Friday, June 09, 2006
Donald Shabazz: Losing Control?
Once again, Donald Shabazz got on WAIF radio this evening in what seems to be another bout of losing control. Should the chairman of the WAIF board be someone who so easily loses his cool?

Here's the long and short of it: Donald takes some credible concerns, and mixes them totally up in his own fantasies. What results are nearly incomprehensible rants. For example, when he goes on about a right-winged racist with a Master's Degree, a kid who barely finished high school, and a little man who keeps trying to make something of himself -- is he talking about The Dean, Derrick Blassingame, and Nate Livingston?

Do the three of us collectively REALLY seem like part of a right winged racist conspiracy? The notion does not even make sense!

Are there white folks on the WAIF inside who want to run out the black control of the board?

I think so. And that troubles me. Corrupt white folks snaking their way into the place will not be any better than Shabazz and Co.

I think the whole station needs to get beamed up!
posted by Someone @ 6:40 PM  
  • At 11:06 PM, Blogger tryingtogetby said…

    I was on the whole reform waif thing until now...always gotta play the race card huh? It's not about color, it's about corruption. Damn you just pissed me off with that post, now it's just a spring board for your pathitic think I thought you were legit, trying to do the right thing and get waif back on track. All I can say is pathetic, and you lost my respect for what I thought you were trying to do.

  • At 7:25 AM, Blogger The Dean of Cincinnati said…


    Corruption is corruption. Period. Doesn't matter if performed by whites or blacks.

  • At 7:28 AM, Blogger The Dean of Cincinnati said…

    Actually, I think I should write a new post. You have hit on a key thing for reforming WAIF.

    Reform is not about new people in the same sructure; it's about changing the structure. Otherwise, the new folks can be authorized to do the same as the current. Maybe someone will kick Riley or Shabazz off the station out of retribution. Now what sense does that make? That would be the same as the current BOT actions!

  • At 8:46 AM, Blogger Derrick D. Blassingame said…

    Well Dean I see you have caught on to something. Unfortunately I am out of town and did not listen to Donald's rant, although I never listen to him I still know exactlyt what to expect.

    In response to Tryingtogetby, many of the problems at WAIF are race related believe it or not. The station manager Howard Riley has consistently emphasized, and even during board meetings that "whites have controlled the station for years, now it is black people's turn to rule." Now as a black person I don't mind a black majority, by the same token I do not wish to incorporate the ideals or tactics that white people or those in power have incorporated for centuries. That will never get us anywhere.

  • At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am involved at WAIF and as long as I've been there Shabbazz has been in charge, and it's clear he's not the person for the job. He's proven that over and over. Ballot stuffing, shutting people down, kicking them out for speaking up, everyone knows about it.
    What how hell does the race of the person matter, as long as it benefits the station I don't care if it's an albino dwarf with tourettes!!
    As long as they stick to the mission...DIVERSE programming FOR the community. The structure of WAIF needs to been torn down and rebuilt, period. I think at least we can agree one that.

    - tryingtogetby

  • At 5:14 PM, Blogger The Dean of Cincinnati said…

    I agree that the structure should be torn down and rebuilt. But I also think there is a group (of people who just happen to be white) who wish to take control at the next membership meeting.

    I don't like the feel of that route. Nothing personal. But that's not tearing down and rebuilding...

    I'm not working for any right winged conservative racists. But by God I'll bring the FCC into town!

    I can't believe Donald is still around. Don't you think the FCC would be more forgiving if they saw the station taking care of the guy who breaks all the rules.

  • At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    People have every right to speak their minds as they see fit regardless of their financial situation. That's the beauty of democracy.
    Doesn't it strike you as the least bit ironic that you are here anonymously decrying a man for using a pseudonym?
    I've never met the dean and am not interested in the state of his property.
    I'm here to follow the ruckus at an institution for which I have the utmost respect and love.
    Over the years I've been a WAIF programmer and longtime listener and have been disgusted by the ridiculous infighting which seems to be tearing apart this great asset to our city.
    Perhaps if people worked together to come to a sensible solution instead of slinging this offtopic mud, WAIF could be saved.


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