Hi, Leesa Schandel here again. The first hours of the Summer Pledge Drive have FLOWN. And, Iâ€™ve been lucky enough to hang out a great group of great volunteers. Each showâ€™s volunteers and donors remind me of the DJs theyâ€™re here to support. I donâ€™t know why that only dawned on me today...
Leon Bermanâ€™s Shake The Shack volunteers have been with him for a long time, and theyâ€™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 â€“ TO ORDER â€“ for the rest of Leonâ€™s crew. Not only that, they take the dang ferry over from the peninsula to do it! Itâ€™s really incredible.
This time, though, they scheduled their trip to coincide with the Marinerâ€™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 â€œKEXP Rocks, Leon smells like socksâ€ 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 â€˜throbbing membersâ€™ to make gifts. But perhaps the highlight of the evening for the group was Kevin Coleâ€™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.
My 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 â€œMachismoâ€ 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. Heâ€™s a big swaggering teddy bear, and just like everyone I know at KEXP, heâ€™s one of the nicest people Iâ€™ve ever met.