The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release

March 24, 2005

WSUI/KSUI Spring Fund Drive Set For April 1-8

The University of Iowa's public radio stations, WSUI AM 910 and KSUI FM 91.7, will hold their annual spring on-air fund drive April 1 through April 8.

The weeklong on-air fund drive is a time for listeners to call in and pledge their annual support of the stations. Supporters of public radio can pledge during the drive by calling 1-800-AIR-IOWA or 1-800-247-4692 or pledge on-line anytime at wsui.uiowa.edu or ksui.uiowa.edu.

"We want to exceed the $220,000 raised during the Fall 2004 fund drive," said Nancy Hagen, WSUI/KSUI's interim director of marketing. "We especially hope those who have never contributed before will do so this time. Becoming a 'new' donor is an opportunity to vote in support of a valuable and irreplaceable service."

Over 100 volunteers work throughout the week to answer phones. WSUI/KSUI relies on the semi-annual drives to support almost a third of their annual operating budgets. The support of donors is becoming more important as the stations deal with budget cuts.

The fund drive will provide support for local initiatives such as "Know the Score Live!," "Live from Prairie Lights" and "Talk of Iowa Live from The Java House" as well as national programs like National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered."

"Public radio in Iowa is a tremendous resource for news, for information, for cultural programs and for music, lots of kinds of music," said Joan Kjaer, WSUI/KSUI's interim director of broadcasting. "We want to assure all of our supporters that it is their financial commitment to our stations that will allow us to continue to provide great programming from national sources as well as the wonderful local programming we've created on KSUI and WSUI as we move into the future."

Kjaer acknowledged that many KSUI/WSUI listeners and donors have expressed concern about what the development of a state public radio network would mean to "their" stations. "We are still at the beginning stages of development of a network of public stations here in Iowa and can assure everyone that we are working carefully and deliberately to enhance and expand public radio service in Iowa. Contributions that are made to KSUI and WSUI this spring will continue to support our stations and the programming that can be enjoyed every day."

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu; Program: Joan Kjaer, 319-335-5730

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.