Sunday, October 12, 2008

FALL (of civilization) PLEDGE DRIVE! YAY!

As you may have noticed, we're in a pledge drive. This is something that KMSU does a couple of times a year to ask for your financial support. You see, the generosity of listeners like you counts for 30% of our annual operating budget. Without your support our little station on the hill can't stay open for business. Without your help we'd be unable to continue providing you with the kind of unique programming that you obviously have noticed cannot be found anywhere else on the radio dial.

Thank you to everybody that has dug in their pockets and thrown some of their hard earned cash our way. You are the true radio heroes, and we truly and deeply appreciate your belief in what we do.

If you are one of the listeners out there that has not yet contributed, we hope you'll take a moment and consider the role that KMSU plays in your life. Maybe you wake up every morning with Shuffle Function, or hear some of the greatest jazz you'll ever hear from Maverick Slim or The Prez. Perhaps you take a couple of hours on Sundays and listen to the double threat of quality that is Le Show and This American Life. Maybe you appreciate the fact that you can hear some pretty kick ass folk music on Tuesday nights from Mankato radio legend Bruce Davis, or on Sundays with Dave on Listen to Your Folks. Let's not forget the fantastic world music you can hear on Saturday nights, or the eclectic mix of genres you can discover weekdays at two o'clock, or Mo on Wednesday nights! And how about a little show called World Cafe, huh?

Look, we could go on and on listing all the things that are great about KMSU. Odds are you probably already know this stuff, and we're just preaching to the choir. Again, if you are one of the folks that has already done their part to keep all these amazing things on the FM dial, we thank you profoundly. If you are one of the folks that hasn't chipped in... well, why haven't you?

Well, our guess is that for many of you it has to do with what we hear about constantly on the news.

Hey, we're not oblivious to the situation going on in the country and the world. Like you, most of the folks at KMSU are a bit on the news junkie tip, with a side order of political interest. We are just as concerned about what is going on as everybody else.

You can imagine our chagrin at having to hold a pledge drive under these circumstances.

Believe me when I tell you that nobody at this station is exactly Mr. or Mrs. Moneybags. We're a station built by folks that are from your community. People that volunteer their time to put together some really kick ass shows, and do it for no monetary compensation. They do it for the station, and the love of the music they play, and for the community. The only reward they receive is your feedback, and your generosity during pledge drive time.

We all have priorities. Family is first, without question. You gotta pay your bills, too. These things are obvious. What we're hoping to convince you to do is to make an investment in Quality of Life. Not just your quality of life, but the quality of life of your community as well. We hear all the time from folks that move to the area from larger communities about how they simply cannot believe that a station this good is on the air in a community this size. We hear it A LOT. This is what makes KMSU so remarkable in our eyes: It is a station of incredible diversity and quality, and it is being put together by folks from your towns and neighborhoods.

This is radio by the people for the people.

With this station every single pledge makes a difference. a $20 pledge is just as significant as a $100 or $1000 pledge, and every single one of these pledges goes towards keeping the radio miracle that is KMSU on the air. You are making a huge difference with every single donation.

I believe it was Franklin Delano Roosevelt who once said "the only thing we have to fear is bad radio" or something like that. I was flipping through channels and stopped on the History Channel when the phone rang, so I may have mis-heard. But whether he really did say that or not, we as KMSU listeners can agree with the sentiment.

Weird economic times make everybody vulnerable, and it makes public radio outlets that rely on community support vulnerable, too.

Please look at the place that KMSU holds in your life, and then ask yourself what it is worth to keep this station around. Around not just for now, but for future generations. Again, every contribution matters, and if you want to make payments, you can. REPEAT: YOU CAN MAKE YOUR PLEDGE PAYMENTS IN INSTALLMENTS! You don't have to have a huge chunk of change to throw at us immediately. You can spread your donation out over time, if you would like.

Call 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 and make your pledge. You can put it on a credit card, or we can send you a bill. And let me once again point out that YOU CAN MAKE PAYMENTS IN INSTALLMENTS. If it is easier to make a pledge on the interweb, write to us at with your name, address, phone number, and the amount of your pledge and we will send you a bill. Anything we can do to make it easy for you is o.k. by us.

