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That's really all I can say about the outstanding response to this extremely short pledge drive... WOW!

YOU ended the drive 11 hours early and returned us to music. We said we'd stop the drive as soon as we reached the goal, and YOU made it happen. Give yourselves a standing ovation!!

Now the Membership Department gets down to the business of processing everything. "Bill Me's" have gone out in the mail. Acknowledgements are being printed and stuffed. Premiums are being ordered, so please give us 6 to 8 weeks to get those out. If you didn't choose a premium at the time you pledge, and would like to add one, just send along an email to membership@wbjc.com and we'll add it to your account. And if you have any questions or concerns about your pledge, just shoot us an email or a call at 410-580-5800, option Zero.

We here at WBJC remain humbled, grateful, and ever in awe of our amazing members. Thank you to each and every one of you who called in or pledged online. Thank you to the Challenge donors. Thank you to Willy and Elaine, who helped our hard-working staff out on the phones. Thank you staff! And thank you to the hosts, who somehow manage to keep the Drive interesting to listen to while doing the heavy lifting!

With gratitude,

Diana Ross
WBJC's Membership & Operations Asst.
By Mark Malinowski

Well, let’s face it: The past two years have been challenging, to say the least. The COVID-19 pandemic is responsible for almost a million deaths in the United States alone, and countless individuals have been affected by the pandemic, either through sickness, loss of life, loss of employment, etc. But we all know this. No need to go into detail.

I happen to be a “glass half-full” kind of guy. Whenever I find myself in a bad situation, I try my best to find something positive to take away from it. I blew a tire on the Beltway once, and it was one of those rare times when I wasn’t surrounded by drivers do 70 plus mph and was able to pull over without incident. I blew a tire but considered myself lucky.

So, in that light, is there anything positive we can get from this pandemic? A truly challenging question, and one that is best answered for specific individuals, organizations, and situations.

On the personal side, 3 weeks after getting my vaccination, I was feeling ill, saw the doctor, and found out I have COVID. Fortunately, it was a “mild” case, but I wouldn’t wish that on anybody. Well, almost anybody, but I digress. It was awful, and it gave me a new appreciation for all the suffering I saw on the news every night and made me realize how lucky I truly was that I came into contact with someone AFTER getting my shot. It also taught me that I am of certain age where I am no longer invincible (as I was in my youth) and need to start paying closer attention to my health and the messages my body sends me. That paid dividends later, when I received a very different diagnosis, but, as we say in public radio, “That’s a whole other pledge drive.”

Speaking of pledge drives, the pandemic presented numerous challenges to your favorite radio station (just like every other business) that needed to be overcome... READ THE REST HERE
ATTENTION! Streaming update is coming!

WBJC is changing to a new streaming service next week! Folks who use the buttons on our website to listen should not have to do anything special. You will notice a new pop-up player.

People who use Alexa/Google/TuneIn: we're overlapping services to ensure that TuneIn updates their end of things to point to our new stream. If you have any issues, let us know.

Finally, anyone who has a device that uses the direct stream URL, or has a desktop icon/bookmark saved, will have to update to the new URL. Once we've made the switch, this information will be posted to the website.

Thanks everyone!

The Metropolitan Opera returns for their 91st season! All broadcasts at 1 PM Eastern Time except as noted

March 5
Listeners’ Choice: Great Met Broadcasts

March 12
R. Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos

March 19
Handel’s Rodelinda 

March 26 (1230 PM)
Verdi’s Don Carlos – Network Broadcast Premiere of French-language version 

April 2
Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin

Your continued support for opera keeps the Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcasts and other live performances on the WBJC Operafest coming to you on Saturdays throughout the year. 

Join Judith Krummeck for an interview series on WBJC devoted to the world of books — from different genres, to book awards, to local and national authors — everything to do with books. Booknotes is made possible by our members.

As the son of Irish immigrants, the poet, writer, and musician Terrence Patrick Winch has been part of Irish-American cultural life, with his work sometimes taking its subject matter from his upbringing in a Bronx immigrant neighborhood. Here, he shares some of the words and traditions of that cultural life.

Listener's Choice

Kati Harrison plays your requests every Friday evening during our long-running request show, Listener's Choice. You can request your favorite music anytime by emailing listenerschoice@wbjc.com or by visiting us on Facebook. You can even call in during the week (410-580-5800) and we'll make sure Kati gets your request!
mother handing key to daughter

Leave a legacy that will keep classical music radio alive for years to come. Consider a bequest or trust to WBJC. Speak to your financial planner today and help secure WBJC's future for the next generation of classical music lovers.
By Judith Krummeck
photo credit: © Laura Thiesbrummel
Jonathon Heyward grew up in South Carolina, started his musical life as a cellist and chamber musician, and is presently Chief Conductor of the North West German Philharmonic. He makes his BSO debut on March 11, 12, and 13, and I spoke to him by phone from London.

By Kati Harrison 

Debra Fraser-Howze is widely recognized for her global leadership to communities of color regarding teenage pregnancy, social welfare, and HIV and AIDS. She is also the Founder and President of Choose Healthy Life. This is the extended interview I did with Ms. Fraser-Howze about why and how she founded Choose Healthy Life.  

By Judith Krummeck 
Digital album on the Pentatone label 
Shriver Hall Concert Series is presenting mezzo-soprano, Sasha Cooke, with pianist, Kirill Kuzmin, in a recital that coincides with the release of their new CD, how do i find you?, an album of words and music written in 2020, portraying the range of human experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. I spoke by phone with Sasha from The Met.

By Dyana Neal 

People who have been in prison often face difficulty finding employment once they’re released. GPEP, or Goucher Prison Education partnership, is a division of Goucher College that seeks to provide incarcerated Marylanders with access to college courses and degree programs, which can help them find jobs after they’ve served their time. I recently spoke with Eliza Cornejo, Acting Executive Director at GPEP, about the agency’s mission and degree programs.

Getting a new car? Don’t trade-in, donate!

Before you head to the dealer, plan to donate your older vehicle to WBJC. Usually the value you'll receive for your donation will meet or exceed what the dealer will offer you as a trade-in and is fully tax-deductible. We also take boats and RVs!

Call 855-WBJC-CAR or donate securely online.  Click here to see how easy it is!
The play is over, but the interview is still a great listen!

By Judith Krummeck

When A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry had its debut in 1959, it was the first play written by a Black woman to be produced on Broadway. In 1983, Frank Rich, writing in The New York Times, said A Raisin in the Sun “changed American theater forever.” I spoke with actor and Chesapeake Shakespeare Company’s Associate Artistic Director and actor, Gerrad Alex Taylor, about CSC’s current production.

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