Sunday. The rain is falling steadily. I woke up thinking that weâ€™ve entered Seattleâ€™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 theyâ€™re on the air together. The rain ainâ€™t so bad, after all. Iâ€™ve worked here since June and it was my first chance to meet Johnny. I was star struck for a few seconds â€“ but like everyone else who works here, heâ€™s the nicest person youâ€™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 â€“ really, he put in 8 hours! He spent the day answering phones, knitting a sweater for a friendâ€™s baby, and pulling espresso drinks for anyone who had a hankering. He did three shifts. And, the guy can KNIT!
Lisa Woodâ€™s pulling her third on-air shift in two days and has it down pat. Sheâ€™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 â€“ on the way home from a Costco run â€“ and got a chance to hang out in the booth for a couple minutes with Stevie Zoom and Rachel Ratner. Theyâ€™re both so dang smooth.
Celebrity Sunday at KEXP, too. Yo-La Tengoâ€™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 donâ€™t want to leave. I keep feeling like Iâ€™ve made new friends, every 4 hours. KEXP listeners are good folk.
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