Monday, April 17, 2017

2017 SPRING PLEDGE DRIVE SWAG-A-PALOOZA!




THE SPRING PLEDGE DRIVE STARTS THIS WEDNESDAY!

Gang, the Spring Pledge Drive starts THIS WEDNESDAY!  This is one of two times during the year where we come to you and ask for your generous support to help keep KMSU on the air.  We're hoping you'll take some time and make a donation to help us hit our $30,000 goal for the drive.  $30,000 is nothing to sneeze at, but we're true believers in the station and its place in the community.  With your generosity over the years we were able to finally get a new transmitter for the station, which is sending a strong signal across our broadcast area.  THANK YOU!  Your kindness means everything to us.  With that huge improvement we're continuing to send a strong signal throughout our broadcast area, and that wouldn't be the case without your help.  Now we need to continue building on that.

We've been able to keep building and growing KMSU over the years, and it's a completely different station from than Shuffle Function started up 16 years ago.  The schedule is evolving, and we've appreciated all the feedback you've given us about it.  KMSU needs to continue building and evolving to reach a diverse audience, and the funds raised during these pledge drives are going to help us in our mission to serve the community.

Please take a moment and consider the place KMSU holds in your life.  If you listen to the station regularly, if you've found shows that you know and love, then you're probably a true believer, and you realize that what KMSU offers to you and the community can't be found anywhere else.  This kind of programming can only continue with the generous support of our listeners, and we hope you'll give us a call or pledge online to help us out.  Any amount makes a huge difference, but we have some great swag available at different pledge levels to hopefully nudge you towards making a contribution.  And now...

THE SWAG!

$25 - CRYPT OF UNDERGROUND NEANTHROPIC TELEVISION #10 DVD



Mr. Specific strikes again with another DVD featuring his unique video forays into the fringes of society, and this one promises to be the creepiest yet!  Every Spring, just in time for pledge drive, a nondescript brown paper bag with an unmarked DVD arrives at the Shuffle Function office door.  Don't miss out on the 9th weird installment!

$25 - 2017 KMSU RADIO HERO T-SHIRT


The last two shirts that we offered for the Spring pledge drive were the most popular we've ever had, so we turned to Kaitlin Baumann, the woman that created those popular designs, to come up with something equally amazing.  She didn't let us down!  This year's shirt shows "RADIO HEROES"! The true radio heroes are KMSU listeners like you, who believe in this station and what it can do, and your donations and support are your super powers!  Pledge this for this shirt and the whole world can see your official radio title screaming across your chest.  LOOK OUT, COMMERCIAL RADIO!  THIS SHIRT HAS CLAWS!

Kaitlin dun good.  All the cool kids will be wearing the new shirt, so obviously that means you!  Available in S to 2XL.  Wanna see more of Kaitlin's work?  Sure you do!  Visit katbaumann.com.

$50 - KMSU HAT


For only $50 you can wear your KMSU pride dramatically on your noggin!  This hat features the KMSU logo across the front, and comes in Small/Medium and Large/Extra Large.  It's a nice classy grey, so it goes with casual togs or with that tux/gown you're gonna be wearing to the opera.  Fits on even the biggest head!

$40 - RAG AND A COASTER COMBO
For the thrifty listener who wants to save a buck but score some sweet premiums!  You will receive the new Shuffle Function t-shirt PLUS the Crypt of Underground Neanthropic Television #10 DVD.  It doesn't take a math genius to see that this is one heck of a deal!

$60 - 25th ANNIVERSARY WORLD CAFE CD
KMSU is one of the rare spots on the dial to carry World Cafe, and this DOUBLE DISC SET  collects some of the recent amazing in-studio performances from both old and new musical favorites, as well as classic performances from the past quarter century of amazing shows!  This is the set to get.

$100 - SHUFFLE FUNCTION PROGRAM DIRECTOR FOR A DAY
The Cadillac of premiums, this allows you to join us during the morning show for two hours and control the playlist!  You bring your music collection and get to play DJ and we just push buttons and talk too much.  With this you also get the brand new KMSU t-shirt, the new Crypt of Underground Neanthropic Television #10 DVD, and CD copy of your two hours of radio infamy to share with family and friends.

