Monday, October 24, 2016


The KMSU Fall Pledge Drive kicks off THIS WEDNESDAY and we are incredibly excited to share with you the premiums that we have available for it. If you are not sure how this works or you are new to KMSU, essentially we have a number of fantastic items that we give to you as a "thank you" gift when you pledge your money to KMSU. Different gifts are available at different levels.  Call, donate, choose.  It's just that simple. So here is the list - and it's a big one. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to drop us an email at

$20 Premium Pledge - High Quality Dome 45 Adapter

Jameson from Variety Pack has the manufactured right here in Mankato!  These high quality 45 adapters are great for that next DJ gig or record party you throw.  The dome shape is perfect for speedy record changes.  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

$25  Premium Pledge - FINDERS KEEPERS 14: BATSONGS CD

Mr. Specific strikes again with a colossal collection of Bat-strumentals that flew straight from the cave!  This collection needs a good home, and you look just intelligent and attractive enough to provide that home.  CALL NOW!

$25  Premium Pledge - KMSU mug

Over-sized, bright, and a welcome addition to any kitchen table or desktop, the KMSU mug is back once again. The yellow screams "GOOD MORNING!" and its contents will scream whatever the heck your drink screams. Maybe your previous mug was chipped or broken and you are hoping to replace it? Now is your chance - get one (or two, or three or more) while you can!

$50 Premium Pledge - The KMSU Baseball Cap

Sure, a t-shirt is nice, but sometimes you want to draw attention AWAY from your torso.  That's where these super cool caps come in.  The KMSU cap can crown your dome at the $50 level.  Make people stare at the top of the very head that was smart enough to pledge to KMSU!

$50 - Johnny Frierson - Have You Been Good To Yourself?

If you listen to Jameson on Variety Pack (Thursdays @ three on KMSU) you know that he digs deep and find the amazing tracks that have been waiting to be discovered.  In 2012 he discovered an album so good and so rare that Light In The Attic Records decided they needed to reissue it.

Jameson found THE ONLY COPY of Johnnie Frierson's Have You Been Good To Yourself cassette in a thrift store in Memphis and immediately knew he had something.  The intimate recordings capture Frierson (former Stax session man and brother of Hi Records artist Wendy Rene) alone with his guitar singing songs that dwell on his personal faith and struggles.  They capture the voice of a man that has experienced a profound spiritual awakening who is also dealing with the impact of his experiences in Vietnam.  Regardless of your background with religion, it's impossible to not be moved by what Frierson shared with the world.

Light In The Attic only issued 1000 copies of of Have You Been Good To Yourself on vinyl, and Jameson has 12 copies that he's made available to KMSU for the pledge drive.  The hosts at the station have fallen in love with this record, and you will too.

$60 - Live At the World Cafe CD Volume 40

The latest edition of this listener favorite edition of the popular World Cafe compilations. Seventeen amazing artists performing live in the WXPN studios exclusively for World Cafe listeners.  World Cafe is one of the syndicated programs  that we pay for, and we’re thrilled to have them on the KMSU schedule.  If you value hearing World Cafe in the afternoons, then please pledge your support
to KMSU!

$100 Premium Pledge - Howlin' Wolf: The Complete RPM and Chess Singles

In the history of the blues, there has never been anyone quite like Howlin' Wolf.  Six foot three and close to 300 pounds in his salad days, the Wolf was the primal force of the music spun out to its ultimate conclusion.  He was primal, ferocious blues belter with a roster of classics rivaling anyone else, and a sandpaper growl of a voice that has been widely imitated.  No one could match him for the singular ability to rock the house down to the foundation while simultaneously scaring its patrons out of its wits.

THE COMPLETE RPM & CHESS SINGLES collection compiles 80 essential Howlin’ Wolf A & B sides from the first 11 years of Wolf’s career.  These songs represent some of the most important and
influential recordings in Blues history, and they can become an important part of your music collection when you pledge at the $100 level during the KMSU Fall Pledge Drive!

This is essential stuff right here.  Don't deny yourself this genius.

$100 Premium Pledge - Jerry Garcia Band live at Sophie's, Palo Alto, California, 1976

This is the latest in the popular Garcia Live series.  Volume seven captures Jerry and company at Sophie’s in Palo Alto, California.  This previously uncirculated recording was recently discovered by Jerry Garcia Band vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux.  The band played over 70 shows during 1976, and by the time they peformed this show they were extremely tight.  Volume Seven presents the entire performance that November night at Sophie’s.  

