[Perform-Talk] Fwd: [NFBWV-Talk] MILESTONES
dandrews920 at comcast.net
Sun Sep 8 13:49:22 UTC 2019
A farewell radio show from our colleague, and former NFB Board Member
Ed McDonald from West Virginia.
>We know that there are those events--some ceremonial and some
>circumstantial--which mark milestones in our lives. Sometimes we
>don't recognize them until after they occur, but this one is pretty
>clearly a milestone.
>Tomorrow night will be the last time my voice is heard statewide
>(and even worldwide, for that matter) as host of a weekly radio show
>on West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB). I knew in my gut that
>it was time to retire and move on, and so it is something I have
>been planning for some time. ! Nevertheless, the end came a little
>more quickly and in a way that I had not anticipated. I declared
>that I wanted to conclude production of the show by the end of 2019,
>but asked the folks at WVPB to decide on an ending date that would
>work best for them. As a result of an overlooked email message
>(it's Outlook's fault, if anyone is to blame), I learned just two
>days before the delivery deadline that this Sunday, September 8,
>would be my last WVPB broadcast. This meant some quick decisions
>about what to say and what to play for an appropriate farewell
>show. Ultimately, it was better this way, since it prevented a slow
>and agonizing demise. For those who care to hear the result, it
>will be tomorrow evening at 8:00 on WV Public Broadcasting
>With Karen's constant help, I have been doing some kind of weekly
>music show on the radio for about 25 years, and so closing a chapter
>that has been such a significant part of our lives for so long is a
>big deal. Maybe I'll reflect a little more on the business of
>life's decisions and transitions and the role that blindness has
>played in all of that during our upcoming convention of the National
>Federation of the Blind of West Virginia, but that's a different
>story for another time.
>Meanwhile, perhaps the most important part of this milestone event
>is that we will now be able to extend our love of radio and music
>even more fully into the work of building Mountain Streams Radio,
>our local little LPFM station, into something valuable and
>sustainable for the music and for the community.
>I will not add further to the drama of the occasion. Just something
>I wanted to share with some of you who may care. So let me send it
>before I overthink it!
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