Mike Nutter Hates WHYY Pledge Drives As Much As You

Calls out Dave Davies for hawking mugs.

Every year I get suckered into thinking that my contribution to the local public radio outfit will somehow make the local public radio outfit stop asking me for money, as if my dial was linked into my personal account. (Wait, that’s an amazing idea. If NPR actually figured out a way to do this, donations would skyrocket.) In any event, Michael Nutter is just as annoyed as the rest of you with WHYY’s current fall membership drive.

Dave Davies, the veteran WHYY reporter and frequent Terry Gross pinch-hitter, says he was among a scrum of reporters when the mayor gave him a dry, but good-natured ribbing. “I have to say I was rudely awakened a number of mornings last week by the sound of pure begging by Dave Davies,” the mayor started in. “All I’m hearing about is, ‘get a mug, get an umbrella, do something good.’ ‘I know this book is not worth $120, but you should send it anyways.’” Here’s the audio.


  • Dave Davies

    Simon – I know what you mean about how they keep asking – I pay Comcast, then they send me another bill, like I’m supposed to pay every month. What’s up with that? Seriously, bro, if regular listeners gave once a year, the on-air beggin could shrink to almost nothing. If you give, you have a right to complain (I don’t think the mayor does). Can I sign a mug for you?