A Love Affair at First Listen.

We love sharing donation stories here at Car Talk Vehicle Donation Services. These stories show the heartfelt connection that donors have with their local NPR stations. And today we're going to share a great story that also has a bit of a twist!

Here, then, is the tale of Chris, Pam, and Oscar, their 1996 Chevy S10 pickup that they donated to WGCU, in southwest Florida.


Chris and Pam Henry donated their beloved Oscar, a 1996 Chevy S10 to WGCU.

Car Talk VDS: Why did you decide to donate Oscar to WGCU?
Chris: Oscar was the most dependable truck we've ever had. One day I heard Car Talk and the guys were talking about donating a car. It was like a lightning bolt went off. I honestly started crying because I knew it was the right thing to do.  We had three cars and we didn't need Oscar anymore. I depended on Oscar for years, just like I depend on WGCU. Oscar had served me so well. He needed to go serve someone else.

Car Talk VDS: What are some of your favorite programs?
Chris: On PBS, we like the British sitcoms the most. We’ve spent years watching This Old House. I used to be a business analyst and now I work for a guy who refurbishes clocks and furniture. And, honestly, I can do all of it because of watching This Old House. Now when my wife says we're going to donate money to public radio or TV, it’s not a question, because we’ve gotten so much from them.

On the radio, I just love Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me. It's probably the only news show where you have fun. You can hear a story on NPR and at the moment you go, "Wow, I didn't know that!" And then when it comes up on Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me you always hear a twist on it.  I once drove from Ohio to Florida with my daughter. She got in the car with me and I said… “At 11am, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me comes on. You can't use your cell phone and we don't speak for an hour.”

Car Talk VDS: How do you feel now that your car got turned into your favorite programs?
Chris: This year I’m a little more cash poor than before. It’s a big relief that at least I could  still do my part. I don't want to feel guilty. I don’t want to feel like dirt for not donating.

I remember the moment I got hooked on public broadcasting. It was 13 years ago when I met Pam. She listened to NPR all the time and
Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me came on and she said, "You're going to love this." And by God, I did! Since then all of my radios have been set to NPR and I've never listened to anything else ever since!


Chris and Pam's story shows how listeners can give back to public radio and TV by donating their cars. As Chris said, he'd do it all over again! 

Oh, and as for that twist? Well, here it is: Their story, and Oscar's story, are featured in a new set of promos we're just now rolling out to stations. Listen for them on the air!