This year has given us many great NPR moments, and our devoted fans (that's you!) not only came along for the ride, but were an important part of the conversation.
So before you flip to your 2013 NPR Wall Calendar, use our checklist to look back at some public radio highlights from 2012 and see where your NPR fandom ranks on The Robert Sieg-O-Meter, named for the oh-so-distinguished journalist and our All Things Considered host Robert Siegel.
2012 Checklist For NPR Fans
1. Joined The Conversation
Screenshot of the redesigned NPR LinkedIn page.
Screenshot of the redesigned NPR LinkedIn page. NPR
2. Shopped For Swag
NPR Listen Vote Tee sold online at Urban Outfitters.
NPR Listen Vote Tee sold online at Urban Outfitters. Urban Outfitters
3. Supported Your NPR Member Station
4. Caught One (Or All) Of These TV Shout Outs
Parks and Recreation episode 'Pawnee Commons.'
A screen shot from NBC's
Nods to NPR were scattered throughout television and other media this year, including a few notable spoofs of public radio. Even The Discovery Channel show American Choppers got in on the love. Did you catch one of these?
For more public radio humor, watch the opening scene (0:00-1:56) of NBC's Parks and Recreation from the Nov. 29 episode 'Pawnee Commons.'
More From This is NPR:
And we couldn't help but do a spoof of our own with a cover of "Call Me Maybe," 2012's song of the summer:
5. Celebrated Your Love of Food
6. Re-discovered Your Love of Music With NPR Music
7. Attended an NPR Event
Talk of the Nation's live broadcast at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Host Neal Conan chats with comedian Trevor Noah during
Host Neal Conan chats with comedian Trevor Noah during Talk of the Nation's live broadcast at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Priska Neely/NPR
8. Celebrated The Holidays With NPR
9. Remembered Our Anniversaries
The Robert Sieg-O-Meter
So how'd you fare? Tally your checks to see where your NPR fandom ranks on The Robert Sieg-O-Meter, below. Let us know how you did - we're @NPR and on Facebook at the This is NPR page.
The Casual Fan (1-3 checks)
Don't fret, Casual Fan. Just reading this blog post has already put you on the map of public radio love. Whether you tune in on your morning commute or browse your favorite stories on NPR.org, you're already a fan, and we applaud your support.
The Curious Fan (4-6 checks)
As a Curious Fan, you're still wanting to hear more. Maybe you've downloaded the NPR iPhone app or perhaps you dedicate uninterrupted time each week for your favorite NPR podcast. Or maybe you just proudly clutch your Nina Totin' Bag around town. Whatever it is that keeps your NPR curiosity alive, we totes approve.
The Champion Fan (7+ checks)
Ah, the Champion Fan. Consider yourself a certified NPR cheerleader. Or perhaps public radio nerd better suits your style? However you name it, you're likely first in line to scoop up Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! tickets because the first seven shows you saw still hasn't satisfied your need for more Carl Kasell. Likely, your Thanksgiving meal isn't complete with a hearty helping of Mama Stamberg's cranberry relish. And you can't help but keep the conversation going online after hearing your news first on an NPR Member Station. However it is you show, wear or share your NPR love, we relish your support, Champion.