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The open arms of KDNK

Dear Editor:

I arrived at KDNK’s studio as, I perceived, an outsider: one young man fresh off a DUI, coming to fill his community service hours at the local radio station.

My hours of “working” in the station quickly evaporated. In the course of 24 hours of rewarding labor, I felt such fellowship with the individuals who had gracefully shared their space with me; but not only their work-space, their home-away-from-home, their passion for radio, their love of music, and themselves … with a stranger from the collective outside who came to sort vinyl.

Now I’m a DJ, a longtime dream of mine, part of that community from which I once felt distance. But this is the beauty of what happens in this small building: common interests, attitudes, and goals may define a community, but the core of it is people helping people, an ever-present spirit of goodwill and compassion.

I know our listeners out there can hear it through the airwaves, and I just had to testify that I experienced it firsthand, and it has changed my life. Thank you Cindy, thank you Luke, thank you Steve, thank you Kat, thank you Lynette, thank you Wick, thank you Stacy, thank you Conrad … in the order that I met you!

Ian Heinig

Carbondale


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