They say (on the audio link with the story) that they were informed Sunday, October 31st that their show was being switched to 10:00 pm. I do not want to tell them what to do.
But they name Tony Bates. And they appear upset by him.
Sorry to speak out of school but Mr. Bates privately praised the work done by Ralph and Mya. I know that for a fact because many readers have forwarded his e-mails to me. I hope Ralph and Mya knew how he felt about their show.
I also know that WBAI management has long felt (I know this from C.I. and C.I.'s Pacifica friends) that the night hours are being wasted.
I can understand losing a drive time slot and being upset because you would potentially reach fewer people. But I also knew that WBAI was trying to beef up those late hours and were looking at what programs could best do that. One of the factors in considering Taking Aim was that it had a huge audience in audio archives at WBAI. It was one of the most streamed programs and it was thought that (a) it was a strong show and (b) it had a large audience already not listening live so it could help build the future of WBAI with a time switch and also continue to keep its huge archive audience.
I did not know any of this was taking place already. I am sorry that Mya Shone and Ralph Schoenman decided to end their program and they may have felt that without the five p.m. hour they just would not have an audience or some other reason. That is their decision and I respect it. They put a lot of passion into their show.
But I do hope that was the reason. I do hope they knew that Tony Bates was a fan of their show and regularly recommended the show to people who felt that WBAI was a little too stale or bland. Those are the e-mails that were forwarded to me. He would regularly encourage people to check out Taking Aim. I do not know if Ms. Shone and Mr. Schoenman knew that. I also do not know if they knew that Taking Aim was seen as a heavy hitter that could help develop the late night line up.
Again, their decision is their decision and I respect (I will miss the show) but from the clip at IndyBay, I got the impression they were hurt by the proposed change and I just hope it was just that the time factor made it not work for them. I hope they did not think, "Oh, our show is not valued at all!" Because their show was valued and if they think it was not that would mean that although Mr. Bates regularly praised it and recommended it, he never let them know how much he enjoyed the show.
I thank Mya Shone and Ralph Schoenman for all the great work they did on air and for always holding my attention. I certainly appreciated their work and I will miss them.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: