For many years now I have been urging friends and family to donate to the radio station I happened to be volunteering at when I made that year’s particular request. And, it is easy enough to see this as yet another plea to add to the many I have made in the past. Combine this with NPR’s regular pledge drive’s, your kid’s trying to raise money for band, the homeless guy that hits you up for change, and you are pretty consistently being asked to donate money to something where you are not getting a nice tasty treat or some new gadget that you can play with.
I understand. You are strapped for cash, and we are thankful that you listen at all. For those of you who are not doing that well, financially, this message is not for you. We urge you to keep listening, and we promise to continue to deliver incredible programming the way we do normally. And, during Pledge Drive, you can expect even more great radio than normal. Everyone goes the extra mile to make great radio during the drive, and this is a great time to listen, no matter what.
But, for those of you with a little extra money, please, consider donating to KMUZ and keep Community Radio funded.
KMUZ’s Winter Pledge Drive is February 6th – 12th, and if you enjoy community radio made in the mid-valley here in Oregon, then we urgently need your help in keeping this station on the air. Not only do I volunteer in the office at KMUZ, but I’m a regular panelist on their Geekly Update program, that airs every Sunday at 2 PM, where we talk about nerdy topics and a host of other subjects that appeal to the nerd and geek in us all. KMUZ also offers a number of great music programs, as well as unique talk shows that you can’t find anywhere else.
Unlike most entertainment, community radio is entirely funded by listeners. No one pays us to come in and do this. No company is coming in every month to keep the lights on. We don’t have wealthy donors to help us stay in business. The only time we get any money is because people like you decide to offer your help directly and give us the financial support that keeps community radio going. There is no well of money beneath our station, and no celebrity philanthropist offering to make our dreams come true. Instead, we turn to the people who count on listening to community, and rely on us to give them shows that they can’t find anywhere else.
These days, between a Netflix subscription, the comic books you pick up weekly, the movie you see with your partner every so often, those expenses add up. We realize that even a small donation is asking a lot. But, consider putting us on your list of expenses, next to Gas and cable. Not only will you be keeping community radio up and running in an area that gets no other funding, but you will be making a difference to the lives of us, our listeners, and the very idea of community radio as a whole.
If supporting KMUZ Radio sounds like something you’d like to do, please consider following this link and make a donation. You can also call us at 503.990.6101 during the drive itself – February 6th – 12th – and support us directly in a way that means so much to those of us who give our time and energy to this kind of endeavor.
Radio has been an important part of my life, so much so that I’ve dedicated the better part of 20 years to it. If you have been touched by any of it, and would like to help out, then this is the way you can do it, now.
Please, donate to KMUZ, and keep Community Radio in the mid-valley on the air.