In May of 2017, the program director at WBAI 99.5 FM agreed to work with me in using a zapper as a thank you gift for listener donations. The fundraising pitch for In Other News was scheduled for a Tuesday morning. We aired some of the testimonies you’ll hear in the video below. The listeners pledged and the station did very well. In fact, in one hour the pledges were up to 4000.00. They aired it the next day and made more. On the third day, the pledges totaled more than 30,000.00. At this point, the general manager was contacted by the Pacifica network executive director ordering him to shut down this fundraiser using the zapper. Behind the scenes, various board members and producers were roiling with contempt, arguing the efficacy of the zapper. The Pacifica executive director was contacted and in one email a pretext to shut down the successful fundraiser was used by claiming the zapper is a liability that could shock listeners and potentially kill them. The opposition tried to also force the station manager to send the money back to listeners and cancel their orders. Fortunately, that wasn’t possible because the on air fundraising agreement is a legal binding deal that must be honored. Here is a collage from the various voices including Carol Croft, her friends, WBAI producer Kevin O’Donoghue and former EW member Wayne Fries.