Friday, 19 October 2012

Not Threatened By Romney

If you're been listening to The Hockey Show over the last few weeks, you've heard both Beans and I push this Pledge-O-Rama on the show. UMFM is a volunteer-staffed university radio station that allows for programming such as The Hockey Show to be on the air. There's no way that a mainstream radio station would take a chance on a hockey blogger to fill the airwaves with his ramblings, and I'm very thankful that UMFM has given us this opportunity. Like the annual PBS Pledge Drive, they need our support to help keep the station afloat.

Tonight, Pledge-O-Rama began at 6:30PM CT and will run until 8PM on October 26. I've donated a few bucks already and have arranged for a multitude of prizes to be given away during our show, so make sure you tune in.

If you can, please donate whatever you can. Whether it be $1, $10, or $100, the money goes towards the day-to-day upkeep of the radio station and towards future projects such as technology upgrades. While it seems like the goal of $20,000 is high, it represents roughly 15% of the operating budget needed by UMFM. With advertising revenue falling just as it has for the mainstream outlets, UMFM went about this route to try and supplement their budgetary requirements.

If you'd like to pledge, and please do if you can, please click over to the Pledge Page on the UMFM site. You can get the appropriate prizes sent to you for the corresponding donation amount, or you can choose to receive a tax receipt in order to help you out at tax time. You can also email your pledge in at

Alternatively, if you want to speak to a real human being, there are people manning the phones from 6AM to 3AM daily at the UMFM station who are anxiously awaiting your call with no threat of Lawrence Welk taking over your TV afterwards. Please give one of these outstanding volunteers a call at 204-474-6610 and pledge an amount. If you're lucky, you may even get Teebz or Beans on the phone taking your pledge!

If you're an American reading this, just know that UMFM will not be cancelling The Hockey Show if Mitt Romney is elected. While Big Bird may be threatened by Romney's cuts, your pledge will help UMFM keep their great programming on the air and allow them to employ some new technology.

Please give generously. Any amount is better than no pledge at all.

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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