Larry Mantle

The best listeners in radio support us in many ways

Sunday morning, over 200 members of KPCC’s Leadership Circle gathered for our annual brunch at the Museum of Latin-American Art in Long Beach.  It’s an event I look forward to, as it gives those of us on the air a chance to talk about the process of doing our shows with  some of our most loyal and generous listeners.

Every year, I’m particularly struck by how knowledgeable these listeners are about the evolution of KPCC over the past few years.  They remember things I’d forgotten, such as how I used to talk about running down the hall to share an idea with the “AirTalk” production team, as we didn’t even work in the same area. A lot has changed since we moved into our new building less than two years ago.

Madeleine Brand and NPR Political Editor Ken Rudin were terrific – talking about the stunning performance by Newt Gingrich at last Saturday’s South Carolina primary, and looking ahead to next week’s Florida primary.  Ken and I picked up that theme on Monday’s “AirTalk.”

Our CEO Bill Davis talked about KPCC’s future plans for expansion in 12 distinct areas of reporting – traditionally called “beats,” but termed “verticals” in our shop (I have to ask someone why).

After the brunch, most of us toured the current exhibition in the museum.  It was a fun event on a beautiful Southern California day.

I share the details just to give all listeners who are interested a sense of what the Leadership Circle is about.  I know it’s a level of giving that puts it out of reach for many of our most devoted listeners.  However, the gifts from Circle members help all of us who are listeners.

Regardless of what you contribute to KPCC, your contribution extends beyond funding your listening alone.  You’re truly providing this service to others, as well.  It’s an act of generosity that we deeply appreciate.  Thank you very much.

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