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  • Pledge Poetry on National Limerick Day

    May 12, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    Ever wonder how we pass the time during these pledge drives? Well, today is a great example of what happens when the pledges are trickling in at a slower pace than we would like. It happens to be National Limerick Day, as well as the birthday of the masterfully nonsensical Edward Lear. Michael Bourne, our resident wordsmith, has crafted the following for your amusement (and co-host Andrew Meyer's chocolate-loving bemusement):

    There once was a fellow named Meyer
    who looked at a funeral pyre,
    said “given a choice, I
    would much rather die
    eating chocolate, not burned in a fire!”

    The fun continued offline, when I challenged Michael Bourne to create a haiku:

    another fund drive -
    gird my verbal loins again,
    blather my ass off

    Which begs the question: Does anyone out there have some WBGO poetry to share?
    It can be fundraiser related or not. We accept haiku, limericks, terza rima, Petrarchan or Shakespearean sonnet style, free verse. Basically anything. Just keep it clean, will ya?
    -Josh

  • Budget Cuts for New Jersey State Council on the Arts

    May 9, 2008

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    New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine is proposing a major funding cut to the state arts council, which will mean a 30 percent cut in funding for non-profit WBGO.

    Learn more.

  • Some of the Best Stories...

    May 9, 2008. Posted by Amy Niles.

    Another post from Pledge Central. Don't shoot me, but I love pledge drives. Or Member drives, or what ever you want to call them. Some of the volunteers come for the food ( I have suggested that we weigh everyone before and after the drive), but most of us love to speak directly to you. To hear why WBGO is so important to you. You brighten our day and some of you make me laugh out loud!

    In the next few weeks, you will be hearing more about "My Source"- but in the meanwhile, I wanted to share some of the stories that contributors have told me- and was hoping that some of you would include some of your own personal tales.

    For instance- on the first morning of the drive, someone called and told me that he works for an auto insurance company. He listens to WBGO because we don't play the competitors "hairy commercials"! ( I think that he was referring to that caveman advertiser).

    Or the guy who listens faithfully to Michael and Andrew on his way home, hoping that they will talk about food. Every time that they do, he gets so hungry so that by the time that he comes home, his wife's cooking doesn't taste as bad as it really is.

    Someone told me a story today about how he was introduced to WBGO- he was a bartender at a rock club in the 80s. The men's room attendent was a crotchety guy who had WBGO playing on his transistor radio in the washroom. He kept telling the staff that one day they would wise up and come to appreciate WBGO- and he would make them sit in the bathroom and listen! 25 years later, we are still here and the caller finally became a member. He felt like he had finally grown up- you never know where you will be turned on to jazz.

    Share some of your stories in the comment section! Hopefully, I will have some time to read them on the air this weekend when I share the mike with Eulis Cathey from 9-11p ET on Saturday night.

    AMY