KZMU: Get on your radiothon

A Letter to Public Radio Fans

April is a big month for KZMU and this year we’re leaning in to the festivities even harder with community events sprinkled throughout the entire month. Starting with our 27th birthday on April 2nd, which was also the 1-year anniversary of KZMU News, our homegrown, in-house daily newscast. On April 14th, we debuted KZMU Presents – a facet of the station that we’re hoping will bring more touring musicians to the area – at the Seekhaven Chapel with Shana Cleveland.

This Thursday, April 18th, KZMU will host WabiSabi’s nonprofit networking social from 12 to 1 PM. This social is open to everyone, not just non-profit partners. KZMU has been a proud partner in the WabiSabi Program and the partner program’s impact has been felt strongly in the years after losing CPB funding. We are entering our 4th year of being 100% community supported, having been defunded from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in the fall of 2015. The past four years have been spent recovering from the loss of federal funding and while challenges have been aplenty, the time has also been inspiring, heartwarming, and validating because of the support from listeners like you.

Which brings us to Radiothon! KZMU’s Spring Radiothon kicks off April 19th and continues through April 27th bringing you special programming, exciting premiums, live broadcasts, and more during this 9-day fundraiser. Tune in at 9 AM on Saturday, April 20th for a live broadcast from the Jeep Safari Main Street parade. There are many ways to give: call the DJ at 435-259-5968, donate securely online via our website or Facebook campaign, or stop by the KZMU tent at City Markey between 10 AM and 6 PM every day of Radiothon. You can meet some of our DJs and pick up a premium while you’re at it.

There are so many reasons to support the unique community station. Here are just a few:

Dynamic and local public affairs and KZMU News: KZMU’s calendar and announcements, PSAs and interviews keep you informed about important political and cultural events in and around Moab. Listen to This Week in Moab, Thought for Food, Radio Book Club, Public Lands Corner, and What’s Goin’ On on Mondays and for Weekly Buzz, KZMU’s Earful, Science Moab, and Liner Notes on Fridays. On April 2nd 2018, KZMU aired the first broadcast of the KZMU News. In the year that has passed, Molly Marcello, our News & Public Affairs Director has written, recorded, and produced more than 250 newscasts for our airwaves.

KZMU’s commitment to Moab’s youth: Our programs for kids include Word of the Day, a collaboration with HMK and the Charter School to inspire 5th graders’ interest in vocabulary and spelling. In 2018, we introduced the Spanish and Dine words of the day, expanding our vocabulary in three languages! KZMU offers youthful DJs their own shows — listen on Saturday for Shine Time and Tween Time. And finally a kid’s album is in the works featuring local musicians, artists, and writers!

KZMU is an audio town square where we can all meet. In a rural area that is exploding with tourism, KZMU can help us stay in touch with each other and with the issues that matter to Moab locals. Don’t forget to find us online at kzmu.org, featuring in-house news, public service announcements from the community, ride board, archived audio, podcasts, streaming, DJ bios and photos.

KZMU practices the First Amendment. KZMU guarantees a platform for the Freedom of Speech guaranteed by the First Amendment, right here in Moab. We offer access to local people who take the helm of the radio station and steer it wherever they wish — currently most of our volunteers are music DJs, but if you have an idea for a talk show or a spoken word program, please let us know. We offer orientation and training sessions every other month for new volunteers. The next is Thursday, May 18th at 6 pm at the KZMU Studios.

Our goal for this spring is $35,000. This is what it takes to keep our station humming along for the next six months. As we glide into Spring and dig our heals in to the rich red dirt that surrounds us, we wish to thank each and every listener who has helped us get this far. We recognize your continued support and humbly thank you in advance for your future contributions. We truly would not exist with you.