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It's pledge drive season on the local NPR station. I'm a long time contributor to public radio but I prefer to give to my hometown station which seems perpetually on the brink of insolvency. At least KUAR is housed at the university and is in the capital city. That said, I was surprised at two things. First, last fall's pledge drive did not meet its goal. Secondly, I'm not sure how the spring fundraising effort is going, but I suppose that mindful of the last time this year's guest speakers have been naming and shaming people into donating. I mean really: volunteers reciting names of their friends, neighbors, and colleagues on the radio during Morning Edition and exhorting them to donate. Isn't that kinda weird? I can understanding thanking donors publicly but embarrassing people into writing checks? Maybe it's a southern thing.
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On March 23rd, 2007 10:04 am (UTC), flemmarde commented:
well if the radio station is doing so badly, one can assume not many people listen... perhaps the names of those being shamed publicly are only being heard by a couple of people.

including you of course!
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On March 23rd, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I think I'd rather give money to the local library system since I've been monopolizing their free internet access nearly every day!
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On March 23rd, 2007 04:27 pm (UTC), flemmarde replied:
yes well that sounds like a worthy cause and a fair exchange then!
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