Montana Public Radio Asks for Listener Support During Fall Pledge Drive

October 17, 2017

MISSOULA – Montana Public Radio will do the listening as it asks its audience to share feedback and support the local programs and news coverage aired daily across the state.

MTPR’s eighth fall pledge drive begins at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, and runs through 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22. MTPR hopes to raise $250,000 during that time.

“This is such a fun week for us,” said MTPR membership manager Anne Hosler. “We get to talk with our listeners, hear why they love public radio and raise the money to keep this important service available for all Montanans.”

Listeners can expect special music programs, including two live sessions. Pianists from the University of Montana and the community will play in MTPR’s studios between 2 and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, and the Poco Pianissimo concert will be broadcast live from UM’s Music Recital Hall at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21.

“It’s a great time to look back at how MTPR has made a difference in the lives of our listeners,” said Ray Ekness, director of the UM Broadcast Media Center and MTPR general manager. “From our news coverage of the legislature, the special election and the unprecedented fire season to the music specials from Butte, Bigfork and Missoula, I’m proud of what our staff has accomplished this year.”

Listener contributions are vital and make up 72 percent of MTPR’s income annually.

“We know our listeners are passionate about Montana news and programs, but it takes their financial support to make those programs a reality,” Ekness said.

During the week, listeners can pledge by calling 406-243-6400, donate online at http://mtpr.org or mail in pledges to MTPR at 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, Montana, 59812. The pledge drive and MTPR are made possible by the involvement of thousands of people 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: Linda Talbott, Broadcast Media Center associate director/MTPR development director, 406-243-4215, linda.talbott@umontana.edu; Anne Hosler, MTPR membership manager, 406-243-4214, anne.hosler@umontana.edu.