Even after mass quantities of sleep it's still difficult to process just how successful the 2013 Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go was. By six p.m. on Friday the 26th you guys brought the total to a whopping $31,005.33! We assume the .33 is courtesy of 3 1/3. After subtracting the pre-marathon totals, KMSU listeners and area businesses contributed over $26,000 during the entire marathon!
Think about that: $26,000 in the space of 24 hours. Not only is that the largest amount raised during a marathon, but that's better than a large amount of the pledge drives we've participated in during the 12 years we've been at KMSU! To say that your generosity is humbling is a gross understatement. Thank you doesn't seem strong enough for how grateful we are to have you guys as listeners.
Now comes the hard part. The pledge drive runs until May 5th, and we still need $4000 to hit the pledge drive goal. That'd be a sneeze for larger Public Radio Stations, but we know from past experience that the home stretch is the hardest part. We had so many pledges during the first three days of the drive that it's hard to believe there is anybody out there that hasn't yet contributed.
We know you are out there, though, and we're talking to you.
Statistically speaking, only about 10% of people that watch or listen to public media actually contribute. That's a shockingly small amount, but I get it. I was one of those folks for most of my life. It's free to watch or listen, so what's the big deal? Well, I can tell you that it is a very big deal. Being up here and involved in a small independent station is pretty eye opening. The struggles we deal with just to keep on the air are costly, both money wise and labor wise. To make things worse, funding and grants get smaller and smaller, and the cost of operation and syndicated programming gets larger and larger. We just found out that the prices for things like World Cafe are going up, and that's an incredibly large and valuable part of our schedule. We can't afford to lose it, but we're worried we won't be able to afford it.
We're not asking for the world. We know that times are tough and people are counting their pennies. Honestly, that's life at KMSU! If you could just throw in a few bucks... maybe ten or twenty dollars... it would really help. The small pledges are just as important as any other pledge, and they all serve the same purpose.
If you have it in you, please call us at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 and contribute to the Spring Pledge Drive. You can also pledge online at kmsu.org. The goal we have for this drive is the largest we've ever had to stare down, and we are so close to kicking its ass. We REALLY want to kick its ass.
Also, join us at Grind-Fu Cinema tonight so we can thank you in person!
Tonight we're unleashing the dreadful fury that is The Guy From Harlem! For the third year in a row, Grind-Fu Cinema presents this unintended comedy masterpiece BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! You have nobody to blame but yourselves. If you have never seen The Guy From Harlem you really should. It's the best worst movie you'll see this year (until the next M. Night Shyamalan movie comes out.)
After the pure and unadulterated TGFH experience, get ready for The Guy From Harlem: Rifftrax Edition! Mike, Bill, and Kevin really sink their teeth into this one. I mean, The Guy From Harlem requires no running commentary to be hilarious, but the Rifftrax gang let loose with diabolical glee!
Also, Grind-Fu Cinema is FREE! Bring snacks, your friends, and dress in layers (because the theater suffers from climate related mood swings) and enjoy a night of fun and questionable cinema!
I'm the new boy in town! Where can I go?