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Thanks to your donations, the show is now heard across North America and around the world by more than a quarter-million listeners each week.
When we took over the show in 2007, we knew how to make radio. We knew what people wanted to know about language. And we knew how to get the show out to stations.
But we didn’t know how to pay for it. Fundraising? Donors? Sponsors? Magic?
It turned out that among our many thousands of listeners, there were many who cared about language and good radio. Ongoing annual support from listeners like them, and you, accounts for more than half of our operating budget. It is a crucial piece of our funding pie.
Thanks to you, each year we make more new episodes than the previous year. You asked us to make more brand-new one-hour shows, so that’s what we’re doing.
But did you know that A Way with Words is more than a weekly hour of radio? If only it were that easy!
In fact, behind each hour of radio there are at least 120 hours of other work.
For every caller we talk to on the air, we respond to hundreds off-air, when we can, with answers, help, advice, and support. In fact, we get more than 15,000 phone calls and emails a year, and dearly wish we could respond to them all.
We also give public workshops, lectures, and presentations to all sorts of groups: business people, high school and college students, church groups, teachers, writers, and more.
We also spend even more hours each week on back-office business with vendors and stations, carefully managing where money goes: studio rental, file- and site-hosting, a radio engineer, a radio editor, and satellite distribution, an expense that increased by 50% this year.
All together, this work is how we fulfill our mission of helping people think about language in a new way.
We want to thank you for everything you do for us. Your calls and emails matter a great deal. They energize, delight, and inform us. Without you, we wouldn’t have a show.
Best wishes and happy listening,
Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett
co-hosts of A Way with Words
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