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Random Acts of Kindness

A few of us had the opportunity to visit with a lovely woman who may be WCBE's longest-living listener. Anne Smith has lived in Columbus since 1957, a year after 90.5 began broadcasting. Anne loves to listen to 90.5 with her son Roger and especially enjoys the music. 

During the WCBE spring fund drive the staff was so inspired by your responses that we promised to each do five random acts of kindness in your honor. Coming up with ideas wasn’t hard, and putting them into action was even easier. In fact, I realized there were different categories of RAK. Some of the things I did in your name were not-so-random; every week when I do my grocery shopping now, I spend $5-10 on food for the free Little Pantry in my neighborhood, to provide a snack or an extra meal for someone who needs it. 

During our on air Spring 2019 Fund Drive, WCBE staff members dedicated themselves to perform five random acts of kindness individually once we received over 1,000 donations from our kind listeners. 

On April 30 we polished our voices and gathered our guitars, harmonicas, mandolin and dulcimer to perform for some elderly residents of Heritage Village at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus.

   Marlane Bendum-Foor, John Marocchi and I presented acoustic interpretations of classics by John Prine, George Harrison, Johnny Cash and Neil Young, in addition to selections from the Americana songbook such as “Wildwood Flower,” “Bottle of Wine,” “Liza Jane” and “Old Joe Clark.”    We must've struck the right chord(s) as we were invited back for future performances!