Please Support “Talking Animals” (& Me!) During WMNF’s Winter Fund Drive Jan. 27

I’m asking that you support “Talking Animals,” and me–and, really, WMNF!–in our Fund Drive show Wednesday, Jan. 27, 10am-11am ET–but, ideally,  BEFORE then! 

As always, we have Exclusive Thank You Gifts for those who donate on  behalf of “Talking Animals”…

For example, a weeklong stay at a HAWAIIAN CONDO–an ocean-view, one bedroom, one bathroom unit on the island of KAUAI in Poipu Beach, on the island’s sunny south shore.  The condo was recently remodeled, with a new kitchen, new bathroom, and more. Still, those who’ve stayed there–including WMNF listeners and programmers–might argue that the condo’s best feature is the balcony, on which you can sit and (depending on the time of the year) see whales, dolphin, or turtles–or a stunning sunset. Pledge now, and once the Covid situation allows people to resume traveling, you’ll have an idyllic week or so in paradise to look forward to. All while supporting WMNF!   

 Other nifty Exclusive Thank You Gifts, or “Premiums,” include:

* One SIGNED copy of “Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace”  the latest book  by ecologist and MacArthur Fellow CARL SAFINA, a recent guest on the show

* One SIGNED copy of “Lost Companions: Reflections on the Death of Pets,”  the newest book by New York Times Bestselling author of  numerous books, JEFFREY MASSON, a recent guest on the show

* Ten-plus copies of  “Rock And Roll Over,” a 17-track collection of canine-saluting songs and musical- mutt memoirs by an array of Nashville singer-songwriters

* The LILLY BRUSH, what many feel is the best, most effective device for removing pet hair from clothing, carpet, cars, couches and other furniture. It’s labeled a “Pet Hair Detailer,” but whatever you call it, the Lilly Brush works great! 

 * The current TALKING ANIMALS T-SHIRT, royal blue, with a fantastic front design by artist extraordinaire Ramin Nazer. You can see the shirt, front and back, below. At this point, I’m afraid we only have Extra Large shirts left.

 That hour of our fund drive show on Jan. 27–from 10-11am ET that morning–is the only time our show will be “credited” with your donation.

If a pledge comes in afterward, it could be credited to another show, but you can give beforehand… how ’bout now?

I’m typically assigned an incredibly towering fundraising goal to achieve In an HOUR! (Well, actually, less than an hour–it’s 55 minutes!)

Realisticallythe only prospect of achieving that kind of goal is to get several pledges BEFORE Jan. 27.

There are four different–fast, easy–ways to support “Talking Animals”:

  • E-mail me [email protected] PRIOR to Jan. 27, with your contact information (e-mail & /or phone), amount you’d like to pledge, & I’ll be in touch to complete a pledge card for you.
  • Donate to our “Tip Jar,” also PRIOR to Jan. 27, by clicking here & completing the form. Please be sure to indicate your donating in support  of “Talking Animals.” 
  • Call 813-238-8001 on Jan. 27, from 10am-11am ET  The process takes 2-3 minutes
  • Visit on Jan. 27, 10am-11am  ET, and pledge online. It’s secure, & takes 2-3 minutes.

Here are some of the exclusive “premiums”–thank you gifts–I’ll be offering for those who donate at various financial levels. You can ONLY get these by supporting “Talking Animals”–e-mail me at [email protected] for more details, including pledge prices–and they include:



ONE WEEK’S STAY at a condo in Kauai—last summer, it underwent a major renovation inside, including a completely re-done bathroom, brand new kitchen, new paint job throughout the unit, added amenities, and more! Some basic details: It’s a one BalconyRainbowbedroom, one bathroom ocean-view condo in Poipu Beach, 3rd Floor Unit on the South shore of the Hawaiian island of Kauai, sleeps 4, incredible view (this rainbow-laden photo was shot from the balcony; depending on time of year, you can see whales, dolphin, turtles, etc from this balcony). It’s hard to leave the balcony, which is an amazing spot to gaze or read, etc., but venturing out does offer an amazing adventure full of exciting activities—including “Snuba,” paddling an outrigger canoe, and a boat ride exploring the MonkSealShoreremote and gorgeous NaPali Coast, wildlife encounters (on the first day of a family visit a few years ago, while snorkeling with my son, two sea turtles came up to us, and a Monk Seal, pictured to the left, swam right past us, etc.) and profound beauty. Booking the condo is SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY—though for more than the decade I’ve offered the condo, I’ve never had the slightest problem accommodating pledgers on the dates they’d like to stay there—and is NOT TRANSFERABLE. We offer a pledge price that’s substantially less than the going rate–an incredible deal. More info about the condo here. Pledge now, and once the COVID situation allows people to resume traveling, you’ll have an idyllic week or so in paradise to look forward to–all while supporting WMNF!



