KOOP Gives: Maida and Jody

KOOP Gives: Maida and Jody

Wednesday 1/10, 3:15pm

“Thanks for all the great music. It really is therapy.” When I first read this note from a very loyal donor, I thought, “How nice, we all need a little therapy once in a while!” But the more I got to know this wonderful woman, the better I understood what she was saying.

Maida has what she calls a “36 hour a day” job. You see, she is the primary caregiver to her sweet husband Jody. So when she says the music she hears on KOOP Radio is therapeutic, she truly means it. She tries to take a break during her favorite morning programs, so she can indulge in the healing properties of beautiful memories reinforced by wonderful music.

Before he retired, Jody was a professional musician. He played with all the greats: Johnny Horton, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, and more. But that was a long time ago. For the past few years Jody has been fighting Parkinson’s Dementia. And Maida has been right by his side fighting too.

There are days when Maida is able to get Jody set up in front of the radio (set at 91.7 FM, of course) with the headset on and he can enjoy the music too. But it’s far more than that. On very good days Jody will hear a song he recognizes and the music transports him to another time and place. He can sing along and remember the good times.

Most of us listen to the radio while we’re doing other things: driving, making breakfast, cleaning house. As a background it can be relaxing and informative for us. But there are people in our community who depend on the music, news and public affairs that KOOP offers for so much more.

We’ve been talking a lot about #KOOPGives lately, and we are humbled that listening to KOOP Radio gives Maida and Jody joy and comfort, and we hope that what our volunteers do at KOOP brings some joy to your life too.

As the year comes to an end, we hope that you agree that #KOOPGives and that you will help us continue to give by making a gift to KOOP by clicking on the DONATE NOW button.

With gratitude,

Beverly Shaw
Executive Director

Maida and Jody