Day two of the drive!

KEXP volunteer room, Sunday afternoon

Sunday. The rain is falling steadily. I woke up thinking that we’ve entered Seattle’s Dark Months (cue the Boris Karloff movie music). Lucky for me and the other 2-1/2 million people living in the Puget Sound area, we have Johnny Horn and Cheryl Waters to ease us into our morning (cue John Lee Hooker). They have a wonderful way about them, when they’re on the air together. The rain ain’t so bad, after all. I’ve worked here since June and it was my first chance to meet Johnny. I was star struck for a few seconds – but like everyone else who works here, he’s the nicest person you’ll ever meet.

I got here before the coffee guys. Not to worry. Josh, one of our phone volunteers, came to my rescue with an Americano. Josh was here all day – really, he put in 8 hours! He spent the day answering phones, knitting a sweater for a friend’s baby, and pulling espresso drinks for anyone who had a hankering. He did three shifts. And, the guy can KNIT!

Lisa Wood’s pulling her third on-air shift in two days and has it down pat. She’s hilarious! I noticed that Lisa and Larry Rose love playing it up for the volunteers. Some new 500 Club donors came in to pick up their Silversun Pickups tickets – on the way home from a Costco run – and got a chance to hang out in the booth for a couple minutes with Stevie Zoom and Rachel Ratner. They’re both so dang smooth.

Celebrity Sunday at KEXP, too. Yo-La Tengo’s in the Live Room! Holy cow! Suddenly there are a bunch of KEXP staffers showing up on a Sunday! The Three Imaginary Girls are answering the phones, doing on-air interviews, offering imaginary tarot readings or astrology readings. I noticed this yesterday, too, but the ENERGY in this place is awesome during the pledge drive! The volunteers are having so much fun hanging out that they don’t want to leave. I keep feeling like I’ve made new friends, every 4 hours. KEXP listeners are good folk.

Thanks so much for your support.

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