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Thursday, September 18, 2008

My most frivolous thought currently

It's pledge drive time for my two local NPR stations, KQED (88.5 FM) and KALW (91.7 FM). This interruption—voices saying nothing instead of voices saying choreographed things—that I wake up to daily, almost drives me crazy, and combined with some other things like election anxiety and work-related stress, that's not good.

I have a beautiful dream involving silence. Instead of the pledge drive, they turn the radio stations off. And they tell us once maybe or mail us a postcard, fly a small plane with a banner, put a notice in the newspaper: no more of your local NPR station until we've collected enough money to run the station. Start sending money in now, and we will turn it back on when we have enough.

If that takes two weeks, that's normal. If it never comes back on because they don't receive enough money, they'll have to try a different strategy. I'll just keep checking those frequencies to see what's up. They could do a lot with empty frequencies.

1 comment:

Jammon said...

I like that idea and it would probably work. As it is (was), I would just fall out of the habit of listening to Public Radio during pledge drives and then not pick it up again until a month before the pledge drives. So, I didn't feel I was getting my money's worth. Pledge drives suck. Then again, so does paying for a TV license.