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Help the all-volunteer WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour upgrade to HI-DEF TV and support grassroots music across North America
Help the all-volunteer WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour upgrade to HI-DEF TV and support grassroots music across North America
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IMAGINE ...

You ... Standing on the stage of the Lyric Theatre alongside Michael Johnathon and the WoodSongs crew during an actual WoodSongs broadcast and having upwards of two million people in over 175 nations hear your voice on radio and see you on TV.

(See the new WoodSongs HD TV opening:)

It can happen - that's just one of the many premiums we are offering for your kindness in helping WoodSongs upgrade to HD TV. And in a way, we feel bad about asking. There are so many worthy causes to give money to. Why WoodSongs, then?

Because art is important to our quality of life. Music and grassroots artists need to be heard, they need to find their audience. WoodSongs, even though run by volunteers, has become the biggest portal in the world between artists and the grassroots audience.

Another reason is you: we live in a world drenched in a tsunami of two-dimensional music. We live among the first generation in human history to get most of its art and music that way. It's all emails, MP3s, iTunes, Google, YouTube, iPods, SmartPhones and computer downloads. WoodSongs uses two-dimensional world to ENCOURAGE families to pull out their guitars and banjos, to play and sing together ... just like the old days when neighbors would gather on front porches.

In that way WoodSongs has become a global, multi-media front porch.

Please make a TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation (WoodSongs Inc is a 501-c-3) and get a great reward in return. We need your help. If WoodSongs doesn't convert to hi-definition TV soon, we could very well lose the massive public television audience we have worked so hard to develop on behalf of the many artists who come on the show.

And we intend to be successful! Imagine: Lexington will be the host city of a major broadcast with a total audience bigger than A Prairie Home Companion and the Grand Ole Opry ... combined.

(Blakely is playing the beautiful Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar)

WoodSongs stage set up and ready ... for YOU
WoodSongs stage set up and ready ... for YOU
Folksinger MICHAEL JOHNATHON closes out a broadcast
Folksinger MICHAEL JOHNATHON closes out a broadcast
The AUDIENCE in our broadcast from Eureka Springs, Arkansas (Oct 2013)
The AUDIENCE in our broadcast from Eureka Springs, Arkansas (Oct 2013)
The AUDIENCE files in before the show from Dublin, Ireland (July 2013)
The AUDIENCE files in before the show from Dublin, Ireland (July 2013)
SJ MATTHEWS at the helm during a WoodSongs TV broadcast
SJ MATTHEWS at the helm during a WoodSongs TV broadcast
The AUDIENCE packs out our weekly home at the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington, KY
The AUDIENCE packs out our weekly home at the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington, KY
IMAGINE ... you co-hosting a worldwide broadcast of WoodSongs. That's YOU on radio and TV asking incredible artists questions and listening to them perform on the stage of the Lyric Theatre!
IMAGINE ... you co-hosting a worldwide broadcast of WoodSongs. That's YOU on radio and TV asking incredible artists questions and listening to them perform on the stage of the Lyric Theatre!
WoodSongs is sponsored by the audience ... BE PART OF THE EXCITEMENT at any level. WE NEED YOU!
WoodSongs is sponsored by the audience ... BE PART OF THE EXCITEMENT at any level. WE NEED YOU!
Welcome to the WoodSongs multi-media Front Porch
Welcome to the WoodSongs multi-media Front Porch

Risks and challenges

WoodSongs and our TV crew are winners of the 2012 TELLY Award for Broadcast Excellence. They have accomplished miracles on borrowed equipment, scotch tape and super glue. But the clock is ticking ... if we don't upgrade to HD-TV soon we can lose not just the TV broadcast but the incredible opportunities for the artists, the music, the audience, Lexington and Kentucky that it will provide.

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    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    You will have our complete gratitude and we will send you an actual, real "WoodSongs Washer & Dryer" suitable for all clothes and fabrics. Really.

