Some people complain or (gasp!) change the station when they hear one of those 2-minute pledge breaks. But here are the reasons why you should absolutely love hearing public radio pledge drives - especially on community-owned independent public radio stations like KSER and KXIR.
First, it means you never have to hear commercials. And you never have to be concerned that the people paying for those commercials or the corporations that own those commercial stations are deciding what you get to hear (or not hear). Instead of all those commercials (sometimes 20 minutes or more every hour) your financial donation is what keeps stations like KSER on the air.
Without your donations during pledge drives, you'd never get to hear Thom Hartmann or Amy Goodman.
So this week, and a few other weeks out of the year, when you hear people like Sondra Santos and Ed Bremer and The Doctors ask for your financial support think about how fortunate we are to have a community owned independent public radio station - or if you're on Whidbey or Camano, how you can now hear all those programs on 89.9 KXIR thanks to pledge drives and listener support.
Without pledge drives you wouldn't even be able to stop by and make a donation in person and bring along your dog for a free treat!
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