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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 4, 2005

WSUI/KSUI Fall Fund Drive Set For October 14-21

The University of Iowa's public radio stations, WSUI AM 910 and KSUI FM 91.7, will hold their annual fall on-air fund drive Oct. 14 through Oct 21.

The weeklong fundraising effort is a time for listeners to call in and pledge their annual support of the stations. WSUI/KSUI relies on the semi-annual drives to support almost a third of their annual operating budget.  

Supporters of public radio can pledge during the drive by calling 1-800-AIR-IOWA or 1-800-247-4692 or pledge online anytime at wsui.uiowa.edu or ksui.uiowa.edu. Over 100 volunteers work throughout the week to answer phones.

"We're excited about the opportunity to reach out to our listeners once again in the fall fund drive for support of public radio in Iowa," said Joan Kjaer, WSUI/KSUI's interim director of broadcasting. "WSUI's news and information programming and KSUI's music and arts are available to everyone year-round due in large part to the personal financial commitment of thousands of listeners.  Whether our supporters give a little or a lot, together we create great radio."

Kjaer recognizes the need for compassion and individual action in this very difficult year of tsunamis and hurricanes. "We certainly realize that many in our listening public are already making financial contributions to non-profits of many sorts. We trust that those who have been touched by the sensitive and compelling stories they've heard on NPR or uplifted and consoled by the timeless beauty of classical music will also pledge their support for public radio in these difficult times."

A new effort to help local food pantries has been added to the fund drive this year. Donors who pledge with a credit card, will have a pie donated in their name to a local food pantry nearest their ZIP Code. The pies are being provided through the generosity of Hy-Vee and Hockenberg-Newburgh. They will be distributed to area food pantries through HACAP in time for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The companies will donate 1,500 pies to the stations and will be given while supplies last.

"This is an extremely generous gesture on the part of Hy-Vee and Hockenberg-Newburg," added Nancy Hagen, interim director of marketing at WSUI/KSUI. "We know public radio listeners are great community citizens and while listeners are helping public radio, they also have the opportunity to help another public service."

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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu;