Capital Public Radio is honored by the support of many individuals throughout our listening area. CapRadio Champions is our opportunity to share their stories.
Linda Brandenburger is a 4th generation Sacramento native. She lives in South Land Park, not far from where she lived and attended school as a child. Linda is a current member of our Leadership Circle. She has been generously making gifts in support of classical music and the news since 1985.
After graduating from C.K. McClatchy High School, Linda started what she what she refers to as her “peppered college career” by spending a semester at the National University of Mexico on an exchange program. Upon returning from Mexico, Linda received a BA in Political Science from Occidental College in Los Angeles and then moved back to Sacramento where she obtained a teaching credential at California State University Sacramento. Linda taught high school social studies at Encina, Hiram Johnson and at the American School in London. Finally, Linda wrapped up her college career by completing a law degree at UC Davis. For over 22 years she was an attorney in private practice in the fields of insurance defense, probate and estate planning. When asked what aspect of law she enjoyed the most Linda said, “I enjoyed probate and estate planning the best. It felt really good to help clients put their estates in order and make sure their wishes would be carried out.”
Often her estate clients’ wishes had to do with leaving gifts, not only to their family members, but to charities and nonprofit organizations in the community that were dear to their hearts. The idea of giving back to the community is a concept that Linda can very much relate to. “My family was always involved in causes and institutions we believed in, whether it was volunteering our time or giving our resources. My mother was one of the founders of the Sacramento Symphony League, and both she and my father served on the Symphony board. I learned early the importance of giving back.”
Linda’s long history of philanthropy has been demonstrated by her service on the Boards of Directors of Planned Parenthood, the Sacramento Symphony and KVIE Public Television as well as her continuing involvement with the American Red Cross. Linda has also been a fan of classical music as far back as she can remember. When asked if Linda is musically inclined herself, she said with a laugh, “not one bit, even despite years of piano lessons. It just never rubbed off on me, but it didn’t affect how much I love the music.” Depending on the time of the day, you will find Linda tuned into one of the two pre-set stations in her car and her home, 88.9 FM The Music Station or 90.9 FM The News Station. Some of her favorite shows are the Saturday morning Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, At the Opera, From the Top, Fresh Air and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
When asked what inspires Linda to support Capital Public Radio she said, “It’s simple. I like the results, and it’s a good return on investment. I enjoy the music, news, the people and the programming. Even after years of listening I often still have “driveway moments,” where a piece of music compels me to keep listening and I have to sit in the car until it finishes, so I can know who the composer is.” When Linda is not listening to Capital Public Radio, she can be found catching a live performance at the Sacramento Theater Company, the Berkeley Repertory Theater, the Sacramento Philharmonic or the Mondavi, participating in her book groups, or taking her daily walk with neighborhood friends, a tradition that has been going strong for over 30 years. Linda loves Sacramento, her neighborhood, cooking all types of cuisines, spending time with her tight knit family and relaxing at home with her 16 year old cat, Chula.
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