Montana Public Radio Preps for Annual Spring Pledge Drive

March 28, 2017

MISSOULA – Get ready for nine days of music, premiums and celebrations during Montana Public Radio’s annual Spring Pledge Drive.

The drive begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1, and concludes at midnight Sunday, April 9, following the popular Pet Wars. MTPR hopes to raise $660,000 during the drive.

“This week is full of fun and excitement here at Montana Public Radio, and I think you can definitely hear it in our voices over the air as well,” said MTPR membership manager Anne Hosler. “We love this week because we get to hear from our listeners and celebrate our generous supporters who really do make this station possible.”

Some of the interesting listener donated thank-you gifts available for a donation include an owl research field day with Denver Holt, a sailboat trip for four on Flathead Lake, sheepskin slippers, farm fresh eggs and more. This unique tradition of listener donated thank-you gifts are a hallmark of MTPR’s spring pledge week.

Listeners can expect special music programs, including a celebration of the 25th anniversary of “Musician’s Spotlight” and live music featured during MTPR’s “Live Sessions” segments.

“It’s an interesting time for Montana Public Radio,” said Ray Ekness, director of the University of Montana Broadcast Media Center that houses MTPR. “There are a lot of question marks about our federal and state funding, but we’re lucky our listeners have always been there with the majority of our support each year.”

Listener contributions make up 72 percent of MTPR’s income for the year.

“It’s critical that our supporters step up and keep our in-depth news, our legislative coverage, our hand-picked music and our unique children’s programming on the air,” Ekness said. “We know our listeners are passionate about investing in their public radio station and will be again this year.”

During the pledge week, listeners can call in toll-free at 800-325-1565, donate online at http://mtpr.org or mail in pledges to MTPR, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812. They also can go online to donate premiums or volunteer to answer phones. The pledge drive and MTPR are made possible by thousands of people all getting involved and making their voices heard for public broadcasting in Montana.

Montana Public Radio is a service of UM. MTPR FM broadcast stations include 89.1 Missoula (KUFM), 91.5 Missoula, city (K218AI), 91.9 Hamilton (KUFN), 89.5 Polson (KPJH), 90.1 Kalispell, Whitefish, North Valley (KUKL), 90.5 Libby (KUFL), 91.7 Kalispell, city (K219BN), 101.3 Swan Lake (K267BJ), 91.3 Butte (KAPC), 91.7 Helena (KUHM), 91.7 Dillon (K219DN) and 89.9 Great Falls (KGPR).

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Contact: Ray Ekness, Broadcast Media Center director, 406-243-4154, ray.ekness@umontana.edu; Anne Hosler, MTPR membership manager, 406-243-4214, anne.hosler@umontana.edu.