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.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Irish Aires & Haiti Need Your Help!

KPFT has started their winter Fund Raiser this week.

Alternate news & cultural sources are IMPORTANT (that’s what we do),

but not as important as basic food, water, medicine & shelter.

Recognizing that, KPFT has decided to support the people of Haiti .

If you designate, your ‘Thank You’ gift will be:

That 10% of Your KPFT Donation Will Go To Charities That Benefit Haiti.

Giving up a t-shirt or Irish CD will help people that need so much MORE.

We could not forgo the fund raiser, because the electric company (and others)

would not forgo our obligations to them. But we will give to people whose needs

are much more severe than our own.

We hope you will give a little more to KPFT because of this, but in any event

10% of ALL donations & membership fees that don’t receive a tangible ‘Thank-You’

will benefit the people of Haiti .

We recognize that actions are as important then WORDS

when it comes to supporting our neighbors in times of need.

We are willing to step up to the plate on this one; we hope you are too!

Irish Aires & KPFT also need your support. We need to pull our weight in raising funds to keep the station on the air.

We have, over the long run, been able to do this because of your generosity.

PLEASE help us continue!

We don’t need anyone to give a LOT , we need a LOT of people to give.

Renew your pledge to KPFT & Irish Aires by donating what you can.

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 winter, 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 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 Feb 13, Feb 20 or Feb 27 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 $40 per

year (voting rights accrue at the $25 level).

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

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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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