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Friday, February 08, 2013

Irish Aires is the ANCHOR show for this Drive!! Help us if you can!

Irish Aires Fund Raiser

Irish Aires & KPFT still need your help!!  After last week's spectacular results PLUS the continuing support we have received during the week, KPFT has decided to put IRISH AIRES as the ANCHOR show for this fund drive.  They need to do a little CATCH-UP on the drive & so recognizing talent (?) & money-raising ability (?) when they see it, they called us in for ONE MORE WEEK (Feb 9th). 
Now we are going to beg (much) on the air.  It's my show & I am going to play 12 or 13 of some of my & your favorite music.  But Bertha & Marilyn will be in the lobby & will be taking pledges.   
We will be giving away those great CDs at the special IRISH AIRES only gift level.  Also, we have tickets for the Chieftains for donors (I didn't get the tickets, but the station & the Irish Aires staff are in negotiations as to the donation level).   
Regardless of 'thank you' gifts, I am sure those of you who didn't get the chance in the last two weeks, will want to contribute now.  You can do it NOW, by going to and pledging to KPFT for IRISH AIRES.  DO IT NOW… we all know that after spending a whole day at the Miggins Irish Music Festival & Stew Cook-off that we might be a little too TIRED to remember (or if like me, you will be asleep).  DO IT NOW… it is relatively painless & fast! 
OR call Saturday night (713-526-5738) and talk to Bertha &/OR Marilyn. 
Call us (713-526-5738) during the show (6-7pm tomorrow night, February 9, 2013) and give your pledge to one of our volunteers OR

Complete the form at the end of this & return it by 
email OR snail mail it to the radio station to Irish Aires attention (we will get credit next week). The address is on the form. OR

To donate securely ONLINE go to  and Irish Aires will get credit for your donation.   If you donate online please respond to this to tell us you donated online and how much.  We handle all the IRISH thank you gifts (like the Wolfe Tones gifts), so contact us directly about those. 

Thanks to Derek Warfield & the Young Wolfe Tones, we have 7 new CDs to give away as Thank You gifts.  The CDs contributed to Irish Aires are:

Derek Warfield – The Bonnie Blue Flag (musical story of the Confederate Irish)
Derek Warfield -  Washington's Irish (songs & stories of the Irish fight for American liberty)
Derek Warfield & Young Wolfe Tones – Far Away in Australia (musical story of Ireland & Austria)
Demaris Woods – With a Banjo on my Knee (Demaris plays with the Young Wolfe Tones & she is great!)

Also, we have gone deep into the Irish Aires vault & pulled out some real gems of thank-you gifts.   Go 
here to see them.

For a $60 credit card donation we will give you one of the above; for $90 cc you get any two; for $120 you get 3 of them & for $150 you can get one of each.  There aren't many of these, so if you interested, I would pledge soon via 1) or 2) above. 

We have other CDs, so call on Saturday OR email us if you are interested in donating in order to receive one of them as a THANK YOU gift.

We don't need anyone to give a LOT, we need a LOT of people to give a little.  
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. 
In addition to our broadcasts 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 internet resources for the Irish/Celtic community. These include email lists,FaceBook (befriend Jay Dooling – the one from Houston) OR join the Irish Aires – KPFT FM,Twitter (follow wildrover1916), web pages that include info on Irish & Irish American interest (news, cultural happenings & local Houston area events). 
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 them. 
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 accept no corporate or commercial sponsorship. They 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. 
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 Airesto continue into its 28th Year. 
Basic membership costs are $25 for students & people on a fixed or lower income; regular membership goes for $35 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). If you can contribute at the $90 level, you will get two of two of our CDs.
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. 
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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