Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Calling all WMRAers with a sense of humor and a willingness to speak up!

Okay, gang, I'm starting today's blog with a really lame, lame, lame attempt at what I would not presume to call wit . . .

"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And how you and I together can
Make sure our fundraiser sings."
Here's the deal as I, your intrepid blogger, see it: WMRA on-air folks will be cozying up to their microphones in a matter of weeks and nattering away (cheerfully, compellingly, windily) about both
  • how much we all need WMRA as part of our community's conversation; and 
  • how dependent WMRA is on your support.
Speaking as one of the natterers, I will be hard put to come up with anything I haven't said before. Several hundred times, most likely. I try during every fundraiser to mix things up, but let's face it, I'm working with the same brain and creative juices I've always had.

Now let me pull out my professional crystal ball, give it a good dusting, put on my oracle outfit and do a little gazing.

Hmmmmm, what do I see?

Or more importantly, what do I hear?

Wonder of wonders! I hear myself, and Bob, and Terry, and Matt, and Tom G. and Tom D. speaking words we've never used before, because they are your words!

How fresh! How compelling! What fun we are all having!

But you know, we won't have that wonderful supply of new, fresh words if you don't supply them. Yes, I am asking you to post your reasons for supporting WMRA, so we can use your words instead ours to get the phone a-ringing during the Fall Fundraiser.

I've already asked once on Facebook, and got only one (excellent) response -- thank-you, thank-you Lisa Gaudet Carter! So now, please, it's your turn.

Take your WMRA support to another level!

You may post your reasons for supporting WMRA either here or on the "Why I support WMRA" Facebook discussion page I've started.
WMRA needs you!


  1. Now that I have my own business, WMRA is on my radio most of the day. This summer, I spent a month directing a program at Christopher Newport University. I figured that Newport News - and certainly the campus - were pretty civilized and I'd be able to stream WMRA. Unfortunately, internet connections were very spotty, in the residence hall where we lived. "No problem," I thought. "I can still get NPR." You know what I found out? Yes, I had NPR, but NOT WMRA. I missed my WMRA family. It just wasn't the same without Martha and Terry and Matt and Sarah and Tina and the Professah and the others. That reaction was kind of a eureka-moment and it really underlined, for me, why I support WMRA.

  2. I have an old under-the-counter GE radio that I have moved from house to house with me over the years just so that I can listen to public radio while I'm pouring water into the coffee maker in the morning or chopping onions in the evening. NPR is much more to me than a vehicle for getting the news. The voice of Susan Stamburg, the voice of Noah Adams hooked me way back when. Now other voices like Michelle Norris and Bob Edwards have become friends. Listening to NPR tells me I am home. It is comforting, like that first cup of coffee, but it is also enlightening, provocative, surprising. I have no doubt that my life would be poorer without it.

  3. 1950's and '60s radio star Arthur Godfrey figured out that no matter how big his total audience was he was only talking to one person. When I listen to WMRA and hear Bob or Martha or Matt or Tina I feel I'm hearing friends I've know for years. They are bright,civil and sometimes even funny.And they are talking to me.On WMRA no one is telling me,every few minutes, to go buy a car or yelling at me about what's wrong with the other side's politics. WMRA provides me with intelligently reported news and great entertainment.Public Radio and NPR cover the whole country. But when I'm returning from a road trip and can tune in WMRA I'm home.