This site includes the postings from the Irish Aires email list. This includes a listing of Irish/Celtic events in the Houston area and other information that the Irish Aires radio program posts.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Irish Aires & KPFT needs your help!!

Irish Aires & KPFT needs your help!!


For several fund drives our show & the station have not made

their goals.  We know that financial times are not good, but we

need to ask our friends to make a contribution.


This is not good for KPFT and, frankly, looks bad for Irish Aires.


Starting this week (May 9th) we are starting our spring fund raiser.


PLEASE consider make a contribution to KPFT in Irish Aires name.

We really do need your help.


A little background for those of you new to our list:


Irish Aires is the name of radio show broadcast on KPFT-FM

(90.1FM in Houston Texas) and on the internet (both live

and in archived versions). We are on every Saturday night

from 6-7PM (US Central Time – Midnight Sat Nights in

Ireland). We play a wide variety of Irish/Celtic music and

provide information on local (Houston) Celtic happenings.


However, we also provide internet resources for the

Irish/Celtic community. These include email lists, blogs &

web pages that include info on Irish & Irish American

interest (news, cultural happenings & local Houston area



While the producers (Pete, Bill, Emily & Jay) are all

unpaid volunteers, the non-profit KPFT-FM station has

substantial out-of-pocket expenses in order to stay on the

air 365 days a year/ 24 hours a day. Electricity, staff

salaries, license fees and maintenance are only a few of



For three weeks every spring, we change the format of our

show (and send out emails like this) in order to remind you

that KPFT, the Irish Aires radio show & our internet

services (email, blogs & web pages) are sponsored by YOU.


IF you have joined our membership in the past, please

consider rejoining during this drive; if you haven’t joined

yet, this is the time, join the Irish Aires / KPFT family.


KPFT is a non-commercial, community supported radio show.

They except no corporate or commercial sponsorship. The

receive a modest amount of support from the Corporation for

Public Broadcasting & grants, but 90% of their budget is

provided by individual contributions (which average about

$60 each).


Because of the need for your continued support, we need to

ask you for your support.


In addition to our broadcast which feature Irish/Celtic

music, we regularly include listing of local Celtic events.

we also hosts special guests to discuss issue of interest

to the Irish & Irish/American community.


We also provide various resource on the internet. They



Irish Aires Home Page

Irish Aires Links Page

Irish Aires Email Lists

Irish Aires Info Blog

Irish Aires News Blog


As we have said before, we don’t need people to give a lot;

we need A LOT OF PEOPLE to give. Your individual support

at any level will help the station stay on the air and

Irish Aires to continue into its 28th Year.


You can contribute to Irish Aires by calling 713-526-5738

during our show on May 9th between 6:00-7:00PM OR you can

complete the below form and return to me via email



Basic membership costs are $25 for students & people on a

fixed or lower income; regular membership goes for $35 per



If you can give more, we have been the beneficiaries of

some Irish/Celtic music CDs that we would like to give you

in return for a $60 contribution (even if you can only

afford to pay it out at $5 per month).


But it is more important for you to contribute, no matter

what the amount. Wide-spread, small contributions give our

station support from the community of people who appreciate

our programming and internet information.


We have some thank you gifts for contributions. If you can

contribute at the $60 level you will get one of our CDs

If you can contribute at the $90 level, you will get two of two

of our CDs.


At whatever level you can support us, please do.


Jay, Pete, Bill & Emily




Jay Dooling (

Irish Aires


419 Lovett Boulevard

Houston, TX 77006


Date (mm-dd-yy): _____________________



First Name: __________________________



Last Name: __________________________



Street Address & Apt.# _______________________________



City, State & Zip: _______________________________



Telephone Area Code & Number: ________________________



Your E-mail address: _________________________________



Your favorite show(s): _______________________________


Donation Level (X one):


35.00 Basic Membership _____


60.00 _____


90.00 _____


120.00 _____


150.00 _____


500.00 Leadership Circle _____


Other (Amount) _____


See below for sustainer memberships info




Amount of Contribution:


Amount from above $_________


Other Amount $_________


Total Amount of Pledge: $ ________


Thank you gift(s) that you want:





(Note: Thank you gifts for CREDIT CARD or sustainer



Is this: The first time you've pledged to us? ______

A renewal? ______


Enter your American Express, Visa, MasterCard, or Discover


below or leave blank to be billed at the above address.


(X one of the following):



VISA ___,

MasterCard ___,



Card # (DO include dashes):



Expiration date (mm-yy): ________________


Do you want to be a sustainer member? _______


How much per month can we charge to your credit card?



May we thank you on the air? Yes ___

No ___


Would you like to receive this month's catalogue of special

offerings from the Pacifica Radio Archives?

Yes _____

No _____


Thank you for your generosity. Your contribution will go to

Make okay radio even better!


Pete Little, Jay Dooling, Bill Galbraith & Emily Standish



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