Pledge Drive Update: Leon Berman smells like socks

Hi, Leesa Schandel here again. The first hours of the Summer Pledge Drive have FLOWN. And, I’ve been lucky enough to hang out a great group of great volunteers. Each show’s volunteers and donors remind me of the DJs they’re here to support. I don’t know why that only dawned on me today…

Leon celebrates 20 years of Shake The Shack with Elvis! Leon Berman’s Shake The Shack volunteers have been with him for a long time, and they’ve gelled into a raucous bunch over the years. The caterers from Bella Luna are perhaps the most dedicated of all the STSers. They practically bring an entire portable barbecue restaurant with them to the station. And they cook barbecue – TO ORDER – for the rest of Leon’s crew. Not only that, they take the dang ferry over from the peninsula to do it! It’s really incredible.

This time, though, they scheduled their trip to coincide with the Mariner’s home game, so they made three kinds of Panini sandwiches an artichoke pasta salad, and great green salad. They also brought their daughter along on their delivery. She has known Leon her whole life and immediately went into the pledge room and wrote “KEXP Rocks, Leon smells like socks” on the white board.

I think that the chemistry between Leon and his co-host, Lisa Wood, spurred the STS volunteer group on to greater heights of ribaldry. There were shouts of delight each time Leon or Lisa announced that they wanted to get some ‘throbbing members’ to make gifts. But perhaps the highlight of the evening for the group was Kevin Cole’s unexpected visit bearing homemade strawberry cupcakes and a return visit to demonstrate his famous tea bong. I think the tea bong company owes Kevin for any spike in sales over the weekend.

Kevin demonstrates his tea bongMy favorite part of the night was that Leon was walking on air when he rushed into the pledge room the minute he went off the air, headphones around his neck, cord trailing behind, to thank the STSers. I loved that this cavalier DJ (the one with a pack of “Machismo” cactus-flavored bubblegum cigarettes rolled up in his t-shirt sleeve) was so grateful to his faithful listeners for the love and support they gave him during the course of the evening. He’s a big swaggering teddy bear, and just like everyone I know at KEXP, he’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.

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One Comment

  1. Lisa Wood
    Posted June 3, 2007 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    I agree!!! Leon is an amazing guy and I LOVE STS! I was really excited to co-host with Leon and had the best time.

    We can’t do what we do without all of our amazing volunteers and I appreciate them so much!

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