I’m a huge fan of Wisconsin Public Radio. I’ve been listening to it since, well, almost my whole life, really. I first learned about it in grade back in the early 1960s when the nuns would occasionally put on some educational program for us to listen to. It is one of the finest news, information, music and entertainment services out there, and there really isn’t anything else like it left on radio any longer. WPR has been on the air 100 years now. It is widely considered to be the first broadcast radio service in the country.
Their pledge drive is coming up next week. A lot of people are under the impression that WPR and other public radio services are funded by taxes. While they get some money from the taxpayers, most of their funding comes from grants, corporate donations, and donations from people like you and me.
This is the second year I’ll be doing a challenge grant on one of WPR’s shows as part of the 9XM leadership circle. This year it’s the Kathleen Dunn show at 1 PM on May 2. If you call in around that time and pledge to make a donation, I’ll match it up to maximum limit. So if you listen to WPR and want to make a contribution, tune in between 1 and 2 PM on May 2 and take advantage of the challenge grant.