The Seattle non-com is crediting “overwhelming listener support” for reaching the $2 million mark in the “SAVE KPLU” campaign. Friends of 88-5 FM launched its fundraising campaign in January. The campaign needs $7 million, which matches the amount of the current offer stated in the letter of intent outlining the sale of KPLU to the UW.
This latest milestone was achieved through thousands of donations received, including a boost from a $200,000 challenge grant issued by two donors which was met in just six days (10 days ahead of the deadline).
A purchase of the license by the Friends of 88-5 FM means that the station will become independent with oversight from a community-based governing board. KPLU’s award-winning, independent news department will remain intact, allowing for greater, in-depth local news coverage in the Puget Sound region. In addition, NPR programming will continue, as will the award-winning jazz and blues, including weekly live performances, and the station’s support of jazz education through local high schools and colleges.