"It's heartening to know that our loyal listeners are going to step up to support the station when they're needed the most," Kelly said.
Listeners were responding to the possibility of crippling cuts in federal and state support. Although funding for public radio is still uncertain, Kelly said the outpouring of public support left her more optimistic about the future.
"Through their pledges, our listeners reaffirmed their support of the unique programming KRPS offers our area," Kelly said. "They see the value of public radio and they made it clear they want it to continue."
The spring campaign goal was $77,537 and coming into the final day of the campaign on Saturday, the station was still about $25,000 short of the goal. That day, however, callers pledged a record $36,128, Kelly said. An added incentive was a pledge from an anonymous donor to match gifts at the rate of two to one.
"In all the excitement, it is important to remember that this is not my success, or the success of the KRPS staff or even of the station," Kelly said. "This success belongs to every donor who made a pledge. It belongs to every KRPS member who believes public radio is an important part of life in the four-state region and is willing to support that."
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