Contribute to All Classical Portland by volunteering! It’s a chance for you to help the station you love, meet new people and see All Classical Portland from the inside. Of course, our volunteers have fun too! Some assignments require regular ongoing commitment. Other opportunities are assigned when special needs arise, such as duties connected to pledge drive or work parties. Of course, assignments depend on station needs and volunteer skill sets.
Do you think you would make a good volunteer?
Read what our volunteers have to say below, and then call Mary Evjen at 503-802-9405. Let’s have a discussion about your skills and see how they fit our needs. It could be the start of a beautiful thing!
Originally, volunteering at All Classical was the perfect transition after my last day of work. Now, when I come here on Wednesdays, I find the station a friendly, wonderful place to spend my time.
Classical music is my passion. When I came to the Northwest several years ago it was a great joy to discover All Classical, and I volunteered to answer phones during pledge drives. As I started serving on a regular basis and got to know the people and personalities here, I realized that I had found a volunteer home. All Classical is an integral part of my life, and I really appreciate the opportunity to support the activities here. We are extremely fortunate in the Pacific Northwest to have this precious entity that provides classical music for us all.
I became interested in radio while in grade school when my Dad and I visited a network radio station. That led to my Benson High School broadcast training at KBPS AM which even included hosting an evening classical show. However, a less exciting career path took me out of the area for several decades. Last year I returned. As I approached Portland, my first task was to tune to a classical station and, to my good fortune, I found All Classical FM! Volunteering just a few yards away from my old high school broadcast facilities is just like coming home. The variety of interesting tasks and the friendly station personnel make my volunteer days great fun and a highlight of my week.
Back in the '70s and '80s, Portland had classical music stations on AM and FM but, one by one, they changed programming formats. Then I discovered 89.9 FM, and have been a faithful listener and member ever since. The on-air hosts and office staff have become a special family to me. They are so wonderful. What a privilege to actually be part of the All Classical family.
Ted & Adele Pelletier
A mutual love and enjoyment of classical music was an early element of attraction in our relationship. Since then we have enjoyed developing more knowledge of the music. When we moved to Portland more than 10 years ago, we found 89.9 and then saw a solicitation for volunteer support. Since meeting volunteer director Mary Evjen, we have been involved in various forms of support for the station: tabling at concerts, answering phones during pledge drives, and providing office support. Having represented the station at several opera events we have grown from novice listeners to lovers of the genre. We think KQAC is a musical blessing to Portland.
I was one of the lucky ones: my dad played the violin and I grew up in a home filled with music. He shared with us his great love of listening to and performing, and I think of him every time I pick up my flute. Supporting this incredible station--including its great music and wonderfully knowledgeable and friendly staff--is an important part of my life. Once more, my Dad would approve!
When I became a “new native” of this wonderful metro nearly 20 years ago, I was delighted to find this 24/7 home for classical music on my FM dial. I quickly and happily became a supporting member. How could I not? As a free-lance musician, I recognized the immeasurable support All Classical provides Portland-area artists and arts organizations. I’m thrilled to be able to supplement my financial contributions by participating as a member of our volunteer team. How do I describe my relationship with AllClassical? Synergy at its most satisfying!
A generation ago, a handful of radio stations in Portland broadcast classical music. Today only one does: All Classical. At some point during those years of attrition, listening while grading papers and tests, I decided I'd become a volunteer after retiring from teaching. Four years ago I first stepped inside the offices behind Benson High School, and now one of my afternoons each week consists of answering phones, processing mail, and posting events on the Cultural Calendar. Of course, I still listen as I work, but on those volunteer days it's special, somewhat akin to model railroading with real trains.