Save KPLU Campaign Update: May 5

Dear Friends,

You made history! You helped us set a GiveBIG record by raising $1,456,076 for Save KPLU! Thank you to the 7,609 donors who made this possible. We now have $5,677,187.61 toward our goal of $7 million!

Your gift now is still critical; we have eight weeks left to raise the remaining $1.3 million to make 88.5 independent. Thank you for your support!


Part of what’s made this campaign so successful is the community. You have donated, volunteered and organized events to help make this happen.

Thanks to all for coming out to support the station. If you haven’t been able to make an event — there’s still time to show your KPLU spirit!

May is filled with Save KPLU events. An updated list is at the KPLU Calendar, which includes:

  • May 9, 7 p.m. at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley: Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra (SWOJO), vocalist Gail Pettis and the student group 10 O’Clock Quartet celebrate women in jazz to Save KPLU!
  • May 11, 7-11 p.m. at The Swiss Pub in Tacoma: Save KPLU Blues Fundraiser featuring Maia Santell and House Blend, the Billy Shew Band and the John Hodgkin Group.
  • May 14, 7 p.m. at the Museum of Flight: An Evening with Former NASA Astronaut Dr. Stephen Robinson —“This Side of Impossible: Achieving the Dream of Flight.”
  • May 16, 5:30 p.m. at the SPARK Museum of Electrical Invention in Bellingham: Save KPLU with “Harleys and All That Jazz,” a one-woman show by KPLU’s Mary McCann.
  • May 18, 7:30-9 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle: KPLU’s Sound Effect Live: “A Friend in Need” with author Tom Robbins, Seattle photographer Tim Durkan, singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson, Seattle writer/critic Melanie McFarland and music from Northwest jazz artists Bandalabra (Skerik, Andy Coe, D’Vonne Lewis and Evan Flory-Barnes).
  • May 23, 7 p.m. at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma: An evening with the Cast of (KPLU’s) BirdNote.

— Friends of 88-5 FM