$100 - LEONARD COHEN: THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUM COLLECTION



We don't have to tell you how badly 2016 sucked.  Too many legends left us, and that includes Leonard Cohen, who past away last November.  Many musicians are hailed as poets, but Cohen was a poet hailed as a musician.  He began his career writing poetry and novels, then moved into a musical career in his thirties.  His work is deep and powerful and explores and that is beautiful, painful, and difficult about humanity, and it's hard to not be moved by his work.  

Bruce Eder wrote of him on Allmusic: "One of the most fascinating and enigmatic - if not the most successful - singer/songwriters of the late '60s, Leonard Cohen retained an audience across six decades of music-making, interrupted by various digressions into personal and creative exploration, all of which have only added to the mystique surrounding him.  Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon), he commanded the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the '60s who continued to work in the 21st century, which is all the more remarkable an achievement for someone who didn't even aspire to a musical career until he was in his thirties."

True enough.

When you pledge $100 to KMSU during the 2017 Spring Pledge Drive you can get Leonard Cohen: The Complete Studio Album Collection.  That's ELEVEN albums that Cohen recorded between 1967 and 2004.  Virtually every great work the man produced can be in your collection, PLUS you'll help keep KMSU, a radio station that proudly plays Leonard Cohen, on the air!

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack (a crack) in everything
That's how the light gets in
                                      - Leonard Cohen

$100 - KMSU DAY SPONSORSHIP
You can sponsor an entire day of radio on KMSU with this premium.  Commemorate a birthday or anniversary, surprise the music geek in your life, treat the new graduate, or celebrate the music of your favorite musician!  These are just a few ways that you can use a KMSU Day Sponsorship.  A personalized message will also be read throughout the day so the whole world knows that you are a super cool person that supports independent radio!

There's the swag!  Drop us a line with questions, but most of all drop us a line with your support! Remember, the 2016 Pledge Drive THIS WEDNESDAY at six a.m.!  Give early and give often!  We are counting on you!

CALL 389-5678 OR  1-800-456-7810 AND MAKE YOUR PLEDGE, OR MAKE YOUR DONATION ONLINE! 

Thanks for being the best listeners in the world!

ITEMS OF NOTE

Don't forget Intergalactic Bacon Day on Monday the 17th!  From six to nine a.m. we'll be serving up Bacon treats for everybody that swings by the station.  Shelley has been hard at work on the menu, and you're really don't want to miss out.

World Book Day is on the 18th!  Swing by KMSU during the morning show and get yourself a new favorite read.  We've rounded up some great new additions to the collection that we're ready to give away to a person that is in search of a new favorite read.  IS THAT PERSON YOU?

PLEDGE DRIVE STARTS  on Wednesday, April 19th.  Please call and pledge.  Dear god, please call and pledge.

FREE FORM FREAKOUT PRESENTS
AN EVENING OF EXPERIMENTAL AND IMPROVISED SOUNDS
Friday, April 21st @ The Arts Center of St Peter

This is going to a memorable event.  Four internationally recognized improvisational acts will be performing right here in our neck of the woods.  Dave from Free Form Freakout put this show together, and if Dave says it's worth checking out it's worth checking out.  Graham Lambkin rarely plays out, and this is his first ever Minnesota appearance, so there's history involved here.  Folks will be coming from all over to see this show, so don't get left out in the cold.  $10 at the door, opens at seven, show starts at 7:30.

THE SHUFFLE FUNCTION 24 HOUR PLEDGE DRIVE A-GO-GO starts on Thursday, April 27th at six p.m. and comes to a grinding halt on Thursday, April 28th at six p.m.  We're gonna be live for 24 hours, surviving only on the basic human needs of caffeine an rock and roll... and your generosity!  Check out the lineup of stuff we have planned.  It's gonna be a lot of fun.

There's a free Grind-Fu Cinema on Saturday, April 29th, at seven p.m. in Wiecking 220 Auditorium, right here on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato.  We're screening The Guy From Harlem for the seventh year in a row, followed For Y'ur Height Only, starring 2' 9" action hero Weng Weng.  Both movies are COMPLETELY FREE!  Bring your friends, brings some snacks, and settle in for a night of incredible movies!

CALL 507-389-5678 or
1-800-456-7810 to pledge!

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