Why I Support WBHM: John Kappes

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Dr. Christina Ochsenbauer with her husband, Dr. John Kappes
Dr. Christina Ochsenbauer with her husband, Dr. John Kappes

Dr. John Kappes says,I’m originally from the Cincinnati, Ohio area and I’ve been in Birmingham for 30 years. I used to drive down 280, and there were a lot of choices up and down the radio. And it just came to be that I listened to a radio station, WBHM, supported and based here at UAB, that provided insightful information that I thought was important for conducting my life from day to day and having a good knowledge-based view of my surroundings, my community, my country, and the world.”

“When I came here [to the WBHM studio] today … this is a very ‘unassuming’ environment. Obviously you guys aren’t squandering the pennies of your donors. But you walk through the hallways and you see the lives of people that this effort touches, you see the awards and the plaques and the honors. It’s the team of people. It’s the intellect. It’s the love of what you’re doing. It’s the knowledge which stems from that environment. It’s the team.”

“When the batteries burn out on the little radio in the bathroom and we don’t have news, there’s a gap. And we realize that. We feel it. We sense it. I always take the batteries out to recharge them because it’s important for us. It’s a little thing but it helps highlight the value of it once that’s missing.”

To join John in supporting WBHM, public radio for the heart of Alabama and beyond, click here. To check out his wife Christina’s testimonial, click here.

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