MOREHEAD – Morehead State Public Radio’s 2016 Fall Fundraiser and Membership Drive are scheduled from Oct. 17-21.
During this time, MSPR staff will ask listeners for a financial gift to support local programming, operations and enhance the learning environment for Morehead State University students.
“For more than 50 years, WMKY has served Rowan County and surrounding communities with regional news and cultural programming,” said Paul Hitchcock, MSPR general manager. “Part of our mission is to preserve and promote the region’s cultural heritage with programming that is informative and entertaining.”
In 2016, MSPR earned 14 awards from the Kentucky Associated Press including first place for Best Long Newscast, News Story and Feature Story. In addition, Chuck Mraz, MSPR’s news director, received the 2016 Outstanding Media and Technology Award from the East Kentucky Leadership Foundation.
“We have a long history of serving this community, but we need support from our listeners to maintain our operations,” said Hitchcock. “Morehead State University has faced significant budget struggles in recent months and financial gifts to MSPR will help offset some of the cuts to our university budget.”
MSPR serves more than 20 counties throughout eastern Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. MSPR broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Morehead State University. In addition, MSPR’s website provides regional news, live web streams, archived audio and community events.
“This is a critical time for public radio,” said Hitchcock. “The money we raise helps maintain our grant funding through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Financial gifts of any size are most appreciated.”
Gifts to MSPR are tax deductible and may be made online at www.wmky.org. Listeners also may make a pledge to MSPR by calling 606-783-2001 or toll free at 1-800-286-9659 during the fundraiser.