Fans of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead will want to add this incredible recording to their collection, and they can do that by pledging $100 to KMSU during the Fall Pledge Drive!

$100 - The Beatifics -  How I Learned To Stop Worrying 20th anniversary reissue, with exclusive companion 10" EP

the Beatifics' 1996 debut album How I Learned To Stop Worrying was received with reviews verging on rapturous, but brisk sales were hampered by problematic distribution, leaving the band on tour with no product to sell.  It wouldn't be long before the line-up began to splinter, and it would be six years before the band released a follow up album.  Eventually How I Learned To Stop Worrying went out of print, and it has been unavailable for years.

In January 2015, Shyboy Tim from Shuffle Function decided to contact Chris Dorn from The Beatifics to see if he would be interested in doing the first ever vinyl issue of the album to mark the 20th anniversary of its release.  Dorn was thrilled by the idea, and the two of them have been working for nearly two years to put together this package.  Finally, Shyboy Tim's favorite album of all time is back in print, and a new generation of Power Pop fans can discover the album noted music critic John Borack calls "a damn near flawless disc of pop delights... and an album that has more than stood the test of time."

The 20th anniversary edition of How I Learned To Stop Worrying features tweaks done for vinyl by band leader Chris Dorn, as well as new liner notes by Dorn and John Borack, and a download featuring the album with demos, alternate takes, and live versions.  Exclusive to this pledge drive is a vinyl companion 10" EP with the only live recordings of the original band line-up.  The EP features a cover of Paul McCartney & Wings' Junior's Farm that is only on the vinyl version, which will not be sold in stores.

$100  Premium Pledge  - Program Director For The Day on Shuffle Function

Have you ever wanted to play radio? Here's your chance! Join Shyboy Tim and Shelley on the Shuffle Function morning radio show and dictate the playlist for the day. You choose the songs from your own collection and you get to hang out with us on the air for two hours as well. You will also receive a KMSU hat, a Finders Keepers 14 CD and a CD copy of your show to play over and over again for your friends who couldn't wake up early.

We enjoy offering this premium so much because it allows us the opportunity to meet our listeners and get a chance to find out what music they are into. It is also the biggest bang for your buck in Shuffle Function land!

Seriously, this is a lot of fun, and we only offer a limited number of these, so don't miss out!  Join us on the show!

$100  Premium Pledge  - KMSU Day Sponsorship

Maybe you are shy and don't want to personally be on the air, or maybe you would like us to mark a special birthday, anniversary or artist, then this is the premium for you. Tell us what you would like us to play and add in a personal message and we will design the day for you on the air. It is a chance for you to get very creative while at the same time supporting  KMSU and community radio. If you have some ideas for a day sponsorship, but would like to run them by us first, please son't hesitate to contact us at

$200 Premium Pledge - KMSU Record Expedition

For the third year in a row, KMSU will be embarking on an expedition to some of the best record stores in the Twin Cities, and we want you to join us!  An army of KMSU DJ’s and listeners will be hopping on a bus and and scouring some legendary record stores for the stuff that vinyl dreams are made of.  Want lists will be checked off, and collecting itches will be scratched.

The week after the Record Expedition we’ll all get the opportunity to justify our hardcore record binging by taking over the airwaves of KMSU and playing all the amazing new finds on the radio!  YOU GET TO PLAY RADIO ON YOUR FAVORITE RADIO STATION!  BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!  You’ll also get one of the super sweet KMSU hats to make all your friends jealous.

The KMSU Record Expedition is a blast, and we hope you’ll join us!  Pledge $200 to KMSU and hop on the bus to vinyl nirvana. Here are some photos from expeditions past to get you in the mood to pledge!

All of these premiums would make fantastic Holiday gifts, so keep that in mind when you make a pledge. Maybe you have a music geek in the family  that would love to play DJ for a day, or maybe you want to pick up the Howlin' Wolf collection to give to your best friend.  The fact is you simply cannot go wrong with this swag. As a bonus, your gift will help support community radio and KMSU too!

Once again, the KMSU Fall Pledge Drive starts THIS WEDNESDAY and runs through November 4th. Gully set the station's goal at $30,000, so please keep that in mind when you are mulling over your pledge amounts.

The phone numbers at the station are:
389 - 5678
1 - 800 - 456 - 7810

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