Yesterday, I was 26 years old again, just for about 20 miles on U.S. 190 back to I-40. You can flat haul ass on that road, and I did, just for a little, in my 1967 Mercury Comet Caliente ragtop. I won’t tell you just how fast because my mom is reading, so I’ll say on the other end of the spectrum that I am typically staying under 70 this trip. What made me 26 again is a compilation cassette tape that I made for my 1989 voyage to L.A., up the coast to Seattle, then back across the top of the country.
Photo in my driveway courtesy of Jennifer Foster, WDAV announcer producer and dear, funny, special, outlier friend, the day of my departure, 13 days and 2,200 miles ago.


Memories of the Future

I have needed utter silence to pack my bags, boxes, books, and radiator hoses for six weeks on the road. But when the key turns in the ignition of my old ’67 Comet ragtop, my playlist is ready to crank up to the skies.
I have learned that road-trip music provides an ear to the future, as well as to the past and present. To put it another way, sound is second only to smell in my Proustian lobes, and this June and July, starting today, are my next batch of good old days. So, I aim to remember the summer of ’09 even more clearly and fondly than I remember the summer of ’89, when I crossed the same continent in the same car. (I dug the cassette soundtrack for that trip out of a closet for this trip, but we’ll get to that.)


Update from Mike McKay

MMK_036_148.jpgIf you”ve had a chance to listen the past couple of mornings, you”ve noticed that I”m back on the air here at WDAV. It has been an interesting couple of weeks as I”ve been recovering from the cancer surgery, but the healing has been much smoother and quicker than I thought it would be.
It”s terrific to be back and to once again share the wonderful classical music with you…we”re all very fortunate to be able to enjoy that together, aren”t we?
As a final note, I”ll never be able to do a complete job of thanking all the wonderful, supportive people who posted messages here on the blog. Reading the kind, gracious words of so many WDAV listeners was a real inspiration, and I”ll always be grateful for your thoughtfulness.
So back to the studio, and back to the wonderful chance to work here and be a small part of the great things that happen here – I”m far more blessed than I deserve!

You Did It – Thank You!

Thank you to the hundreds of listeners who answered WDAV”s call to end our fiscal year “out of the red, into the black, and onward to the future.” You responded by contributing $50,880 to WDAV”s cause in three whirlwind days!
At many stations, an end-of-year fund drive can sound like pure drudgery. But you heard – and responded – to something different on WDAV. Our staff, our wonderful volunteers and our listeners share a passion for the music. And you heard that passion, that commitment to what we do, come through loud and clear. It”s in the voices of our hosts, the eyes of our volunteers, in the dollars – and in the remarkable, touching, meaningful comments from our listeners. Lots of first-time members commented with glee about helping us meet those hourly pledge goals. And many of you gave a second (or even third!) gift for this fiscal year, because you know how important it is for WDAV to finish the year on solid financial footing.
Thank you for making the community of WDAV 89.9 Classical Public Radio bigger and stronger than it has ever been. We are humbled by your generosity and inspired by your commitment to this great classical music of the Carolinas.
And remember: On-air campaigns account for just half of WDAV”s critical operating funds. So if you didn”t get a chance to contribute yet, you can still or call 877-333-8990 during business hours anytime before June 30th!

WDAV Year-End Fundraiser – The Final Five! (thousand)

Support WDAV in its final push to the finish line. The station has now raised 90% of its $50,000 goal to meet the end of its fiscal year. Tune in to 89.9 or listen live to Joe Brant, Lauren Rico, Rachel Stewart and Jennifer Foster bring us to the finish line with special membership offers!
Haven’t made your pledge to ‘DAV yet? Click here!

Fund Drive Update – Wednesday, June 17 at 4 PM

New members to WDAV have pushed us over the half-way mark! On Day 2 of this abbreviated end-of-year fund-raising campaign, WDAV has already raised $25,000 — thank you!
And don”t forget: until 7 p.m. tonight, new members who give more than $35 receive a special gift CD from WDAV supporters and classical musicians Bob Teixeira and Tanja Bechtler.
If you haven”t already given a financial gift this year, make today the day. Regardless of the amount you give, please give to WDAV. Call us at 1-877-333-8990 or anytime. Do your part to support classical music in the Carolinas. Thank you!

New Members Receive Special Gift – Join Today!

cd_gifts.jpgIf you have yet to make your first gift to WDAV, this is a bonus day for you!
Between noon and 7 p.m. this afternoon, new members who give more than $35 receive a special gift CD from WDAV supporters and classical musicians Bob Teixeira and Tanja Bechtler.
Bob and Tanja urge you to give today by calling WDAV at 1-877-333-8990 or at WDAV”s secure website.
Take this first, important step and do your part to assure that classical public radio stays strong in our community. Become a first-time donor to WDAV today!

Fund Drive Update – Tuesday 6/16/09 6:30 PM

givetoday_licenceplate.jpgOn Day 1 of our short end-of-year on-air campaign, WDAV”s supporters have given more than $14,000 — thank you!
If you haven”t already given a financial gift this year, now is the time. Regardless of the amount you give, please give today to WDAV. Until 7 PM, you can call us at 1-877-333-8990 or . Do your part to support classical music in the Carolinas. Thank you!