Save KPLU Campaign Update: February 4

As of today, you’ve helped us raise $1.1 million! This is HUGE — thanks for your support of an independent voice for news, information and jazz & blues. With your help, we are well on our way to purchase KPLU from Pacific Lutheran University. And if you haven’t pledged yet, please visit the Save KPLU page and show your support.

Some big updates today:


We are working on many, many community events and fundraisers. Expect to hear quite a bit from us about how you can attend. Today we’re excited to announce our first community meetup. It’s your chance to hear directly from us and to ask us any questions you have about the campaign.

The first Save KPLU meetup will be in Tacoma on Thursday, February 18th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Courthouse Square, Tacoma (the old Tacoma Post Office Building) 1102 A Street.

The meetup is free. You’ll hear from General Manager Joey Cohn and Director of Content Matt Martinez about the campaign so far. KPLU personalities and news staff will be on hand, too. We are working on setting up our second event in Seattle. We’re also scheduling meetups around the region. We’ll let you know those dates ASAP.

We’ve confirmed our first fundraising event. It will feature the one and only Cliff Mass. Many of you know Cliff from his Friday weather chats with KPLU’s Bellamy Pailthorp.

Hold the date for a Q&A with Cliff and Bellamy called, “Weather Forecasting: Humanity’s Greatest Achievement?” Wednesday, March 16, 7:30-9:00 p.m. at the University of Washington’s Kane Hall.

Ticket info coming soon. We expect this to be a sell-out event, so keep your eye’s peeled for a ticket announcement.

Many of you have asked about throwing your own fundraising concert or house party. We are all in favor of it! All we ask is that you let us know about it so we can show up! We’ll try to get as many people out to help you.


KPLU’s GM Joey Cohn has asked Keith Seinfeld and Gayle McIntosh to serve on the Friends of 88-5 FM Board of Directors. We are happy to announce they have accepted:

  • Keith Seinfeld is a communications specialist for Public Health — Seattle & King County. Previously, during a 20-year journalism career, he became a familiar voice to KPLU listeners as a reporter on the KPLU news team, covering the environment and science & health beats. He also served as KPLU’s Assistant News Director. In 2007, he was awarded a prestigious one-year Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Gayle McIntosh is the Executive Director of Communications for the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. She’s held that position since 2003. Before arriving at Puget Sound, she served as the Director of Communications for KCTS 9 in Seattle. She was also the Manager of Foundation Relations for KETC-TV in St. Louis, and before that the Creative Services Manager for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. She brings a wealth of communication experience and a strong voice for the South Sound.

Welcome to both Keith and Gayle! They join Joey Cohn, Stephen Tan and Claire Grace on the Friends of 88-5 board.


Our next big project is assembling what we’re calling, “Ambassador Toolkits.” It’ll be a packet of things you can do to get the word out, engage your neighbors and generally show your support for 88.5.

If you want to volunteer services or offer a venue for an event, please drop us a line at with the subject line, EVENT or VOLUNTEER.

Thanks for your support. We’re well on our way!

All our best, Friends of 88-5 FM