Southeast Public Radio’s Spring Membership Drive Begins April 28 with Live Folk Show

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Southeast Public Radio will officially kick off its Spring Membership Drive on Saturday, April 28, with a two-hour live edition of the locally produced show, “Your Folk Connection.”

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 28, 2007 — Southeast Public Radio will officially kick off its Spring Membership Drive on Saturday, April 28, with a two-hour live edition of the locally produced show, “Your Folk Connection.”

The live show will feature local folk musicians including Marshall James and “The Tomato Kings.”

General Manager Dan Woods says the live folk shows are always fun.

“It is exciting to broadcast the live folk program,” he said. “Everyone has a good time, and it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase local talent. Additionally, listeners who support the folk program with a $60 gift or more will receive a ‘Your Folk Connection’ T-shirt as a thank you.”

The on-air portion of the drive will start on Thursday, April 26, with opportunities for listeners to make gifts to support the commercial-free programming provided on the station.

“Contributing to public radio is a wonderful way to give back to something you enjoy,” says Amanda Lincoln, associate director of development. “Our members play an important role as a partner to public radio. It is a partnership that is essential for Southeast Public Radio’s ability to serve listeners in our region, and all over the world, with the best public radio possible.”

Lincoln adds that another valuable aspect of the drive is the information gained from listeners about programming preferences, suggestions and constructive criticism. The input is vital to the station’s ongoing effort to fine tune its broadcast schedule to mirror the diverse preferences of listeners. Every dollar pledged to the station goes to making Southeast Public Radio more responsive to the needs of its members and the community.

Southeast Public radio relies on listener financial support to cover the cost of programming. Member support and underwriting make up approximately 40 percent of the budget. Southeast Missouri State University and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are the other two largest supporters of the station.

During the drive, listeners may make pledges by calling (573) 651-5070 in the Cape Girardeau area, or toll-free at (888) 651-5070. Listeners also may pledge online at www.southeastpublicradio.org. Premiums will be available for various levels of pledging.

As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, Southeast Public Radio strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. Nearly 1.9 million people within the listening area have the opportunity to tune in to KRCU 90.9 FM which is a 6,500 watt station located in Cape Girardeau and KSEF 88.9 FM, a 9,500 watt repeater station located in Farmington. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University. More information is available at www.southeatpublicradio.org.