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'Tis the season of giving: the annual WFMU Marathon kicks off today, with all proceeds going towards the Jersey City station that is the last and best hope for free form radio in New York (though their web listenership surpassed the terrestrial audience long ago.) Just when you think you've had it with all those pesky public radio fundraisers, these guys whip up the best party on the airwaves, bringing in live performers and offering up all kinds of cool giveaways - provided you pledge. Even if you don't win, there are still plenty of premiums to be had, including t-shirts, bumper stickers, and a whole host of DJ-selected mix CDs. (I just picked up Bethany Ryker's Made to Order: a compilation of performances on homemade instruments such as daxophones, car horns, and water balloons.) You can make your own pledge by putting your info in the fields above and clicking on the Pledge! button.

Peter Applebome has a story in today's Times about the Marathon, which quotes director Jim Jarmusch thusly: “Hands down, WFMU is the greatest radio station on the planet.”  Far be it from me to disagree.