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Off the Hook


Off the Hook is a weekly talk radio program by and about the hacker community, as well as related news and subjects of interest. It is broadcast Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM Eastern US time, over the air at WBAI 99.5 FM throughout the New York metropolitan area as well as netcast and podcast worldwide.

Off the Hook was started in 1988 by Emmanuel Goldstein, of 2600: The Hacker Quarterly. I discovered the show in the early 1990s, and remained a faithful listener ever since. Fast-forward through many years during which I met and worked with Emmanuel and company on various projects, and in 2008 I was invited to join the show as a regular panelist and contributor.

Occasionally, when Emmanuel is out of town, I get the opportunity to sit in his place as live broadcast engineer during the show. Our regular listeners can spot those episodes by all the engineering mistakes I make. I'd like to think I'm improving.

Outside my normal duties on the air and behind the scenes, I've had the opportunity to contribute my services to our listener-supported station's fundraising efforts. Listeners who pledged their support to WBAI during certain fund drive episodes of our show have received original artwork or t-shirts of my own design as thank-you gifts.

A selection of paintings produced for listeners; see the rest at my portfolio.

For further information about Off the Hook, see the show's Wikipedia entry. The show is archived and podcast via its official site, which contains MP3s of every episode ever as well as instructions for listening live over the air and online. There is also the stream page at WBAI, which contains more streaming formats and a Flash player.

Trivia alert: here's a blog post I wrote about our opening theme song.

Studio panorama by Bre Pettis (cc-by-nc)