Thank you.

We are so grateful for your notes and calls during this difficult moment in history. You’ve sent us so many messages in recent weeks telling us you appreciate the show as a place where you can breathe and think about thoughtful, complex ideas — and fun ones — away from the world’s new worries. And your kind words have helped keep us on track as we plan new episodes of the radio show. Thank you. —MB & GB

We’re small even though we might seem large.

When we took over the show in 2007, A Way with Words was broadcast on just 12 radio stations in four states.

There was a staff of only three. Stefanie Levine, producer. Martha Barnette, co-host. Grant Barrett, co-host.

A Way with Words logoFor the first few years, we took no pay. Instead, we paid for everything out of our own pockets. We also took on extra duties to run the business. Lots of extra duties. That’s how it is when you do something you love! For every hour we spend in the studio, there are more than a hundred hours between us of other work to do.

Each time we sat at Stefanie’s dining room table and made our plans, we agreed we needed help to make the show grow.

Who could we find? Who would help?

It eventually dawned on us. The answer was obvious.

Audience at an A Way with Words live show in Portland, Ore.The fans. People who love the radio show. Listeners who want to hear more. Die-hards from around the world who send us passionate emails of support and leave thousands of enthusiastic voice messages every month.

Fans and listeners donate to support a program that they love to hear and that they want others to hear, too. They donate because they want more of it.

The fourth one at the dining room table – one who helps with what we are building — is you.

With you, this tiny, thrifty nonprofit runs a national radio show heard in 40 states on more than 330 transmitters. Thanks to you, the show is heard by more people than ever and downloaded more than three million times a year.

Though the change in audience size has been great, there are only four staff members working for our nonprofit and radio show. We’re still small!

But all that growth now means more behind-the-scenes business that requires more operating funds and more operating staff.

Today, join us at the table as we make our plans for many more new episodes in 2020 and the staff to make them happen.

Join the other listeners and fans who support A Way with Words with an annual gift of $120 or more. 

Thank you for your support, and thanks for listening.

Martha, Grant, and Stefanie




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