Dear Friend of the Planet (and Program EcoTalk):
have just returned from an extraordinary three days in Nashville, TN.
with Al Gore and 200 activists from around the country, training to
help educate our own communities about the “planetary emergency” of
climate change. This is also a time of urgency and decision for EcoTalk
as we seek your support to continue broadcasting at this crucial
juncture, to expand our distribution and to bring in new partners and
EcoTalk's “Inconvenient Truth”
nearly three years of broadcasting our groundbreaking program on Air
America have come with nearly constant turbulence. As the nation's
first progressive network with ambitious expansion plans experienced
growing pains, EcoTalk weathered them all – but not without significant
cost. Although selling advertising was difficult for many reasons,
we're proud to have secured sponsors and partners along the way that
helped to offset our expenses, but not completely. EcoTalk is an
independently owned program not paid by the network to provide this
critical public service program. It has been supported by our wonderful
advertisers, partner organizations, and EcoTalk's host and exec.
The Period of Consequences is here
deal is reported to be near for new owners to take over Air America,
but they will not be in place to make programming decisions until mid
to late February. Unless EcoTalk has strong financial backing and
listener support, they will likely bump us back to a weekend slot that
we have to pay for! The only way we can continue broadcasting through
this period, and fight to retain our hard-won daily spot, is with
outside donations and a groundswell of audience demand. Strategically,
it is important to retain our national platform to jump off to new
distribution outlets. We have always had our sights set beyond Air
America. New avenues of syndication have opened up on satellite and
internet podcasting, and even the traditional radio programmers are
seeing green writing on the wall. We want to be on all available
outlets, and can be, since EcoTalk is independently owned. But in order
to do that we absolutely must continue our operations – producing a
high-quality show, working to expand distribution and bringing in new
sources of financial support.
take a moment to consider the caliber of guests and range of
hot-off-the-press topics EcoTalk is uniquely bringing to the airwaves.
Perhaps you, or an individual, company or organization you know, can
make a donation at this critical time. If you want this programming to
continue, and expand across America, then please join us in greening
the red and blue states one show at a time by using the PayPal option
on our website (click Make a donation a the top on the right side
) or sending checks and/or hot funding leads to: EcoTalk
San Francisco, Ca. 94129
With deep gratitude and commitment to carry on, and to turn UP the volume if the support is there,
What our listeners are saying...
have begun listening to EcoTalk recently; extraordinarily intelligent
interviewing; ironic sense of humor, especially appreciated along with
the tempered tone...never imagined the subject could be this
interesting on a night-after-night basis. THANKS!
Avi Stachenfeld, S.F. Ca.
has been broadcasting five days a week, interviewing the most
knowledgeable and creative people from the US and elsewhere about
global warming and the many available solutions...The program is the
only really professional and entertaining voice the environment has in
for yourself what a treasure this program is to those of us who want to
help wake the country up from its deep denial about global warming.
Betsy always talks to people with real solutions to offer. Every voice
for the environment you've ever heard of, from local to global, has
appeared on the program.”
Michael Dietrick, Mill Valley, Ca.
personally been listening to these podcasts for over a month and, in a
word (or two), I'm addicted. Bringing green issues alive, adding a
passion that the written word can't express, is just one of the vital
effects of this show. Even a media buff like myself learns something
new everyday thanks to Betsy's interactions with key ecoplayers. Her
years of experience and natural talent on the microphone brings our
entire movement alive in just an hour a day.”
Victoria Everman, S.F.
“Betsy and EcoTalk
provide a valuable forum for exploring pressing environmental issues in
a constructive way that can almost border on fun, while always proving
Andrew Revkin, New York Times Correspondent
important as I think politics are, and as concerned as I am about the
future of our country, I believe environmental issues are even more
important. You and your guests are informative, timely, and discuss the
most important concerns of our planet and its inhabitants. If your show
were to go off the air, it would be a huge loss for those of us who are
paying attention and trying to get the word out”.
Maxine Kushner, FL.
is dedicated to covering a critical discourse (the greatest crisis of
our time) which is not being tackled by any of the political-commentary
focused shows at Air America, or anywhere else. The show is a public
service, and it very much goes against AirAmerica's core mission of
progressive commentary to scale back the one forum they have that is
tackling this issue full-time”
Brian Turner, Fukuoka, Japan (listens via podcast)
want to commend you on the quality of your show. I look forward to
downloading it onto my IPod on a daily basis and frequently play
segments for friends. I find it remarkable that you're able to conduct
so many interesting interviews every week. Through your show, I feel
I'm able to keep up to date on the latest on climate change without
having to do extensive research on line. You provide society with a
great service on what is perhaps the most critical issue our society
has ever faced.”
Betsy Rosenberg (Zimmerman)
Treat the Earth as if it were the only
One we have.