Public radio listeners pledged a record $150,889 to the 1999 spring fundraising campaign for Wake Forest University’s National Public Radio station, WFDD (88.5 FM).
The goal for the seven-day campaign, which concluded April 23, was $150,000. A total of 1,666 people contributed to the WFDD campaign. Membership renewals accounted for 1,163 of the pledges, while 503 pledges came from new members.
“This spring’s fundraiser tops last year’s effort, when listeners pledged $140,000, which was a record at the time,” said station manager Linda Ward. “Our spring numbers will climb a bit higher, since mail-in membership renewals are still coming in.”
Ward thanked the station staff, the hundreds of volunteers who answered telephones and kept records, and the many businesses providing food and services to the campaign.
“At WFDD, we are grateful to our community for making a statement in support of public radio’s value,” Ward added. “We will be working hard in the months to come to provide the programming that attracts the support we have enjoyed.”
WFDD broadcasts classical music, NPR news, and other programming. The oldest NPR station in North Carolina, WFDD has listeners in 32 counties.