Well, kiddos. It is that MAGICAL time of the (half) year when KMUW alters its normal schedule, pushes that HORRIBLE "The Writer's Almanac" back a few minutes and politely asks that the listeners of Wichita public radio (aka "Your Connection to the World") get out their checkbooks, debit cards, cash, change, last wills and testaments, and tax defer-ables and GIVES to the station that loves you most.
Now - I'm a HUGE lover of public radio. I listen to 89.1 FM on my Stitcher app, in my shower, in my car, and at my desk MOST of the day. When I'm not streaming the station - I'm listening to podcasts of other NPR (and other contributing organization) shows. I have converted listeners from the dark, dark doldrums of commercial radio and I have made those who believed public radio to be for "hippies, elitists, the over-educated, and the boring" in to elite, over-educated, boring hippies. And I can do the same for you.
I know what you're thinking - I don't have the money to give to KMUW. Poppy-cock! Can you afford $10/month? Yes you can. Can you afford $40 in a lump sum? I'll bet you could. The truth? Can you write a check for $5MM? Yes, Charles Koch you CAN (and SHOULD). There is NO amount of money that is too much or too little (disclaimer - I give $125/campaign - just enough to get my tea mug each drive BUT I beg everyone I know to give, too). And that is where YOU, dear reader, come in.
It is time for Seandraising (it is fundraising but you bump out the first syllable to Sean vs. fun and you give my cleverness its due). That means YOU donate and I take the heat and/or do "stuff" in exchange. Last drive's campaign was almost TOO successful, frankly. I had some good fortune, a few new benefactors and some mis-calculations that drove me along.
Here is what we're pledging for . . .
FINAL (5/6 at 9:45 PM CT) - Wellllll math was never my strong suit so I re-crunched the numbers and we ended lower than I thought. I need to add one last pledge amount but we are otherwise totaled out at $4,606. I could not be more appreciative of the response to this challenge and I am humbled at your generosity. THANK YOU!
New rules this drive - you must still DM me through Twitter (@seancamore), message me through Facebook (yawn), hit me up on Google+ (that's the ticket) or e-mail or text me to tell me how much you gave (not pledged - GAVE) and matching funds do NOT count. Just what you give (unless you ARE the match in the matching funds at which point . . . game on).
I'll update the totals as we go and when we hit each goal I'll do one of those happy dances that only obese, middle-aged, white men can do.
So - let's DO this. Let's make Seandraising 2014 a HUGE success. We can be HEROES, people.