Save KPLU Update: June 2

KPLU General Manager Joey Cohn, surrounded by KPLU staff and local media, announced that the Save KPLU campaign has hit its fundraising goal. Photo by Justin Steyer/KPLU

KPLU General Manager Joey Cohn, surrounded by KPLU staff and local media, announced that the Save KPLU campaign has hit its fundraising goal on May 26, 2016. Photo by Justin Steyer/KPLU

Dear Friends,

We can’t say it enough: THANK YOU! The groundswell of community support meant everything. More than 24,000 donations helped us reach our $7 million goal a month early, but we’re not done yet.

NEXT STEPS

Friends of 88.5 FM will now enter into negotiations with Pacific Lutheran University to purchase the license. Once that process is complete, Friends must file with the FCC to transfer ownership of the license — that will take at least 90 days to complete. We expect this process to last through September, perhaps October or November. When it is completed, Friends of 88.5 FM will assume ownership and 88.5 will be an independent station governed by a community-based board of directors. A detailed FAQ about next steps is available here.

SUPPORT

The campaign is officially over, but you can still support Friends of 88.5 FM and help out in a very important way. Any donations made at SaveKPLU.org will go toward the operating budget of the Friends group. As a new organization, having immediate funds is critical. Donations will go towards start up costs, which include IT, HR services, telephones, etc.

Click here to give today.

Thank you for your continued support!

EVENTS

Yes, there are still many Save KPLU events planned; we’re turning these into celebrations! All money raised at remaining events will go to the Friends of 88.5 FM operating budget. All the details for these events are on the KPLU Calendar page.

  • Tonight (June 2): Pearl Django performs at The Majestic on North Forest in Bellingham.
  • June 4: Washington Blues Society presents a Save KPLU fundraiser at the Columbia City Theatre in Seattle. (Robin Lloyd will be there)
  • June 11: Take an Argentine Tango Class and support Save KPLU at Dance Underground in Seattle.
  • June 19: Celebrate Father’s Day and Save KPLU with six outstanding vocalists at the Historic University Theatre in Seattle hosted by Seattle Women in Jazz.
  • June 22: It’s “All Bands on Deck” at The Landing at Tyee on Lake Union in Seattle with great music and complimentary food, wine and specialty spirits.
  • June 24: Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art in Olympia presents a showing of “Jazz on a Summer’s Day,” the acclaimed documentary about the 1959 Newport Jazz Festival.

Thanks for your support!

— Friends of 88.5 FM