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KPCC’s Fall Member Drive ended last Friday, and the results are in: KPCC’s audience are some of the most passionate, inspired, and dedicated listeners in southern California and thousands of you came through with a pledge of support. We cannot thank you enough. As we told you so often during the drive, your membership is the strong foundation on which KPCC builds all of its programs that inform, engage, and unite.
But your membership is so much more than a financial contribution because public radio - and KPCC - is different. Not only in our programming and fundraising model, but in our partnership with YOU. As a member, you are a part of the KPCC community. You are a stakeholder. Together, we make this all work – and you are the reason we are here.
Whether you tune-in to be a part of the conversation on AirTalk or Take Two, listen to an in-depth interview on The Frame, attend an event in the Crawford Family Forum, become a source for the Public Insight Network, or get discounts with your Member Benefits card, you are actively engaged in making this community service better and more robust. You make us thrive. You keep us strong so everyone can benefit.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of Southern California Public Radio. Thanks to the support of our loyal and generous listeners, we have achieved some considerable feats together. We have, in this short period of time, become the most listened to public radio station in the country.
In addition to this remarkable mission-driven audience growth, the following is a list of additional achievements made possible thanks to you, our listeners:
- We now boast a broadcast presence that spans throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura Counties, as well as the Inland Empire, Santa Barbara, the Coachella Valley, and Palm Springs.
- We received our fifth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation's largest and most-referenced evaluator of charities, demonstrating that we consistently execute our mission in a fiscally responsible way.
Reporters Annie Gilbertson and Deepa Fernandes celebrate hitting a goal during the June 2015 pledge drive.
Starting today, you will hear many of the people who make Southern California Public Radio possible each day on the air. It's our fall member drive, and we'll be asking you to make a contribution to help make what we do possible (call us at 1-866-888-5722!).
We don't take these interruptions lightly and we've created something new to show you how much we appreciate your support when you give. We call it KPCC Plus, and it's a digital stream that has no interruptions, no fundraising. If you contribute, the pledge drive is over for you. You get a stream for the duration of the on-air fundraiser where you won't hear anyone asking you to give.
If you're a sustaining member, you've already been sent a link by e-mail. If you join now for $5 per month or more, it's yours. You can stream it at home or work. It works within the KPCC iPhone app.
We take tremendous pride in being a member supported news organization. From the dedicated group of hosts, journalists and producers that make our news coverage a reality to the events and town halls we produce out in the community and the digital team that allows us to connect with you through all of your multiple devices.
All of this is made possible by our dedicated and generous community of donors and supporters. We would not be here if it was not for your support through the years. Thank you again for trusting us with your valuable charitable contributions. We are honored to be one of the charities you and your family have chosen to invest in.
We strive to show you our gratitude by continuing to be the very best organization we can be on a daily basis. As a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization, we take our mission seriously: to strengthen the civic and cultural bonds that unite Southern California's diverse communities by providing the highest quality news and information service through radio and other interactive media.
KPCC producer Mary Plummer tries out urban mushing. Here she is with siberian huskies Obi (left) and Leica (right).
We're happy to announce that KPCC's arts education reporter Mary Plummer has a new gig. This week, she joins our politics team as a senior reporter.
In her now role, Mary will be covering the elections, voter turnout and the way political power shapes communities, among other things. As the beat gets underway, Mary would love to hear from you and get your ideas for stories about politics. What do you care about? What makes you mad? What makes you tune out?
Her stories will examine the way politics shape aspects of our everyday lives. Email Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org to stay in touch about political stories and join the conversation. You can also chat with her on Twitter.
“KPCC listeners have been such a vital part of the arts education beat," said Mary. "I hope we can build that same sense of community and momentum with political stories."
Mary has had a remarkable run as KPCC's first arts education reporter. Her most memorable stories weave strong characters and scenes with sharp, accountability reporting. Highlights include her story on the shortcomings within Los Angeles Unified's musical repair shop and the gap between state requirements for arts education and the reality on the ground.