Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Hockey Show - Episode 160

The Hockey Show, Canada's only campus-produced hockey radio show, is back tonight with a pretty solid show all about our week-long event happening from October 16-23 known as Pledge-O-Rama! The annual pledge drive for UMFM is a big event in everyone's lives at the station, and we're hoping for another excellent week of donations. You'll want to know what may be happening as we approach that week of craziness, so we'll go over a ton of information tonight as we build towards the biggest week of the year for UMFM! Oh, and there was some soft of hockey played last night and each night going forward or something? I'm sure that will come up. We'll also cover some of the headlines as we work through the 60 minutes known as The Hockey Show!

For those of you who are new to the blog and radio show, Pledge-O-Rama is the on-air annual pledge drive that UMFM runs. As a non-profit station, we don't see a lot of commercial advertising which, in turn, is good for the listeners. It means that, for example, 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:
Pretty solid haul there at every level, right? A couple of things that you should know? The size of the mug does hold one beer, so it's perfect for morning beverages or adult beverages in front of the TV while watching hockey! The t-shirts will come to you with far less wrinkles in them. The test ones we received were packaged with a little less care.

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 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!

PODCAST: October 8, 2015: Episode 160

Until next time, keep your sticks on the ice!

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