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WUIS-WIPA membership campaign sets record pledge levels

October 26, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Nearly 1,000 listeners of public radio WUIS 91.9 FM-WIPA 89.3 FM participated in the station's recently concluded membership drive, pledging more than $117,000 in support this fall.

The drive culminated in an eight-day, on-air campaign, reaching its goal of $115,000 one day before the deadline. Station Manager Bill Wheelhouse also noted that 184 listeners joined WUIS-WIPA as first-time members during the drive.

"Listener support pays for more than 30 percent of our program costs, so it's vital," said. Wheelhouse. "It's support from our listeners that keeps public radio an independent source for news and music that isn't available anywhere else locally. We're thankful for the community's support."

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Public Radio WUIS

Founded in 1975 as WSSR, WUIS is non-profit public radio broadcast as a service of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The station's annual operating budget is approximately $1 million. Of that, listener and business support provides about half, while support from UIS accounts for nearly 20 percent. Grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and other sources also play key roles the station's operations.

WUIS is affiliated with NPR, American Public Media, and Public Radio International. More information about the station, including a complete program schedule, is available at www.wuis.org.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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