Help support independent radio! Our neighbors on the New York dial, freeform station WFMU, broadcasting online and at 91.1 FM in Manhattan and at 90.1 FM in the Hudson Valley, is currently running an emergency 24-hour marathon pledge drive to help raise money to keep them on the air through the winter months:
At WFMU we’ve always prided ourselves on being able to support ourselves on one pledge drive a year, plus whatever we can scrape together by selling roses outside the Holland Tunnel.
But that was before the great recession. Before we fell over $100,000 short of our goal during our March fundraiser. Before we lost our lease on our main transmitter site and set out to put an antenna in midtown Manhattan.
That’s why we’re setting aside our pride for 24 hours for our first, and hopefully last, day-long marathon. Starting Tuesday, November 17th at 7pm and continuing for 24 hours, we’ll be trying to raise enough money to keep WFMU’s heart pumping and turntables spinning until next Spring.
This is only the third time in WFMU’s 51 years on the air that we’ve taken the drastic measure of interrupting our programming, even briefly, outside of our annual March Marathon. The first two times happened when our old owner, Upsala College, went down the financial tubes. Our 24-hour Marathon is meant to ensure that WFMU doesn’t meet that same fate.
The diversity of independent radio benefits everyone. Please help support stations like WFMU by calling 1-800-989-9368 today or by pledging online.