KJazz December 2019 Newsletter Edition: KJazz Breaks Fundraising Record During 2019 Fall Pledge Drive

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Dear Lorraine,

Stephanie and I want to thank you for your hard work during our recent Fall Pledge Drive.  We truly appreciate your help!

We want to share with you an overview of the terrific pledge drive results.  The total raised was $323,453.04 (this includes the $30,000 Herb Alpert Challenge Grant).  The average pledge amount was $175.  On the last day of the drive, we had $86,310.16 pledged from 453 individuals.  Comparing back as far as 2007, this was our single best day of fundraising.

As you may be familiar, if you have been following my site for a while now, our 2019 KJazz Fall Pledge Drive has come to an end. The Pledge Drive took place for about 4 days Thursday 10/ 31 to Sunday 11/3, and the outcome of the drive was incredible! As you read in the email above, we raised a total of $323,453.04. This went way beyond our initial goal of $60,000, and we couldn’t have done it without our volunteers, DJ Hosts, staff members, and of course our head supervisor! We worked as a team and the results shows! This single handedly marks the best pledge drive we’ve had so far in regards to fundraising. In exchange for donations our donors not only received special gifts such as flash drives, iPods, CD’s, restaurant gift cards, concert tickets, etc., but also an opportunity to win our sweepstakes! Both included the opportunity to win a pair of concert tickets to our annual Jingle Jazz Concert but also a 7 day trip to Paris.

Our donors were filled with excitement and thus, eager to contribute to the radio station. Their generous contributions allowed us to raise high amount of funds that we did in this pledge drive, not to mention the immense joy they get from their special gifts. We had volunteers commute from all over to make this event possible and we couldn’t be anymore grateful! I also thought I’d note that our volunteers were incredibly, kind, friendly, and knowledgeable considering that they tend to be of the older generations. I personally find joy in conversing with older people only because they are so wise and could offer plenty insight to my naive, budding mind. All donations and contributions make it possible for KJazz to serve its’ purpose of both educating and serving our listeners with the great jazz music that they love to listen to everyday! I am personally incredibly grateful to participate in a great cause such as KJazz this past year, and to know I help play a part in its operations and overall mission makes the hard work worthwhile. To top it off, today my manager offered me more hours in celebration of my first year anniversary with KJazz. My first year at KJazz as so far been so incredible. As an intern, I am grateful to have been offered an opportunity such as this because I’ve met some inspiring people and participated in such great music events! I know that this is only the beginning, and I can’t wait to continue growing with KJazz as both a team member, and aspiring artist myself.

If you’re a jazz cat, feel free to check out our upcoming Pledge Drive this Spring in April. Rock with us and grab your favorite CD in our next drive to hear in on your favorite tune, at KJazz 88.1FM.  Our music and hosts never disappoint!

Also thought I’d mention that I will also be releasing our upcoming KJazz newsletter in December/ January as there will be plenty happening in the next few months, stayed tuned for that!

Voice Over on Go Country 105FM

Ah, my first voice over release on the radio Go Country 105FM for this week 7/15/19-7/21/19! About Scotty McCreery’s performance at the NOVO in Los Angeles!

So exciting to record, so much ahead of me I want to learn, develop, and accomplish thanks to Fred the KKGO Production Director/ Operations Manager– who has given me a word of praise and encouragement! I’d like to thank him for teaching me what I know now.

Always counting my blessings.

Voice Over work with GoCountry 105 KKGO ~ I ALMOST made it to the air!!

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Ahhh, never thought in a million years this would be possible.

Before I begin I thought I’d drop a little backstory for those who are not familiar with who I am and what my blog is about… So as you could probably infer from my blog, music is a passion of mine, one I only recently rediscovered as in my late teens. Fast forward 2 years late and I am currently interning for a radio station called KJazz 88.1FM located adjacent to radio station KKGO 105, also known as GoCountry. I’ve been with them for a while now (only possible through God’s grace), and am extremely grateful for the opportunities I have had with the radio station thus far. Though I am only an intern and my work mostly consists of admin/ office work, just being in a field that I am most passionate about suffice for me. Not only do I get to develop bother personally and professionally, but being present around those with the same passions just reminds me of my deeper purpose in life– which is to one day start my own nonprofit organization while also keeping my dreams of pursuing music alive as well.

So long story short, last week I was approached by the Production Director / Operations Manager of KKGO at my desk. Because we are often indulged in our own work at the office, I never got a chance to formally meet him since I had started working there. He began to introduce himself and asked if I had ever done some voice over work. I responded quite confused and responded with “Professionally, never”. Apparently it did not matter, because he invited me to the studio where he sat me down and had me rehearse a script about some advertising commercials. I honestly, had no idea what to expect, but all I knew was that I had never done something like this, but it didn’t exactly feel foreign either. To me, sitting right in front of a mic was where I belonged if that makes any sense. Things kinda flowed naturally for me and felt right. He proceeded to teach some lessons, dropping words like “elocution” describe how certain syllabus of a word are pronounced. After about 15 minutes of being in the studio, we cooked something up. He told me he was going to edit it just a bit and send me the final product. Before leaving he told me that he was impressed with my work and how I caught on fairly quick. He said he wouldn’t have guessed that it was my first time working on a voiceover project. For some reason, this compliment meant the world to me.. While it was a bit tough for me, all I knew was that I liked doing it. He planned to come up with new stuff for us to work on in the future to get something on the air. While my 10 minutes in the studio lasted only a short while, it was definitely worthwhile and a moment I will never forget.

While unfortunately this bit did not make it on the air as the client preferred a male voice for this commercial ad (I know!!), it’s crazy for me to say that I almost made it to the air! However, this experience definitely didn’t hurt and only has me looking forward to the future and what God has in store for me. Super super grateful and wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Below is the script of commercial advertisement along with the recording:

“This weekend takeover’s brought to you by Hoffy Premium Beef Franks. Hoffy Franks are always the highest quality with great taste and bite. That’s why people say they’re cravelicious. Stop by Walmart and pick some up for your next barbecue.”