The gang at Kootenay Co-Op Radio wants your support.

Co-op radio on membership blitz to ensure a brighter future

Why do you listen to the radio? To hear music? To learn what’s happening in the world? To share ideas and events?

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.


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