KRCU Announces Spring Membership Drive Breakfast with Keynote Speaker NPR’s Joe Palca


by News Bureau on Monday, Apr. 01, 2013


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 1, 2013 – KRCU Public Radio will officially kick off its Spring Membership Drive on Wednesday, April 10, with a membership breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. in the John and Betty Glenn Convocation Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The highlight of the breakfast will be keynote speaker Joe Palca, a science correspondent for NPR News.

Dan Woods, KRCU general manager, says, “We are so excited to welcome Joe Palca to Southeast Missouri State University and to Cape Girardeau. To have a journalist of his caliber here to kick off our Spring Membership Drive is a great way to start off our fundraiser.”

Woods noted that Palca will also be talking with Southeast students for a special series he’s working on, called “Joe’s Big Idea.”

Since joining NPR in 1992, Palca has covered a range of science topics – everything from biomedical research to astronomy. Palca has won numerous awards, including the National Academies Communications Award, the American Association for the Advancement of Science Journalism Prize and the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Writing.

Palca is the co-author of “Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us.” He comes to journalism from a science background, having received a doctorate in psychology from the University of California at Santa Cruz where he worked on human sleep physiology.

KRCU has invited all of its listeners to attend and enjoy a complimentary breakfast, hear from Joe and make their spring membership gift. The station will offer a newly designed ceramic mug for gifts of $60 or more to the station; the black mug features a KRCU descriptive wordle.

Alex Jackson, KRCU development director, says, “Our membership breakfast is becoming a spring tradition at the station, and we hope many of our listeners will join us at the breakfast.”

The theme for the spring drive is “I AM KRCU.” KRCU listeners are determined, witty, knowledgeable and so much more. The station is asking listeners what word best describes them.

“If you love KRCU, you are an integral part of the station. Individual contributions are vital to the success of public radio in southeast Missouri,” Jackson said.

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 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 or by giving online at

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.