Saturday, March 24, 2007

If You Don't Want to Pay for Public Radio, I Have Another Reason

Another fundraising drive on WBUR is finally over. I waited until the last couple of hours of this year's spring beg-a-thon to make my yearly donation. I always send money (god knows I listen to enough NPR), but I still hate those fundraising drives--how they disrupt the programming, how the announcers start to sound a little cranky near the end. (I've written about this before--I had the bright but unworkable idea of a secret, password protected second WBUR feed, just for people who had already sent money.)

Please people, if you listen to NPR in the Boston area, send WBUR something--$5 bucks a month, whatever--so they can cut back on future fundraising drives. But here's the thing: If you don't want to do it for public radio, do it for me.

That's right--me. My doctor has been on my case to reduce stress, exercise more, and in general, take better care of myself. If your donations can delay the next fundraising drive by even a month or two, that will go a long way to reducing my stress. And a fundraising-free commute makes for a happier, less stressed Alison.

So there you go--do it for NPR or do it for me. Either way, I'll be grateful.

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3 Comments:

Blogger David said...

I already give to WBUR. Great station.

I like all NPR productions though, and even related stuff. This morning I watched this new ShowTime version of This American Life, and coincidentally I just listened to this This American Life parody Friday.

6:59 AM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

I'll have to check out the parody--thanks! I watched the Showtime version of TAL as well, and thought they did a fair job of transferring the show to television. I loved how Ira Glass sat at the table with the old-timey microphone! He has that cute-nerd look I find very appealing. :-)

And thanks for reducing my stress by giving to WBUR. Remember folks--every dollar you give is a point off my cholesterol or blood pressure!

10:45 AM  
Blogger karrie said...

Too funny, and too true.

I've actually been driving in silence recently, after reading that as a suggestion to relieve stress. So I was not even aware another fund drive had kicked off.

5:30 PM  

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