My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Bascomb Memorial Broadcasting Foundation, Inc., Miami, FL, USA
I've been a fan of great music since I was born. Thanks to my late father, I was exposed to everything from classical to 50's pop to jazz and klezmer to r & b, yiddishe pop, opera and Broadway. I come from a very musical family and we not only listened together but we also played together. One sister played piano and cello, the other played piano and accordian and I played piano and clarinet, my father sang and my mother watched and listened. It was wonderful. As I grew up, I discovered New York salsa music, Cuban music and modern jazz. I used to buy a lot of records because no one radio station could satisfy my appetite for diverse cultural music. In all the years I lived in NYC there were some good jazz stations and good classical stations but never was there a radio station which offered a variety of global music. Here in South Florida we have WDNA, 88.9 fm. It is a global radio station servicing a very multi-cultural community. Most of the DJ's are incredibly knowledgeable. They play only the very best music of a particular genre. During the summer months, my husband and I live in Europe where we listen to WDNA online. This way, because of the time difference, we get to hear the shows that we generally miss when in the states. The music is always excellent. The talk shows are always informative and cutting edge. Every morning as I wait for my first cup of coffee, I turn on the radio to Frank Consola's show from 6am til 11am. He is a walking jazz encyclopedia and plays the very best music any jazz fan could possibly desire. WDNA offers quality programming 24/7 and I am deeply grateful and feel so fortunate to have them in my life on a daily basis, wherever I am in the world.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
the joy of having a great local radio station 24/7. And, they are online as well, so that we can listen when we are out of town or out of the country as well. We are always guaranteed good listening.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
I've met a few dj's and Maggie over the phone on different occasions. They are extremely friendly and seem to really appreciate their listeners.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
produce more concerts, strengthen their radio signal, broadcast live concerts and do more for the community. Perhaps they would be able to produce some musical documentaries as well. Maybe a doc about Cuban music-- yesterday and today?
Ways to make it better...
Sometimes WDNA loses their signal. It doesn't happen as often as it used to though. However, if would be nice if they were able to improve the strength of their signal even more so.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
financial ones. WDNA is a public radio station funded mostly by private citizens like myself. During these difficult economic times surely it must be effecting their ability to raise money for the station.
One thing I'd also say is that...
WDNA exudes musical integrity. I think this is rare nowadays and I applaud them for this.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every six months
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?