Why I Support WBHM: John Nicholson and Catherine Dewitt

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During This Pledge Drive, We’re asking WBHM Members why they listen and what WBHM means to them.

John Nicholson and Catherine Dewitt’s love for public radio is just as deep as their feelings for each other.

“Our first date was actually me helping him move into his apartment in Birmingham. Almost immediately, I think we’ve both been gushing about This American Life,” Catherine remembers. “It really has been a pretty consistent staple in our dynamic.”

On their first Christmas together, they debated on what to give each other, but what they decided on was the greatest gift of all.

“We both just decided… why not just donate to NPR for each other? It just felt like the right thing to do,” says Catherine.

“We don’t need anymore clutter,” John adds. “I think we could both say that about our apartments. This is intangible, and we can brag about it.”

Andrew Yeager

Andrew Yeager


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