“This was our first one-day fundraising campaign,” said Hawkins, “and we took in as many calls in one day as we usually would in seven days. We had an incredible day – it was the most astounding amount of money ever raised!” she said.
Nearly 60 WSU and community volunteers braved the weather on March 27 to help answer pledge phones in the new School of Communication call center. Some had driven from as far away as Wenatchee and Soap Lake. Technical support was provided by faculty and staff from both the School of Communication and Educational and Public Media.
“We heard from our audience that they would prefer shorter fund-raising drives, so we decided to take a chance on a one-day fund drive,” said Roger Johnson, station manager at NWPR. “The response from our listeners was phenomenal.”
“As to plans for future drives, we are hoping this is a trend,” said Hawkins.
Those who still want to contribute to the drive may do so ONLINE @ www.nwpr.org or by calling (800) 842-8991.
Northwest Public Radio is a 13-station regional network operated as a public service of Washington State University.