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April 11, 2005
Contact: Phillip Wilke, Kansas Public Radio, (785) 864-5016.

Kansas Public Radio spring membership drive nets $207,000 in pledges


LAWRENCE -- When Kansas Public Radio asks listeners for their support, the phones ring off the hook.

At 9 a.m. Friday, April 8, pledges from Kansas Public Radio listener-members pushed the total donations past $205,000, the goal KPR set to conclude the Campaign for Excellence 2005. When the phones stopped ringing, slightly more than $207,000 had been raised.

The membership drive began on Friday, April 1, with more than $86,000 raised through a direct-mail campaign. Eight days later, more than $121,000 was raised through on-air appeals to new and renewing members.

" Our listeners are great and when they become listener-members that's even better," said Janet Campbell, director of Kansas Public Radio. "The financial support we receive from listener-members accounts for almost one-third of our budget. KPR wouldn't be as good as it is without them."

All funds raised during spring and fall membership drives directly support programming services.

After the numbers were tallied Friday morning, 358 new members had pledged their support, 1,643 listeners had renewed their membership and $207,786 had been pledged through direct mail, on-air appeals or KPR's Web page.

That total does not include challenge grants, in which a company or individual will donate money if KPR can raise a certain level of funding during a show. More than $18,000 was raised through challenge grants.

More than 100 people volunteered to answer phones during the eight-day, on-air drive. Phones were staffed from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. Area restaurants donated meals and beverages for volunteers.

" We'd like to thank everyone who became a member or renewed their membership," Campbell said. "They are the 'public' in Kansas Public Radio."

KPR, licensed to the University of Kansas, broadcasts on KANU 91.5-FM in Lawrence, KANH 89.7-FM in Emporia, KANV 91.3-FM in Olsburg-Junction City and K210CR 89.9-FM in Atchison. KPR also can be heard on the Web at http://kpr.ku.edu.

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