A Message From the President

Commentary & Opinion
7:49 am
Mon December 1, 2014

End Of Year Tax Time

Toward the end of every year, we all seem to receive a slew of solicitation letters. Let’s not kid ourselves. People wait until the last minute to decide where to send their tax-deductible contributions. They have a great many choices. There are genuine charities that really deserve their money. There are churches and synagogues, temples and mosques. There are environmental organizations and educational institutions, hospitals and more. And then, dear friends, there are the WAMC stations. If you don’t use the radio station, perhaps this is a time to tune out. But if you do, let’s deal with the reality of what, as a communal group, we are up against.

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Commentary & Opinion
10:23 am
Fri October 31, 2014

We're Knights Of The Roundtable

One of the best things on WAMC is the first hour of The Roundtable, every weekday morning between nine and ten.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:51 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Failure Is Not An Option

We are about to embark on one of the most telling fund drives of all. The truth is that we are only as good as our last fund drive.  We have to raise a million dollars. Some of this money is already in the locked box and we are grateful for everyone who has already done something. There is a relatively tiny bit of money in our First Amendment Fund to be used at the discretion of the Board of Trustees if someone or something threatens our right to do our job. But otherwise, we live from fund drive to fund drive. Failure, of course, is not an option.

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Commentary & Opinion
2:58 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

The Control Room Challenge

At the beginning of October comes the next fund drive. Before you groan, please try to remember how much these drives mean to the continuation of the station that you listen to and depend on.  Sooner or later, someone has to pay the piper. The only way that we can be sure that WAMC remains in its present form – with the freedom to say what we want, preserve balance, and operate as we have been doing -  is for each person to do what they can. When that happens, when everyone pitches in, the station flourishes. I was recently at Tanglewood and several folks came up to say hello. They proudly announced that they loved the station and were members. Obviously, I thanked them with everything I had in me. That’s because when someone tells me that they understand, I am incredibly, personally and humbly grateful. I know that every day people tune in and often stay tuned in. They often tell me of things that I haven’t heard and I am grateful for that, too.

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Commentary & Opinion
10:14 am
Thu July 31, 2014

So Far, So Good

As the summer comes to an end and we are threatened with yet another horrendous ice age winter, we should take a moment to think about everything that WAMC does to help with our extended weather forecasts that have no peers anywhere. People need to know about tornadoes and nor’easters and snow and ice. In fact, we have no higher priority here at WAMC than keeping you informed about what’s coming your way. But it is more than just information. It’s David Guistina in the morning telling you what to expect and then suggesting what you might want to do about it. Even if it’s a simple suggestion that you watch out for the black ice or bundle up you know that you have a real friend when you need one.

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Commentary & Opinion
2:19 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

The Heart Of The Operation

If there’s one thing I know about our WAMC listeners, it’s that you’re there for us when we need you.  Over 30 years worth of fund drives have proven that.  You know that when we ask, it’s because we truly can’t do it without you.  Sometimes we find people who really love the station and can afford to do more, and such is the case now.

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Commentary & Opinion
2:25 am
Sun June 1, 2014

My Meeting With Garrison

I recently had the real pleasure of spending some time at the WAMC studios with Garrison Keillor who is, of course, an immense star. He’s very tall and shows some wear and tear around the edges. He has tremendous intellect and he is sardonically funny.  As you know he has the “Writer’s Almanac” every day and I love the show, it’s so interesting; a little bit of history, a little bit of poetry and he always provokes thought. Every once in a while he likes to push the envelope and if it involves something naughty it can present radio problems for us but so far we’re still breathing. You know those poets, always crossing boundaries.

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Commentary & Opinion
8:22 am
Thu May 1, 2014

The Lock Box, The Fund Drive And All Of Us

On June 2nd, all of us in the WAMC family will commence our spring-summer fund drive.  You have got to realize that you are just as big a part of this event as the WAMC staff is. The last fund drive was quite a miracle. In about four days, we (and I mean “we” as in all of us) raised a million dollars because we all understood that the way to make everything go faster was to feed the locked box before the fund drive.  It turns out that the locked box is the best thing to happen since sliced bread. It’s there for just one reason – to hold money in reserve for the fund drive. Every penny that is in that box comes from people like you. Some give because they want to make the drive go faster. Some are truly worried about the physical and mental health of the staff as they approach yet another Herculean effort. Some just love the contest. They are fascinated by the effort of our community to make something happen that no one has ever done before.

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Commentary & Opinion
4:14 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

The Roundtable Panel

The first hour of The Roundtable has proven to be a great success. Host Joe Donahue and I have received many compliments about the way in which the program is conducted.  Listeners recognize the obvious love and respect that exists among the panelist and new heroes and heroines have emerged.

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Commentary & Opinion
4:24 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

With Thanks And Admiration

Everywhere I go, people are congratulating the radio station for, by far, the fastest million dollar fund drive in history. I always try to make the point that it is not the WAMC staff and board that deserve the kudos but all of you who made it happen. The amount of money that came in before the drive even started was astounding. A few weeks out we had about $300,000 in the magic locked (or lox or lock) box. We announced that number on the air and within days, we had $417,000 in the box. Every penny that came in before the drive that was marked for the box was accounted for and added to the total and used to shorten the drive.

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