Even at times when you don't have access to TV, you can always listen to Alabama Public Radio. On the road, running errands, to and from work, even during a storm when the power is out, you can stay connected to what's interesting, what's important, what you need to know.
One of the reasons we pet owners love our animal friends is that they make great companions. When you say your dog’s name and she wags her tail happily, you know you have a friend there. Or when your cat head-butts you because he wants attention, you know he trusts you. Many of you have told me you like to hear pet stories because you enjoy your own companions so much.
One of our most faithful companions is Alabama Public Radio. They have a mission – to become your trusted source for news and information. In fact, listenership for its two national news programs, Morning Edition and All things Considered, has grown significantly over the past year or so, while it has declined for commercial outlets.
An acquaintance recently commented to me that he has given up watching commercial TV’s network morning news programs because there was too much emphasis on entertainment and not enough on real news. That’s one of the things NPR does best – news. And the award-winning Alabama Public Radio news team is right up there, working side by side with NPR to deliver the information you need about what’s happening around the world, across the nation, here in our state and in our local communities.
But there is so much more to Alabama Public Radio than just news. You can hear classical music, The Crooners, Car Talk, Fresh Air, and of course, Speaking of Pets. But none of it is possible without your support.
You have many choices for where you will make a contribution. I’m asking you to remember how often you listen, how much you depend on Alabama Public Radio to provide you with important, even vital, information. Please call or go online to APR.org to pledge your support.
Then when the storm hits, when the power is out, you can turn on your battery-operated radio and be connected with a friend who cares enough to be there when you need it most, a friend who will faithfully follow you wherever you go, when you’re speaking of Alabama Public Radio.