Save KPLU Campaign Update: February 18

Dear Friends,

The Save KPLU campaign has raised more than 1.4 million dollars. Thanks for the support! Now, let’s keep it going! Donate now.

Here are some other ways you can help:


The first Save KPLU community meeting is TONIGHT! It starts at 7:00 p.m. at Courthouse Square, 1102 A St, in downtown Tacoma. It’s a chance for you to hear the latest from KPLU General Manager Joey Cohn, meet KPLU personalities and to ask questions about the campaign. We’ll have lots of information about what you can do to raise awareness in the community. Hope to see a big turnout in the 2-5-3!

At tonight’s community meeting we will distribute “Ambassador Toolkits” — a packet of info with our budget, talking points for Save KPLU, instructions for hosting an event and details on what it means to be a community license. We will make those available tomorrow at KPLU.ORG as a downloadable PDF.

We’re excited to announce our next round of community meetings:

Saturday, March 26, 2:30-4 p.m.
Bellingham Public Library, Fairhaven Branch Auditorium
More info

Wednesday, April 13, 7-8:30 p.m.
The Heritage Room
More info

A big thanks to KAOS in Olympia for helping to set up our meeting there. It is part of their “Tea & Talk” series, and is open to all who are interested in the Save KPLU campaign. KAOS has been running public service announcements for us — a big giant THANKS for all their help.

We have more meetings planned, including Bellevue and Seattle. More info as we have it.

We are also planning a one-hour live-streamed Q&A with KPLU General Manager Joey Cohn, Director of Development Mary Dunaway, and Director of Content Matt Martinez. Details are still being worked out.


We mentioned in previous updates that we had a big Cliff Mass fundraiser coming up, and now we have all the details:

Cliff Mass presents “Weather Forecasting: Humanity’s Greatest Achievement?” A Fundraiser for Save KPLU
March 16, 7:30 p.m.
Kane Hall, University of Washington
Tickets on sale now at

Event Description: Cliff will talk about the evolution of weather prediction from ancient times to the present, outlining the transition of weather forecasting from a subjective art to a rigorous application of physics that applies the most powerful computers on the planet, networks of satellites, radars and complex observing systems, and simulation models involving millions of lines of code. The event will be introduced by KPLU Environment Reporter Bellamy Pailthorp, who’ll also moderate a Q&A with Cliff following his presentation.

And save the date for a blowout jazz fundraiser hosted by Jazz Alley in Seattle:

Monday, April 25, 7-9 p.m.

Featuring Pearl Django, Gail Pettis, Greta Matassa, Thomas Marriott, Anton Schwartz, Lance Buller and Dave Peck.

Ticket info coming soon.


We now take car donations! If you want to donate a car, RV, truck, motorcycle or boat, CLICK HERE. Your donation will help support the Save KPLU Campaign.

Thanks so much for your support!

Friends of 88-5 FM