The October Edition of the WGBH Radio Pledge

Well, it’s October and the Red Sox are NOT in the post season. 
WGBH is in the midst of its Fall Radio Pledge and they are beating the bushes. 

Tonight has been up and down.  There was a flurry of activity as the Matching Pledge Challenge wound down.  We are half way into our 25 call goal for this program.

Eric Jackson has been spinning some great music-right now he is playing something from nice from Shirley Horn.

We have one volunteer who is one of those bordering on obnoxious missionary Caucasoids who work with “minority” children and talk about “saving them” while flaunting their education.  This one works for the BELL-a great organization that does great work.  A donor called into pledge and she was chatting him up to donate to the foundation, which while technically not terrible was a bit of bad form by my way of thinking, since she was doing the soft press.  I cringed at bits because she sounded so condescending when she spoke about the children.

She accidentally cut him off but then took time off the phones to call directory assistance to locate a T. J. in Lincoln, Massachusetts because she felt bad that she lost him while she was making her pitch to get them money.  She got the guy’s voicemail and did a great spiel about WGBH and customer service and then left her contact info at BELL.

A first-Radio Pledge did not have dinner or soda for the evening volunteers.  Thankfully, I decided to eat before I came.  That never happens though.  Well it did not happen until tonight.  I would be lying if I said that 1/4 th of the reason for my participating had to do with sampling some great food from good places. I have gone to those places on occasion.

There are four of us.  Besides the missionary, there is borderline weird warehouse guy (Schwan Foods, Boston Globe and volunteers at Old Sturbridge Village) who has been here before and the older guy who loves jazz and runs the things.

Now missionary woman, Faith, is speaking in “slang.”  Apparently she is famous at WGBH and a little beyond for having met a guy that she dated at one of the pledge drives.  She did testimonials about this and apparently she feels the need to run on about it.

Oh well.

I decided that it did not make sense to pay for premium service at Xanga.  I will do the basic service and it has served me well. 

Now she and the warehouse guy are talking about his volunteer time and dating.

I still work for the nonprofit…I have decided to stay until the end of the year.

The nervy, tidy woman has not shown herself yet.  I imagine that if I show up on the weekend, she will be there.

Besides updating this blog, I have been cranking out correspondence and applying online at Borders Books for seasonal work.  I want to build a little nestegg for the next year.

Now they are discussing the Evil Eye and how it’s not Jamaican that do it.  Painful is listening to them feebly discuss Black hair.  Archie Bunker would cringe.

Faith the Missionary is slowly leaving.

Oh great, she came back.  She wanted to fill out the membership form that WGBH offers to volunteers.  Little does she know that it is only for new memberships.  No good on renewals.  Warehouse guy was speaking to a donor and mispronounced ‘dyslexia.’  Faith corrects him and tells him that he is dyslexic because he pronounced things incorrectly this evening.  She followed it up by interjecting a bit further down that “there was something wrong with his head.”  I am sure that she thought that she was being cute and funny and was not being the least bit offensive.  He didn’t seem to think so. 

Now she is GONE.

By the way, I met a guy on Myspace and he is nice.  We are not dating but he makes me feel quite young-too young at times…

Meanwhile, I hope that everyone supports 89.7FM WGBH.






The August edition of WGBH Radio Pledge

Well, many things have happened since the last edition.

-I am now working for a nonprofit that provides opportunities for youth to get involved with nature.  I am much happier than I was but I think that I need to continue to plan ahead.  I heard that the volunteer position at WGBH may become available again.

-I had signed up for the premium service from Xanga but I had not really used it as much.  Admittedly I hang out at Blogger a lot.

-I believe that I will make this the PBS/WGBH blog.  I will discuss programming, pledge drives and memories.  As such, I will probably only update this bimonthly/quarterly.

-Earlier today I watched the earlier block of “please give us money” programming on WGBH 44.   I liked Broadway’s Lost Treasures.  It is show tunes but it is Broadway showtunes.  I watch this show and wish that I had the skill to be a choreographer.

-People have come and go.  The person in charge is a little nervy and insanely tidy.  At times she is not a bad person to talk to.  Right now it is the two of us and we seem to both be online while waiting for calls.

-I just had a random thought that I really need to start saving for a laptop.  I need the portability of a laptop.

-It is insanely quiet.

-Now they are deeply involved in a conversation about who gets what donated food. Interesting.

-Now there is a conversation about newtimers vs. oldtimers.  Honestly, the high cost of living around here just makes it so hard to contribute what you want.

-I just made the observation that the song that is currently playing is now a part of a flea collar commercial that features puppies at camp.  There is something funny and sad about that.