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    YOU WILL GET a CD copy of the recent TOMMY EMMANUEL broadcast ... and a "WoodSongs Washer & Dryer"

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    YOU WILL GET a one year WS SINGLE PARTNERSHIP for 2014 ...
    2) an autographed CD copy of a recent WOODSONGS broadcast ...
    3) a "WoodSongs Washer & Dryer"... and Michael Johnathon's FRONT PORCH CD

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    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    GET YER "G-STRING" PLUCKED ... you will get
    a one year WS SINGLE PARTNERSHIP for 2014 ...
    2) a CD copy of the incredible Tommy Emmanuel broadcast ...
    3) a "WoodSongs Washer & Dryer" ... and Michael Johnathon's FRONT PORCH and RAVENWOOD CDs ...
    4) a lifetime subscription to the Folk-Book.com Arts & Music social media site ...

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    WELL, PLUCK MY G STRING!!! You will get
    a one year WS COUPLE PARTNERSHIP ...
    2) a HISTORY OF WOODSONGS book ...
    3) an autographed CD copy of a recent ... WOODSONGS broadcast ... and Michael Johnathon's FRONT PORCH and RAVENWOOD CDs ...
    4) a lifetime subscription to the Folk-Book.com ... Arts & Music social media site.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    FOLK-TASTIC! YOU WILL GET
    a one year WS FAMILY PARTNERSHIP ...
    2) autographed HISTORY OF WOODSONGS book ...
    3) a bag of WS goodies! ...
    4) an autographed CD copy of a recent WOODSONGS broadcast ... WALDEN DVD Gift Set ... and Michael Johnathon's FRONT PORCH, WOODY GUTHRIE Opera and RAVENWOOD CDs ...
    5) a lifetime subscription to the Folk-Book.com Arts & Music social media site ...

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    HOLY COW! You will get WOODSONGS MP3 Player loaded with the entire 2013 radio season including TOMMY EMMANUEL, KENNY LOGGINS, JD CROWE, VICTOR WOOTEN, AMY GRANT, WS IN IRELAND, WS IN THE OZARKS, BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA, INDIGO GIRLS broadcasts and more, over 40 great shows in all ...
    2) a two year WS FAMILY PARTNERSHIP for 2014 ...
    3) autographed HISTORY OF WOODSONGS book ...
    4) a bag of WS goodies and Michael Johnathon's FRONT PORCH, WOODY GUTHRIE Opera and RAVENWOOD CDs ...
    5) a lifetime subscription to the Folk-Book.com Arts & Music social media site ...

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS???? You can be a broadcast sponsor -- your name, your family or a loved one -- of a worldwide webcast of the show that will be archived forever on our website ...
    2) WOODSONGS MP3 Player loaded with the entire 2013 radio season including TOMMY EMMANUEL, KENNY LOGGINS, JD CROWE, VICTOR WOOTEN, AMY GRANT, WS IN IRELAND, WS IN THE OZARKS, BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA, INDIGO GIRLS broadcasts and more ... over 40 shows in all ... 3) official WoodSongs Crew baseball cap ...
    4) a two year WS FAMILY PARTNERSHIP ...
    5) a HISTORY OF WOODSONGS book ...
    6) a bag of WS goodies! ...
    7) he WALDEN DVD Gift Set and Michael Johnathon's FRONT PORCH, WOODY GUTHRIE Opera and RAVENWOOD CDs ...
    8) an autographed DVD of WoodSongs first official hi-def broadcast ...
    9) a lifetime subscription to the Folk-Book.com Arts & Music social media site ...

