Why We Give

WRKF Marks My Day

Sep 9, 2014


Debra Salvadras grew up in Brusly, La and now lives in Port Allen, La where she works for Enterprise Products. She began listening to WRKF for economic news during the great recession, but slowly found herself listening more and more.  

Now, her day is filled with WRKF. From Morning Edition to All Things Considered, her radio is always playing either in her car or her office. 

After she made the decision to become a sustaining member, she admits it's much easier now supporting the station she loves. Of course, winning a trip to New York to see Radiolab didn't hurt either.

Kelly Tate

You know, sometimes I'll get in my car with someone, and I'll switch on the radio and go straight for the nearest public radio station and whoever I'm in the car with, they'll say something like "no, I want to listen to music!"

And that's just weird to me! Because I have found out about so much great music on NPR, on shows like Morning Edition or All Things Considered.

Kelly Tate

Sue Lincoln has spent much of the last two decades as a reporter for radio and television. And she's put in many hours covering the capitol. 

Her expertise covering the statehouse makes her a valuable asset to WRKF and our listeners during the legislative session. 

"It’s often said that Louisiana has two sports: football and politics. And we watch both avidly," Sue says. "Louisiana’s politics are known to be different, wonky, if you will, to the rest of the U.S. But they’re endlessly fascinating."

Lynn Farmer

Share a picture of your pet enjoying WRKF on Facebook, Tweet @WRKF, or email your picture to news@wrkf.org.

WRKF has a diverse listenership.

There is a dog who curls up next to the radio for the BBC World Service overnight, and another who prefers to listen to WRKF in the afternoon while lounging in the pool.

There are cats who purr at Elizabeth Eads hosting All Things Considered; a bird that sings the Weekend Edition theme song; a turtle and a lizard who crawl up to an iPad to see environmental news with the WRKF app.

All of them are well-informed members of the animal kingdom because of all that public radio listening.

And they will be drinking from the "I Heart NPR" bowl their families receive as a thank you for their monthly contribution to WRKF.

WRKF Gets Me Through My Commute

Sep 3, 2013

Amanda LaFleur is a professor of French and Cajun studies at LSU.

Listening to WRKF gets her through her commute from Lafayette to Baton Rouge. Having enjoyed Morning Edition and then the Jim Engster Show, Amanda usually arrives on campus during the Diane Rehm Show, and sometimes it's hard to get out of the car.

Amanda is a dedicated listener, but describes herself as "not a particularly organized person," known for being late paying bills and that sort of thing. By becoming a sustaining member she realized there will never be a lapse in her giving to WRKF.

Michael Loveless is a CPA and a resident of Baton Rouge.

Once he started listening to WRKF, Michael says he got hooked. He couldn't even turn the dial during pledge drives.

Finally, the message sunk in and he became a contributing listener. Then he found out many of his friends and acquaintances listen and contribute too. 

Dustin is from Central. Ellie is from Italy. He is the CEO of Puryear IT. She works as an independent virtual assistant as Jelly Bean Toes. Both are avid WRKF listeners.

Dustin has been enjoying shows like The Jim Engster Show and Fresh Air since he was in college at LSU. He started supporting the station by donating a small amount.

Realizing he was listening to WRKF all the time, Dustin elevated his support. Now he and Ellie are part of the Circle of Friends.

Albert Sam is a vascular surgeon, life-long Louisiana resident, former Vice Chair of the WRKF Board of Directors, and a sustaining member.

He heard Sam Cooke singing, "A Change is Gonna Come," on Weekend Edition when he was driving to work one morning.

Sam says he hears something moving like that on WRKF weekly.