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How to Celebrate a Birthday: Public Radio Style

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KAZU's Production Assistant Andrew Kramer shows Caetano around the control room.

KAZU's Production Assistant Andrew Kramer shows Caetano around the control room.

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Last December, we told you about a young listener who unwrapped quite a spectacular Christmas gift (if we do say so ourselves). Remember Caetano? Well, now, he's had another big public radio experience.

We checked in with Kathleena Ramirez, the membership coordinator at KAZU, NPR's Member station in Monterey Bay, California, who gave us an update on the latest in the story of the now 10-year-old public media fan.

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During the tour Caetano got to learn how the audio control board works.

During the tour Caetano got to learn how the audio control board works.

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After receiving a half a dozen autographed headshots from NPR journalists for Christmas, Caetano's mom realized that her very-avid-public-radio-listener son had never actually visited KAZU.

"We are the first station he wakes up to and goes to bed listening," says KAZU's Ramirez. "He uses the information he learns from NPR to challenge his teachers, as support for completing his homework, and for entertainment. He's definitely inspired by the content of NPR to think globally and keep him updated on international news."

Seriously... Yeah, we know. Hard to believe, he's only 10 years old.

So, as his birthday neared, Caetano's mom arranged with Ramirez to give her son a tour of KAZU.

Caetano and KAZU General Manager Doug McKnight. i

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Caetano and KAZU General Manager Doug McKnight.

Caetano and KAZU General Manager Doug McKnight.

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Ramirez says, "During his tour we showed him how to record his voice and how a switchboard works. We talked about the history and evolution of KAZU in the Monterey Bay Area."

According to his mom, the tour was one of the happiest days of Caetano's life.

For Ramirez, the tour brought to the forefront a reminder of the importance of public broadcasting to local communities and individuals.

"This tour was a huge reminder of how much our members and other community members listen to us first," she says. "KAZU is their first choice for learning about what's going in the world, in the US, and even locally in the Monterey Bay area."

Hope your as inspired by Caetano's enthusiasm as we are. And, if you are ever in D.C., NPR fans can take a tour of our facilities.

Kathleena Ramirez, Caetano and Andrew Kramer pose for a picture after the tour.

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