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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? Read more…

Amy Kight, executive director of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

Amy Kight—executive director of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, a multifaceted  operation in Jupiter, Florida serving as wildlife refuge, veterinary hospital, rehabilitation facility, and education center–recalls loving animals so much, so young, that she made an arrangement to start helping out at a veterinarian’s office at age six. Read more…

Sharon Stiteler, birding expert, blogger, photographer–“Birdchick”

Sharon Stiteler—who’s so steeped in the birding world, as a blogger, photographer, author of “1001 Secrets Every BirderShould Know,” and more, that she’s also known as “Birdchick”—recalls when the birding bug first bit, when she was seven, and snagged a field guide intended for her older sister. Read more…

Norty Cohen, instigator of dog-song album, “Rock And Roll Over”

Norty Cohen—founder and CEO of Moosylvania, a multifaceted, St. Louis-based marketing agency, which also operates a record company, Rafter Records; he spearheaded “Rock And Roll Over”—explains the origin of his company name, a direct reference from “The Rocky And Bullwinkle Show.” Read more…

Jeffrey Masson, author, most recently of “Lost Companions: Reflections on the Death of Pets.”

Jeffrey Masson—the New York Times bestselling author of books about animals and their emotions, including “When Elephants Weep” and “Dogs Never Lie About Love”—explains 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.” Read more…