Getting to know our new friends

Listening to "Kindergarten of the Air," 1962. Photo: ABC, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Listening to “Kindergarten of the Air,” 1962. Photo: ABC, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Wow. A huge thank-you to all the folks who have come out to support North Country Public Radio for the first time this week. We were looking for 100 new friends, and we found 162 of them. Amazing. You don’t know it yet, but one of you owns a new iPad Air, with our thanks. We will draw the winner on Monday and let you know.

If you have been listening to NCPR for a long time already, but are giving for the first time, a special thanks for doing that thing that we have been periodically nagging you to do. I hope it feels good to tick that off your list. If you’d care to share, we’d be interested to know—why now? Let us know at the comment link below.

If you only recently found us on the dial or online and decided we were worthy of your support, we’d like to know how you came across NCPR, and what you liked, as well as what you didn’t find, but hope to see and hear.

And if you are new to the North Country and gave because you support the local public radio station wherever you go – welcome! You will discover that the North Country is a special place and that NCPR makes a special effort to inform and entertain those who live here, and to deepen their understanding of this particular corner of the planet.

Here are a few of the things we are up to at the moment:

Our regional news team is unpacking the impact this discombobulating time in politics will have on the North Country. While it may be tempting to ignore what goes on in Washington, it tends to come home to roost in Waddington and Watertown and Saranac Lake. Our First 100 Days project sorts through all that. And the news team also dives into all the news that is not politics, uncovering the stories of artists and businesses, farmers and scientists and ordinary folk who are your new neighbors. You will also often hear our reporters on nationwide programs, because – well – they are just that good.

We have a few special projects that might help a newcomer get oriented. Our North Country at Work project has been traveling throughout the region, collecting the photos and stories and voices that document the working life of North Country communities from the present and going back to the nineteenth century.

And once you have spent a long, long winter here, you will come to appreciate the importance of storytelling. Later in the month we will resume The Howl Story Slam, live unscripted storytelling sessions in communities all across the North Country. You can watch video of some of our Slam champions at the link above.

And of course we carry all the national news and talk and arts and music programs that you rely on public radio to provide. NCPR program schedule

Let us know what you think at the link below – or not. We understand the whole “too much yabba-yabba” thing, too. We could just sit together quietly and listen to the radio.


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