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WBAI’S MYSTERIOUS PHONE CONTRACTS

October 7, 2012

                                                                  

CERTIFIED MAIL 7010 0780 0000 3259 6095

                                                                             Edward Manfredonia

                                                                             Financial Reporter

                                                                             8337 St. James Avenue

                                                                             Apt. 4B

                                                                             Elmhurst, NY11373

                                                                             27 December 2011

 

Ross Wisdom CPA, PLLC

29 Broadway

Suite 1412

New York, NY 10006

 

Dear Sir:

 

I am a member of the WBAI Finance Committee.  The Chair of the WBAI Finance Committee is R Paul Martin (Martin).  Martin does not possess any knowledge, not even a basic knowledge, of accounting.  Martin also serves as the Treasurer of the WBAI Local Station Board- a position to which his friends elected him.  Martin is unqualified to serve in any position, which requires knowledge of accounting and finance.  Martin is fundamentally innumerate.

 

This missive concerns accounting errors and financial errors at WBAI.  It is your duty to determine if these are errors, negligence, gross negligence, or fraud.

 

At the beginning of your Independent Auditor’s Report of the Pacifica Foundation, you (generically Ross Wisdom) stated:

“We have audited the accompanying financial statement of the financial position of the Pacifica Foundation…”

 

Members of the WBAI Finance Committee have requested copies of a contract for the telephone system, which is in use at WBAI.  The contract was in the amount of $80,000.  This is absurd.  This is an outdated phone system.  It is the mandate of the WBAI Finance Committee to be provided with financial documents.  Martin has not made any effort to obtain a copy of this document.  When a member of the Finance Committee requested a copy of this contract, Mitchel Cohen, the Chair of the WBAI Local Station Board, stated that he had provided a copy of the contract to the Finance Committee member.  This was not true.  Cohen had presented a copy of the operating manual to this member.

 

Furthermore, all requests for information concerning the pay of the General Manager of WBAI have gone unanswered.  So too have information requests for the pay of other top officers of WBAI gone unfulfilled.  Martin, in his official capacity as Chair, has stated that these items are confidential.  I do not believe that this is true.  Is not the pay of the General Manager of a radio station licensed by the Federal Communication Committee a matter of public record?  And if not is it not the responsibility of WBAI to provide this information to the WBAI Finance Committee.

 

There also appears to be another top secret item.  When the representatives of WBAI to the Pacifica National Board travel to meetings of the Pacifica National Board are not the expenses mandated to be provided to the WBAI Finance Committee?  As it is only Martin in his capacity as Treasurer of the Local Station Board has any idea of these expenses.  This is a conflict of interest because Martin, the paradigm of incompetence in accounting knowledge, was elected to the WBAI Local Station Board and serves as Treasurer at the sufferance of those individuals, whose expenses the Treasurer must monitor.  Thus the Treasurer serves at the whim of the WBAI Local Station Board.  This is a basic conflict of interest- and is prohibited by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

 

Another problem concerning Pacifica Foundation is that it is my understanding that the pay of the top 5 officers of Pacifica is not provided.  Is not the pay of the top 5 officers of Pacifica required to be disclosed?

 

In this vein members of the WBAI Finance Committee have requested that information concerning the pay of the General Manager, Berthold Reimers, be provided.  This information has not been provided.  Is not WBAI required to provide this information to the WBAI Finance Committee?

 

I hope that I have clarified some of the problems at WBAI.  There are many more problems, which are only compounded by the incompetence of R Paul Martin, Treasure of the WBAI LSB and Chair of the Finance Committee.

 

A detailed response to my questions would be appreciated.

 

Thank you.

 

                                                                             Sincerely,

 

 

                                                                             Edward Manfredonia

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