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Release: Oct. 24, 2001
UI public radio stations KSUI/WSUI raise $200,000 in first fund drive
IOWA CITY, Iowa The University of Iowa's public radio stations WSUI-AM
and KSUI-FM raised more than $200,000 during their first-ever on-air fund
drive Oct. 13-19.
About 2,300 people made pledges during the seven-day drive, said John Monick,
director of Broadcasting Services at the UI. There was no specific monetary
goal set for the first year of the drive, but Monick said he was very pleased
with the outcome.
"I thank our listeners for their contributions and pledges. We were
overwhelmed by not only their financial support, but also with their words
of encouragement. Many listeners thanked us for continuing our quality programming.
It's a service they value -- a service that is unique to the University of
Iowa," he said.
Several area businesses and individuals also made challenge pledges, encouraging
listeners to match their donation during a specified time during the drive.
The drive was in response to an increasing need for university departments
to generate more private donations and become more self-supporting. Contributions
from listeners provide support for national programs like "Morning Edition,"
"A Prairie Home Companion" and "Fresh Air," as well as
locally-produced classical music and news programs such as "Iowa Talks."
Monick added that listeners also liked the positive, upbeat tone of the
on-air drive. "We weren't sure about the reaction to our first attempt
at this, but they actually enjoyed listening to it," Monick said.
Monick also thanked a fund-raising team of WSUI/KSUI staff and 175 volunteers
for their efforts. "They put in some long hours and did a tremendous
job at something they had never done before," he said.
The WSUI/KSUI drive was a part coordinated campaign among public radio stations
across the state and the U.S. to support public radio.
Pledges can still be submitted on-line at http://ksui.uiowa.edu
checks can also be sent to the Friends of WSUI/KSUI, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City,
For more information, contact UI Broadcast Services at (319) 335-5750.