In a stunning FM Fall Fundraiser with many high points and high fives – including over $27K for one hour of Alaska Live and $11K in one hour of Folk Sampler – quieter moments also stood out. We are pleased that 267 new donors stepped up to support KUAC for the first time – a number of them youth like 11 year-old Sonia, who made her first gift ever to KUAC on Wednesday, then came in two days later to make a second gift.
An Oregon newcomer named Chris walked in his gift because the fundraiser sounded so fun, and stayed for coffee and a pastry, sharing the excitement. And Sarah Keller and her teenage daughter, Ally, joined the phone bank to represent the strong support of their entire family. Sarah noted that Ally, who will receive her drivers’ license soon, is looking forward to being able to listen to KUAC while driving by herself.
More than anything, those moments gave an immediate sense of connection with the community that made the 2011 FM Fall Fundraiser truly a success.
Big moments still boggle our wildest imagination, like that final tally – $305,797 – almost $28,000 over our initial $279K goal. An amazing moment happened at 11pm on Wed, Oct 19th, when Design Alaska steamrolled over the record they set last year as Jack Wilbur’s determined efforts resulted in raising a grand total of $27,636 in one hour of Alaska Live to support KUAC!
Morning Edition on Friday, Oct. 21st shone bright as Kerynn Fisher and Pamm Hubbard drummed up $10,690 in gifts for the two-hour show with the most number of listeners weekly, according to the polls. The trip give-away for A Prairie Home Companion also bumped up support, garnering over $23K, with Chuck Lemke and Lisa Sporleder, then Cathie Harms and Robert Hannon on the mics during those two Saturdays. (The winner is to be chosen and announced on Halloween!)
Even with a steady flow of support during the week, KUAC had received a little over $200,000 by the end of Friday, which meant the final weekend garnered over $100K in support, for a truly grand finale to the FM Fall Fundraiser!
Popular weekend shows like Car Talk (with Mike Sfraga and daughter Megan on the mics Oct. 15th and “Car Talk Princesses“ Julie Estey and Sue Sprinkle on Oct. 22nd) garnered $14K, along with Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me, which spotlighted the continuing community desire for useful information delivered in a fun format.
Tok residents responded enthusiastically to their homegrown host, Bud Johnson, during his hour of Acoustic Accents Friday night, while From the Top with George Rydlinski in our studio along with guest musicians from Fairbanks Youth Orchestra, drew nearly $4,000 in support total for both Sundays of the show focused on young musical talent.
A notable resounding success during our second weekend came during Folk Sampler hosted by Mike Flynn, who visited from Arkansas to be on KUAC’s air along with longtime fan Mike Powers, CEO of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, underwriter of the show. Enthusiastic fans called in or sent web pledges totaling over $11K in gifts, and quite a few turned out in person to meet Mike, who stayed around to sign autographs and talk with phone bank volunteers. Running Reindeer Ranch posted on our Facebook page that KUAC is the only public radio station Mike Flynn visits. We are honored – come back again, Mike!
Our awesome Opera supporters were as affirmative as ever, responding to Grace Schaible’s challenge during Sun. Oct. 23rd’s airing of “Turandot” which also featured an interview Susie Hackett conducted with Grace last month.
Many community organizations or businesses got behind KUAC during the fundraiser by organizing volunteers to answer phones in the phone bank, as people from all over Alaska and beyond our borders called in to make gifts or pledges. All local Rotary Clubs were represented in the phone bank, along with groups from UA Museum of the North to the Fairbanks Children’s Museum, Alaska Bird Observatory to Adult Learning Programs of Alaska, Soroptomists to Senior Games, and U.U.F.F. to F.R.A., amongst many others.
Partnerships with organizations are vital, but individuals make this all happen, from organizing groups of phone bank volunteers to becoming Art Buswell Society members by making a gift of $1,000 or more. The gong rang countless times during the FM Fall Fundraiser in celebration of incoming ABS-level gifts from people who ensure our sustainable success, many of them dear faces and steady devoted supporters.
Tim Carrier is one such leader and supporter. For years, he’s served on the KUAC Community Advisory Council and volunteered for every event, bringing along a squadron of support from his 168th Air Refueling Wing of the Alaska ANG to join him in the phone bank or on the shores of the Chena River for our Red Green Regatta. Tim became a member of the Art Buswell Society after he issued a challenge during the final two hours of our pledge drive to encourage military members of all stripes to become a new supporter and he matched their gifts up to $1000. In the closing minutes of the 2011 fundraiser, his gift boosted nine new members to step up and join in support of public radio as many affiliates of the military also gave a special salute to KUAC.
Food and refreshments rolled in, much to the appreciation of volunteers and staff: Alaska Coffee Roasting Company, Blue Loon, Coca Cola Bottling of Alaska, Fairbanks Bottled Water, Fred Meyer West, L’Assiette de Pomegranate, Julia’s Solstice Café, LuLu’s Bagels, Pike’s Landing, River City Cafe and Espresso, Safeway, Sourdough Fuel and Snacks, UAF Catering & UAF Dining Services, Water Wagon, and friends who walked in cookies, pies, and bags of apples. In addition, contributions to our “Wheel of Fun” to offer giveaways to volunteers included books from Dermot Cole and Julie Collins and posters from Sea Grant. Everything contributed to the hospitable and friendly atmosphere here at KUAC, YOUR public radio station. Thanks to all our contributors!
It’s precisely because of this sense of community and the people who comprise it – YOU, friends and families and organizations and businesses who whole-heartedly support public radio – that we can continue to meet our mission and create radio and television programming that is thought provoking, trustworthy and even life changing.
While the Eastlan ratings ranked KUAC as the #1 FM station in the Interior, there are other meaningful statistics that back that up: 1770, the number of gifts given during the fund drive; 1503, the number that was renewal gifts; 267 gifts by first-time supporters; and of course this number says it all: $305,797!
Thanks again for making those nine days of the drive so worthwhile through personal connections with the community for which all of this happens – and it all comes full circle right here at KUAC. Thank you for joining us!