Troy University Public Radio 'friendraiser' begins Oct. 17

Posted: Wednesday, 08 October 2008

TROY – Troy University Public Radio’s “Fall Friendraiser” is being conducted Oct. 17 - 24 to help support the programming offered by the network.

“Our financial goal is $50,000, which will be used to cover the cost of purchasing programming such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Car Talk and A Prairie Home Companion,” said Fred Azbell, TROY Public Radio’s program director. “This week is dedicated to the listeners who inspire Troy University Public Radio’s celebration of community and the arts in southeast Alabama, southwest Georgia and the Florida Panhandle.”

The TROY Public Radio network this year added three new HD hybrid digital radio channels to its three-station FM network. As one of the few public radio networks to offer HD, the University’s network now offers “BBC World News Service” and “Classical Music 24/7” across its digital framework.

“The addition of the high-definition channels has propelled TROY Public Radio to the forefront of listener service,” said Buddy Johnson, the University’s director of radio and television.

In addition to individual contributions, corporate matching grants offer businesses an exciting opportunity to match pledges from listeners and increase support for public radio, Azbell added.

During the week, special on-air guests from communities across the coverage area will share their stories about the importance of public radio in their lives and encourage friends and listeners to join them as supporting contributors. This year, Friendraiser sponsors will receive their own special day or week of acknowledgements on the air for their financial support, and contributors may also elect to receive a special coffee mug and a subscription to the quarterly “Program Guide.”

Based at Troy University, the Troy University Public Radio network serves listeners in central and east Alabama on 89.9 FM Troy/Montgomery, southeast Alabama and the north Florida Panhandle on 88.7 FM Dothan, and southwest Georgia on 91.7 FM Columbus/Phenix City. Troy University Public Radio is a public service of Troy University.

Listeners can contribute to Troy University Public Radio by calling 1-800-800-6616 or visit the website at www.troy.edu and click on Community Involvement. All contributions are tax deductable. Contributions may also be sent by mail at Troy University Public Radio, Wallace Hall, Troy University, Troy, Alabama 36082.