Like WCPE, We Launch a Campaign to Improve Our Signal
I M A BIG OPERA FAN, so every Saturday afternoon during opera season I tune in faithfully to my favorite classical music station, WCPE in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and enjoy the live broadcast from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
Enjoy, that is, until about Act III of the opera, when like an electronic Mephistopheles, a crackly signal from a nearby rock-and-roll station viciously intrudes on the operas most dramatic moments, drowns out even Luciano Pavarotti, and drives me straight up the wall.Evidently I havent been the only annoyed listener, either, as WCPEs announcers have regularly apologized for the weakness of their signal and spoken of raising money to build a taller antenna. But it would take lots of money, and WCPE was a humble, non-profit, listener-supported public radio station that received no funding from any government agency, university, major corporation or foundationand certainly none from the Met!
We opera lovers were clearly in for a lot more Saturday afternoon frustration, I lamented. But a remarkable thing happened during the past year: WCPEs faithful listeners rallied to support the stations New Antenna project and underwrite its aim of reaching a broader audience with a more powerful signal.
Funds were solicited from listeners, the new antenna was built, and just a few days ago, with Leonard Bernstein conducting a triumphal Ninth Symphony Ode to Joy, WCPE began transmitting a gloriously rich new signalBeethoven, Mozart, Wagner, and Verdi in all their splendor!
WE PROPOSE TO DO THE SAME! After all,
Like WCPE, American Diplomacy seeks to reach a broader audience with a higher quality product, one we believe helps enrich public understanding of international relations and the conduct of American foreign policy. But it lacks the funding it needs to achieve that goal.
Like WCPE,American Diplomacy is a non-profit corporation with tax-exempt charity status from the IRS. It receives no financial support from any government, university, corporationor practically anyone else (unfortunately). Its a voluntary labor of love on the part of its editor, publisher, contributing authors, and editorial board; but love doesnt produce a very strong signal out on the Internet!
And like WCPE, American Diplomacy can only continue to disseminate its classical content, free from political, commercial, or ideological bias, if it receives support from its audience the people who read, enjoy, and value its content.
So were going to copy our friends at WCPE and raise some funds from our grassroots supporters in order to upgrade our technical capabilities and strengthen the quality of our publication. With a development fund of $5,000 or so, we believe we can:
- Improve our location on the Internet and acquire an easy-to-reach domain name of our own;
- Put a faster server and modem in place the will help us keep our site up to date and greatly improve interactivity with our readers;
- Acquire and install software that will speed the publishing process and enable American Diplomacy to offer its readers a much more interesting, visually appealing journal.
WE ASK YOU TO JOIN US in this, our own Signal Improvement Project and, like WCPE, well probably ask you again and again, until the tower goes up and our own Ode to Joy can be heard all across the Internet!
For WCPE's listeners, this years Metropolitan Opera season is going to be a very different one.
For American Diplomacys readers, future issues of this journal could be very different too a lot easier to download and much more satisfying to read!
|NOTE: If youre an opera lover like me, you probably want to get this fund-raising business over with quickly and go back to enjoying the music. If so, click here and well tell you how and where you can make your contribution and be done with it!|