You’ve probably heard that a lot these days. Certainly during and after our recent fund drive. I want to personally add my thanks and no – this isn’t another solicitation. You put up with that for over a week and it’s time to give it a rest. I want to thank you and provide my personal perspective.
I’ve been with KING for over 40 years. I’ve been an announcer, operations manager, program director and general manager. If asked I’ll do windows. It’s been a big part of my life ever since Dorothy Bullitt ran King Broadcasting from the fifth floor of our (commercial) corporate headquarters and created the most amazing, substantial and innovative local broadcasting company in the country.
The guiding principle has always been to serve the community, and while the definition of “community” has changed some, the principle has not. We could load a CD player or computer with music, press “Shuffle” and still claim that we played classical music 24/7, but it wouldn’t be serving the community and it wouldn’t be KING. Weekly live and local concert broadcasts, in-studio performances, our support of regional arts groups, our education outreach, our expanded channel offerings…I could go on but you get the idea: All of this is in service to you, the dedicated classical music lover.
It’s also good business. There are so many ways one can get music these days. The radio station that chooses to press “Shuffle” will be undone by the next and better Shuffle button. To give you a unique and valuable musical experience requires greater resources but is far more rewarding and a much more sustainable model of success.
So – just a moment here to thank you. I’ve been doing our concert broadcasts for many years now and hope they mean as much to you as to me. Suggestions always greatly appreciated. I just wanted to take the opportunity to show my appreciation to all of you who make this possible. Much more to come!