No time to blog when you’re pledge driving, folks. We had a great week of on-air activity and a good week of all the follow up that has to happen. Thanks, really, to all of you who pledged and supported and watched us dodge bullets during that challenging week. We ended up in a pretty good place, although we’re always, even in a successful drive, far short of what it takes to run this organization until the next drive. It’s a strange fund raising model, but it’s the one that seems to work for pub radio.
If you were following the news, you won’t be surprised that we heard from a lot more people than usual during this drive, as far as people calling in for reasons other than to pledge. The Juan Williams story sparked lots of comments and I’m glad people feel free to weigh in on these difficult issues. I especially appreciate folks to called in to voice disapproval, but let us know that they would continue to support this, the local station. And I even had space for members who said they just didn’t feel like they could financially support us at this time, but voiced their concerns with civility.
I didn’t especially appreciate the rude, threatening people who vowed to never give us another dime, to see to it that I personally was taken down along with the station, and to make certain that public media never received another cent of federal funding. Almost without exception, those calls, the hysterically angry, threatening calls were from people who’d never given us a dime to start with, and most of them, I’m pretty sure, had never listened either.
That sort of activity takes a lot of energy and pledge drive takes a pretty fair amount of energy all on its own, so we were a tired bunch when the week ended. But we were, when all was said and done, extremely proud to be working for such a decent group of listeners and contributors.
You get it and for that we are grateful.
And we’re grateful for every pledge made, every encouraging comment, and every show of support for local programming and national offerings, for every suggestion as to how we can better serve this community, and for every “atta girl” and “atta boy” that came our way.
It was a little weird to think about this being my last pledge drive as an official member of this crew. Early in the week I was pretty emotional about that, because, really, I’ve loved pledge drives. By the end of the week, I was of a little different mind set, but still just so grateful for the opportunity to have worked with this awesome staff and our faithful listeners.
Thanks for your part in making it a great drive – your gifts, your time on the phones, treats and goodies brought in, and good thoughts and encouragement. It all matters more than you might think.
P. S. I suspect there will continue to be a great deal of discussion about the funding of NPR and of local public radio (and television). For an informative article, might I suggest “Why NPR Matters”, published in The Atlantic?