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david13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-22-09 04:40 PM
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KUSC Pledge Drive, you can volunteer
And I think if you do, then the pledge drive will not bother you so much, if it does bother you.
I will not give you any of the saccharine business about how wonderful it is. It is not. It is work, the food is free, but not that good anymore, and not that abundant.
Some of the people are nice and polite, but not all of them. Many are obnoxious, etc., just like anywhere else.
But. You will answer calls and take pledges. The people do not want to talk to you. They just want to pledge. So take the pledge and move on to the next caller. They need to get back to work, to earn the money to donate.
You will save the station $5 to $10 per hour that they may pay the answering service.
So that will be your donation. And believe me, the answering service is not particularly good, I can say from experience.
You will not learn much of anything about the music. Because no one will know. Unless you are inspired to go out and learn. Maybe the library, or music stores.
Then when you come in and there is a question, you may know the answer.
I say this as I have been a volunteer for more than 10 years. And more than probably 250 hours.
So I have seen it all. And heard all the stories, and been amazed at how some of the people know nothing about the music.
And then, when the drive is over, I am glad to listen to regular programming again, and to continue an occasional study about the music.
After all, I never listen to any other station.
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david13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 01:29 PM
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1. After all, if you do you will be able to meet the radio personalities
that we hear on the radio. If they come downstairs to honor us volunteers with their company. And if we realize who they are without their name tags.
One day we were talking and eating and a volunteer said "hey, how come those radio personalities never come down here to meet us?" Whereupon, I could only point, at that time gobbling down a discount donation sandwich, point at Alan Chapman, who then introduced himself to the fellow.
As a volunteer you will get a number of calls about how people don't like Jim Svejda. Or his voice or something.
But they always admit he does know his music, and goes full bore into the analysis of it.
But I never had so many calls as those calling to say they only pledged due to Rich Capparela's hiring by KUSC. And about how much they like to listen to Rich Capparela.
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