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Save KPLU Supporters Give Big and Make History
(Seattle-Tacoma, WA) The SAVE KPLU campaign has so far raised a whopping $1.2 million during GiveBIG—setting a new all-time record for the Seattle Foundation’s annual online charitable giving event. Over 5,500 generous donors contributed to SAVE KPLU during GiveBIG.
Currently the total raised for the SAVE KPLU campaign is well over $5 million from 16,282 donations. SAVE KPLU is in the home stretch to make its goal of raising $7 million by June 30, and becoming an independent station.
"The SAVE KPLU campaign is all about the community,” says Joey Cohn, KPLU General Manager and head of the Friends of 88-5 FM community group, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. “The community has made this opportunity happen and the community will make it a success. Thousands of people all over our region are supporting the campaign to save KPLU and transition it into an independent station. Thank you to everyone who has made a gift so far! We have eight weeks to raise $2 million.” Donations to the SAVE KPLU campaign can be made at kplu.org.
On April 26, the Friends of 88-5 FM submitted a Letter of Intent to purchase KPLU from Pacific Lutheran University. Under the principal terms of the offer, KPLU would retain its award-winning 16-person independent, local newsroom; a 12-person jazz and blues music staff; and Jazz24, a 24-hour high-definition streaming service that reaches 100,000 weekly listeners around the world. The station would also continue a longstanding commitment to local music education, including the widely acclaimed School of Jazz that pairs leading jazz professionals with local middle and high school jazz bands. In addition, the Letter of Intent to purchase KPLU's license calls for 88.5 to continue to operate out of the Martin J. Neeb Center, a broadcast facility on the Pacific Lutheran University campus built specifically for KPLU and funded by KPLU listeners and supporters (exact timeframe to be determined).