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    HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE???? You can be the GUEST MC on stage, on-the-air with Dorothy Edwards or Joe Conkwright during a taping at the Lyric Theatre. Yes, YOU!!!! ...
    2) plus you are also a BROADCAST SPONSOR! -- your name, your family or a loved one -- of a worldwide webcast of the show that will be archived forever on our website ...
    3) we will hand you your own WOODSONGS MP3 player loaded with the ENTIRE 2013 radio season of WoodSongs including TOMMY EMMANUEL, KENNY LOGGINS, JD CROWE, VICTOR WOOTEN, AMY GRANT, WS IN IRELAND, WS IN THE OZARKS, BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA, INDIGO GIRLS broadcasts and more, over 40 shows in all ...
    4) the WALDEN DVD Gift Set and Michael Johnathon's FRONT PORCH, WOODY GUTHRIE Opera and RAVENWOOD CDs ...
    5) a two year WS FAMILY PARTNERSHIP ...
    6) autographed HISTORY OF WOODSONGS book ...
    7) a bag of WS goodies ...
    8) official WoodSongs Crew baseball cap ...
    9) an autographed DVD of WoodSongs first official hi-def broadcast ...
    10) a lifetime subscription to the Folk-Book.com Arts & Music social media site ...

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    HOLY BANJO, BATMAN!!!!
    IMAGINE THIS: be the GUEST MC on-the-air with Dorothy Edwards or Joe Conkwright on a worldwide WoodSongs broadcast. That's your voice on the air all over the world! Michael will coach you and you will be reading from a script ...
    2) WOODSONGS iPOD player loaded with both 2012 and 2013 radio seasons OF WS including TOMMY EMMANUEL, KENNY LOGGINS, JD CROWE, VICTOR WOOTEN, AMY GRANT, WS IN IRELAND, WS IN THE OZARKS, BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA, INDIGO GIRLS broadcasts and more, over 80 full shows in all ... PLUS an entire 13-episode public television season you can watch as well ...
    3) be a broadcast sponsor -- your name, your family or a loved one -- of a worldwide webcast of the show that will be archived forever on our website ...
    4) a five year WS FAMILY PARTNERSHIP ...
    5) autographed HISTORY OF WOODSONGS book ...
    6) official WoodSongs Crew baseball cap ...
    7) the WALDEN DVD Gift Set and Michael Johnathon's FRONT PORCH, WOODY GTHRIE Opera and RAVENWOOD CDs ...
    8) an autographed DVD of WoodSongs first official hi-def broadcast ...
    9) a lifetime subscription to the Folk-Book.com Arts & Music social media site ...

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    Pledge $8,500 or more About $8,500

    SUPER-DUPER MEGA-AWESOME GRAND PRIZE: you will be a GUEST HOST with Michael Johnathon on an actual WoodSongs broadcast from the stage of the Lyric Theatre. We're not kidding ... That's you on-the-air asking artists questions on over 500 radio stations and on public television nationwide. "Look mom, I made the big time!" (MJ will coach you and be right there with you) ....
    2) Post-show dinner with Michael Johnathon and the WoodSongs Crew ...
    3) get a five year WS FAMILY PARTNERSHIP ...
    4) a full concert in your home or for your organization by Michael Johnathon ....
    5) be a broadcast sponsor - your name, your family or a loved one - of a worldwide webcast of the show that will be archived forever on our website ...
    6) a bag of WS goodies and autographed HISTORY OF WOODSONGS book ...
    7) WOODSONGS MP4 Video Player loaded with both 2012 and 2013 seasons OF WS radio shows including TOMMY EMMANUEL, KENNY LOGGINS, JD CROWE, VICTOR WOOTEN, AMY GRANT, WS IN IRELAND, WS IN THE OZARKS, BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA, INDIGO GIRLS broadcasts and more, over 80 WoodSongs shows ... PLUS an entire 13-episode public television season you can watch as well ...
    8) the WALDEN DVD Gift Set and Michael Johnathon's FRONT PORCH, WOODY GUTHRIE Opera and RAVENWOOD CDs ...
    9) official WoodSongs Crew baseball cap ...
    10) an autographed DVD of WoodSongs first official hi-def broadcast ...
    11) a lifetime subscription to the Folk-Book.com Arts & Music social media site ...

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