My NPR affiliate is having it's bi-annual fund drive this week, and since I am too hooked on Morning Edition (what CBC should aspire to, IMO) to find the fund drive pleas all THAT irritating, I've been hearing all about what one gets when one subscribes for more than $50: coffee mugs, t-shirts, CD boxed sets, HD radios, etc. And while I'm sure these things are popular, here's what would REALLY get my $:
- adult-sized underwear with Morning Edition or Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me! on it
- NPR socks (Imelda collected shoes, I collect socks)
- NPR stickers (with the faces of Peter Segel, Carl Kasell, Kai Ryssdal, or even Lakshmi Singh)
- goofy bumper stickers
- branded NPR pencils (then I could send my pal Sandy a few)
And if they HAVE to offer coffee mugs, how about some amusing slogans on them, instead of the more sedate retro design they are currently sporting? How about "This cup powered by NPR" in Latin (to go with our "Sona si latine loqueris!" sticker on the car)?
Okay, enough of my station break ridiculosity, back to your regularly scheduled programming, now, all of you.