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Radio stations aren’t cheap to run, particularly public radio stations dedicated to quality programming. Nevada’s Public Radio, KNPR, is hosting an online auction that’s live right now, and among the items up for bid are three priceless signed copies of Roll the Bones.

Interestingly, the book isn’t in the crowded “Books and Music” category (89 items), but in the elite “names in the news” section (14 items), where you can bid on the following:

– lunch with KLAS investigative icon George Knapp
– lunch and and art tour with Nevada Cancer Institute founder Heather Murren (wife of MGM Mirage president Jim Murren)
– a “Congressional Club Cookbook” autographed by Shelley Berkeley
– the chance to report the weather at noon with KLAS’s Sherry Swensk
– a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol, courtesy of Harry Reid
Nevada Public Radio – Names in the News Auction Items

There are also quite a few entertainment packages, mostly dinner-and-a-show, international vacations, and tons more, including a whole segment devoted to Wynn Las Vegas.

The best news is that there are some actual essentials available. You can now get that autographed Yanni poster that your home has been incomplete without. I’ll be sure to leave a Luxor wearables and mug packagefor Rate Vegas’s Hunter Hillegas to bid on.

The showstopper of the auction, though, has to be the actual neon sign from Rock Lobster, one of the original restaurants at Mandalay Bay. As the blurb says, it’s 16 feet of whimsical cool.

I’m going to flip through and see if there’s anything that I want to bid on, but I’ll tell you this–if they had a Tom Baker/Fourth Doctor scarf, I’d definitely be the winning bidder. But that’s public television, not public radio.

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