The response we received from our community during our first, three-day pledge drive was incredible. To date with pledges still coming in the drive has raised $3,547.
Support came in many forms besides money–visits to the station, chats with people about Radio Tierra, all added up to show that the community is on board.
“I would say our first pledge drive was a success on many fronts,” says Station Manager Paty Baum. “Thanks to those who participated! Thanks for your support.”
Humberto Calderon started the pledge drive each day at 7:00 a.m. When he left at 9:30 a.m., others stepped up and got behind the mic, including DJ’s, programmers, staff and board members: DJs Don Beto, Leticia Valle, Alejandro Aguilera, Eli, Debo Dinero, DJ Sur, and our newest DJ and board member Juan Reyes. Gale Arnold, Paty Baum and Susan Hess also took a turn.
People brought donations to the station throughout the days: including a brother and sister from the MVES in Odell. Cesar is a third grader in Sarah Christensen’s class. He participated in the Radio Tierra’s Day of the Dead program. The siblings said they wished there was more children’s programming, and both would like to participate!
On Sunday morning, during Humberto’s show, father and son Aurelio and Jose Gonzales were two of several who came in out of the cold with a donation for songs Humberto auctioned off Saturday night.
A woman who came by to pay her pledge, wanted more programming about how women can better themselves, both professionally and personally.
Another woman expressed interest in having more information about resources available for victims of domestic violence.
Humberto interviewed Paty and Gale on-air on Saturday about their experiences in Mexico, which added another dimension to the rich life experiences of our board and staff.