21 April

Meet The New Co-Host of “Katz And Wulf On Animals.” Seeking Help In Getting The Phone Lines Straight…”

by Jon Katz

Many of you already know here from our blogs and our podcasts. She is a favorite subject of mine; she is the Queen Of Bedlam Farm. The broadcast is now called “Katz And Wulf On Animals.”

Maria is wonderful, and she did a terrific job on our debut today (every Wednesday at 2 p.m. EDT), WBTNAM.org.

(You can stream the broadcast live here on the website. Every Wednesday, 2 – 3 p.m., EDT.)

Maria and I work well together. It’s great fun to have her sitting next to me and jumping in with her own compelling and hard-earned ideas about dogs and other animals.

She has a lot to say, and the show had a full and warm feeling about it. She cranks me up.

I just need to figure out a phone system that puts our callers on hold. It will happen.

The calls were excellent, the topics thoughtful and valuable. Tracy Snell brought us another wonderful dog for adoption.

Cynthia Daniello brought us another chapter in the remarkable story of her abandoned deaf dog Edgar, who she got from a shelter a few months ago and is learning to communicate with.

Ann told us about her increasingly effective efforts to curb her dog’s barking, and Maria and I had a dozen things to talk about, including two baby chicks we just bought and brought into the studio.

We are doing better with calls, but I’m pushing the station to get some lines where callers can wait on hold rather than get lucky and pop through when someone gets off the phone.

I think the content of the broadcast will be strong and useful to people. Dog training is a catastrophe in the United States, a hodgepodge of books and videos that charge people a lot of money for ideas few people can’t execute.

The system is working on one level – we are getting some wonderful calls – but it could be chaotic if the program grows, as I believe it will. I’m going to write a check to the station – a penniless Community Radio station – towards putting in two extra lines where callers can wait without all kinds of beeps and loud phones ringing (it sounds like a World War II battle room in there.)

I have more topics to cover than time so far, and that is a good sign. There is not much idle time.

Community radio is a good cause, and this station is really making waves. If anybody wants to offer any donations to WBTN (they are going FM in a week or so), that would be helpful. I think this show can fill a huge void and help animals and the people who love them.

With Maria, I feel as if the cavalry has come. I’m all fired up and raring to go.

If you are so inclined, you can donate here. We need those phone lines.

Small contributions are as welcome as big ones. I feel an intelligent show about dogs and animals must succeed.

My life is full and content, but I love this idea about a dialogue with animal lovers I and want to fight for it. I’m contributing $100 to the Phone Line Fund.

We need our own place in the mediasphere; Lord knows the big media won’t offer it to us.

Any help would be appreciated. Donations here.

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