The Hockey Show can go wire-to-wire in an hour with no commercial interruptions because we're not obligated to specific advertising times. It also means that we have to find alternate ways of funding the station's various needs such as maintenance, upgrades, and the obvious bills such as electricity and heat.
To do this, we run Pledge-O-Rama for a week with the hopes of attaining a specific goal or more to help our cause. Pledge-O-Rama's intake is usually about 15-20% of UMFM's annual budget, so you can see that (a) we run on a pretty economical budget and (b) we really rely on our listeners to help us out when it comes to our pledge drive. However, we don't just send you off empty-handed once you've decided to donate. We can do tax receipts for your generous donation, but we have a pretty solid collection of incentive level rewards and you are eligible for these depending on how much you decide to pledge to UMFM. The list includes:
- $25 – UMFM Friends With Benefits Card, UMFM Frisbee, Transmissions From UMFM 101.5 2015 CD
- $60 – UMFM FwB Card, UMFM Frisbee, Transmissions CD, UMFM Coffee Mug
- $75 – UMFM FwB Card, UMFM Frisbee, Transmissions CD, UMFM T-shirt
- $101.50 – UMFM FwB Card, UMFM Frisbee, Transmissions CD, UMFM Mug, and YOUR CHOICE of a UMFM T-shirt, a UMFM Toque OR UMFM Scarf
- $120 – UMFM FwB Card, UMFM Frisbee, Transmissions CD, UMFM Mug, and a UMFM Toque-Scarf Combo
- $180 – UMFM FwB Card, UMFM Frisbee, Transmissions CD, UMFM Coffee Mug, UMFM T-shirt, UMFM Toque/UMFM Scarf Combo, 1 entry into the Golden Ticket Draw!
- $250 – 2 UMFM FwB Cards, 2 UMFM Frisbees, 2 Transmissions CDs, 2 UMFM Mugs, 2 UMFM T-shirts, 2 UMFM Toque-Scarf Combos, a UMFM Faculty Of Sound Sweatshirt, and 3 entries into our Golden Ticket draws!
But say you're eyeing a couple of t-shirts, right? If you pledge $101.50 or more, we'll let you build your own incentive package based upon how much you donate! In other words, you could end up with a Faculty Of Sound t-shirt in your prize pack instead of the Golden Ticket entries because you put down $180. Not bad, right? We're pretty easy-going folks, so let's make a deal if you see something you want. Or want multiples of a prize.
Now you might be saying, "Yeah, but Teebz, I live outside of Winnipeg." No problem-o, I say, because we have an online donation form where you can donate! Yes, we will still send you the incentives even though you may be outside of our broadcasting range. The online stream on UMFM reaches all parts of this planet, and we sent incentive packages as far away as Japan and Germany last year! Alternatively, you can leave us a message at 204-474-6610 or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and one of our Smooth Phone Operators will get back to you ASAP! And you're always welcome to come down to the station during Pledge-O-Rama to pledge your support in person - we'd love to meet you!
Beans and I will go over all of the Pledge-O-Rama stuff tonight, and we'll be giving something away to get someone ready for the big event. On top of that, we'll preview the Jets and Bruins who kick things off at 6pm in Boston tonight and we'll update you on the game throughout the show. We'll talk about the opening games last night, Raffi Torres' suspension, the opening weekend to the Bisons women's hockey season, the Moose opening their campaign in Toronto tomorrow, and more!
Tune your radio dial in the Winnipeg region to 101.5 FM or you can listen live between 5:30pm and 6:30pm CT on your web-enabled device at the UMFM webpage! You can tweet me anytime with questions you may by hitting me up at @TeebzHBIC on Twitter. You can also post some stuff to Facebook if you use the "Like" feature, and I always have crazy stuff posted there that doesn't make it to the blog or show. It's all about Pledge-O-Rama tonight on The Hockey Show only on 101.5 UMFM!
Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!