Thank You for a Successful Membership Drive!
Thank you for pledging during KUT’s Fall 2011 Membership Drive. Your support really makes a difference and we never take it for granted. You inspire us to strive for excellence every day.
More than 6,000 individuals from Central Texas and beyond gave more than $900,000 to support local and national news, and uniquely Austin programming. Thank you very much for listening and for your generous support.
Your investment in KUT, whether it’s in dollars or time, comes back to you in the programming you hear every day. Know that you are supporting the programs that you rely on: coverage of breaking news, intelligent talk shows and a world of music.
Our Membership Drives also gave our staff time work alongside our volunteer as pledge captains. At any given time during the day, staff would pop in to say hi. Bob Branson also gave volunteers a tour of the On-Air studio! We asked KUT staff what they thought of our volunteers.
“Lots of workplaces talk about that feeling of ‘family’, but you don’t know the half of it unless you’ve spent some time during a pledge drive here. One of the little joys of each fundraiser is reconnecting with the familiar names and faces we see at each pledge drive, sharing news and stories and laughs—the volunteers truly are like family. Their enthusiasm–their pure love and passion for KUT–that’s what public radio’s all about. Huge thanks to our volunteers. We love y’all.” -David Brown, Executive Producer and Host of Texas Music Matters
“We really rely on our volunteers during the drive – we have more than 300 folks come in at all hours to donate their time to help KUT. I couldn’t ask for better volunteers. They are wonderful, loyal, fun …and keep us positive and laughing for the entire drive!” -Kim Cates, Volunteer Coordinator
“We love the fund drives, because we get to hear from so many listeners — and with our volunteers we get to meet them in person! Thank you all so much!” -Stewart Vanderwilt, General Manager
We are also really lucky at KUT to have a really fabulous and extensive group of volunteers. Throughout the year, our volunteers help us out with our special events. It’s during our Membership Drives that our volunteers really shine. We couldn’t have a successful Membership Drive without them.
So we popped in the pledge room to day to ask what their favorite program was and why they volunteer for KUT. If you’re wondering how to get involved volunteering with KUT, check out our Volunteer page.
“My day always starts with KUT! I rely on NPR for in-depth news. It’s fun to answer phones. My tw
o favorite programs are Eklektikos (John Aielli was the first man I fell for after moving to Texas), and Fresh Air.” -Elizabeth Romanella
“It’s my favorite way of giving back, and saying ‘Thank You’ for the great music and programs. Plus, I think it’s fun! I love Jay Trachtenberg choice of music and Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me are my favorite programs.”-Rudi Lee
“The shows, features and news reports are excellent. KUT is an important part of my day. The volunteer staff members are helpful, encouraging and knowledgeable. My favorite programs are Eklektikos and Horizontes.” -Sharon Brown
“I just love NPR. My favorite program is All Things Considered.” -Kathi Miller
“I love KUT. It’s fun [to volunteer], and I meet great people. My favorite program is Folkways and all NPR programming.” -Claudia Corum