The College Years

Pledge Drive: 5/1 - 5/15 (Inclusive)

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Preamble

It's officially been one year since The Sound of Young America and MaximumFun.org starting accepting donations. In that time, dozens of listeners have stepped up to the plate to support our programming (and blogging). Your support has allowed me to expand our offerings, buy some new equipment and quit my day job (though I still spend too much time on contract work).

In celebration of a year of donation-supported content, we're having a good old-fashioned pledge drive. The goal is to build a base of supporters that can carry the show into the future.

Here's the deal.

I give everything away for free. The blog, all the shows and all their archives, the radio show... everything. There's no mandatory subscription fees or pay-per-downloads here. My first priority is sharing this work with you.

In order for me to do that, I need your support.

I ask that you donate to support the show. You can give $20 a month if you have the means, or you can give $2 or $5 if you're as broke as I am. I ask for monthly gifts because I'm not a professional fundraiser, and I'd rather dedicate my time (and yours) to programming and not to asking for money. This way, instead of fundraising two or three times a year, I can do it once. That said, if you'd like to make a one-time donation, or simply mail a check, you can do that as well.

I appreciate your support -- and because of that, I'm giving shit away to say "thanks."


Thank You Gifts

Everyone who donates will receive a Maximum Fun Pack. That means a Maximum Fun Club card, personally inscribed (not to mention laminated) by yours truly, some stickers, and a pin for your lapel.

If you donate at the $10 or $20/month level, I'll send you a Sound of Young America t-shirt. If you've already got one, get one for your spouse! It'll be great, they'll love it, I promise.

And furthermore...

The Big Prizes

Everyone who donates will be entered into a prize drawing. It's different from most drawings in that you have a great chance of winning.

You could win:
Kasper Hauser's SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From A Plane

John Hodgman's Areas of My Expertise, personally autographed by the author

One of FIVE personalized Hobos drawn according to a name you choose by the great Ape Lad (also known as Adam Koford)

Or the grand prize:
A complete box set of the legendary spy spoof series Get Smart (created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry) -- a set which costs $300 in the store!

So Donate Now

Click here for our donation page, where you can choose the level of your support. If you'd like a t-shirt, be sure to include your shirt size and address. And once you do donate, be sure to record an intro for The Sound of Young America!

Podcast: The College Years: The 50 States 04/11/02

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The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

In this week's dig in the archives, David Wain of Stella and The State stops by to talk about his various projects like Wet Hot American Summer, but only after Jordan, Gene and Jesse talk to a fat shut-in who has become the new state bird of California.

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Podcast: The College Years: Lost & Found 4/4/02

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The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

This week, it's the first appearance of TSOYA regular Davy Rothbart, founder/editor/point guard of Found Magazine. He plays some found audio, as does Sasquatch. The urban legend, not the A Special Thing founder.

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Podcast: The College Years: That's Entertainment! 03/07/02 and We Love Dave Attell Again 03/14/02

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The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

This week, two new episodes of The College Years featuring comedic giants. First, the guys talk with former Mystery Science Theater 3000 host and head writer Mike Nelson, even putting him in a star-studded scene with frequent guest Jimmy Rogers. Next, Jordan, Gene and Jesse wait for, wait for and speak to comedian Dave Attell, who accidentally curses and tells them to visit Boise, Idaho.

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Podcast: The College Years: Dustin Diamond Day

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The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

This week, an interview with one of America's favorite icons, Dustin Diamond. Jesse, Gene and Jordan talk with Screech about how he chooses work, his band and the Milwaukee Metal Fest as Gene tries to derail "Choo Choo!".

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Podcast: The College Years: Go On Home You Foreign Communist! and Perhaps It's Love

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The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

This week, two new love-themed episodes from years ago. First, the show is graced by a soulful deportation anthem as Jordan tries to start the "Choo Choo!" craze. On "Perhaps It's Love", Jesse tries his hand at radio acting with star Jimmy Rogers while Jordan and Gene have a tag-team date in which they fail to get the girl but succeed with Billy Dee Williams.

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Yow! Yao!

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This is a milestone in the High Five Contest... listener Andy sends us this snapshot of him high-fiving EXTREMELY TALL NBA SUPERSTAR YAO MING!

This is RED HOT STUFF FOLKS!

And if you think Andy is the only one with innovations in high-fiving, check out islanos' French-Canadian SEGWAY HIGH FIVE.

Podcast: The College Years: Andrew Sings, Song Poems & Jay's Kids

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The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every two weeks or so as we post a new program from our salad days.

This week, two new (old) shows. First, we talk about Song Poems, a bizarre music scam that's preserved on LP. Then we talk to the curator of Jay's Kids, a now-defunct website dedicated to bringing together the many children of Screamin' Jay Hawkins (perhaps 50 in total). On the second show (found below the first), we talk with boy singer Andrew Anton about his romantic and heartfelt music.

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