Public Radio station WYSO 91.3 exceeded their fall Fund Drive goal and finished their drive early. The drive had been scheduled to last through Sunday morning October 10, but the $190,000 goal was reached on the Friday night before that, during Rev Cool’s program, “Around the Fringe.”
There were more than 1,100 pledges and twenty five percent of them were new members.
On-air guests included NPR’s Guy Raz, host of “Weekend All Things Considered,” musician Alison Brown, who was in town from Nashville, Tennessee for a performance at the Clark State Performing Arts Center and folksinger and community activist Sy Kahn.
Scores of villagers gave their time answering telephones and matching grant money came from a number of village organizations and individuals, including the Yellow Springs Community Foundation, the Unitarian Universalists of Yellow Springs, a group of Antioch School parents, the Yellow Springs Jewish Men’s Group, the Glen Helen Association board and the WYSO Resource Board.
“We are extremely grateful to Yellow Springs for this outpouring of support,” says WYSO general manager, Neenah Ellis. “So many people volunteered their time to answer phones and pooled their money offer matching grants. We especially love it when people show up in-person to bring in their pledge and that happened every day.”
As of Monday morning, WYSO had raised $201,157.00. Ellis expects that figure to go higher because pledges continue to come in throughout October.
“We have big plans for the future, to make WYSO stronger and to get more local voices on their air. With this kind of support, we’ll get there,” Ellis says.