89.7 KMSU FM in Mankato is currently holding its fall pledge drive. Please consider supporting this station with a financial commitment.
KMSU and stations like it are unique in the media landscape. In an environment where media is increasingly homogenized and the content of local airwaves is programmed by corporate offices in distant locales, KMSU is the rare place where local, original content is generated and broadcast. The station serves local businesses, organizations and artists and gives them a unique platform to express their ideas.
This is a very challenging time for independent radio. Although KMSU recieves some funding from Minnesota State University Mankato, the station is expected to generate a portion of its own revenue. In times of economic stress that expectation may become greater as other interests compete for state funding. Across the nation, many colleges and universities are abandoning their radio stations to make ends meet in these challenging economic times. When this happens it isn't just students who lose. It is the entire community.
If you are a listener to this station, or just believe in supporting community radio and local media, please consider making a pledge. You can make on online pledge here or call the station at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810.