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January 8, 1995
April 6, 2012
Once upon a time, in a pre-internet
civilization long ago, one of my only contacts
with an intelligent world (while growing up in
the suburban wilderness-- nearly an hour away
from Manhatten), was the listener-sponsored,
non-commercial Pacifica station, WBAI....
This was a great influence on my
intellectual development, for good http://wbai.org/
or for ill.
More recently, I
I spent much of my young teen-age years became an internet
with this station playing in the listener for a while
background, spewing mostly left-wing but gave up on them
doctrine of one sort or another, with when they replaced
occasional breaks for music, and lots the late-night
of "marathon" pledge drives, anarchist show with
frantically begging for money. narc radio.
As a kid, while my older brothers WEINBERG
listened to WBAI all night, I used
to camp out on top of a refrigerator
standing outside the door of their
basement lair. Later, after they'd
all moved out and I'd taken over the
big room down in the basement, I (I remember one summer I
spent many nights on my own, during knocked off another
some of the loneliest periods of my Carter Dickson novel
life, reading various things while every night before dawn.)
BAI's strange night time programming
I deeply resented the barrier that
long-distance charges posed to my Obviously, I was doomed
joining in the call-in chat sessions. to the internet from
an early age.
I really wanted to head in to the city
to become a volunteer to work for the
station (they always needed people to
work the phones during pledge drives).
For some reason, I wouldn't go there by
myself, and didn't succeed in talking
anyone else into going there with me.
by David Rapkin (Negativland before
and Peter Zanger. there was negativland.)
Paul MacIssac, and his very earnest
anti-tech (or at least anti-nuke) ANTI-PROMETHIAN
Some great radio drama, like
the production of Delany's
"The Star Pit".
I hated the fact that there were
other Pacifica stations around
the country that I couldn't hear
in New York. I used to dream But when I finally got to the
about driving around the country West coast, it was after I'd
just to listen to the radio. become addicted to the college
station ghetto at the bottom of
the dial, and it was years
before I developed the habit of
tuning up as high as 94.1 FM
where KPFA resides.
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