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I've been listening to WAMC for years, and have been a member for the last couple or so. Some close to me cannot understand why one pays for radio. It is after all, free everywhere else. A tough argument. But is it free?

No, I'm not going to go into that argument here. It is sufficient to say that I personally see a value to assisting the WAMC experiment. Radio by the people for the people. If I can accept that ideal, than I have to help out with a pledge every now and again, don't I?

So I'm listening this morning, and a man from Kingston, NY calls in a pledge.

$5 - five bucks. He's jobless and homeless and expects to gather enough cans and bottles today to cover his pledge. Wow.

This just happens to coincide with a segment that includes, with a pledge of $100 or more, a 5 disc set of interviews with Pete Seeger. It was like the heavens collided.

I emailed my pledge, and like many dozens of other listeners, I decided to add $5 honoring this mans selflessness. Some might say why don't you give the money to a shelter or to your church? Good questions. Simple questions. I have no answer except to say that I already do. I see a value to having a source for free information. I want to do what I can to prolong a radio station that has existed since 1979 because listeners cared to save it.

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Comment by Gregory H Strong on February 7, 2009 at 10:38am
W280DJ, 103.9 FM
Beacon NY

W299AG, 107.7 FM
Newburgh NY

you can also stream WAMC from
Comment by Joan Martorano on February 7, 2009 at 10:31am
On what frequency can I hear public radio? I haven't been able to find it in Beacon.

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