI, you can call 212.209.2828 and tell them you want to become a BAI Buddy! We'll be glad to help you get set up. Thank you so much, your support keeps us on the air!


By becoming a WBAI Buddy:
  • You help to cut down the number of on-air fund drive days
  • You get the new WBAI tote/grocery bag
  • You become eligible for on-air giveaways
  • You get to participate in the Member Perks discount program at local shops
  • You get discounted or free entry to WBAI live events  


- When 415 people sign up for just a $10 a month donation, we can eliminate our fund drive days in September.


- When 3,500 people sign up for just a $10 a month donation, we can eliminate our entire summer fund drive. 


- When our entire current membership signs up for just a $10 a month donation, we no longer need any on-air fund drives!  


We all pay a whole lot more each month to watch cable TV and  to get on the internet.

By donating to WBAI we got a whole lot more for a whole lot less!



Internships interns
Intern of the month: Emily Gelber
Emily Gelber

Emily is currently a student at Brown University going into her Sophomore year. She is interested in American politics and medicine. She has been interning at the station for over two months and has worked as a production assistant for Felipe Luciano, producer of "The Wake Up Call" and helping Yvonne Singh in the premiums department. She also gained exposure to the production side of radio, including editing and sound work.

WBAI Welcomed 1199 Summer Interns  
WBAI participated with the Workforce 2000 program sponsored by SEIU 1199. The four high school seniors spent 4 days a week here at WBAI learning about radio operations and one day a week receiving workplace training at 1199 union headquarters. The students hailed from Marist High School, FIAGS High School, and Benjamin Banneker Academy.
L to R: India Rittenburg, Kamali Lowe, Franchesca Wallen, James Pasion

Internship Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2012
Internships (credit and non-credit) internships in audio engineering, marketing, accounting, graphic design, social media networking, event planning, general station support, and business organization. Please email a resume, days/hours  of availability, and areas of interest to:
Listener Commentarylisteners

Submit Your Articles To Our Blog


WBAI wants to hear what you have to say! The WBAI Blog is a place where you can submit your feelings/reflections/opinions/essays to possibly be posted. We'd even love for you to submit pictures (appropriate please), videos, and audio clips. Keep in mind, that we ask that what you submit relates to WBAI and the shows that we broadcast daily.  


We ask that any submissions be less than 500 words. As you'll see on the blog, our posts are not very long. Also, we ask that anything you post be your own original work that you own the rights to, especially photos - you be the photographer.


WBAI is committed to being a free speech radio, focusing on independent news and talk about politics, the arts and music, science and health, and life in general in NYC. Therefore, we open this submission page to anyone with something to say. Please note: this is not a place to voice your ideas for a new show, or for commercial solicitation.


At the top of your submission please include your:

SHORT BIO (2-3 sentences with a portrait)

If we wish to use your submission, we will contact you via e-mail.

Send in articles to: submitmyarticle@wbai.org



Please send your comments, complaints, or compliments related to any program subject matter aired this month toListenercommentary@wbai.org with "Listener Comment" in the subject line. Submissions should be limited to 400 words and please include your full name and location. We reserve the right to edit where deemed necessary.  

Thank you to fund drive food providers

Food co-ordinator Helena  Faith-Miehl AKA EarthMum did an outstanding job of securing donations of food for our volunteers during the fund drive- as well as cooking up some very healthy and tasty delights herself.


Thanks to her efforts, volunteers enjoyed snacks from every culinary corner of NYC and around the world. Here is the list of generous food donators whom we wish to say thanks to. Please do so personally if you stop in to any of the establishments for a bite.   


120 Broadway (at Pine St.)

New York, NY,10271-0091


Au Bon Pain

Riverside Square Mall
Hackensack, NJ 07601


Ayurveda Café

706 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY 10025


Best of New York Food 

150 Water Street   

New York, NY 10005  


Caravan of Dreams                                                         

405 East 6th Street

New York, NY 10009


Duane Reade

95 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005


Falafel Express

1406 Madison Avenue  

New York, NY 10029


Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill

3958 Park Ave                      

Bronx, NY 10457


Jou Jou Cafe

24 Maiden Ln

New York, NY 10038

And also at 603 WEST 168TH STREET New York, NY 10032


Nuchas Artisan Hand Held Foods

117 36th Street

Union City, NJ 07087


Maggianos Little Italy

390 Hackensack Ave Spc 70
Hackensack, NJ 07601


P F Parking                                                                     

1924 Webster Street

Merrick, NY 11566



263 East 10th Street

New York, NY 10009


Terri Vegetarian

60 W 23rd Street Sixth Avenue

New York, NY 10010 


Three Guys

1232 Madison Ave BET 88TH AND 89TH STREETS

New York, NY



United Tastes of Africa, Inc.

675 Route 22 West

Hillside, NJ 07205

The Artsy Fartsy Show to Air Fringe Festival

On Tuesdays August 7 and 14 at 2pm, AFS will air  radio broadcasts featuring plays, musicals and artists involved in this years Fringe Festival.

On Thursdays Aug 9 and 16
, AFS will be run a live U-stream panel discussionon the most "out there" plays in  fringe as well as on producing theatre with shoestring budget, fiscal sponsorship or investor budget.

Members of AFS will also moderate live panel discussions on theatre and ethnicity on Thursdays as part of Fringe U. Follow AFS online blogging, tweeting, and chatting throughout the Fringe.

More info here:
fringe    The Artsy Fartsy Show

Eco-logic,  August 7, 8-9pm: The Environment From An Economic Perspective
In honor of the summer conference of the Union of Radical Professional Economists (URPE), Ken Gale will host a show connecting environmental issues with economic and financial issues.  In these days of Occupy Wall St., more and more people are making connections between what used to be considered separate issues.  Guests will included Joel Kupferman or the National Lawyers Guild.


Berthold Reimers - General Station Manager 
WBAI Pacifica Radio
120 Wall Street, 10th Floor
(212) 209-2800 
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Listener Commentary

WBAI Twitter Contest Continues!
As suggested by one of our listeners - WBAI needs a message that its call letters stand for!

To participate in our contest, visit twitter.com/WBAI_Radio (capitalization is important when typing our twitter name in your search engine).

Make sure to follow us and then tweet at us what you think the letters W-B-A-I should stand for: @WBAI_Radio

Winners will be tweeted, read on the air, posted on our website and will receive a WBAI t-shirt