Why do you listen to the radio? To hear music? To learn what’s happening in the world? To share ideas and events?
Kootenay Co-op Radio is entering its 13th year on the air of local music, local news and local support, entirely supported by the love of its listeners.
Radio isn’t cheap. Co-op Radio’s annual budget is over $130,000 — money that goes to staff salaries, signal maintenance and day-to-day operations. To stay on the air, Kootenay Co-op Radio hosts membership drives to meet a third of its yearly budget.
More than ever, the “little station that could” needs you. Interior Health requires Kootenay Co-op Radio to move its radio tower from its home on the Kootenay Lake Hospital roof. This major move will cost the station at least $10,000. Staff and volunteers at Co-op Radio are researching the most feasible option, but the move and investment are inevitable.
Ensure they stay on the air. Become a member during this year’s drive that runs from May 19 to 26. Start or continue your membership with as little as $5 per month with safe, secure monthly account withdrawals — so you can donate easily to support local radio’s critical community service all year long.
Your membership ensures Kootenay Co-op Radio continues providing non-profit radio: news, local and emerging artist promotion and cultural support in your community. As a member, you have a hand in promoting the ideas and art that are important to you.
Look for Kootenay Co-op Radio at membership booths this month in the community — they’ll be at popular local businesses and venues to make your membership easy to activate.
Need a further incentive? The popular Friends of KCR incentive card provides discounts at Kootenay Co-op Radio’s sponsors. The price of your membership is quickly paid off when you support local businesses who support the station. You can also show your support for Kootenay Co-op Radio by wearing a limited edition t-shirt or hoodie with a $10 or $20 per month membership. You could even win a weekend pass to Starbelly Jam, Kaslo Jazz Etc. and Shambala Music Festival.
There are many reasons to love radio from your community, about your community.