Now, we have some premiums that we offer at certain levels. Here's what is available to you, should you need some additional persuasion:

$25 - FINDERS KEEPERS 6 CD (Shuffle Function exclusive)

Yes, it's volume 6 of this eccentric series of discs, and it is pretty damn wonderful. This time around the Shuffle Function artisans have assembled a wonderful collection of popular pop songs performed with the type of enthusiasm that can only be shown by High School choirs. Kids, if the choir would have performed stuff like this when I was in High School I probably would have stopped watching Brady Bunch and joined in. Then again, Marcia was/is pretty hot.

This just might be our favorite edition yet in the series, and it is guaranteed to put a smile on your face with its enthusiastic and occasionally misguided versions of rock and roll favorites. Get yours today!


It has been far too long since we've had a new KMSU shirt to offer, so here it is! Sporting the brand new KMSU logo on the front, and the all too true slogan "I helped pay for KMSU's new radio tower and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt" on the back, this shirt offers you street cred that only a public radio station can bring. Please specify size.

$65 - THE RAG AND A COASTER COMBO (for smart shoppers!)

Let's say you have too much taste to limit yourself to only one premium, but simply don't have the pocket change to go nuts. KMSU hears you loud and clear! By pledging $65 dollars you can get both the new KMSU shirt and Finders Keepers 6! We're bundling them together and passing the savings on to you!


This is an incredible DVD collection that highlights both a titan of music and a historic period in our nation's history. From the Shout Factory website:

No one had the feelin’ quite like James Brown did. From his early start singing in a prison gospel group, to his transformation into “Soul Brother No. 1” in the late 1960s, to ultimately claiming the title of “The Godfather Of Soul,” James had the feelin’. And it was so real and so powerful that it jumped the color barrier and grabbed hold of black and white audiences alike.

This DVD collection pays tribute not only to James Brown’s enormous contribution to American music, but also reveals his often overlooked impact on American race relations. Including two discs’ worth of rare live performances and a third DVD containing an in-depth look at the moment James Brown emerged as a political and social ambassador, I Got The Feelin’—James Brown In The ’60s is a fitting tribute to the man and the times.

Disc 1: The Night James Brown Saved Boston The night after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, with America’s inner cities bursting into flames, James Brown was scheduled to perform at the Boston Garden. What happened there changed him forever. This documentary, which premiered at SXSW and was shown on VH1, is an amazing look back at one heroic moment in James Brown’s life as a performer, a public figure and a man.

Disc 2: James Brown Live At The Boston Garden, April 5, 1968 With America’s cities reeling from shock, then sorrow and anger, this is James Brown’s Boston Garden concert as it was videotaped and broadcast that fateful night.

Disc 3: James Brown Live At The Apollo ’68 This was one of a series of concerts James Brown performed at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem in March of 1968. This performance was taped in color and broadcast on television as Man To Man.

This is an amazing package, folks, and you're not going to want to pass it up. I know Shelley and myself are personally pledging to get this, but we're hopelessly music geeky.


As a day sponsor you can dedicate a day's worth of programming to something you find significant: An anniversary, a birthday, the fishing opener, comedy albums, the birthday or anniversary of a significant musician or musical event, and so on and so on and so on. We've done them all, and we're certainly up for whatever you can imagine. You can pick out certain music you'd like to hear, as well as craft a special announcement that can be read throughout the day. We're ready to work with you!

$100 - PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR A DAY! (Shuffle Function exclusive)

This is a premium that has proven so popular we have had to limit it to 20 per pledge drive. Why? Because otherwise we might never get to do our own show! What do you get as a PD4AD? You get to come up to the station some morning between 6-8 a.m and control the musical destiny of not just Minnesota and Northern Iowa, but the world! You program the playlist, and we just put buttons and talk too much! You also get the new KMSU T-shirt, a copy of Finders Keepers 6, and a CD copy of your show to prove to your friends and neighbors that you actually were up at an insane hour of the day!

Being a Program Director really is a lot of fun, and we enjoy the opportunity to put faces to the names and voices of the folks that help keep our show on the air. Folks have already snapped some of them up, so act now before they are gone!

Thanks again to all of you, not just for your financial support, but for your support in general. Everybody at KMSU works hard to present some pretty special programming, and we hope you enjoy it and find it pledge worthy.

Call or write now with your pledge. Thanks.


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