time to take the plunge

the classical beaver is a fan of classical radio.  (shocker, i know.)  morning, noon, or night, portland‘s own 89.9 fm is always there to give the beav its fix when it’s outside the schnitz.  well, prepare yourself: fall pledge drive is going on right this very minute, and since top 10 lists are clinically proven to dramatically increase motivation, here’s one focused on why smart and compassionate people donate to all classical:

#10ed goldberg personally delivers a weekly dose of stephen foster tunes right to my cochlea, and for that, i am extremely grateful.

#9 – if you listen religiously to harmonia on sunday mornings like i do, it’s not a donation to the station – it’s a tithe.

#8 – you get to eavesdrop on christa wessel laugh about her latest roadtrip across eastern oregon.

#7 – no horrible commercials.  nada.  nope, not one.  never.

#6 – i’m still thinking about rossini’s william tell dance music from over a year ago and that maurice ravel number from last night.  wowee ~ this is music that sticks to the ribs of your brain!

#5brandi parisi: the only woman i love to wake up to.

#4 – lots of shows claim to play music you won’t hear anywhere else, but club mod actually delivers on that promise.  i’m pretty sure my tiny soul was saved after listening to 75 minutes of tom waits crooning jesus’ blood never failed me yet.

#3john burk.  period.

#2 – the studio shelves at all classical hold approximately 3.7 billion cd’s, cassettes, 8-tracks, and vinyl records.  music director extraordinaire john pitman isn’t afraid to play any of ’em.

#1all classical is quite simply the most kick-ass classical radio station on the planet.  seriously.  and they’re right here in my hometown. 

lemme tell you something: if you haven’t given them a listen yet, do yourself a favor, tune in throughout this month, and see if you aren’t a better person by the first of november.  oh, and if you’re already a fan of the 8-to-the-9-to-the-point-9, for the love of all that is holy: give ‘em some moolah! fork it over! pony up!  call 1-888-899-5722 or click www.allclassical.org today.  (and beavertail salutes to you sustaining members for joining the exclusive once-a-month club!)

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4 Responses to “time to take the plunge”


  1. 1 Jordan October 2, 2012 at 8:45 am

    jesus’ blood never failed me yet is the best! i have discovered many new pieces of great music since i’ve been here at all classical, but that tops the list!

  2. 2 Joe Cantrell October 2, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    All-Classical Portland has another virtue that they, in their modesty, do not talk about; that is how hard they all work. Listening to them on the radio, they communicate a leisurely but passionate appreciation for their music, but even when they’re not on the air, they are hard at it. You’ve got to be a real professional to pull THAT off. Listen to Jack Allen, station CEO, and the broadcast load he’s carrying in addition to his duties as Station Honcho!
    It further extends to the off-air staff. They work their fingers bloody every day, in addition to composing and performing in various community musical organizations.
    And the engineers simply execute miracles on an hourly basis, 365 days a year. Larry Holtz keeps the whole thing going, all those repeaters around the state. It’s astonishing what he does.
    And all, with the able and crucial assistance of many dedicated and highly over-qualified volunteers.
    You can hardly invest a dollar in any way, anywhere, that will stretch across so much beauty.

  3. 3 Nancy Ives (@cellonancy) October 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    AMEN!! As a proud sustaining member, I salute you and your list, Maestro Rodent!

  4. 4 marta October 2, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    What they said. I’m the Mother of one of those folks. I know what they do. I know how hard they work. I know how dedicated they are. I know how much everyone there loves what they do. I know how much we enjoy the fruits of their labors, so give them a buck or two, or ten, or twenty; every month, forever. But I’m preaching to the choir. What you really, really need ot do is to turn someone you know onto this station. Then tell them to give a buck or two, or ten, or twenty, forever. Please and thank you
    Marta Rose


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