Our annual fall membership drive is upon us – our last chance to meet our budgetary goals for the current fiscal year. Due to the success of our sustaining memberships, we’ve shortened this drive to just four days. We’re also starting on-air pitching at 8 a.m. instead of 7 a.m., giving listeners an extra uninterrupted hour of Morning Edition each day of the drive. We need to raise $60,000 during the on-air drive that runs from Sept. 23-26, as well as the earlybird period in the days prior.
Thank you for your continued support of KSUT during our biggest year of growth ever. Thanks to the generosity of KSUT listeners and members, construction has begun on our new offices and studios in Ignacio – The Eddie Box, Jr. Media Center. We will move into this new facility in early 2020. We also worked with FolkWest to transfer ownership of their two music festivals – Pagosa Folk’n Bluegrass and the Four Corners Folk Festival – and will take over production of these events in 2020. And our Party in the Park, featuring The Motet and The Afrobeatniks was our most successful ever.
Your support through the years has enabled KSUT to build a strong foundation. Our $1 million operating budget pays for the national, regional and local news, music, special programming and community outreach that you rely on. KSUT’s listeners now fund the largest portion of our budget. Nearly $305,000 comes from individual members. More than 1,150 sustaining members, who pay small, monthly amounts through automatic fund transfers or credit card payments, represent 57 percent of this amount.
Your pledge of support ensures your entry into all of our drawings, including day prizes and the grand prize trip for two on Delbert McClinton & Friends’ Sandy Beaches Cruise XXVI. One lucky KSUT member and their guest will sail from Fort Lauderdale to Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas, Jan. 11-18, 2020, with dozens of artists. A note regarding the last stop on the cruise, Half Moon Cay, Bahamas - this small island was fortunately spared by hurricane Dorian. In addition to tickets, KSUT will pay for airfare from Durango, lodging in Fort Lauderdale before and after the cruise, and daily gratuities.
Sustaining members are automatically included in all of these drawings. Pledge now at www.ksut.org, return your membership mailer today, or call us at 970-563-0255 to ensure your entry.