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12:31 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

Appreciating The World Around You

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
- Gandalf

I savored a Forbes blog this morning, which encapsulates the reason that many of us work in public broadcasting. Alex Knapp writes in his post The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Hobbits: "Its important to cultivate an appreciation for the wonderful things around you. Otherwise, you’ll forget what it is that you’re working for in the first place."

Public Radio Tulsa's professional staff of eight has a combined 118 years of experience in public radio. More than half come from commercial radio, which pays much better. The work is endless, keeping six HD Radio channels on-air 24/7 without a moment of silence. But we are constantly amazed by the stories of events and the lives of others, relayed through the aether from colleagues around the globe.

Public broadcasting finds transcendence. "The mission of KWGS is to change lives by broadening horizons through high-quality informational and entertainment programming which responds to the needs of its audience." The words of E.B. White have never rung truer: "Public Radio should arouse our dreams, satisfy our hunger for beauty, enable us to participate in events, present great drama and music, and address itself to the ideal of excellence, not the idea of acceptability."

Here's what listeners have been saying during this fund drive about what Public Radio Tulsa means to them. If you are financially able, pledge your support to become part of something greater than either you or me. Become the one out of every ten listeners to keep this reasoned radio dialog ongoing over the northeastern Oklahoma airwaves.

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