Hi WEMU friends.
Here we are at day five of the fall pledge drive, and with your help we're working hard to make sure your community NPR station is healthy and strong and able to continue to deliver on our promise of keeping you informed and entertained. We need to raise $220,000 during this drive, and you can make that happen with your gift of support at WEMU.org or 888-299-8910.
I like to tell people that I live in Michigan because of Linda Yohn, and I'm not even exaggerating. I was ready to head off to New York for college, with the idea that it was the jazz capital of the world. But Linda convinced me to go to Eastern Michigan University by offering me my very own radio show.
My first show started at midnight. In typical nurturing Linda form, she was there to support me through most of the early morning hours, giving up her sleep to make sure I felt comfortable. She told me that the butterflies I was feeling were normal, and taught me to convert that nervous energy into enthusiasm.
That's Linda. She's a nurturer. Every voice you hear on WEMU and every person who has passed through the station has been encouraged by Linda Yohn. Ask my weekend colleagues - Wendy Wright, Marc Taras, Nik Thompson, Joe Tiboni, Daniel Long and Jeremy Baldwin - and I'm certain that every one of us has a story or ten about how Linda has helped and inspired us.
And if you're a fan of WEMU, you know it doesn't stop there. Linda has thrown herself into caring for the WEMU community and the larger southeast Michigan community for 30 years, through her radio programs, emceeing, hosting and tireless volunteerism.
Let's send Linda off in style and let her know that her legacy is strong and will continue for years to come.
For a gift of $400 you can help us celebrate Linda's remarkable legacy at the Ark on Monday, December 18. With music from Mr. B, Aguanko, Marion Hayden, and George Bedard and the Kingpins it's going to be an incredible evening of friendship and celebration. Only 150 pairs of tickets are available so don't wait -- make that gift today and let Linda know that she has made a difference at WEMU.
Thanks, Linda Yohn.
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