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Mea Culpa
All of us here at WBJC appreciate and value your ongoing support of your classical music station.

But, we have to apologize to you.

WBJC lost the ability to process all credit cards on 9/30. The State of Maryland changed banks/credit card processors and our license holder, Baltimore City Community College, didn’t inform us early enough to line up an approved processor in time to meet this deadline. As of today, we have not found any suitable means to do anything other than hand-process charges. However, we do not have the staff or the COVID-safe facilities to hand-process several thousand charges.

What this means to you:

We are cancelling the October Quiet Drive altogether. We can’t ask donors to give online if there’s no means of processing a credit card. We hope to hold a combination Fall drive/Year-end campaign in late November or December.

Some of you are still waiting for Premiums from March and April. We haven’t forgotten you! We’re still trying to get them mailed! The BCCC mailroom is closed because of the pandemic. But we believe we have found a work-around with a private vendor. (If you see an orange Subaru chucking packages onto your porch, that’s Diana Ross, frustrated by this mess.) Again, we're very sorry for the wait.

If you are a Sustainer, we cannot process your October (and probably November) Sustainer gifts. Once we have a new credit card processor in place and tested, we will contact you for your card information. If you would like to switch your sustainer pledge over to checks for a little while, you can send them to:

WBJC-FM, PO Box 22342, Baltimore MD 21203-4342

Finally, this too shall pass. WBJC is strong and we will survive this inconvenience. We’re just embarrassed that we have to apologize so much where we’d normally beam with pride at our level of customer service. Members are our everything, our raison d'être…. You’re why we do what we do.

Be well,

All of us here at WBJC-FM

P.S. You can still make pledges on the WBJC.com website, but the only selectible option is "Bill Me" pledge. We will then mail out a pledge form and envelope for you to send in your check.
Programming Notes

Lyric Opera of Chicago

  • 10/03 - The Pearl Fishers @1pm
  • 10/10 - Die Walkure @1pm
  • 10/17 - Faust @1pm
  • 10/24 - Orphee et Euydice @1pm
  • 10/31 - I Puritani @1pm

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 YOU, our members.

This month:

Amongst the 2020 National Book Awards nominations is the English-language fiction debut, High as the Waters Rise, by German poet Anja Kampmann. The book was translated from the German by Maryland native, Anne Posten, who spoke to me from her home in Berlin.

Listener's Choice

John Scherch 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 John gets your request!
From the Blogs
By Judith Krummeck

The Odyssey program for lifelong learning at Johns Hopkins University, which is online for the foreseeable future, is commemorating Beethoven and Women’s Suffrage during their Fall 2020 semester. Here is Odyssey’s Director, Douglas Blackstone.

By Kati Harrison

During the 10-week BSO Encore series there were compositions by several living composers. The last concert of the series featured Jennifer Higdon’s Pulitzer Prize winning Violin Concerto. Ms. Higdon generously gave me an interview about the creation of her concerto for violinist Hilary Hahn.  Listen here
By Mark Malinowski

I recently had the chance to talk to Cyrus Nusum and Monica Boddie about Transformation Nation and the Inaugural “Glow Up” Bike ride to support children who are victims of trauma. Listen Here

More information is at http://www.MyTNation.org

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!
By Kati Harrison

During the 10-week BSO Encore series It was such a pleasure to talk with all the living composers whose works were featured on the concerts. Grammy Award winning American composer, Michael Daugherty described the process of writing UFO for percussionist, Dame Evelyn Glennie. 

By Judith Krummeck

An exhibition of 31 graphic works, created by the African American artist Jacob Lawrence between 1971 and 1997, is being presented by the Mitchell Gallery of St. John’s College, Annapolis. I spoke with the gallery’s Art Educator, Lucinda Edinberg. Click here for images and the inteview
By: Stephen R. Elville, Managing Principal, Elville and Associates, P.C.

You are searching for a client care program (whether you know it or not). Yes, you are. Whether you are consciously aware of this is the purpose of this article. You do want your estate plan – your Last Will and Testament; or your will substitute, your Revocable Living Trust, to work as you intend it to. You want the terms and provisions of those documents – your documents - to accurately reflect your current thinking and address the current circumstances of your life and the lives of your family members... Read More here

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