Carl Safina is an ecologist, college professor, MacArthur Fellow, and author of several books, most recently “Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace,” an inspired and inspiring book, featuring deep explorations of humpback whales, chimps, and Scarlet Macaws, but in each case incorporating research and observations on any number of other species. Safina recently discussed “Becoming Wild” on “Talking Animals,” and has provided us one copy of the book, which he also signed. (Actually he provided us two signed copies, but one has already been pledged for.)







Jeffrey Masson is the New York Times bestselling author of books about animals and their emotions, including “When Elephants Weep” and “Dogs Never Lie About Love,” explained on a recent edition of “Talking Animals,” how being on the cusp of turning 80, and contemplating his own mortality formed the chief impetus for writing his new book, “Lost Companions: Reflections on the Death of Pets.” Masson also notes–both in the book and conversationally on “Talking Animals”–that writing the new book was additionally propelled by the family’s beloved family dog, Benjy, a senior Retriever increasingly showing signs that he was reaching the end of his life. Still, the book represents something of a surprising potpourri, covering an unexpected array of topics, given the premise.  Masson has provided us one copy of “Lost Companions,” and–because he lives in Australia, while the books and publisher are in the U.S.–will provide the pledger an emailed message. (Actually he provided us two copies, but one has already been pledged for.)



“Rock And Roll Over” is an unusual CD, a 17-track collection of canine-saluting songs and musical-mutt memoirs, written and recorded by an array of dog-loving Nashville singer-songwriters. “Rock And Roll Over” is the brainchild of Norty Cohen, founder and CEO of Moosylvania, a St. Louis-based marketing agency, which also operates a record company, who came up with the idea while walking his dog, Doc. He ran this seedling of an idea by singer-songwriter Steve McWilliams,  of the Nashville band The Truehearts. McWilliams responded enthusiastically, noting that he and his fellow musicians had the time to write and record dog songs, given that the COVID restrictions prevented them from touring. Cohen assigned them a breed–typically, the breed of dog they had at home–and pretty quickly, songs rolled in and the album took shape, marked by titles like “King of the Pack,” “That’s My Retriever,” “Mutts Will Rule The World,” “I’m a Terrier,” and so on.  Then, as a wonderful wrinkle–which was recognized with a philanthropy award–they added an element whereby people who download or stream “Rock And Roll Over” are invited to donate to their local or favorite animal shelter.  Dog-loving music fans are sure to love “Rock And Roll Over”!



If you have a cat or dog–and, especially, if you have more than one of either–you’re conversant with the problem of pet hair. Pet hair on your clothes. Pet hair on the carpet. Pet hair on the couch or chair. Pet hair in the car. And so on. The Lilly Brush is something of a miracle worker, effectively removing pet hair from any and all of those places.  It’s labeled a “Pet Hair Detailer,” but whatever you call it, the Lilly Brush produces fantastic results. Goodbye, pet hair!



In a previous fund drive, we unveiled our latest TALKING ANIMALS T-SHIRT!  Designed by artist extraordinaire Ramin Nazer, this shirt presents a huge group of assorted animals, “anchored” by an elephant who’s holding a microphone in his trunk, above a likeness of…me? On the back of this royal blue shirt, there’s the Talking Animals logo, our longtime tagline  (“If you can’t hear them, you’re not listening”), and, much smaller, a WMNF logo, and It’s proven to be a pretty popular shirt, so that at this point, we only have Extra Large shirts remaining. By pledging for one of these shirts, and wearing it proudly (we hope) you’ll be supporting “Talking Animals” in multiple ways.

Please feel free to inquire about pledge prices and other details: [email protected] Thanks!

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