Doug Henwood had one of the good shows at WBAI, so of course it had to go.
For the record, as they say, here’s what I just wrote to Tony Bates:
I really don’t want to do a show every other week on Saturday morning, and you probably knew that when you made the decision. So I think I’ll just quit, effective immediately.
It takes a remarkable amount of balls for you, Tony, to engineer a reworking of the grid having just masterminded yet another failed fundraiser. Falling 1/3 short of your goal is a disgrace. But evidently your vision of WBAI is of chemtrails and footpads and 9/11 nuttery, so we obviously don’t mesh.
The polite thing would be wish you good luck, but I don’t feel like being polite. It’s a remarkable devolution from Samori Marksman to you.
Pacifica, for all practical purposes, is dead. It will be looted by the deranged, by an exceptionally pathological Marxist sect or two, and soon enough it will have no listeners (well, it’s almost there now, isn’t it.)
For a once-thriving left-wing radio network to be so totally castrated just at the time a real left alternative is needed seems to me to be beyond left stupidity and quite probably deliberately done.