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Murrow College to launch new jazz radio station
October 29, 2013

PULLMAN, Wash. – A new jazz radio station honoring the legacy of broadcast pioneer J. Elroy McCaw will go on the air at Washington State University’s Murrow College of Communication on Nov. 1.

NWPR launches Super Thursday campaign
October 20, 2009

PULLMAN – Northwest Public Radio is asking listeners to pledge an entire membership campaign’s worth of funds in one day: Thursday, Oct. 22.


The goal is 2,500 pledges from listeners in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and British Columbia. This will be the fourth one-day drive in Northwest Public Radio’s history.


As of 10:30 a.m., the campaign was off to a good start, according to Mary Hawkins, NWPR program director. “We’ve received 1,050 calls toward our Super Thursday goal, and going strong.”


“Membership campaigns have traditionally been seven to ten days … » More …

Northwest Public Radio hosts “StoryCorps”
April 6, 2009

PULLMAN — StoryCorps, a national initiative to document the voices of Americans, will be in Wenatchee from June 4 through June 27 to collect conversations between residents of North Central Washington. The project is sponsored by Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort and KOHO Radio.

The StoryCorps mobile StoryBooth — an Airstream trailer outfitted with a recording studio — will be parked in front of the Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee at 123 North Wenatchee Avenue. 

At the MobileBooth, interviews are conducted between two people who know and care about each other – often family members or friends. A … » More …

Northwest Public Radio raises $260,000 in one day
October 27, 2008

PULLMAN–Despite the economy, a fire alarm and time constraints, Northwest Public Radio staff and volunteers took 2,400 pledges from listeners in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and British Columbia for a total of $260,000 in just one day of on-air fundraising Thursday. More calls are expected in the next few days.


“We expect to make our goal of 2,500 pledges by early next week. Public radio listeners are so incredibly loyal, even in hard economic times”, said Rita Brown, development director. “We received phone call after phone call from people who gave us money and thanked us for bringing them the … » More …

NWPR’s fundraiser proves record breaking
March 31, 2008

After months of planning for a one-day Northwest Public Radio fund drive, Mary Hawkins awoke with serious doubts about pulling it off. Campus phone lines had been down the day before and an icy blizzard had blown through eastern Washington during the night.


With drifting snow and closed highways, Hawkins, liaison between Educational Public Media and the School of Communication, was worried volunteers might not make it to WSU to help answer phones. But they did. And the results were a record 2,456 callers and $266,720 pledged.

“This was our first one-day fundraising … » More …

Pledge support sought; drive ends today
October 17, 2007

Photo: local “All Things Considered” host Sueann Ramella (right), Mary Hawkins, NWPR program director (left).


The intermittent chirp of ringing phones could be heard throughout Northwest Public Radio studios on the WSU Pullman campus Wednesday as NWPR’s fall pledge drive continued.


The fundraiser is expected to raise more than $240,000. It began Oct. 13 and will run through Thursday, Oct. 17.

Individual giving represents 37 percent of NWPR’s budget. For a look at NWPR financial picture, go to, Donations to NWPR can be given by phone at 1-800-842-8991 or online at

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New NWPR station airs in Lewis County
August 27, 2007

PULLMAN– Northwest Public Radio, the public broadcasting service of Washington State University,received approval from the Federal Communications Commission for a new public radio station in Lewis County. The station’s FM signal will also serve portions of Thurston, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties.

The call letters of the new station will be KSWS. It will broadcast a 1,000-watt signal at 88.9 FM from a transmitter which will be located near Chehalis and Centralia. The station will not have local studios.

KSWS will broadcast Northwest Public Radio’s “NPR News” schedule, a service that includes programs such as “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” “Fresh Air,” “Talk of … » More …

Auction for public radio takes to cyberspace
December 2, 2005

WSU’s Northwest Public Radio is procuring items and services from businesses for its first-ever online auction, Feb. 3-12, to contribute to the operations of the university’s public radio service. Using the website to auction items of interest to the station’s audience was a logical extension to help with fund raising and to engage the audience, organizers said.The theme for the auction includes four categories: art, food, travel and wine. Businesses that contribute items or services will have a photo of their donated item(s) with a description and link to their website posted on the Northwest Public Radio Web site,“We’re just trying to test … » More …

NPR’s ombudsman to discuss journalism coverage surrounding Katrina
October 5, 2005

Washington State University’s Northwest Public Radio will welcome National Public Radio Ombudsman Jeffrey Dvorkin to campus Nov. 3 when he will discuss the journalism coverage surrounding Hurricane Katrina.”American Journalism Pre- and Post-Katrina” will be the topic of Dvorkin’s presentation, set for 7:30 p.m. in the Murrow Addition Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. He is also scheduled to visit WSU and University of Idaho classrooms earlier in the day.As ombudsman, Dvorkin is the public’s representative to National Public Radio, serving as an independent source of information, explanation, amplification and analysis for the public regarding NPR’s programming. His duties include receiving, investigating, … » More …

Northwest Public Radio adds translator in Wenatchee area
October 4, 2005

Radio listeners in the Wenatchee area now have a new option for listening to Northwest Public Radio, the public radio service of Washington State University.Northwest Public Radio recently added a new translator at 90.3, which carries the network’s NPR News service. Programs heard on the NPR News service include “The Diane Rehm Show,” “Talk of the Nation,” “Marketplace,” “The World” and the BBC World Service.The cost of the project was about $10,000, said Roger Johnson, station manager for Northwest Public Radio. Contributions to date include $1,000 from the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center. However, Northwest Public Radio is still short of covering the cost of the … » More …