Twelve years ago, I came to KBOO and tomorrow I leave. Back then, I loved radio and wanted to change the world. That pretty much describes the station, so it seemed like a good fit. As Membership Coordinator, I got to build the department almost from the ground up. It was exciting as we improved the pledge drives and increased membership, and there were always new projects in fundraising and promotions to invent and implement. The great parts were the creative freedom, finding new ways to tell the stories and the amazing volunteers in the membership department.
Seven years later, I still loved radio and wanted to change the world but decided that changing the world starts with changing ourselves. I took the opportunity to spend a year living and practicing at a monastery, and it was probably the best decision I’ve made in my life. That points to another great aspect of KBOO though. When I worked in the corporate world, I was the votes-for-Nader, eats-vegetarian, rides-a-bicycle crazy left wing dreamer. Arriving at KBOO, I was well inside the margins of the bell curve, and an adventure like a year at a monastery seemed perfectly normal.