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Trial Balloon: October 22, 2009 Archive

Are We There Yet?

Posted at 5:05 AM on October 22, 2009 by Dale Connelly (23 Comments)

Today we launch our Fall Member Drive at Radio Heartland, which is important moment in the Fundraising Year - it's the beginning of the on-air portion of our effort to pay the bills. Quiet work has been underway since the year began on July 1, but now it breaks into the open with a big first day to get things going - we hope to hear from 3,000 individuals today, and when we do, the Member Challenge Fund will release an extra 30,000 dollars for MPR's programming budget.

Thanks if you have already made your contribution.

Double thanks if you've become a sustaining member. That provides an element of budget stability. The more sustainers we have, the shorter the drives become.

Short drives. That's a worthy goal whether you're talking about membership or just piling the family into the car for a trip to grandma's house. We all get a little impatient after the first few miles and are anxious for the ordeal to be over. The difference between the member drive and a family vacation to Yellowstone is that in the member drive, you actually CAN do something to shorten the trip, so consider being a sustainer.

The longest family car trip I ever had was the move we made from Montrose, New York to Decatur, Illinois in the summer of 1967, when I was 12 years old. Two cars. Four people. Two dogs.

One of the dogs was Boltar, a 210 pound St. Bernard. It was my job to sit with him in the (covered) back of a pick-up truck, just to watch over him and keep him calm.
He was a good, good dog with bad, bad breath. Ohio was endless.

What's your most memorable long-distance car trip?

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