Listener support helps WRCJ to successful fall membership drive
Listeners of WRCJ 90.9 FM have demonstrated that classical and jazz deserves a place on Detroit radio. On Sunday, the final day of the station's Fall Membership Drive, the listener-supported public radio station reached its goal with pledges totaling $226,000, even with the area's long suffering economy and a recently plunging stock market.
WRCJ president Rich Homberg commented that listeners have "made it clear how much they value the programming on WRCJ. Every penny of the donations will be put to the best possible use as we preserve and build on this treasured classical and jazz music service that is like no other in Detroit. We think those who make it possible are pretty special, too."
WRCJ's membership campaign remains open. Make your secure contribution by visiting wrcjfm.org or by calling (866) 909-9725.
Michigan Radio completes successful fall membership drive
Michigan Radio (WUOM FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM FM 91.1 Flint), the public radio service of the University of Michigan, finished what it considers a very successful fall membership drive last Friday. The on-air fundraiser, which ran from October 17 - 24, generated over 7400 pledges totaling more than $770,000 from donors across southern Michigan and northern Ohio. Of that, over 3400 pledges came from first time donors to the station, a new all-time high, and a 38% increase in new donors compared to a year ago.
Overall, the fall 2008 membership drive's success amounts to a 16 percent increase in total contributions over last fall's campaign. The money raised helps pay for programming costs at the station, with membership support being the single largest source of income.
Contributions during the 2008 fall on-air membership drive came from different sources, with over $200,000 generated from people making a donation through the station's website, and more than $570,000 from listeners calling in a pledge to phone volunteers.
The success of the membership drive was particularly noteworthy since Michigan Radio tried an innovative approach compared to many stations, and actually decreased the amount of fundraising hours by more than 20% compared to previous membership drives. The station was responding to listener requests to reduce the amount of on-air fundraising, and eliminated fundraising breaks entirely during many weekday and weekend programs.
"Because we were able to achieve our goals in fewer hours, our hope is that we can continue this trend the next time around," said Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. "We're very gratified that particularly in these challenging economic times, our audience continues to value our service enough to support it with their dollars."
Fox Sports Detroit 'Plus' channel ready to kick off its 2008-09 broadcast schedule
Starting with Wednesday's Detroit Red Wings - Anaheim Ducks hockey game, Fox Sports Plus will be airing a number of Wings and Detroit Pistons contests through the spring of 2009. Tomorrow's Red Wings game will be televised on Fox Sports PLUS with coverage beginning at 9:30 PM.
Fox Sports Detroit offers select Red Wings, Pistons, Tigers, CCHA and MHSAA telecasts on Fox Sports PLUS when the network has dual events scheduled for an overlapping time period. Most cable and satellite providers have allocated an alternate channel to accommodate the Fox Sports PLUS telecasts.
Below is the list of Fox Sports PLUS channel numbers for Wednesday's Red Wings game, as designated by the cable/satellite operators:
9:30 pm - RED WINGS LIVE
10:00 pm - Red Wings at Anaheim
Postgame - RED WINGS LIVE
DISH NETWORK 450
ACR AUBURN HILLS 64
ALLENDALE COMMUNICATIONS 56
AT&T U-VERSE 738
BRIGHT HOUSE NETWORKS 77
BROADSTRIPE 18, 19 or 97
BUCKEYE CABLEVISION 8 or 13
CEBRIDGE Channel varies by location
CITY OF NEGAUNEE 51
COLDWATER CATV 95
D&P CABLE 21
EDWARD ROSE PROPERTIES 3
PARISH COMMUNICATIONS 24, 26, 97 or 98
VOGTMANN ENGINEERING 97
WYANDOTTE MUNICIPAL 17