MISSOULA – Get ready for nine days of music, eclectic thank-you gifts and celebrations during Montana Public Radio’s annual Spring Pledge Drive.
The drive begins at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 7, and concludes after the popular Pet Wars at midnight Sunday, April 15. MTPR’s fundraising goal is $660,000 for the week.
“This is a great week to celebrate public radio and all our wonderful supporters who sustain this service,” said Anne Hosler, MTPR membership manager. “We love this week because we get to have fun and do great work at the same time. We’re so thankful for our supporters and volunteers that make this amazing week possible so we all can enjoy MTPR all year.”
Some of the interesting listener-donated thank-you gifts available include a horse visit and riding lesson, sailboat trip for four on Flathead Lake, Aikido classes, farm-fresh eggs and more. This unique tradition is a hallmark of MTPR’s spring pledge week.
Listeners can expect special music programs, including founding host Michael Marsolek’s return to “Musician’s Spotlight” to host a special interview with acclaimed musicians Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, live music sessions with University of Montana piano faculty and students, and a live jazz session with the Jim Driscoll Trio.
“It’s an interesting time for Montana Public Radio,” said Ray Ekness, director of the UM 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 75 percent of MTPR’s funding 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.”
Listeners can call in during the pledge week at 800-325-1565, donate or volunteer to answer phones online at http://mtpr.org, or mail pledges to MTPR, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT, 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.
MTPR airs across much of western and central Montana at 89.1 and 91.5 in Missoula, 91.9 in Hamilton, 89.5 in Polson, 90.1 in Kalispell, Whitefish and North Valley, 90.5 in Libby, 91.7 in Kalispell, 101.3 in Swan Lake, 91.3 in Butte, 91.7 in Helena, 89.9 in Great Falls, 91.7 in Dillon and online at http://www.mtpr.org.