Running the Gamut 5 – A Thousand and One Thanks

Since July 11, 1991, I’ve been hosting a classical music morning program on WTJU, 91.1fm in Charlottesville Virginia. The three-hour program had a simple programming tenant — never repeat a work. (read more at Running the Gamut – A Thousand and One Wednesdays)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013, from 6-9 am we marked the 1000th program with a mini-fundrive, special guests, and a few surprises.

This morning I hosted program number 1001, starting off the countdown to number 2000. It’s unlikely I’ll hit that mark — at the rate of one program a week, I’ll get there in another 20 years. That far in the future, it’s difficult to say if radio as a medium will even exist (much less if I will).

That’s fine. I’ll just keep showing up week after week, doing what I love until someone tells me to stop.

But I had to take a moment and thank all the folks who made last Wednesday such a special event.

First, thanks to my colleagues at WTJU. General Manager Nathan Moore put forward the idea of making it a major event for the station, and I’m glad he did. The station staff got behind the effort, which resulted in (among other things) a great writeup in the local paper, donated breakfast goodies for the assembled masses, and all the publicity leading up to the event.

Second, I thank my fellow volunteers at WTJU. Deborah Murray and John Delehanty, the co-directors of the Classical Department were on hand not only to lend support but also to answer the phones (more on that later). Other classical announcers showed up, as well as some announcers from the other music departments. That’s WTJU — one station with many facets, not many stations with one set of call letters.

And a special thanks to John Mitchell, who was kind enough to return for an all-too-brief stint on the airwaves with me. What fun we had!

Third, many thanks to all the folks who called in to make a pledge to WTJU. The response was truly overwhelming (just ask Deborah and Jon, who were far busier than they thought they’d be!). We were looking to raise $1,000 for the station — a grand for a grand. Instead, listeners called or went online to pledge $2,590 in celebration. And for that, we’re all grateful.

Finally, I’d like to thank you, the listener. Whether you just discovered WTJU last week, or have been with “Gamut” since program 1, it doesn’t matter. All of us here at WTJU are passionate about the music we share, and it’s gratifying to know there are kindred spirits out there to appreciate it.

Last week’s celebration wasn’t so much about reaching a personal milestone as it was a reason to take a step back and look at this extraordinary service the University of Virginia offers through WTJU. Every day volunteers from your community show up to educate, entertain, and enlighten. Thanks for your continued support. Many, many, many thanks.

Part 1: A Thousand and One Wednesdays
Part 2: A Thousand and One Milestones
Part 3: A Thousand and One Lessons
Part 4: A Thousand and One Questions

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