Paducah, KY – I was sitting at my computer, writing a post for my blog, of course listening to WKMS, when I heard the news. WKMS, our own WKMS, would soon be carrying Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
I shook my head like a big wet dog. I couldn't believe my ears!
I must have been dreaming. I quickly clicked on WKMS.org. It was not a dream, it was true. I would soon be hearing the Peabody Award-winning show right here in western KY, joining the nearly 4.5 million people already listening on their NPR stations all around the country. Oh my lucky stars.
Terry Gross has interviewed Julia Child, Henny Youngman, Sidney Poitier, and Branford Marsallis. Countless authors, writers, artists, musicians, and fascinating, important people. Her shows are both timely and timeless.
Here's a recent for instance. When former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara died on July 6th, the show rebroadcast an interview Gross did with him in 1995. It was so moving; the man's words told us much about our world today.
And. Terry Gross was granted a rare interview with Paul Simon. Need. I. Say. More.
If you happen to have a spare hour or week, and you aren't familiar with the program, get on NPR.org and check out the Fresh Air Archives. But remember I warned you. You might lose a whole afternoon or month listening to those gripping discussions with some of the most brilliant people.
Back at my computer desk, not yet fully recovered from the great good news about Fresh Air, I heard Diane Rehm's unmistakable voice announcing that her show was also coming to WKMS. Well, I thought, this is a great day.
When I get a hankering for classical music I can pull up WKMS HD-2 for free on my computer. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In fact, I'll be able to have it playing in the background while I hear these two gifted interviewers, Terry Gross and Diane Rehm, asking important questions of leaders in the fields of politics, the arts, business, and science. People about whom I want to know.
The mission of National Public Radio is "To work in partnership with member stations to create a more informed public one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures".
I want to publicly thank WKMS for bringing these programs to the region. And at the same time, I want to congratulate them for launching their 24 hour all classical station prior to making these program changes. We, your lucky listeners, get the best of all possible worlds, because of your good old fashioned hard work, your initiative, and your foresight.
WKMS is one of the treasures that this great region has to offer. But it didn't just magically evolve. The people of WKMS are a gifted, tireless bunch and we simply turn on our radios, or our computers, and enjoy.
This particular lucky listener wants to say a heartfelt thank you.