MISSOULA – Montana Public Radio will feature music celebrations, thank-you gifts and pets – lots and lots of pets – during its annual Spring Pledge Drive this April.
This year’s fundraising week begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 7, and concludes with the popular Pet Wars competition from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Sunday, April 14. MTPR’s fundraising goal for the week is set at $610,000.
“It’s our favorite week of the year here at Montana Public Radio,” said Anne Hosler, MTPR director of membership. “We get to connect with our members, volunteers and those individuals and businesses that share our fabulous listener-donated thank-you gifts. We love this week because we get to have fun and do great and important work at the same time.”
Some of the interesting listener-donated thank-you gifts available for pledgers include Monte Dolack prints, raft trips, quarts of honey and more. This unique tradition is a hallmark of MTPR’s spring pledge week.
Listeners can expect special programming, including a live episode of “The Write Question,” with Sarah Aronson interviewing author Debra Magpie Earling. Missoula band Canta Brasil and the University of Montana Jazz Band will perform “Live in Studio B” during the week. Highlights from last summer’s MTPR broadcast of the Montana Folk Festival also will air.
In 2019, contributions from listeners and sponsors are projected to make up 75 percent of MTPR’s total budget, or $1.9 million.
“In the past few years, MTPR listeners have really stepped forward to keep the in-depth NPR and Montana news, legislative coverage, hand-picked music and unique children’s programming on the air,” said Linda Talbott, MTPR fundraising director. “MTPR listeners are passionate about investing in their public radio station, and we look forward to hearing from thousands of returning and new supporters this spring.”
Listeners can call during the pledge week at 800-325-1565, donate online at http://www.mtpr.org or mail in pledges to MTPR at 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812. They also can donate thank-you gifts or volunteer to answer phones.
The pledge drive and MTPR are made possible by thousands of people supporting public broadcasting in Montana.
“MTPR is here every day for our listeners across Montana,” said Ray Ekness, director of the UM Broadcast Media Center that houses MTPR. “We appreciate that our listeners are there for us each spring.”
Montana Public Radio 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.