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NPR to begin spring membership campaigns

March 17, 2011

Photo of radioClassical WNIU will host a two-day pledge drive from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, and Wednesday, March 23.

To raise the funds necessary to keep commercial-free classical music on the air 24 hours a day, WNIU conducts several brief on-air fundraising campaigns each year with the goal of turning listeners into contributing members to help pay for the programming.

89.5-WNIJ begins its spring membership campaign with a single “Power Hour” from 7 to 8 a.m. Thursday, March 24, followed by additional fundraising hours scheduled throughout the week, ending at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31.

Support from listeners and local businesses represents the stations’ largest source of funding for its NPR News, talk, music and entertainment programming. 

Secure pledges toward either station are accepted online, anytime, at or via a dedicated pledge line, (815) 753-8800, operated specifically during the on-air campaign.