Author Archives: Leesa Schandel, Director of Development

Spring Fundraising Drive: From Dreams to Soul Mates

I went to Paris for the first time last year. It had been my dream for as long as I can remember, so I guess it’s not surprising that each experience seemed more fantastical to me…our apartment in the building where Picasso had his first Paris studio; eating an ethereal goat cheese that tasted ofRead more...

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Summer Membership Drive 2010: True Confessions

True confessions? I prefer to write a blog with a gin and tonic at my elbow. It makes me feel like Henry Miller or William S. Burroughs. If they drank when they wrote, I know it would be whiskey, but a girl can dream. I like feeling like them -- kinda bad ass-ish, kinda grizzled...Read more...

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Summer Membership Drive 2010: Connecting the Dots

I’ve got blues on the brain. I’ve always sort of understood that the blues are the basis of so much contemporary music. But, I didn’t know how to hear Sonny Boy Williamson in The Gossip. That’s all changed now that I’ve taken a class at the University of Washington with Professor Larry Starr. Over tenRead more...

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Spring Membership Drive: KEXP - A Reliable, Solid Constant

I’ve bumped into a few people of notoriety in my life... I once lifted free weights in a Denver health club next to Tommy Chong (the dude was cut!)... I was at a Mookie Blaylock show at the Off Ramp where Matt Dillon was hanging out, doing research for Singles... when I was 13 IRead more...

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Spring Membership Drive: Keep the Rock In Your Heart

I’m Québécoise by heritage (well, half of me is, anyway). I took years and years of French in middle and high school. Our teacher, Madam Lervick, had survived the Nazi occupation and her father was a doctor who had been forced to slither through ditches to treat patients. She absolutely could not deal with theRead more...

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Not Every Home Team Experienced a Smackdown Last Weekend!

by Leesa Schandel, Director of Development It wasn’t the best weekend for Seattle sports. I know this because Facebook posts were rife with excitement each morning, and by evening sports fans were reporting on how they planned to drown their sorrows. Lucky for us, the Seattle music community had a phenomenal weekend. Local artists showedRead more...

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Summer Membership Drive: It’s On!

It’s the 2009 Summer Membership Drive, which means it’s a Hood to Hood Challenge, which means that my head immediately goes to Hood to Hood Days Past, kinda’ like Ebenezer Scrooge’s visits from the three spirits. I started working for KEXP the week of the first Hood to Hood, and then Ballard won, and IRead more...

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2009 Spring Membership Drive: Who are the people in your neighborhood?

by Leesa Schandel, Director of Development I’m sad that everyone who participates in KEXP membership drives can’t be in the building with us. It’s just a really cool, sort of indescribable happy and supportive vibe. You just really really feel like you’re among YOUR peeps. So, here’s a bit about some of your peeps. LOUIE:Read more...

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2009 Spring Membership Drive: Removing the Hex

by Leesa Schandel, Director of Development We just came off a super sassy weekend -- it’s the KEXP 2009 Spring Membership Drive, so things are steroidal around here. I think I’ll have a pretty awesome week, if Friday and Sunday nights are any indication. Friday, Leon gave me a tiny airplane bottle of Jack Daniels,Read more...

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KEXP Fall Membership Drive: Reaching The Sublime

by Leesa Schandel, Director of Development We’re counting down the Top 903 KEXP records of all time. There’s nothing like a radio countdown. A local station used to do “Beatles A to Z” when I was a kid. My siblings and I would try to stay up all night and record the songs off theRead more...

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