[JPL] Fundraisers - Host Or Music?

Eric Jackson eric-jackson at comcast.net
Mon Aug 14 10:28:11 EDT 2006

On Sunday 13 August 2006 14:32, Jae Sinnett wrote:
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>   My questions......I'm curious to know what others think about
> this....during the fundraisers do you think listeners pledging more for the
> host or music? I think about some of the programmers on this list......and
> think what if Eric, Bobby, Linda, Tom, John....etc....had some subs for
> their fundraisers - what would the result be? Have any of you experienced
> this? What were the results? I see what many are playing and in many cases
> it's not that different and it's interesting how varied the results can be
> during the fundraisers. Just curious........
>   Jae Sinnett

When I first started at WGBH, the on air host didn't do any fundraising. What 
we called "talent" did all the fundraising. Actually I thought that was 
strange since I had worked at one of Boston's other public radio stations, 
WBUR and I had to participate in the fundraiser there. At WGBH I eventually 
just opened my mic and started fundraising with the talent. That started it.

Years ago WGBH was doing a fundraiser and I was sick. They tried a night or 
two and then they gave up. They felt that people didn't give when I wasn't 
there. If I need to be off, generally WGBH doesn't fundraise on my show. That 
means I try never to be off during a fundraiser and I turn down offers to 
host or participate in other community events.

Eric Jackson
8 pm - mid Mon - Thurs
WGBH Boston
89.7 FM

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