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April 29 is Save KPLU Day in Tacoma

(Seattle-Tacoma, WA)  A big show of support for the Save KPLU campaign comes from the City of Tacoma and Mayor Marilyn Strickland with a proclamation designating April 29, 2016 as Save KPLU Day in Tacoma. 

On Tuesday, April 19 the proclamation was read by Deputy Mayor Ryan Mello at a meeting of the Tacoma City Council and presented to Joey Cohn, KPLU General Manager, who made a brief statement.  Cohn is also head of the Friends of 88-5 FM group which is raising $7 million to make 88.5 an independent, community-licensed station.  He was joined at the meeting by KPLU Director of Content (and Save KPLU Project Manager) Matt Martinez, and KPLU Midday Jazz host Robin Lloyd. 


Cohn says, “KPLU has been broadcasting from Tacoma for nearly 50 years. Our listeners are proud that KPLU is part of the South Sound community, covering stories that are unique to Tacoma and supporting the growing arts and culture scene.  Our sincere thanks to Mayor Marilyn Strickland and the Tacoma City Council for this wonderful proclamation.”


The outpouring of community support for Save KPLU has been overwhelming, especially among South Sound listeners with several individuals, groups and businesses organizing their own fundraisers and attending Save KPLU community meetings.  The Save KPLU Day proclamation notes the longevity of KPLU’s service to Tacoma and all of Western Washington, including 32 years providing award-winning regional and national news, world-class jazz at 88.5 and the all-jazz web service Jazz24, and blues music. 


There will be a celebration for Save KPLU Day in Tacoma on April 29 at 6 p.m. at B Sharp Coffee House (706 Opera Alley) with complimentary cake.  Local favorite, jazz vocalist Greta Matassa performs at 8 p.m.


The Save KPLU campaign has raised $4 million—another major milestone on the way to its goal of bringing in $7 million by June 30.  The community group Friends of 88-5 FM is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, so all donations made to the SAVE KPLU campaign at kplu.org are tax-deductible and eligible for employer matching programs.


Friends of 88-5 FM launched its fundraising campaign on Monday, January 11, 2016.  The campaign needs to raise $7 million, which matches the amount of the current deal between Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington. (One million dollars in in-kind underwriting for PLU over 10 years is also part of the deal.)


A purchase of the license by the Friends of 88.5 FM means that the station will become independent with oversight from a governing board. KPLU’s award-winning, independent news department will remain intact, allowing for greater, in-depth local news coverage in the Puget Sound region. In addition, NPR programming will continue, as will the award-winning jazz and blues, including weekly live performances, and the station’s support of jazz education through local high schools and colleges.



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