We've had a great start to the pledge drive! Thanks to everybody that has pledged so far. You are all radio heroes, and you have stepped up and done your part to keep independent radio alive in Southern Minnesota, Northern Iowa, and THE WORLD.
Currently the station is at just over 15,000 dollars, which is 10,000 short of the goal. That's a great place to be, but experience tells me and Shelley that this is the part of the drive where it is most difficult to get people to pitch it. It's kind of a scary position to be in, really.
Only 10% of public media listeners take that extra step to give to their favorite stations. TEN PERCENT. I know that for years I was among that 90% that listened or watched and assumed that pledge drives were just something that stations did, but I can tell you from experience at KMSU that the drives are LITERALLY do or die.
KMSU is in a very precarious position right now, because much of the grant money we have relied on for years to keep operations running smoothly is in jeopardy. The economy has created a crazy budget cut situation that is getting a little too real around here. Honestly, if we lose that money we're kind of screwed. That's why now, more than ever, we need you to do your part.
I'm gonna post the swag again at the end of this post. Please look it over and see if there is anything that might entice you to give a little bit to keep the station healthy. The swag starts kicking in at the $25 dollar level, but any donation makes a difference, even if it's only ten bucks. Call 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 and help us out. It only takes a moment, and it'll make you feel good about giving.
You can also go to kmsu.org and click the donate link, fill out the web form and you're done. OR you could send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, phone number, and the amount you'd like to pledge and we'll just bill you. Remember, you can put it on a credit card, you be sent a bill, or you could make payments. We want to make this as easy for you as possible, gang.
Thanks for all you do. We really really appreciate it.
And now... THE SWAG!
$25 - CRYPT OF UNDERGROUND NEANTHROPIC TELEVISION 4 DVD!Every Spring we arrive at the station and find a small paper bag waiting in our mailbox from Mr. Specific. He spends his year collecting and compiling oddball eye candy for our viewing pleasure, and this year's DVD is among his oddest. Add this fourth installment of the Crypt series to your weird cinema collection today!
$50 - SHUFFLE FUNCTION TENTH ANNIVERSARY SHIRT!
It is really hard to believe that we've been at it for ten years. Even after all this time it's still the most fun either of us have had, and for some insane reason the two hours we spend every weekday morning on the show are usually the best two hours of our day. For our tenth anniversary we've done a redesign of our very first t-shirt, which went out of print instantly has been unavailable since the very first 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go nine years ago. It has been our most requested shirt, and we hope that you like it so much that you can't possibly live without it. The color appears kind of gray in this image, but in reality it's more of a sandy beige. With the black and white of the silkscreen image it turned out pretty striking, so pledge now and specify size!
Available in small, medium, large, extra large, and XXL.
$65 - THE RAG AND A COASTER COMBO!
SPECIAL MUSIC GEEK VALUE PACK! When you pledge $65 you will get the new Crypt of Underground Neanthropic Television DVD, as well as the Shuffle Function 10th Anniversary shirt, plus you save yourself ten bucks! Don't forget that the DVD can be used as a coaster and the shirt can be used as a rag. SO MANY OPTIONS! SO MUCH VALUE!
$60 - WORLD CAFE OR ECHOES CD
KMSU is one of only a few stations that carries World Cafe with David Dye, and when you pledge to get the World Cafe CD you help ensure that we can continue offering this amazing program to you. Each year there is a new collection of unique in-studio performances available from some of today's top artists, so be sure to pick up the new CD. Fans of Echoes can also pick up a new CD from Featured echoes artists.
$100 - WHAT IT IS! FUNKY SOUL AND RARE GROOVES 1967 - 1977
This set is completely unbelievable. Four CDs of some of the rarest and funkiest tracks around, all packaged in the kind of gorgeous set that only Rhino Records can compile. There are over 80 tracks, all of which are explored in the extensive booklet filled with a treasure trove of information.
The music has been compiled from the archives of Atlantic, Atco & Warner Bros. Records, as well as from numerous small regional labels. It would cost tens of thousands of dollars to collect the original releases in this set, so you are cutting loads of time and money out of the equation by picking this up. You'll find lots of familiar names (Aretha Franklin, Charles Wright, The Barkays) but you'll also find even more names that you've never come across. Better yet, you've probably never heard the vast majority of these tracks, and take it from us... these tracks KILL. The reaction from other KMSU hosts when they found out the station was offering this was the kind of excitement that only music geeks can summon.
Trust us. This set will cause the danceless to dance, the funkless to funk, and give soul to the soulless.
$100 - SHUFFLE FUNCTION PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR THE DAY!
BEST SHUFFLE FUNCTION VALUE! If you want to make the most of your pledge drive dollar, then you gotta go for this one. As Program Director For The Day you get to join us on the Shuffle Function Morning Show and control the musical destiny of Southern Minnesota, Northern Iowa, and THE WORLD! You control the playlist, we just push buttons and talk too much. PLUS you get the brand new Shuffle Function Tenth Anniversary shirt, PLUS you get the new Crypt of Underground Neanthropic Television 4 DVD, PLUS you get a CD copy of your two hours of radio magic to prove that you were actually up at an insane hour of the day.
$100 - KMSU DAY SPONSORSHIP!
When you become a day sponsor on KMSU you get to have a day of programming dedicated to you. This could be something as simple as a message being read through the day in honor of a special even or person, or it could be a more elaborate tribute to a musician, like when we've done day long tributes to Bob Dylan or John Lennon. Come up with an idea and we'll see if we can swing it. You support the station and you get to dedicate the day. Pretty sweet.
The pledge drive is now going on! The phone numbers are 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 to call and pledge, or you can go to kmsu.org and click the donate button. Just fill out the quick online form, select your swag and you're done!
You can be billed or you can put it on a credit card today. You can make payments. Basically, we want to make this as easy as we can for you, because without you we don't exist.
Thanks a ton, you guys. You are all radio heroes.