We’re not trying to withhold content, but we do want to remind you that without your support the Big Something would look and sound like this:

The Big Nothing

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

We’re doing our part to help KRCC meet it’s Summer Membership Drive goals. If you value the programming and culture that KRCC and The Big Something bring you each day, we hope you’ll do your part, too. A $91.50 annual membership breaks down to only $.25 a day! That’s what a daily newspaper cost back in the 1980s!

Please renew or become a member now and give yourself the gift of a great future with the news, music and programming you love at KRCC and The Big Something. All you have to do is click this button:

Thanks!

 

4 Responses to The Big Nothing?

  1. Mettie says:

    I kinda like it! It’s like a ‘moment of silence’… Could a listener pledge go towards purchasing a weekly Big Something quiet time nothing thing? For me? Is that something that your radio computers can do? On Wednesdays, maybe?

  2. Rodney Wood says:

    I admire the precise imprecision of your statement, my lieges. W/out a Big Something, we would have nothing but a Big Nothing to wait for. As a cultural confectioner of some renown, let it henceforth be understood: we are a unity…or we are a Dis-unit(c). Dis-unit (c), as it happens, rhymes with dissonance. Dissonance is: …so-n(ot)-a-(cha)nce.

  3. mike judge says:

    Ah, a continuation of the 30sec of dead air Mike started last night!

  4. Bill Weiss says:

    This is tantamount to the 1938 Orson Welles “War of the World” broadcast. Who knows how many have panicked, thinking that the end has come, and are fleeing the listening area having already left their possessions and estate to KRCC (for what good what all that do them now?). Cynical but effective.

    The only other historical event which compares occurred over twenty years ago when (dare I use the name, here?) Rush Limbaugh spent a show pretending to be a Liberal in the most sincere (yes) tone he could muster. He announced, beforehand, that it was a hoax but the calls of the frightened faithful still flooded in, altogether aghast. At least one denounced him a traitor.

    I’d like to think that we’re a little more enlightened, but Big Something is such a bedrock of culture that even playing around like this (for fundraising of course) could have dire consequences if you do it again. (what’s that white reflection in my monitor? Is that my hair? Oh no!)

    Alright, alright, I’ll write the check!

News

Library of Congress
April 24, 2017 | NPR · Transmission was eliminated in the United States in the early 1950s. But a new report sees a surprising trend.
 

AP
April 24, 2017 | NPR · Following death threats, the contractors wore flak jackets and helmets as they dismantled a monument to members of a white supremacist group who attacked the city’s racially integrated police force.
 

Courtesy of The Orchard
April 24, 2017 | NPR · A new film profiles influential chef Jeremiah Tower. When one of the most hated men in U.S. politics walked in for dinner at Berkeley’s famed Chez Panisse, where Tower worked, a colorful scene ensued.
 

Arts & Life

Courtesy of The Orchard
April 24, 2017 | NPR · A new film profiles influential chef Jeremiah Tower. When one of the most hated men in U.S. politics walked in for dinner at Berkeley’s famed Chez Panisse, where Tower worked, a colorful scene ensued.
 

Random House
April 24, 2017 | FA · Dani Shapiro’s new memoir dramatizes the dizzying ways a lifetime passes, loops around, speeds up and sometimes seems to stand still. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it an incisive and charged work.
 

April 23, 2017 | NPR · This weeks #NPRpoetry Twitter submissions celebrate Mother Earth.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
April 24, 2017 | NPR · The duo met in college and loved right away how their voices “cradled one another. ” They speak with NPR’s Ari Shapiro about learning to work together, and perform selections from their debut.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 24, 2017 | NPR · “To apply, please send cover letter explaining experience, resume and your dankest Mac meme or Mac-related GIF to…”
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 24, 2017 | NPR · “Castaway” should sound familiar — ecstatic rhythms and a soulful vocal.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab