CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 21, 2012 – KRCU Public Radio will officially kick off its Spring Membership Drive on April 3 with a membership breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Barbara Hope Kem Statuary Hall in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni Center on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.
The highlight of the breakfast will be keynote speaker Brian Naylor, who is the Washington Desk correspondent for NPR News.
“We are so excited to welcome Brian Naylor to Southeast Missouri State University and to Cape Girardeau. To have a world-class journalist here to kick off our spring membership drive is a great way to start off membership month,” said Dan Woods, KRCU general manager.
Naylor is a 30-year veteran of NPR and has served as national desk correspondent, White House correspondent, congressional correspondent, foreign correspondent and newscaster during NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Naylor now covers politics and federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Throughout his NPR career, Naylor has covered many major world events, including political conventions, the Olympics, the White House, Congress and the mid-Atlantic region. Naylor reported from Tokyo in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, from New Orleans following the BP oil spill, and from West Virginia after the deadly explosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine.
KRCU has invited all of its listeners to attend and enjoy the complimentary breakfast, hear from Naylor and make their spring membership gifts.
“Our membership breakfast is becoming a new spring tradition at the station, and we hope many of our listeners will join us and step up to support KRCU. Individual contributions are vital to the success of the station,” said Amanda Lincoln, KRCU development director.
Lincoln also noted that KRCU will only be asking for donations on-air for four days throughout the spring campaign, during which listeners will have opportunities to call in and pledge.
KRCU relies on listener financial support to help cover the cost of programming. Member support and underwriting make up over 30 percent of the budget. Southeast 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 or (888) 651-5070 or by visiting www.krcu.org.
As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award-winning NPR news, KRCU strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University on 90.9 FM in Cape Girardeau and 88.9 FM in Farmington and Ste. Genevieve, Mo.