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Why I Am a “Dollar a Day” Contributor to WKMS – A Sad Tale of Procrastination and Remorse

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Here’s a wonderful story by a WKMS contributor from Fulton. Thank you so much Baker for sharing this story with us and for letting us share this story with listeners:


Why I Am a “Dollar a Day” Contributor to WKMS – A Sad Tale of Procrastination and Remorse

Once upon a time – not so long ago – those of us in Northwest Tennessee and Southwest Kentucky had a fine NPR station. WKNO in Memphis had a 100,000 watt translator in Dyersburg which had a fine signal both in Union City, where I worked, and at my home in Fulton, KY. They had a news and talk format that was similar to what we hear on WKMS today and I loved the programing. I was a Member and I contributed a few dollars a month by automatic deduction from my checking account. I thought I was doing my part.

One morning when I switched on my radio as usual expecting to hear “Morning Addition”, I was shocked to discover that in the place of my favorite NPR station was a new Christian broadcasting station. This had happened with no fanfare. My favorite station was just GONE! I soon found out that, due to budget restraints, WKNO had been forced to sell the transmitter and the license at Dyersburg in order to raise cash!

I was hurt and I was resentful. I called that very day and canceled my membership. I couldn’t understand why they would take “my” station off the air without at least giving the listeners an opportunity to “step up to the plate” and save the station. I would have given more, if only they had asked!

It took me a while to come to the realization that they had been asking all along. Twice a year they had a pledge drive and I had noticed that they usually seemed to come up a little short. I guess I assumed that the big corporate sponsors would make up the shortfall. I could have done more, but the programing went on and I was happy and content– right up until that fateful morning when “my” station went off the air.

Now we have the new WKMT station at Fulton and I can again get my NPR fix, full strength, 24 hours a day! One thing is for sure, I will never again be complacent about my new NPR station. I signed up for a “dollar a day” membership to WKMS and if the current pledge drive seems to be coming up short, I will dig a little deeper. I don’t ever want to wake up again and find that NPR is gone from my radio dial!

Baker Thompson
Fulton, KY

Written by Matt Markgraf

October 28, 2011 at 10:11 am

Datebook: July 25 – Svetlana Savitskaya becomes 1st woman to perform a space walk 25 years ago

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Svetlana Yevgenyevna Savitskaya is a former Soviet female aviator and cosmonaut who flew aboard Soyuz T-7 in 1982, becoming the second woman in space some 19 years after Valentina Tereshkova. While on the Salyut 7 space station, Savitskaya became the first woman to perform a space walk (on July 25, 1984). She was outside the space station for 3 hours 35 minutes. Of the 57 Soviet/Russian spacewalkers through 2010, she is the only female.

It’s Monday, July 25

The Purchase Players and Community Performing Arts Center stage Don Johnson’s original comedy, Beyond the Glorious Garden this weekend and next. It’s about elderly old flames meeting up at an odd funeral. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sunday at 2. Call 270-251-9035 for $10 tickets. The Performing Arts Center is at 9th and Water Streets in Mayfield.

A Summer Book Sale benefits the McCracken County Library is Friday from 9 to 7 and Saturday from 9 to 1 in St. Paul Lutheran Church’s Gymnasium. There’s a sneak preview Thursday from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The church is at 211 South 21st Street in Paducah.

The Fulton County-Hickman County Economic Development Partnership and the West Kentucky Workforce Investment Board host a Career Expo Wednesday from 10 to 2 at the Pontotoc Community Center in Fulton. The expo is free to all. Dress to meet employers from across the region who will be accepting job applications.

We appreciate your support during the mini-fundraiser last week!