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 during its fall pledge drive.
The drive begins at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, and runs through 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. MTPR hopes to raise $250,000 during that time.
“Pledge Week is an important – and more importantly – fun week here at the station,” said Anne Hosler, MTPR director of membership. “Listeners pledging their financial support for the radio they rely on fuels our work for the next year. It’s amazing how we fund this optimistic endeavor every year, one contribution at a time. We’re so thankful for everyone who donates.”
Listeners can expect special music programs, including one live session. University of Montana School of Music faculty members Christopher Hahn, piano; Jennifer Cooper, flute; and Zachary Cooper, horn; will play in MTPR’s studios at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.
Many listener-favorite and new MTPR shows will feature special episodes. “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!’” will offer favorite moments from the show’s first 20 years, “The Splendid Table” will take listeners into the kitchens of some of their favorite people, and “Hidden Brain” will talk with neuroscientist Sophia Scott who studies laughter.
“We’re proud to have listeners who understand the importance of supporting our balanced and trusted Montana news coverage, as well as a wide variety of hand-picked music programs,” said Ray Ekness, director of the UM Broadcast Media Center and MTPR general manager. “But the local and national programs are expensive to produce, so we’re asking our listeners to help us reach our goal and keep MTPR on the air for another year.”
Listener contributions are vital and make up 75% of MTPR’s annual income.
“We know our listeners are passionate about our Montana-made news and programs, but it takes financial support to make those programs a reality,” Ekness said.
During the week, listeners can pledge by phone at 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 I nclude 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).