WSU's public radio station postpones pledge drive due to war coverage

10:49:59 AM CDT - Thursday, March 27, 2003

The KMUW FM89 spring on-air fund raiser, originally scheduled for March 28-April 5, has been postponed due to continuing war coverage by National Public Radio.

Financial support for the listener-supported station is still welcome, but the formal drive for listeners to renew or begin their support will occur during the on-air fundraiser, tentatively rescheduled for late April.

Volunteers are needed to help answer telephones during the rescheduled pledge drive, according to Pat Hayes, KMUW volunteer/listener services coordinator. Call Hayes at 978-6789 to sign up for a time.

Pledges of support can be made over the telephone during the pledge drive at 978-6700, by mail, in person or on the Internet at www.kmuw.org. KMUW will honor Discover and American Express, along with MasterCard and Visa credit cards (no debit cards, however). People also are welcome to come by the station at 3317 E. 17thand make a pledge. WSU employees may use payroll deduction.

Mark McCain, KMUW general manager, says, "Just as listeners rely on KMUW for significant, meaningful programming, KMUW is relying on listeners to renew their support now. That will enable us to continue to be a fertile bed for the growth of ideas and the exchange of information that listeners have come to count on."

According to Hayes, the financial support is necessary for the station to continue to bring all the entertainment and information programs listeners have come to expect. "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered," "Car Talk," "A Prairie Home Companion" and all of KMUW's locally produced music and news programs are possible, in part, because of the financial support from listeners.

Every contributor receives KMUW's monthly newsletter. Premiums also are available at various giving levels. For a $60 contribution, you get a hand-thrown one-of-a-kind 14-ounce mug signed and numbered by Ken George, potter from Brushy Creek Pottery and Botanicals. For an $89 pledge, you get Card 89, a card that offers special discounts at various restaurants. For $100, you get a tie-dye T-shirt with an FM89 logo. There are additional benefits at higher membership levels.

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