Public radio station KMST finished its eight-day fall membership drive
Saturday, March 8, surpassing its monetary goal of $60,000 and adding more than
57 new members.
The station reached its goal during the 8 p.m. hour during the popular
public radio show "Bluegrass for a Saturday Night," hosted by Wayne
Bledsoe. KMST’s new and renewing members from south-central Missouri, as well
as Internet listeners from Alaska and Switzerland, were included among this
"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
"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 KMST’s budget. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Missouri
University of Science and Technology are the other two largest supporters of
the station. In addition, KMST receives support from more than 50 businesses
that underwrite programming, and dozens of volunteers who answer phones during
KMST is a 100,000-watt, non-commercial public radio station. Licensed to the
Curators of Missouri University of Science and Technology, 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, acoustic folk,
blues, big band, Celtic, bluegrass and Caribbean.
KMST is located at 88.5 FM in and around the Rolla area and at 96.3 FM in
Lebanon. KMST streams its programs online at www.kmst.org.