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Blue Lake Public Radio 88.9 & 90.3’s Fall Membership Drive!

Dear Friends:

At times those of us in public broadcasting are asked, “When did public broadcasting start, and what was the thinking behind it?”  Here’s the answer:

In 1967, President Lyndon Baines Johnson, a commercial broadcaster himself (WLBJ Radio in Austin, TX), envisioned the opportunity to reach underserved radio and television audiences with important programming that commercial stations, given their for-profit structure, could never embrace.  His vision led to the creation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

We take Blue Lake Public Radio’s mission of serving West Michigan with quality fine arts programming seriously.  The fact that Blue Lake is the only station in the region offering Classical music is testament to that (more notable yet given the dramatic decline in Classical stations nationwide).  Blue Lake hosts, Bonnie Bierma, Foley Schuler, Lazaro Vega, and Steve Albert possess far-reaching depths of knowledge about selections heard on their programs. 

Financial support from listeners like you remains our primary source of operating revenue.  We are in the midst of our Fall Membership Drive – capped by the October 21-28 “Funder” on-air portion.  If you would like to become a new Blue Lake listener member, or are a renewing member, online pledges can be made by clicking Radio Pledge Page, or please call at 800-889-9258. 

Your support furthers Blue Lake Public Radio’s role as The Voice of the Arts in West Michigan!  Thank you! 

Paul Boscarino
General Manager

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Some Cultural Selections from the Internet by Foley Schuler…

The MacArthur Foundation has announced this year’s MacArthur Fellows—recipients of the coveted “Genius Grant.” Click on link to meet this year's 23 fellows, and read more from the New York Times.

Thanks to the magic of the Internet, you can now visit EVERY exhibition ever mounted at the Museum of Modern Art. Find out how here!

The classic Shure microphone is a familiar sight here at Blue Lake Public Radio (I myself have used it countless times for interviews and for live onstage hosting). Audiophiles and radio and recording buffs will likely enjoy this fascinating history or and background on the iconic mic.

It’s the end of an era at the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra as Lawrence Harvey steps down as Music Director after 18 years. You can read more about the maestro, his legacy and his plans for the future here.

The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize—one of the literary world’s highest honors—has just been announced.

Calling all artists! Ravinia—summer home of the Chicago Symphony and one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious summer music festivals--seeks a “creative, imaginative, and colorful design for its season poster.” The contest is open to all artists, including students. The poster will be sold in Ravinia’s gift shops and distributed among hundreds of Chicagoland stores and public spaces. The winner will also receive a $1,000 prize, and additional cash prizes will be awarded for the designs selected as the second- and third-place winners. You can find out more and enter—and see past winners from the contests 40-year history-- here.

Finally, on a lighter note—in case you’ve ever wondered, or if you haven’t and could just use a good laugh: what would happen when you inhale helium and play Mozart's Clarinet Concerto.


“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.”

--Scott Adams

About Blue Lake Public Radio

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp serves West Michigan with its two public radio stations.  Grand Rapids listeners turn to WBLU 88.9, while WBLV 90.3 serves Muskegon and the West Michigan shoreline from Holland to Manistee.  Our two signals together reach 18 counties. Our programming is also streamed online, and we have free listening apps for Android and iOS devices.

Thousands of people tune in each week to enjoy our mission of Classical and Jazz music, along with NPR’s Morning Edition. Please see our online program guide for a full schedule.

Blue Lake is a listener-supported station. Donations from our audience keep us going! We would greatly appreciate your membership as well.

Blue Lake Public Radio

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