WMNF October Newsletter

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Happy New Year!
Wait a minute. This is October, right?
October first is the beginning of WMNF’s fiscal year, our twelve months to raise funds, and 70% of that comes from generous listeners like you. We are still following COVID-19 safety protocols, so for this month, we will be fundraising a few days here and there. Our staff will continue to monitor the pandemic, with an eye on returning to WMNF’s seven-day “marathon.” Meantime, you can help now by supporting your favorite show or two
here
by calling 813-238-8001 weekdays. Our first two days kick off Wednesday, October 6th, and Thursday, October 7th. Thanks for being here for us, as we are for you every day!
Poetry Is…Vital to our Culture
Poetry Is
…is on Sunday evenings 8-9 pm.
D-Rod and Lyrical Tempest host this interactive show. We asked them about the creative journey of bringing poetry to the radio.
Q. Poetry Is has a long and successful history on WMNF. Name some highlights over the years.
A. (D-Rod & Lyrical Tempest, in no particular order)
We’ve brought poetry to inmates through prison tours. We’ve also interviewed local and national artists, from teenagers to more seasoned artists. Our most notable interview was with Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, in participation with
Two Worlds Indigenous Radio
. Two WMNF shows came together to connect to powerful topics. What made this interview special was the rawness of the idea and its cross-impact on the listeners from different shows. 
Pre-COVID, we’ve hosted live open mic shows at the station, exposing our listeners to a live poetic experience.
We’ve collaborated with other WMNF shows such as the
Saturday Night Shutdown
and
Colors of Jazz
, where we had the opportunity to show listeners the diverse power of poetry. It blends well, offers cross-content/promotion, and it’s multifaceted. We all win, and that’s the goal. 
Q. Radio is the most intimate of all media because it’s just the listener and the poet. But what do you think bridges that connection?
A.
The fact that we’re also poets and hosts of
Poetry Is
makes a difference. We understand the stages of being a poet, and we get it because we go through it ourselves, from the first sparks of inspiration to the finalizing and performance of a poem. We keep this in mind when we’re selecting pieces to air for our listeners. We want our listeners to see all sides of poetry and spoken word.
In the same way, our listening audience is a mixture of people from all walks of life so is our content. This keeps the connection between poet and listener strong. We play tracks with relatable topics. Then we also mix in tracks that raise awareness and get conversations started because art is a form of action. We want to move you in some way. 
 
Q. Has it been difficult to find new poets during COVID-19? How have poets gotten more creative to share their work?
A. Thankfully, technology and social media were ahead of COVID-19. We’ve found that many poets still created new content. In fact, with the wave of open mic shows and slams moving to digital platforms, there wasn’t a disruption to finding new material or poets. For the most part, our community was innovative, supportive, and adaptable to the changing times. Many shows took place on Instagram and Facebook Live. This included features and open mic signup opportunities. I also have to add that quite a few workshops were available as well. 
 
Q. Tell us about the WMNF Poets of the Month initiative.
A. Poetry isn’t just a one-look vibe, and we’re determined to make sure this platform is all-inclusive. WMNF’s new

Poets of the Month
is a great way to expose listeners to our local community’s diverse and aesthetic talent. Poets can visit WMNF.org to submit their poems. We’ll review submissions, and poets will be selected each month as the feature. This includes the opportunity for poets to come into our studio to have their poems professionally recorded. They’ll also receive an interview on Poetry Is, and their poem will have possible airtime during our daytime shows. We’re excited about this new venture, and we look forward to working with poets in our community. 

 
A. Is there anything you’d like to add that we haven’t asked?
Thank you for taking the time to interview Poetry Is. We appreciate WMNF and its efforts to provide community-conscious content in changing times. We also want to thank our listeners and supporters. 
WMNF News Stories You Can’t Miss!
Even the most devoted news listeners can’t hear it all. Check these out anytime!
In other news, Senior News Reporter Daniel Figueroa IV’s last day at WMNF is October 1. We thank him for his excellent reporting and wish him the best of luck in the future!
Be a Bigger Part of WMNF Now and in the Future
Arranging a planned gift with some of your current assets like
cash, securities, or property now can help WMNF today or in the future. Our

Sustainability Society
has more!

If you have questions, just reply! I love hearing from you!
Laura Taylor
WMNF Development Director
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