CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 30, 2002
UI public radio stations KSUI/WSUI raise $165,000 in fund drive
The University of Iowa's public radio stations WSUI-AM and KSUI-FM, raised
more than $165,000 during their spring on-air fund drive April 20-26.
WSUI/KSUI listeners made 1,710 contributions pledges during the seven-day
drive, said John Monick, director of Broadcasting Services at the UI.
"I thank our listeners for their contributions and pledges and for
their continued support of public radio," he said.
Several area businesses and individuals also made challenge pledges, encouraging
listeners to match their donation during a specified time during the drive.
Special broadcasts of "Car Talk," "Fresh Air," "A
Prairie Home Companion," "St. Paul Sunday" and other popular
public radio programs were aired throughout the week in support of the drive.
The fund drive was held to raise money for the UI's public radio stations,
which are continuing to feel the impact of state budget cuts and rising costs
Contributions from listeners provide support for national programs such
as "Morning Edition," "A Prairie Home Companion" and "Fresh
Air," as well as locally produced classical music and news programs such
as "Iowa Talks."
Monick also thanked a fund-raising team of WSUI/KSUI staff and volunteers
for their efforts.
The first fund drive for WSUI/KSUI, Oct. 13-19, 2001, raised over $200,000
as part of a coordinated campaign among public radio stations across Iowa
and the United States to support public radio.
Pledges can still be submitted on-line at http://ksui.uiowa.edu
or http://wsui.uiowa.edu; checks can also
be sent to the Friends of WSUI/KSUI, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa, 52244.
For more information, contact UI Broadcast Services at (319) 335-5750.