March 19, 2019
I want to tell you about a friend we lost a few months ago. Her name was Anne Zeller. She was a passionate, devoted listener to Blue Lake Public Radio. She listened every day in her small apartment in Grand Rapids. She would listen to the radio as she painted in her studio (which was really just a corner in her kitchen). I don’t believe she ever married, and she never had children. About 30 years ago, she retired from Steelcase, where she worked in the advertising department. Anne was the most energetic, positive, and happy person I have ever known. For years, she would send little, hand-written notes to us at the radio station, commenting on something she had heard. Always positive, uplifting comments. We miss her greatly. She was 98.
Anne was one of the many people who listen to Blue Lake Radio every day. She loved music. Most of our listeners tune in for the music.
Sometimes, I worry that in today’s culture, the type of music we present is fading into the background; that serious music is being lost in the din of everyday life. Over the last several years, too many classical radio stations around the country have switched to other formats in order to remain on the air. I can assure you, we are not about to do that. Here at Blue Lake, music is in our DNA. Our parent organization, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, has been providing music education to young people for more than 50 years, and Blue Lake Public Radio has been on the air for nearly 37.
When we get notes in the mail, like those from Anne, or phone calls, or when we meet people on the street… and receive from them confirmation that Blue Lake Radio is doing good work and is meaningful to them… we are reminded of the importance of keeping classical music and jazz on the air.
Blue Lake Public Radio’s mission is worthy of our support. With listener support, the challenges we encounter become more manageable. Please take a moment today to make your commitment to Blue Lake. Use the enclosed pledge card or go online at www.bluelake.org/pledge. Your gift in any amount will be a great help.
You are our friends. You are the key to making all of this work. With you, the future of Blue Lake Radio is bright and good, and the music continues.
On behalf of everyone here… Thank you.
Vice President, Broadcasting and Development
This week’s Grand Rapids Symphony broadcast features Carl St. Clair on the podium, along with pianist Benjamin Pasternak and soprano Celena Shafer in an All Bernstein concert, celebrating the great American composer’s 100th birthday in 2018. We’ll hear his Symphony No.2, Age of Anxiety, and vocal highlights from West Side Story, Trouble in Tahiti, and Arias and Barcarolles. Join us for broadcasts of the Grand Rapids Symphony, heard only on Blue Lake! Underwritten by Meijer.