This Wednesday, April 20th will mark the start of KMSU’s annual Spring Pledge Drive. It’s one of only two times during the year where we reach out to our listeners for donations to help keep this special little station afloat through uncertain times. Over the past couple of years, KMSU’s generous listeners have helped pay for a brand new transmitter in order to send out a strong and reliable signal into southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. The success of these recent pledge drives was a resounding affirmation of the community’s belief in what the station is doing and the unique role it serves. Our goal of raising $35,000 this time around is going towards our continued efforts to expand and diversify our programming options and our visibility in the community and online, while simply keeping up with the ever-increasing operational costs that comes the station’s way throughout the course of the year.
On Thursday, April 21 (and again on the 28th, if necessary), Free Form Freakout will be live on the air at 2:00 p.m. (C.S.T.) doing our part to encourage you to make a pledge to this station that we value so much. KMSU is offering a variety of thank-you gifts for those that make a donation at different pledge amounts, all of which can be viewed on the KMSU website. As always, though, Free Form Freakout will also have a few exclusive items available during our time slot.
Kendra Steiner Editions, the terrific San Antonio-based D.I.Y. publisher of contemporary poetry and experimental music, have generously offered to donate bundles of their latest CD-R releases for anyone that donates $25 or more during the Free Form Freakout show on Thursday. There is a limited supply of these, but what you’ll get is a copy of their fantastic new KSE 10th Anniversary compilation that includes tracks from heavy-hitting roster staples like Matt Krefting, Derek Rogers, Rambutan, Graham Lambkin, Ernesto Diaz-Infante and more. You’ll also get a handpicked selection of four additional titles to flesh out this bundle deal. So, let’s break that down again: you make a $25 pledge; you get 5 CD-Rs from one of the best, no bullshit experimental labels around. It’s as simple as that. But wait, there’s more . . .