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KPR's Fall Membership Drive Sets Fundraising Record


KPR's Fall Membership Drive Sets New Record, Raising $337,000

LAWRENCE, Kan. (KPR) – Kansas Public Radio listener-members came through during the radio station's fall membership drive, which took place from September 22-30, 2022. The week long fund drive raised more than $337,000 and was the most successful fall campaign in KPR’s 70-year history. KPR members also provided more than $53,000 in matching challenge grants in order to encourage fellow KPR fans to contribute to the station.

The station relies on private support more than ever. Of the total raised, more than half now can be attributed to KPR Sustainers, those who give monthly on an automatic, ongoing basis.

“Reflecting on the 70-year history of what is now known as Kansas Public Radio, it is clear that our public radio service is a labor of love. Like the state of Kansas motto, ‘Ad astra per aspera,’ KPR continues to reach for the stars even when faced with difficulty. In the past, KANU’s broadcast towers have fallen but rose again to continue providing service. Budget cuts have threatened to bring Kansas Public Radio down, but faithful listeners and underwriters have risen to the challenge to fill the gap and now provide more than 84% of our funding, and we couldn’t be more grateful,” said KPR Director Dan Skinner.

All contribution directly support KPR’s local and national programming, including Kansas Statehouse news coverage, news shows from NPR, locally hosted music shows like classical music, "Trail Mix" and the "Retro Cocktail Hour," and all of the equipment and technology that makes KPR programs possible.

Although the drive has concluded, listeners can still show their support for KPR by donating online.

KPR, a 21-time winner of the Kansas Association of Broadcasters' Station of the Year award, is licensed to KU and broadcasts on 91.5 FM and 96.1 FM in Lawrence, 89.7 FM in Emporia, 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Junction City, 89.9 FM in Atchison, 90.3 FM in Chanute, and 99.5 FM and 97.9 FM in Manhattan. KPR can be heard online at kansaspublicradio.org. KPR also operates KPR2, a news-talk programming stream, which can be heard on an HD receiver or on KPR’s website, and on 96.1 in Lawrence and 97.9 in Manhattan. ( Read more.)


J. Schafer is the News Director of Kansas Public Radio. He’s also the Managing Editor of the Kansas Public Radio Network, which provides news and information to other public radio stations in Kansas and Missouri.