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The 2011 PRPD Benediction by Jay Allison: "Invitation"

From: Atlantic Public Media
Length: 51:26

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The benediction given by award-winning producer and station founder Jay Allison at the 2011 PRPD Conference is being praised as a highlight of the gathering. Based on a lot of interest, PRPD, PRX and Jay are making it available free to stations to broadcast, stream and share. STATIONS: consider excerpts for fundraising periods to make the case for why public radio stands out. Read the full description.

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The benediction given by award-winning producer and station founder Jay Allison at the 2011 PRPD Conference is being praised as a highlight of the gathering. Based on a lot of interest, PRPD  (Public Radio Program Directors), PRX and Jay are making it available free to stations to broadcast, stream and share. STATIONS: consider excerpts for fundraising periods to make the case for why public radio stands out.

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The benediction given by award-winning producer and station founder Jay Allison at the 2011 PRPD Conference is being praised as a highlight of the gathering. Based on a lot of interest, PRPD  (Public Radio Program Directors), PRX and Jay are making it available free to stations to broadcast, stream and share. STATIONS: consider excerpts for fundraising periods to make the case for why public radio stands out.

Follow the discussions and comments on Transom.

Transcript

In the 1970s, a guy at NPR loaned me a tape recorder, and I just made myself at home on M Street, producing pieces, editing day and night. They didn’t have a security system in those days; I think they just assumed I worked there. But I was a citizen of this country and they let me in. It was a favor — an act I still hope is embedded in the DNA of public radio —and I have devoted my life to repaying that favor. And this morning I hope to convince some of you to join that invitational cause.

A “benediction” suggests a license to preach — a great temptation for anyone in public radio — and I’m going to take advantage of it a little bit. Partly, I’ll be preaching to myself, which I do all the time: I’m getting lazy, not doing enough, not doing enough good, I’m not sufficiently honoring our purpose and public trust. So you’ll have the pleasure of being included today in these flagellations....
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