Author Archives: Leesa Schandel, Director of Development

Summer Membership Drive: On Being Thankful

Jesse Sykes in pledge room by Leesa Schandel, Director of Development Did I mention that I have a kidney transplant? Well, I do. My sister gave me a piece of her body nearly five years ago. If anything has taught me humility and gratitude, it’s that. Before I had my transplant, I was very ill,Read more...

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Summer Membership Drive Update: A Rainy Day Has Come

by Leesa Schandel, Director of Development I gotta tell you that Membership Drives are INTENSE. Today, a guy came into the station and dropped of a manilla envelope that was 1/3rd full of change, topped with two match books. He told someone that he’d saved the change for six months. I never got to meetRead more...

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Summer Membership Drive Update: Over The Hump

Today, I sat in a corner of the call room, typing typing typing. I didn’t really get to meet anyone. Early on, I somehow found myself in a meeting and I tried really hard to focus. I also tried really hard to listen to the concerns of loved ones who think I’m becoming myopic inRead more...

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Summer Membership Drive Update: Monday... brain needs food...

Brains need stuff to keep them going. My brain has stopped receiving stuff from me. Except it keeps getting a lot of caffeine, alcohol, and cheese pizza. This is not a good thing. This is a bad thing. My brain does not live by coffee, beer and pizza pies, alone. It’s hard to write somethingRead more...

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Summer Membership Drive: Weekend update

The weekend of the Summer Membership Drive has been a blur of espresso drinks, t-shirts, and special encounters with new friends and old friends. On Friday night, Jessica stopped by the station in response to Kevin and Rachel’s invite to come on down, make a gift, get some dinner and hang out. Jessica’s from Miami,Read more...

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2008 Summer Membership Drive Update: A Membership Drive is Like a Wedding Reception

This day reminds me of a wedding reception, minus the groomsman getting drunk and making a pass at my cousin’s daughter -- well, there is the woman who just called to ask, “Do you guys know where the booty cave is?” We don’t, by the way, but if you find out, let us know. TheRead more...

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KEXP’s Summer Membership Drive begins today!

Thursday, May 29 It’s the KEXP 2008 Summer Membership Drive and it’s time to throw a party! Really! That’s how I think about KEXP’s drives. They’re a party for 3800 of our closest friends, because that’s the number of listeners who typically make gifts during our drives. Think about it: a great party mix ofRead more...

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KEXP Fall Membership Drive: Tuesday

I had a crazy experience in the pledge room today, one of those minutes where you feel REALLY connected to the people you’re with, even if you don’t necessarily know them well. I kept it under wraps though, because it’s hard to have a transcendent experience with strangers if you haven’t all decided to haveRead more...

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Fall Membership Drive Update: Monday (cont.)

Monday morning started out really emotionally for me. So it’s barely 7am on Monday morning. I was soaking in a hot tub, trying to quell the butterflies in my stomach before coming into the station, and I hear that our friends Angela and Ray have made a $3,000 challenge pledge. Tears sprung to my eyesRead more...

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Fall Membership Drive Update: Monday

Jack Walters on screen and on air Okay, I admit it. My mom is from New England and I was not an innocent bystander during the World Series. But I love music way more than baseball; and my dad’s from Seattle and I grew up here and, other than the 1978 Sonics Championship, I haveRead more...

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