Public radio station KMST finished its eight-day fall membership drive
Saturday, Oct. 13, surpassing its monetary goal of $60,000 and adding more than
72 new members.
The station reached its goal at 8:45 p.m. with a call from Jim and Darlene
Davis of Cuba, Mo., during KMST’s popular program “Bluegrass for a Saturday
Night" hosted by Wayne Bledsoe. New and renewing members from south-central
Missouri as well as online listeners from Oklahoma, North Carolina, Ohio,
California and Alaska were included among this year’s investors.
“These are listeners and members who appreciate the important role they play
as partners in public radio, a partnership essential to KMST’s ability to serve
listeners in our region and all over the world with the best public radio
possible," says Jim Sigler, KMST general manager. “Exceeding the drive’s
monetary goal indicates KMST’s base of member support continues to grow. It
also celebrates the station’s commitment to diverse programming that reflects
the varied tastes of KMST listeners."
In addition to financial support, KMST gained valuable information from its
members about their programming preferences, suggestions and constructive
criticism. “The input is vital to the station’s ongoing effort to fine tune its
broadcast schedule to serve the diverse tastes of KMST listeners," Sigler
KMST relies on strong listener financial support to cover the cost of its
programming. Member support and underwriting makes up approximately 40 percent
of the station’s budget. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the
University of Missouri-Rolla are the other two largest supporters of the
In addition, KMST receives support from more than 50 businesses that
underwrite programming and dozens of volunteers who answer phones during the
KMST is a 100,000-watt non-commercial public radio station licensed to the
Curators of the University of Missouri. KMST offers a mixed format of news from
National Public Radio, nationally and locally produced talk shows, and a wide
range of music, including classical, jazz, adult acoustic alternative, folk,
blues, big band, Celtic, bluegrass, Caribbean and other World Music. KMST is
located at 88.5 FM in and around the Rolla area (96.3 FM in Lebanon) and
streams its programs online at www.kmst.org.