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  • Real people, real jazz, really

    February 1, 2008

    Add new comment | Filed under: Jazz Alive

    Today was Jazz Giants Day. Rhonda played some of the bigguns of this music in honor of the Giants Super Bowl appearance. If you were listening you heard Diz, Satch, Miles and many others in what was, for me, a great mid-day's worth of jazz. Singer sandy Sasso was in today. She's one of our most loyal volunteers and cooks and bakes like a mad woman for us and for her fellow volunteers. Today there was roast beet soup and chicken pot pie, not to mention a variety of super tasty banana nut and other bread. Yum!
    I told you I'd be blogging every day I was on the air, and today we said we'd post some of your comments. It's true, real people just like you are pledging their hard-earned cash to this radio station because they know that we rock the jazz all over the world like nobody else. Here are just a few comments:

    Lisa from Weehawken, NJ pledged $XXXX as a NEW pledge! (12:14:37) Note: I was thrilled to stumble upon WBGO! My radio is on 24-7! I even listen while I'm asleep

    Ingrid from New York, NY pledged $XXXX as a NEW pledge! (11:06:00) NOTE:Just put on the radio, and it made me smile and I decided to join.

    Marco from New York, NY pledged $XXXX - as a NEW pledge! (10:41:00) NOTE:Love the radio, normally does not listen to the radio. Through MY Ipod away since I've been listening to WBGO

    Clyde from Brooklyn, NY pledged $XXXX - as a RENEWING pledge! (10:46:00) NOTE: Today is my 70th birthday -- celebrating by renewing his membership.

    Norman from West Orange, NJ pledged $XXXX - as a RENEWING pledge! (10:30:00) NOTE:Thanks everyone on the station for keeping the music alive. You're the last gas, don't do away.

    Thanks to all of you who have done your part. For the rest of you: c'mon, you know you wanna! - David Cruz

  • The Owl

    January 31, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

    I'm not sure what genome sequence has been altered in the Ellis family. Saxophonist John Ellis is enough of a character. But his brother wins the prize. Watch the video below, and I think you'll agree.

     

    -Josh Jackson

  • Dispatches from the drive

    January 31, 2008

    On the second day ... we started to hit our stride. Believe it or not, these fund drives are as much science as art. Sure, you've got your witty and knowledgeable hosts and sidekicks (like me) but we actually plan ahead for the drive, coming up with themes and strategies, often based on what we hear from you.

    I won't tell you what's different about this drive; I'll let you figure that one out yourself. Today's highlights included pledges from South Carolina and Rhode Island. I'm always amazed that people hundreds of miles outside of our listening area actually take the time to make a pledge of support. How cool is that?

    Things you missed today, if you weren't listening include Michael Bourne's tale of smoking (not cigars!) with Dizzy Gillespie while watching soap operas; Gary Walker explaining what it means when the horse in a statue of a guy on a horse has one leg or two raised; and Rhonda Hamilton's really bad New England accent.

    Now we three sidekicks (Doug Doyle, Andrew Meyer and I) are preparing for "Lessons Learned," our one-hour call-in show with Newark School Superintendent Marion Bolden. This could be interesting - David Cruz