Time to Celebrate!
Big news! We reached our goal—thanks to a very generous donation from a kind Cladrite Radio listener that came just before the deadline—so we can all celebrate the fact that the pleas for donations have now come to an end and Cladrite Radio will remain “on the air” for at least another 12 months.
But there are surely a few of you who meant to show your support but just didn’t get around to it. And here’s the thing: As pleased (and grateful) as we are to have reached our goal of $500, another $200 in donations would have allowed us to double our server capacity with Live365, our streaming provider.
Think of all the additional music that would allow us to add to our playlist!
So, in this final (we promise) fundraising announcement, we encourage you to scurry on over to http://www.tinyurl.com/cladrite and give what you can. If we take in another $200, it’ll mean that many more toe-tapping tunes of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s for you to enjoy over the next year.
And if we don’t quite make it to $200, we’ll put the additional money aside toward next year’s contract renewal.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got some celebrating to do, and our four best gals (see below) are growing impatient.
Help Bing Crosby Keep Cladrite Radio “On the Air”!
Well, if he knew what you know—that we’re in final hours of the funding drive to keep Cladrite Radio “on the air,” that if we don’t reach our goal of $500 (we’re about two-thirds of the way there), your favorite (and ours) online radio station could be silenced—then he’d click the following link and put his money where his ears are.
Because Bing knows (or he would, if he were still with us) that there are precious few sources out there for hearing his 1920s and ’30s recordings. He’d realize full well that if Cladrite Radio were to trim its programming or, worse, stop streaming altogether because its regular listeners didn’t step up, well, that would be a lose-lose all around.
We love bringing you our toe-tapping tunes of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, but we’re giving it to you straight: We need your help. You’ve got just hours to contribute what you can: Ten bucks, $25, fifty—whatever you can spare. We have some thank-you gifts for those who give at various levels, but at this point, it’s really not about the swag—it’s about keeping Cladrite Radio alive and streaming, and literally every dollar counts.
Your donation will be processed through our safe and secure Paypal page. Thanks.
Support Cladrite Radio (or You Just Might Wish You Had)!
We’re less than a week away from the end of the fundraising drive to keep Cladrite Radio alive and streaming; the renewal of our annual contract with Live365, our streaming provider, comes due April 16. If we’ve not reached our goal of $500 by then, the best-case scenario is that the number of recordings, the range of performance styles and genres of music, of orchestras and singers will become much narrower than what you’ve grown accustomed to.
Worst-case scenario? The music will stop altogether.
We realize that sounds a bit dramatic, but we’re giving it to you straight. The budget is quite tight this year, and unless you, our listeners, come through for us, a belt-tightening (or worse) will be unavoidable, and there will be less of the music we all love to be enjoyed.
The good news is, you can still play a role in keeping alive the stream of toe-tapping tunes you’ve come to expect from us. Every dollar helps, of course, but we’ve got some enticing premiums to for those who chip in at various levels.
|$10 — A ten-spot will bring you a Cladrite Radio magnet for your refrigerator, your office cube, any metallic surface that could do with some decorating.
$25 — Send us twenty-five dollars and we’ll let you assist us in creating an hour of programming on Cladrite Radio: We’ll devote sixty minutes to playing your favorite songs from the Cladrite Era, your favorite artists, and when possible, your favorite songs performed by your favorite artists. And we’ll do our best to schedule that hour of programming in a time slot that suits you, so that you can invite friends, colleagues and family to listen in.
$50 — Slip us fifty bucks, and we’ll send you a Cladrite Radio t-shirt in your size of choice, plus you’ll get to help us create an hour of programming (and what the heck, we’ll throw in a magnet, too).
There are not many outlets today for enjoying the music of the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s, and whether you listen to Cladrite Radio once a month, once a week or every day, ask yourself how much you’d miss us if our stream of toe-tapping tunes suddenly wasn’t there for you to tap into.
And if you come to the conclusion that life would be just a smidge less fun if we were to have our plug pulled, then do your part by chipping in what you can to help us keep the proverbial wolf from the door.
But don’t wait. Act today. Or else there may not be a Cladrite Radio tomorrow.
In Their Words: Mickey Rooney
We were sorry to learn of the passing on Sunday of Mickey Rooney. His performing career spanned 92 years (he first appeared onstage, in his parents’ vaudeville act, at the age of 17 months); that’s a record that will likely never be broken.
And we are not ashamed to admit that we are suckers for Andy Hardy movies. Rest in peace, Mickey.
Which Marx Brother Are You?
We got … Groucho! How about you? Take the quiz below to find out!
You think that money is everything
And yet it's anybody's spring
Go make a fortune, become a king
And still it's anybody's spring
And if you flash a bank roll
Do you suppose a brook would care?
Or that a rose would say:
"There goes a millionaire!"
You couldn't buy a ticket
To hear the first robin sing
It's free because
It's anybody's spring
—It's Anybody's Spring
Lyrics by Johnny Burke; music by James Van Heusen, 1945