A big show of support for the Save KPLU campaign comes from the city of Tacoma and Mayor Marilyn Strickland with a proclamation designating April 29, 2016 as Save KPLU Day in Tacoma.
On Tuesday, April 19 the proclamation was read by Deputy Mayor Ryan Mello at a meeting of the Tacoma City Council and presented to Joey Cohn, KPLU General Manager, who made a brief statement. Cohn is also head of the Friends of 88-5 FM group which is raising $7 million to make 88.5 an independent, community-licensed station. He was joined at the meeting by KPLU Director of Content (and Save KPLU Project Manager) Matt Martinez, and KPLU Midday Jazz host Robin Lloyd.
“KPLU has been broadcasting from Tacoma for nearly 50 years. Our listeners are proud that KPLU is part of the South Sound community, covering stories that are unique to Tacoma and supporting the growing arts and culture scene,” said Cohn. “Our sincere thanks to Mayor Marilyn Strickland and the Tacoma City Council for this wonderful proclamation.”
The outpouring of community support for Save KPLU has been overwhelming, especially among South Sound listeners, with several individuals, groups and businesses organizing their own fundraisers and attending Save KPLU community meetings. The Save KPLU Day proclamation notes the longevity of KPLU’s service to Tacoma and all of Western Washington, including 32 years providing award-winning regional and national news, world-class jazz at 88.5 and the all-jazz web service Jazz24, and blues music.
There will be a celebration for Save KPLU Day in Tacoma on April 29 at 6 p.m. at B Sharp Coffee House (706 Opera Alley) with complimentary cake. Local favorite, jazz vocalist Greta Matassa performs at 8 p.m.