Murray State's listener supported public radio service, 91.3 WKMS-FM had reached 80 percent of its first fundraiser goal of 2012 as of Monday, March 26. Station Manager Kate Lochte says, "We're grateful that many listeners have already contributed so generously towards our spring fundraising goal in community support. We must continue to ask others to complete the goal, since cuts in grant funding for equipment replacement demand we establish an emergency contingency fund in addition to our necessary annual operating budget."
Approximately one third of the WKMS operating budget is comprised of financial support through individual listeners and local corporate underwriters. WKMS currently conducts two primary on-air fundraisers in addition to renewal and additional giving campaigns.
The station has completed two drawings for thank you giveaways in the fund drive. Annette Douglas of Paris, Tennessee, receives the guitar contributed by Unga Bunga Music in Paducah as a gift for listeners during the station's popular bluegrass and Americana program, Music from the Front Porch, Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jon and Adelia Sams of Metropolis, Illinois, participated early before the on-air drive and receive the Kindle Fire eReader.
When WKMS reaches its goal of $130,000, the station will draw from all the participants to win a Big Green Egg package from Akridge Farm Supply/Ace Hardware of Eddyville and Fredonia and an iPad 2 contributed by the WKMS Community Advisory Board. On April 2, a winner will be drawn for the basketball signed by the 2012 Men’s Racer basketball team. To enter, please use the online pledge form (no commitment necessary) at wkms.org.
WKMS Development Director Ronda Gibson and Underwriting Representatives Anne Bidwell and Asia Burnett report that businesses in the region have contributed to the fundraiser in the form of corporate matching grants. These include the following by community: Calvert City – Ashland; Hazel - Magnolia Tea Room and Shops of Hazel; Madisonville - Madisonville Community College; Mayfield, Lone Oak, Paducah, Wingo, Murray and Cadiz - FNB Bank; Murray – Acupuncture Clinic of West KY, Edward Jones Offices of Andrew Norman & Eric Penniston, Farmer and Robertson Family Dentistry, Hillyard Field Organics, Lee Jewelry Artisans, Red Bug on 3rd, and The Maple Center; Paducah - Flamingo Row, Henneberger-Flynn Insurance Agency, HomePro Audio & Video, Hughes Funeral Home, Inkwell Creative Media, Mazzone Communications/Paducah Life Magazine, Paducah Power System, Purchase Parenting & Family Magazine, Rehab Associates/goPerformance, and Roof Brothers Wine & Spirits; Princeton - Eddy Grove Vineyard.
The station's secure online pledge page is accessed by clicking "pledge now" at www.wkms.org. Pledges can be mailed to WKMS, 2018 University Station, Murray, KY 42071 (made payable to WKMS/MSU Foundation). For more information about contributing or underwriting on WKMS, call 800-599-4737.
The station's media services include 91.3 WKMS, Murray; WKMS HD-1 and All-Music HD-2; 90.9 WKMD and WKMD HD-1 and HD-2, Madisonville; 89.5 WKMT, Fulton; 99.5 Paris, Tenn., and All-Music 92.5 Paducah and 101.5 Madisonville. The station also streams both WKMS HD-1 and HD-2 at www.wkms.org.