Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM’s Spring 2015 Fund Drive is underway, featuring a collaboration with local artist Paul Cordes Wilm.
Wilm has created a custom and public radio-inspired design for the station emphasizing Alabama’s connection to the world and the world’s connection to Alabama through WBHM. Wilm says the initial inspiration for his Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM came from the children’s game “telephone” in which one person whispers a message to another, which is passed through a line of people until the last player announces the message to the entire group.
“It started there, but then I also like the idea of information being cyclical, something that’s continuously shared and passed on. Public radio is a simple and yet very powerful tool. I wanted images that echoed that notion.” The art will be featured on a glass given as a thank-you gift from the station for contributions of $90 or more.
The Spring 2015 Fund Drive will be the first of only two drives this year. Listener support is WBHM’s chief source of funding, and the station’s goal is to raise $250,000 during this campaign. Different this year is that once the station makes its goal, it will stop the fund drive.
“We are committed to more programming and less on-air fundraising, but we can only do it with the community’s help,” says Scott Hanley, WBHM’s general manager. “10% is our mantra this spring – 10% more new members and current members who increase their support by 10%. You’d be amazed the great things that can be accomplished with just 10% more.”
In addition to listener donations, the station also receives significant funding the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, various grants, business underwriting and donations of vehicles. Donations may be made in advance and during the drive by calling 800-444-9246 or online.
Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM, a listener-supported service of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is “Your NPR News Station” and home to the Alabama Radio Reading Service, a resource for the blind and print-impaired. WBHM programming and award-winning regional journalism also can be heard in North Central Alabama on WSGN 91.5 FM through a partnership with Gadsden State Community College. Listen and give online at WBHM.org and follow the station at WBHM903 on Twitter and Facebook.