Save KPLU Campaign Update: March 10

Dear Friends,

Thanks to all who attended our community meeting at Bake’s Place in Bellevue on Monday night. It was a packed house and, once again, many of you took the opportunity to raise a hand to volunteer or donate. If you think you can offer a service, a space, or just a little time, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Donna Poppe:


As of today, we have raised nearly $2.3 million! Thank you for your generous donations. If you have not yet joined the cause, go to KPLU.ORG and donate now!

A reminder: If you want to support Save KPLU and attend a fantastic event, then KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass has just the thing for you. Join us NEXT Wednesday March 16th at UW’s Kane Hall for Cliff’s talk, “Weather Forecasting: From Superstition to Supercomputers.” Tickets start at $25 and are going fast, click here to get them.


We know many people are waiting on this status for employer matching gifts. Our application for tax-exempt status has been expedited and is under review by the IRS. Once our status has been determined, we will broadcast the news far and wide. We hope to have an answer within a month.


We are looking for listeners who want to share why KPLU is important to them! These testimonials can be done from your home, or stop by and check out the KPLU studios. Testimonials will be aired on the radio as well as online. Let the public know what KPLU means in YOUR life.

Email for details.


Your generosity is overwhelming us, we can’t stop smiling. Here are some of the events that members of the community are planning on behalf of “Save KPLU.” (If you want to plan an event, you can find all the info on how to do it by downloading the Ambassador Toolkit.)

  • Save KPLU Kitsap Style — Come out to the Dragonfly Theater in Port Orchard for a special screening of Sweet and Lowdown. Saturday March 19th. Doors open at 7, KPLU presentation at 7:45, movie at 8:00! Admission is free, donations are welcome. The owners of The Dragonfly Cinema have graciously donated their time and energy for this Save KPLU fundraiser. Jazz hosts Abe Beeson and Dick Stein will be there! If you have questions, please email the organizers at:
  • Save KPLU Blues Benefit! With Ayron Jones & the Way and JP Hennessy  (featuring John Kessler)  — Friday March 25th at the Twin Dragon Sports Bar in Duvall, WA. Ayron Jones & the Way as well as JP Hennessy will be playing a benefit show, all proceeds will go to saving KPLU. 9pm-1am, 21+, Tickets: $10 in advance, $13 at the door.
  • Save KPLU Benefit at all Mioposto Pizzeria Locations — Mioposto Pizzeria is joining the Save KPLU movement by donating 30% of all their sales to the campaign on Tuesday April 5th. Click here for their locations — and go out and have a slice or two to help Save KPLU!
  • Save KPLU Poulsbo — Historic Downtown Poulsbo will be hosting a day of fundraising to “Save KPLU” on Thursday, April 28th. Participating retailers will have shopping events starting as early as 8:00 am, with the bulk of activities occurring from 5:00 pm on. Tizleys Europub, the Loft at Latitude 47.7 and Sogno di Vino will be featuring special chefs, or themed dinners, each with varying amounts of the evening’s proceeds benefiting “Save KPLU.” Green Light Diner will be hosting a family fun burger night, 110 Lounge will be hosting an Opening Cocktail Hour with jazz, and Slippery Pig will be hosting a Blues Nitecap, with live blues & pints and fundraising opportunities. These event start times vary based on location, but the Opening Cocktail Hour is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. KPLU on-air hosts Robin Lloyd, Mary McCann, Ashley Gross, Gabriel Spitzer and others will be there. Take the day off and hang out with KPLU. Click here for a full rundown of the day’s events.

Events are being added almost every day, please check the KPLU Calendar for all “Save KPLU” events, including community meetings. Our next community meeting is in Bellingham on Saturday March 26th from 2:30 to 4:00 at the Bellingham Public Library, Fairhaven Branch.


We’ve received many checks made out to “KPLU.” A reminder that checks must be made out to “SAVE KPLU” in order to be deposited into the Friends of 88.5 FM account, which is the organization that will buy KPLU.

All checks made out to Save KPLU will be refunded 100% in the unlikely event we do not raise $7 million. Credit card transactions will be refunded minus a 3% credit card processing fee.

Thank you for your support!

— Friends of 88-5 FM