Thanks again for your outpouring of support. We have heard some great stories from the volunteers who were out and about yesterday, giving away bumper stickers and such. We're looking forward to seeing cars around town with the stickers on them. I wore my "89.3" baseball cap to the gym and could have sold it right off my head! Fun! (If you want one, you'll need to become a member.)
Thorn is one of the busiest members of our staff. Not only is he our music director but right now he's on the air a big chunk of the day. Since we've all been working straight through for days (and nights) I'm afraid some of the brunt of the situation is falling to him. I don't want you to get the impression that he's overworked or anything, just that, well, things have been busy and sometimes it's hard to remember we only have to do one thing at a time. On Monday I discovered he really likes the beautiful Earl Grey tea I have in my office (from the TeaSource) and so I've been making him hot tea and reminding him to keep breathing deeply. Earl Grey, hot, has become his standing order.
Mary was walking about the office wearing a fur-lined helmet hat yesterday, and Mark was padding about in his sock feet. We had two meetings about our upcoming membership drive (late February) and three media interviews. Look for some new stories about the station in the Northfield News, the Star Tribune, and R and R.
Julia from New Media wants me to get all of you to move over to the MPR Forum when you have comments on the station and its music that are not related directly to the day's blog entry. Join the online discussion and meet other listeners.
Posted by Sarah Lutman at 09:59 AM
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I went to get my very own bumper sticker--I worked like crazy to get out of the office by 6:30--I visited Pantage and First Ave, but there were no bumper stickers, just drunken conventioneers from Le Meridien. Did the downtown volunteers run out of bumper stickers before the 7 pm close?
Earl Grey Silver Tip from the TeaSource may in fact be one of the finest things in the world.
However, for an even quicker pick-me-up, I heartily suggest their Mauritius black tea. It's a vanilla-flavored tea that finishes brewing in thirty seconds after the water hits the leaves. For the tea freak in a rush, it may in fact be the perfect drug.
...and anything you can tell us about the pledge drive? Please tell me we get a visit by Gary "Funkmaster" Eichten.
About member goodies.... How do we go about getting the caps if we ARE memebers? Any other exciting merchandise on the horizon?
Ditto on TeaSource's Earl Gray. Anything they have is outstanding. Just like the mix on 89.3.
Sorry Molly! I was one of the voluneteers who was downtown yesterday. We ran out of bumper stickers at 5:45pm and "window clings" at 6:15pm. We were cold and there wasn't much foot traffic so we left a little early. Betcha someone from the station will send you one if you tell us where to send it. Or you can stop by the station from 8-5pm M-F and pick one up in the front lobby -- 45 East Seventh Street (NE corner of 7th and Cedar) in downtown St. Paul.
I have been anxiously anticipating the new sounds coming over my radio. I have not been disappointed! I enjoy the variety and the opportunity to hear music I otherwise might not have heard. Keep up the fantastic job, Thorn!!!
Luckily, I drive right past Excelsior and Lake on my way home...scored 6 Bumperstickers (they were still setting up their sign) and I had the sticker on my car within 20 minutes...
I'm giving my extras out to whoever wants 'em.
Spread the love!
On the issue of membership and swag, I re-joined MPR the minute I heard about the 89.3 project in December. Now I'm wishing I'd waited after reading the material on your FAQs and membership page. How can I make sure that my $$$ are going to support you guys? How can I get a bumper sticker in the SW 'burbs? By the way, if you can't tell, I love the station even tho I'm out of the demographic.
I'm almost sad that I'm already an MPR member---hard to become a founding member of my new favorite station when I'm already paying beyond my means to support MPR.
I have a comment regarding yesterday's blog entry, but decided it better to post my comment today since it's no longer yesterday.
When asked for speciality show suggestions, most listeners suggested existing or former shows from other stations, and several were disgruntled at the idea of one genre of music throughout the show.
Specialty shows don't have to focus on one genre of music, and they don't have to be resurrected or borrowed shows from other stations. Bring to 89.3 some of that insightful, creative programming that MPR already provides on the news and classical stations. Fresh new shows like St. Paul Sunday, Speaking of Faith, American Mavericks and Pop Vultures are why I'm devoted to MPR. I know 89.3 staff has the ability to deliver the same depth of programming on this station and am excited to see what happens.
And in response to today's entry, I like Earl Grey tea too, and I'll be looking to get some bumper stickers.
Today I listened to Low, Dean Martin, REM and Billi Holiday. How fantastic is that? There is nowhere else in this town (or very few towns in the U.S.) that you can hear that type of variety. Please, do not change that. Boring? Never!
Unbelievable! Excellent mix Mark!! LeTigre, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Bellwether...
I think I'll skip TV tonight! Keep up the good
Merci beaucoup pour la musique frašais Ó 9h30!!! :)
This station is amazing! The variety is simply wonderful; too few radio stations appreciate the combination of music genres. Keep up the interesting mixes!!! (And, another plug for the Tea Source: best stuff in town.)
I LOVE the new mpr format! I have listened to MPR for years, as well as KFAI, but have never heard anything i like as much as 89.3. I have only one question: would you be able to put the artist/song title on the webstream (WMP)? I've seen that on several online radio stations/webstreams and it's nice.
Keep up the great work!
We are a couple of transplanted Minnesotans, living in Ithaca, NY, and we listen to the Current non-stop on the online. Thank you for this service!
Maybe i will Stay in Minneapolis.