WSIE (88.7 FM) will be conducting an on-air fund drive next month starting at 4:00 p.m. Friday, December 13 and continuing with occasional scheduled breaks until 4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 15.
The station, which broadcasts jazz to the St. Louis metropolitan area and online from its home on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, will offer premium items for pledges at various levels. This time, the premiums will include WSIE-branded items such as beverage tumblers and desk clocks, as well as CDs from the St. Louis-based MAXJAZZ label, plus Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock releases from the Legacy label.
Various special guests also will be on air during the weekend, encouraging listeners to pledge and visiting with host Dick Ulett, news coordinator Peter Bradley, and station general manager Greg Conroy. Those scheduled to check in so far include MAXJAZZ head Rich McDonnell, musicians and concert promoters Mike and Rob Silverman; jazz photographer Roscoe Crenshaw; and SIUE Chancellor Julie Furst-Bowe, with more being booked at this writing.
Proceeds from the fund drive will benefit the station’s equipment and operating funds. Though undisclosed concerns caused the station to shut down a recent Indie-Go-Go campaign that had been intended to raise funds for a new transmitter, that need remains pressing, as the current transmitter is the original unit deployed when the station debuted back in 1970. Other potential uses for the funds include audio system component upgrades and music library enhancements.
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