Monthly Archives: October 2010


Some days around here seem sort of like Dancing with the Stars.  Without the stars, I guess.  Dancing with ordinary people, maybe.

We come out (sans costumes, most days), we learn new things, we make mistakes (which everybody hears), we help each other, we do our best, we try to follow the music that’s going on around us.  We don’t always get all tens, but we dance.

In the last few days, we’ve broadcast political debates, launched a fabulous new music show, sifted through news from around the world, produced a week’s worth of lunch time talk, wrote and recorded promos about our upcoming pledge drive, installed an entirely new way of recording pledges from our great listeners, christened a web redesign that has involved changing almost everything about everything, interviewed PHIL Music Director Andrew Constantine, shared information about bed bugs, handled a few complaints, accepted some awesome compliments and encouragements, partnered with some new businesses, and thought more creative thoughts than could be listed.

It’s a really good kind of dancing, certainly more cha cha than Viennese Waltz, seems to me.  And we do go home tired some nights, or discouraged that everything didn’t go quite right, or that we added something new that isn’t doing exactly what we thought it would do.  But I will tell you this, when things here don’t go quite right, you can be very sure, it isn’t because people aren’t trying.  And we are not standing still.

We start our fall pledge drive on Saturday, this Saturday, and pledge drive is the time when I think the dancing is the most beautiful.  It’s a ton of work, especially for membership manager David Hunter and also for Lea Denny, who coordinates volunteers (and just about everything else) and program director Kevin Kreigh, who has to make sure everything gets plugged into the right spot at the right time, and for engineer Ed Didier, who has to make sure that all the things that literally have to be plugged in are running smoothly.  So, it’s work for everybody.

But the spirit here during pledge drive is just incredible.  One, because we know we can count on each other, and we do, and we know it will all get done and be good.  Because we do not want to let each other – or you, listeners – down.

Secondly, and most importantly, it’s incredible because we know we can count on the listeners, on you.  It’s a busy time but we’re not overly stressed once we get started, because we know those phones are going to ring (and that web pledge site is going to be humming) and it’s going to work.  We’ve got some big goals (we’d like to have 1200 donors) – because we continue to have challenging needs – but we’ve got a big audience. And once we get out onto that dance floor and start the music, you really do know your part.  And we love watching it all come together.

So we’ll keep broadcasting the news (BBC will do rolling news all night tonight to cover the emergence of the Chilean miners, just so you know), great music, ME & ATC, Ricky Kemery, and the Car Talk guys.  And starting Saturday we’ll mix it up a bit for a week or so.

C’mon.  Let’s dance.


PS – If you make a contribution anytime between now and Monday morning at 9am, you’ll be entered to win an iPad. It makes us nervous when people wait until the last minute to donate, so we’re offering a little encouragement to join the fun early.  You can give at or call us during office hours at 452-1189.


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Meet the Music

It’s on right now and it’s good.

So happy to add this to our line up and so grateful for the guests who are making it possible. Tonight it’s Derek Reeves and David Ling, Steve Walley, and the Bill Lupkin Blues Band (listening while I type).

David Ling & Derek Reeves


And thanks to other volunteers – our stars – who are putting in so much time – Julia Meek, always bringing the best, and Al Mozena, helping to engineer the music.

NIPR staff putting in extra hours include our genius engineer Ed Didier and program director and program co-host, Kevin Kreigh.

Lots of thought, creativity, time, skill and talent.  Can’t find it anywhere else.

Thanks for listening,



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The fine print.

Pledge Drive ahead.  Our fall “opportunity for investment” (like that?) will start on Saturday, October 16 and run through Saturday, October 23 and we’ve got lots of fun planned.  But we’re starting off with some great excitement!

To encourage early gifts (which keeps us from panic attacks as the week progresses), we’re giving away an iPad to those who contribute during the pre-drive push – starting now (as in Oct. 6) and running through 9am on Monday, October 18.  Wanted you to know about it first!

And of course, there’s fine print, so we’re posting that here, just so you know.

NIPR Apple iPad Giveaway — Official Drawing Rules and Policy

Prize: One brand-new 16GB Apple iPad™. The fair market value of this prize is $500.00. This prize is not redeemable for cash and is not transferable.

How to Win: No contribution to NIPR is necessary. The promotion begins at 12:00 AM ET on Oct. 6, 2010 and ends at 9:00 AM ET on Oct. 18, 2010. Only entries received during the promotional time are eligible.

How to Enter: Entry is automatic with on-line, telephone or mailed contribution during the promotional period. The number to call during pledge drive  is 260-452-1185 or 1-800-471-9264, or online at To enter without making a contribution, call in and submit your name, address and daytime telephone number. To contribute by phone prior to the start of the pledge drive (October 16) call the main office number at 260-452-1189.

Entries are limited to one per person,address, or household regardless of the method of entry. No responsibility is assumed by NIPR for lost, late, damaged or incomplete entries or for any human error or any computer, online, telephone or technical malfunctions that may occur. All entries become the property of NIPR and will not be returned. You can request a copy of full contest rules and details by calling 260-452-1189 or by email at

Eligibility: Employees of NIPR, members of their immediate family(sorry, kids) or persons living in the same household are not eligible to win. Contestants must be 21 years or older to enter. Participation is restricted to persons living in the United States. A person may only win one NIPR giveaway prize per 30 days.

Selection and Notification of Winner: Winner will be randomly drawn by a station employee on Oct. 18, 2010 from among all the eligible entries received. In the event of an unclaimed prize, a new name will be drawn and the winner contacted. Process will be repeated until the prize is accepted.

General Conditions: Participants agree to be bound by the terms of these Official Rules and by the decision of NIPR, which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this promotion. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited by law. By entering, participants release and hold harmless NIPR from any and all liability or any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this promotion or any prize won. Participants also agree to grant NIPR the right to use their entry, name, image or other likeness without further compensation for advertising, fundraising or promotional purposes. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Whew!  Now that you’ve got the scoop, make certain to get your entry in before 9am ET on October 18.  And while, according to the rules, you don’t have to contribute to enter, we hope you find public radio, NIPR specifically, important enough that you’ll do what you can during this important fund drive.

Have a good one,



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