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Rural Radio ImageRural radio stations are disappearing.  I talk about this in my new book, PLEDGE: The Public Radio Fund Drive, at pledgethebook.com. Little stations, unable to meet impossible matching requirements for federal money, slowly dying while their frequencies get gobbled up by big radio corporations. If you think this doesn’t affect you, you’re wrong. Read more about it here.

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jun/06/radio-silence-how-the-disappearance-of-rural-stations-takes-americas-soul-with-them?fbclid=IwAR0oYeHS5eujXeGxBWinz3EAqwWqqGnfKIIUGzr6-DxotVgaCOq67lrLPM0

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August 31, 2019 at 02:22

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Great Interview

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Had a good talk with Nicholas Erickson of Rhetor News about PLEDGE: The Public Radio Fund Drive at pledgethebook.com.  Here it here: https://bit.ly/2PrkXag

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August 31, 2019 at 02:15

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KBOO interviews me.

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Newsies Lisa Loving and Annette Newell talk with me about my book, PLEDGE: The Public Radio Fund Drive during an episode of KBOO’s “News from the Boo.” It was the fastest 9 minutes ever.  Find it here: https://www.kboo.fm/media/74561-pledge-book

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July 29, 2019 at 06:57

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(Overcoming) The Fear

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Whenever I see or hear of someone that inspires me with what they’ve done, it reminds me of how scary it can be to put yourself out there. I’ve been feeling that especially as my book filters it way out to more people. I found somebody else who gets exactly how I’ve been feeling recently. It’s a part of a blogpost by Carol Lynch Williams on her blog, “Throwing up Words.” It was republished by Chris Crowe on his blog, “Writing is an Act of Faith.”

“It is an act of faith to plop down in a chair—on a good, bad, or indifferent day—and to face the blank page or computer screen with a subconscious voice drowning out all your thoughts and inspiration with head-splitting shrieks of high expectations, self-criticism and self-doubt. To put that first letter on the great unknown of the blank page is an act of faith comparable to anything the boldest dreamers and explorers have done: to go boldly where no one has gone before. Faith is what turns that first letter into the first word, the first word into the first sentence, the first sentence into the first paragraph, the first paragraph into the first page. Moving that pen or striking that keyboard is like planting a tiny mustard seed with the hope, the faith, that it will, eventually, with time and effort, turn into something much grander than the original speck of organic material.

It is an audacious act of faith to keep stringing words and sentences together for an extended period of time, hoping that with enough effort, they will eventually add up to a book that is much greater than the sum of its parts. You hope that, even in the face of self-doubt, rejection, and failure, your faith will give you the courage to write that first letter, to plant a tiny speck on the blank page and to hope, no, to know, that if you keep going, sooner or later it will begin to add up to something. It’s a leap of faith, really, but you have learned that if you take that leap into the great blank unknown, you can write. Believe it or not, you can write. Really, you can write.”

Yeah, that about sums it up.

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July 22, 2019 at 03:51

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Branding Music for PLEDGEtheBook

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I comissioned two pieces of music to coincide with the book’s release. I’ll be including them in marketing pieces for the book later in the month. The composers and I worked hard to find that public radio feel. I think we got it.

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July 9, 2019 at 06:45

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PLEDGE is ready for Capitalism

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To paraphrase Ira Glass, the PLEDGE website wants to offer a little swag of its own.  After years of being steeped in the public radio pledge drive, I realized that one of its most annoying aspects is the overwhelming emphasis on sustainers to the not so subtle exclusion of everyone who isn’t a sustainer.  I talk about it at length in the book.

So I’ve created a suite of teez that address that exclusivity.  Bless the sustainers; the princes and princesses of public radio.  But they aren’t the only ones in the Kingdom.  These eight shirts look at public radio’s devotion to sustainers from the perspective of people who might not have their resources but still love public radio and give as they can.

P.S. And please visit the website at https://lnkd.in/giyyHxP and sign up for emails and information about the publication date for PLEDGE. 

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January 3, 2019 at 14:14

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PLEDGE The Book Excerpt: Kumbaya

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Owners, or the people running a place, can have a big effect on its character, or the feel of the place they’re running. Many times, that comes down to the relationship between employees and supervisors, or management and the board. Public radio is no different. But public radio listeners probably don’t put public radio stations and say, unions together in their minds much since, because public radio is so cerebral, reasonable, progressive and intelligent, why they might wonder, would there ever be any need for anything so impersonal as labor agreements. Everybody is always moving in the same direction, aren’t they? Not according to this 2014 statement from the WYPR Organizing Committee in response to station management efforts to kill a union vote.  “In These Times” writer Bruce Vail reported on the issue.  “We are disheartened by management’s decision to spend significant station resources to undermine our democratic effort. We hope they will commit as fully to making measurable improvements to the workplace and supporting the production staff.”

An author conducted survey of people in and associated with public radio found that nearly 40% of public radio stations are unionized. A little more than one in three are not. And 25% of respondents didn’t know either way.  For a lot of listeners, that might be a surprise. But staff in stations, like miners, teachers, pilots, nurses and longshoremen tend to unionize after labor disputes make them see that management doesn’t always work in their best interests. That’s not good for pledge drives, since strikes tell listeners all is not well in public radioland. And development officers like their givers copacetic. Labor unrest can have secondary effects on station character and ownership that goes way beyond whose name is on the building. The work can suffer. Morale can plummet and old, familiar voices can vanish without so much as a whisper in the thick of palace intrigue.

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May 5, 2018 at 05:02

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