What is your history with All Classical Portland?
I first started listening at the beginning, over 30 years ago now. I was familiar with KBPS, the Benson Polytechnic High School AM station, and then discovered its FM sibling. Although I don’t recall it specifically, I probably heard John Pitman’s first broadcast, or certainly one of his first few. Work took me in and out of the Portland area, but I was always listening when I was home, and with the advent of the internet, I still listen when I am in Germany…or anywhere else for that matter.
I’ve “watched” as on-air hosts arrived and departed, and each has brought their own style and personality to the station, and all that variation has only made the organization stronger. When I finally reached semi-retirement I decided All Classical Portland was the place I wanted to donate my time.
What inspires you to contribute to All Classical Portland?
Like many others I live on a somewhat-fixed income so my ability to donate significant sums is limited. I became a sustaining supporter because it allowed me to make a regular contribution and stay within my budget. Courtesy of an off-hand comment by an ACP staff member, I was able to donate in some other ways, utilizing my life-skills to fill needs that would otherwise require the station to spend money to purchase lower-priority equipment.
The simple answer, however, is more basic: The Music. All Classical Portland is a place where I can enjoy my favorites, but also discover pieces that are new to me. I could never own a collection that vast, and regularly I hear something…a composer, a specific piece, a new arrangement…that I’ve never heard before. Every day is another class where I can expand my knowledge while entertaining my brain. Each week I discover a new favorite, or the background I never knew that deepens my understanding of the composer’s efforts.
What do you wish for the station in the future?
Going forward I would love to see additional live productions, both in house and at venues around the area. The broadcast of the Oregon Symphony’s waterfront concert should be just the beginning. I also hope to see more programming like Thursdays@Three and On Deck, where local musical talent is showcased. I would also enjoy seeing more performances by the members of the staff, both because they are skilled musicians but also because I think it is yet another way for the station to connect in person with the listeners.
How would you encourage listeners to contribute or to become a future funder through our planned giving option?
Radio is a one-way medium. Unlike most other interaction between people and the arts, music over the radio provides a very limited feedback loop. Unlike the symphony, a ballet performance, or even a choral ensemble, radio deprives the listener of any direct interaction with the performers. Absent seeing an on-air host conducting a pre-concert discussion, the station remains a wonderful group of disembodied voices.
During fund drives we continually hear comments from callers about how much they enjoy the banter between hosts, and that only confirms that our hosts are too often “seen” as just voices and not as real people.
Thanks to the new facility and Thursdays@Three the station now has a physical place where listeners can be easily welcomed and entertained. I believe that is a powerful tool that provides an open door vital to the future of the station. Visitors become donors when the voices they hear daily become breathing human beings.
Craig is pictured with the table he constructed for Production B!