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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
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
419 Lovett Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006
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Donation Level (X one):
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500.00 Leadership Circle _____
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Amount from above $_________
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(Note: Thank you gifts for CREDIT CARD or sustainer
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Would you like to receive this month's catalogue of special
offerings from the Pacifica Radio Archives?
Thank you for your generosity. Your contribution will go to
Make okay radio even better!
Pete Little, Jay Dooling, Bill Galbraith & Emily Standish
* To promote cultural diversity and pluralistic community
* To contribute to a lasting understanding between
individuals of all nations, races, creeds and colors.
* To promote freedom of the press and serve as a forum for
* To maintain an independent funding base.