(ALBANY, NY OCTOBER 2012) — WAMC Northeast Public Radio ended another successful fund drive, raising over one million dollars in just under 11 days. Specifically, a total of 1,002,255 was raised from phone and online pledges coming in from the communities we serve and online from as far away as Germany.
“The love and devotion people have for this radio station never ceases to amaze me,” said Alan Chartock, WAMC Northeast Public Radio's President and CEO. “Everyone, and I mean everyone, who helps WAMC survive, through pledging, donating, meals, and volunteering, are all beyond wonderful and we personally say thank you to each of you.”
The on-air fund drive began at 6 a.m. on Monday, October 1, 2012. Dedicated WAMC members called in and pledged on-line all day and into the night to help reach the daily and hourly goals and eventually our fund drive goal. Many friends and business of the station stepped up with challenge pledges to help increase the amount of money raised in a day part. As always, we welcomed new members into the family this drive as well.
In addition to all the people who pledged during the on-air drive, hundreds of impassioned volunteers, also members, from all over the WAMC listening area answered phones, donating their time at the station’s Albany studios from 6 am to 9 pm every day. Many volunteers of WAMC are fund drive veterans who dedicate their time and energy year after year to support the station that has become part of their daily lives. They look forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, and re-connecting with the staff.
WAMC also thanks the hundreds of regional businesses and organizations who donated items, services, and food to the drive, happily caring for and feeding all who helped in the effort. WAMC’s fund drives are never possible without the combined efforts of all the contributing sponsors and supporters. All of the items donated are appreciated and received with much gratitude. For a listing of supporters, visit online at http://www.wamc.org/.
WAMC’s fund drives help support the station’s award-winning local and regional reporting, membership to NPR and network programming as well as all of the station’s other day-to-day operations.