Friday, October 24, 2008

We do this every day... with your support!

It's early Friday afternoon and I've been listening to the radio all morning, switching between VPR and VPR Classical. More than once I've had to remind myself what I'm NOT hearing today: the membership drive! Thanks to more than 7,000 VPR listeners who contributed over the last week or so, we were able to end the drive a whole day early and wrap it up very successfully yesterday evening.

But even on a day like today, when it's 'business as usual' at VPR, it's far from usual: Walter Parker is playing Beethoven's 6th Symphony on VPR Classical, even as VPR's "On Point" features Sheila Lukins talking about America's changing cuisine. And earlier this morning, at the same time I was on the air playing music from the Boston Camerata (they'll be here in concert over the weekend), Mitch was in the nearby studio talking about the falling cost of heating oil, and the gubenatorial campaign. We do this every day. And yet it's unusual because VPR has the incredible, constant support of its listenership behind BOTH of our two unified yet distinct radio services. Thank you for helping us to serve you better. VPR's listeners are simply the best anywhere!

Cheryl Willoughby
Interim Director of Programming

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