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KPCC Member Profile: Larry and Janice Hoffman

Larry and Janice Hoffmann and their personalized KPCC license plates
Larry and Janice Hoffmann and their personalized KPCC license plates
Larry and Janice Hoffmann

Larry and Janice Hoffmann have been members of KPCC since 2002. Over the years they have become increasingly involved, joining the President’s Circle, supporting the capital campaign for the Mohn Broadcast Center, recording a testimonial, and joining the Legacy Society. When they bought a new car, Larry came up with the idea of getting a vanity license plate with KPCC893.

Here is a brief interview with Janice on her thoughts about KPCC and their license plates:

Has anyone stopped you, honked, or asked about your KPCC893 plates? 

We have had no honking, but the employees at Long Beach BMW asked me if I worked there and I quipped, “No, but I wish I did.”  Another time my car was parked and I came out to find two guys looking at the plate and talking about it.

What’s your most memorable driveway moment?

Larry had started walking our dog thinking I wasn’t going to go along. In fact, I decided to, and when I finally caught up with them, we had dueling cellphones, each at different places in “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” and had to finally choose the phone with the better speaker.

What do you tell people when they ask why KPCC’s service matters to you?

The “No Rant and No Slant” approach is very important, plus it is the one thing that you can tap into any time of day. And it’s not just news. I love the app so that I can listen to “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!”, “The Splendid Table”, “The Frame” or “TED Radio Hour” whenever I want to. 

You’re members of KPCC’s Legacy Society and have included the station in your trust. What are your hopes for the future of KPCC’s service?

As many people are, we are concerned with how much “at odds” Americans are, and we feel that KPCC is part of the solution. By providing a forum where people can express differences of opinions in a safe environment, KPCC is an example of the kinds of institutions we need. Last week I was going to be with a friend of a different political party, and I was not looking forward to being with her for an extended period of time. Then I considered that if a Democrat and a Republican can’t discuss differences, how can we expect other groups to dialogue? Perhaps we can learn through KPCC, their reporting, and KPCC in Person events.