The KEXP Pledgeroom
Did you know that KEXP has been listener powered for over 25 years? Since 1982, a majority of the stationâ€™s funding has been provided by listeners. As a student station, KCMU was originally supported and run by the University of Washington School of Communications through much of the 1970s, but due to budget shortages the radio station was to play its swan song on Friday, August 21st, 1981.
A group of students dedicated to preserving the radio stationâ€™s unique spirit and programming organized a committee to protect the future of KCMU. With only months before the station was to go off the air, the students presented a proposal to university to become a public radio station and continue broadcasting with support from the community. The school approved the proposal and the station moved ahead with plans to raise support through events, benefit shows and on-air membership drives.
Jon Kertzer, current host of Best Ambiance on KEXP Monday nights from 6pm to 9pm, became the station manager of KCMU right before the station held its first membership drive and by his recollection “our first fundraiser was in the spring of 1982 â€¦ [I] don’t remember the exact goal, but is must have been under $50,000.” The station reached its goal and thanks to listener support KEXP has been able to continue its mission of sharing great music and programming for over 25 years.
If you would like to find out more about how you can help support KEXP, visit the support section at KEXP.org or phone the KEXP Membership Office at 1-866-903-5397.
Check back here for more posts on the stationâ€™s history and visit KEXP.org to find out how you can Own A Piece of KEXP, including the pledge room, as part of KEXPâ€™s online auction.