It’s that time of year again, the Kalamazoo Gazette’s Readers’ Choice awards! As you might guess, WIDR is competing in the “Best radio station” category. Now, ladies and gentlemen, we won this thing in 2009, but last year, 2010? That was rough. Not only did WRKR win, we didn’t even get an honorable mention! WKZO, an AM station, got more votes/love than we did. How does that even happen? We all know that just ain’t right.
Why do we want this award? Is it the prestige, the glory, the year of gloating we’d all get to do? Well, yeah, a bit. Let’s be honest, everyone likes being appreciated, but winning this means more than being able to do this to non-WIDR DJs should they attempt to throw down. In times where finances are tight all over and finding new revenue streams that fit within the ideals of WIDR is harder than ever, being able to show donors, grant makers, underwriters, and WMU that WIDR is valued by the community we serve is a major boost for the station. If you want to help WIDR and you’ve never made a donation or if you give every year, voting right now is an easy way to make things better for us. Recognition like this is way for us to increase our visibility as an asset to Kalamazoo. We’re not looking to change what we do, we just want to secure the fact that we can. So go vote!
To vote, just click on that gigantic red, white, and blue button. It will take you to the official ballot page for Arts & Entertainment, which is where we are competing. Votes are limited to one ballot per person, so no extra rounds, even if you’re from Chicago, and ballots can be submitted until 5 pm on August 15th, but please don’t wait! The sooner you vote, the less likely you are to forget, which we are all prone to do from time to time.
Thanks for keeping Radio Evolution going strong!
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