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WYCE celebrates programmers: Nancy Gallardo "Nanc"

Each day of our 2018 Fall Fund Drive, we will be publishing brief profiles of some of our programmers. Check out their stories and see What You Can Empower by making a contribution to WYCE!

WYCE is a listener supported, volunteer powered, community radio station. Our organizational mission is "Building Community through Media,” and we take that seriously.

Programmer: Nancy Gallardo (“Nanc”)

What are your work/volunteer/hobbies?

I have worked in theatre as a prop designer since 1988, but joined my first theatre company back in 1974. I also have taught theatre classes all over Grand Rapid since 2001. I have been on the board of the Ladies Literary Club (and also served as Artist Director) I have also served on the board of West Michigan Pride. I was a founding member of Ebony Road Players and past board member. Recently I worked the front desk of the CMC. I have been a WYCE Programmer since 1999. I won producer of the year at GRTV with All in One Place a music showcase with Matt Jarrells. For the past 2 and half years I have been actively involved with the Water Protectors movement. I spent several months at Standing Rock working against   Canadian oil company Enbridge who have destroyed sacred lands and put Standing Rocks water systems in jeopardy. I just returned from Cross Village and the Anishinaabek Camp in Leaving, MI where as a founding member we continue to draw attention to Enbridge pipeline under the Mackinac Straits and its potential dangers to 20% of the world's fresh drinking water.

How long have you been at WYCE?

I have been a WYCE programmer since 1999. Nov. will be 20 years.

What brought you to WYCE?

The never ending mix of music, the fact that WYCE showcases West Michigan music, and it great volunteer team and staff.

In your view, how does WYCE empower the local community?

WYCE brings a diverse group together by the common love of music, and the community gives and supports WYCE because it has enriched their knowledge of world and local music making us all a bigger better family.

What other ways do you personally serve the local community?

I have volunteered in getting the vote out.

With events like the WYCE Hopcat Blue Bridge Festival or the GRAM on the Green summer concert series, we provide a space for community members to gather and enjoy the best local musicians together. By playing an eclectic blend of local, regional, emerging, and under-represented music on-air, we educate the community and expose our listeners to sounds and voices they may have never heard otherwise.

And because we are volunteer-powered, we provide a platform to elevate the voices of local citizens and empower them to make a positive impact on the West Michigan community. Each day of our 2018 Fall Fund Drive, we will be publishing brief profiles of some of our programmers. Check out their stories and see What You Can Empower by making a contribution to WYCE!

To donate, go to www.wyce.org/support or call (616) 742-9923.

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