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September 1, 2017


Here is something you already know... Blue Lake Public Radio is not a mainstream radio station.  Far from it.  It’s unique - a diamond in the rough.  So, why does Blue Lake Public Radio continue to succeed while other similar stations have felt it necessary to change format to stay on the air? 

I’ve been thinking about this lately.  There are many reasons, of course.  One is Blue Lake’s unwavering dedication to Music - to Classical Music and Jazz - to its integrity... and to the arts and intelligent dialogue.  This is where we make very few compromises.  This is Blue Lake’s mission.

Blue Lake succeeds as a result of pure determination.  Blue Lake keeps pressing forward no matter what.  In its 35 years, Blue Lake Radio has experienced a few difficult years, but we’ve come through them one by one, and I think we were strengthened by them. 

Another important factor is undoubtedly your steadfast loyalty to what Blue Lake Radio represents.  Year after year, our listeners stand shoulder to shoulder with us and help this radio station persevere.

And so, here we are in our 36th year, successful and still totally committed to providing the finest Classical Music and Jazz as well as NPR’s important news programs. 

We do this for you and with you.

There is no way to adequately tell you how important your support is.  Those who listen and contribute account for nearly 50% of the money necessary to keep the radio stations on the air.  Your gift to Blue Lake supports Bonnie Bierma’s programs, Foley Schuler’s, Lazaro Vega’s, and Steve Albert’s, along with those from NPR.

You have an opportunity right now to do something good.  Just take a moment today make your online pledge.  Your gift in any amount will make a difference.

If you have any questions or would like to pledge by phone, please feel free to call us at 800-889-9258.  You may also pledge on line at www.bluelake.org/pledge.

If you would like to make a larger than average contribution, a gift of stock, or have any questions, please call us at any time.  The number is 231-894-5656.

On behalf of everyone at Blue Lake, thank you for your wonderful support.  It means a great deal to us.  


Dave Myers  
Vice President
Broadcasting and Development

P.S.  As I write this, I am listening to Bernstein’s 1988 recording of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2.  This performance was just a couple of years before Bernstein died.  Some critics think it is slow and ponderous.  My feeling is that it is certainly slow but not ponderous, more thoughtful and emotional.  I know that some people don’t like Mahler, but when you listen to the final movement you might find yourself getting goosebumps.  Give it a try.

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 and All Things Considered. 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.

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