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April 3, 2007
CONTACT:Molly Motherwell & Arthur Timko
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89.1 WEMU, EXCEEDS SPRING FUNDRAISING GOAL BY MORE THAN $20,000

YPSILANTI — 89.1, WEMU, Eastern Michigan University exceeded its spring on-air fundraising goal by more than $20,000, raising $130,145 between March 23 and March 31, 18% over the goal of $110,000.

"WEMU donors continue to show their belief and support for public radio service,” said General Manager, Arthur Timko. “Time and again we have heard how valuable WEMU's music and local news service are to this community.  We heard that both in the voices that were raised and the dollars that were pledged. "

“Considering how limited our broadcast area is, this total is even more gratifying,” said Development Director, Molly Motherwell.  “WEMU’s signal reaches just under 400,000 people total (392,000), unlike our primary competitors whose potential audiences are in the millions, so to exceed our goal by $20,000 is astounding.  Similar sized stations with similar formats, such as the one in Syracuse, NY, don’t even raise $100,000 let alone $130,000 in a single pledge drive.  This is a real testament to the strength of WEMU in this community and the dedication and loyalty of our listeners.”

The only time WEMU has exceeded an on-air goal by a greater amount was the spring of 1995 when the threat of elimination of federal funds for public broadcasting by the 104th Congress caused WEMU listeners to exceed the fundraising goal by $35,000; the first time the station raised more than $100,000 in a single pledge drive.

WEMU is a listener-supported NPR and PRI affiliate with a format of local news, jazz, and blues in addition to NPR and PRI news, information, and cultural programming.  The station broadcasts to an eight county area that includes all or part of Washtenaw, Wayne, Livingston, Oakland, Jackson, Lenawee, Monroe, and Lucas (OH), webcasts live 24 hours a day at wemu.org.

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