FEATURE ON DAVID CARDENAS, KJAZZ VOLUNTEER AND WINNER OF THE VOLUNTEER SWEEPSTAKES FROM 2019 FALL PLEDGE DRIVE

 

As part of our pledge drive tradition, KJazz rewards our volunteers for their hard work and dedication by offering a volunteer sweepstakes. During this past Fall Pledge Drive, our volunteers had the opportunity to win a pair of tickets for our annual 2019 Jingle Jazz concert on December 8th, which we held once again at the beautiful and historic El Rey Theatre. GRAMMY®-nominated Mongorama performed with many special guests, all in honor of Jose Rizo’s recent 30th anniversary with 88.1 FM.  

Our 2019 Fall Pledge Drive Volunteer Sweepstakes Winner was David Cardenas a frequent and long-term volunteer at KJazz.  KJazz reached out to David to learn more about his volunteer work with KJazz and his experience at Jingle Jazz. 

What was your experience like volunteering for the 2019 KJazz Pledge Drive?

The experience was not what I had expected. It is like being around friends working on a project.

How did you first get involved as a volunteer?

After listening and pledging for so long and watching support for public radio wane, I knew I had to help and get involved. I called the station and asked to be added to their list, to work the phones during the pledge drives.

What would you suggest to others who are interested in volunteering for KJazz?

The first thing listeners should do is pledge, no matter what the amount. Then call the station and tell them you would like to help.

You were our Volunteer Sweepstakes Winner for the 2019 KJazz Fall Pledge Drive.  What was your favorite part of the 2019 Jingle Jazz Concert? 

Winning the sweepstakes was a wonderful surprise. I already had tickets to Jingle Jazz and the additional tickets allowed me to invite Joy, Frank, Linda and Vivian. I really enjoyed the whole program especially José’s jam session.

What are some of your favorite hobbies?

My hobbies are flying airplanes, riding motorcycles and playing with my Granddaughter, Kiara.

What is one of your earliest memories of listening to KJazz?

I was listening to Jazz during the KBCA days, but the one memory I remember about KKJZ (KLON) was when Helen Borgers told the story, on air, that when she was a little girl, she would listen to her older brothers’ (Ken Borgers) album of Buddy Rich, featuring the West Side Story, and she would play as if she was the director of the band, that’s what I used to do! I felt very connected when she told that story.

Why do you feel that it is important to support KJazz?

Jazz is an art form, and as an art form, it needs support.

KKJZ brings that art form to us, through public radio; we need to support it, so as not to lose it.

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