- WUSM-FM wants to give you its very best.
of Southern Mississippi's public radio station is offering up its
finest programming for its annual fund-raiser, which will run from
Oct. 27-31. In return, WUSM-FM is asking for contributions and comments
to help the award-winning and innovative station keep delivering
the quality for which it has become known.
and the Southern Miss campus have one of the only truly independent
public radio stations in the United States and one that regularly
receives acclaim from programmers, advertisers and music magazines
nationwide," said WUSM General Manager Mik Davis.
is the only station in South Mississippi to offer New Age, blues
and jazz on a daily basis, and it's the only station to offer listeners
alternative, world and AAA (Album Adult Alternative) music. In addition
to these, WUSM also produces award-winning programs, like our children's
program "Small World," in-depth interviews, and music
that is not readily available in our market."
WUSM also works hard to promote on-campus and off-campus music shows,
plays and events to its audience. It also provides the campus and
Hattiesburg with a dependable source of information about events
on campus, in the city and surrounding cities and communities.
is funded in part by the university and by a grant from the Corporation
for Public Broadcasting, the station is required to raise additional
funds from its listeners.
to raise money ourselves because of all the budget cuts nationally,
and the changes in funding," Davis said. "It is really
important that people support public radio right now." Adding
that a little giving goes a long way, Davis compared the annual
budgets required to run public radio nationally with the nation's
defense budget. "One year of what it takes to run public radio
(about 700 stations) is what this nation spends on defense in just
one day," he said.
will occur on the air, interspersed with programming throughout
the week. Davis said it gives listeners a "great opportunity
to contribute to the station with a tax-deductible donation, or
if that's not possible, by giving us their comments and criticisms
on our programming.
these donations and comments, WUSM can better meet the needs of
the listeners and continue to provide the campus, the city of Hattiesburg
and the surrounding areas with the only truly local public radio
station in the city," Davis said.
is diverse. Davis said the station's eclectic programming draws
listeners from across the spectrum, "students on campus, to
people in their 20s, 30s, 40s and even elderly people we cater to
in the retirement community."
the strong points about this station is that we have a little something
for everyone," he said.
"The WUSM fund-raiser consists of five days of the best of
everything the station has to offer. All of the best music and programming,
and we want to hear from all of our listeners.
fund-raiser is extremely important because the funding for the station
from the grantor (CPB) now depends on the amount of contributions
we receive from our listeners. And we're not just seeking contributions
from our listeners as individuals. We're also looking for businesses
to join our family of underwriters. "
To make a contribution
or comment, contact the station at (601) 266-4287 or by e-mail at
Pledge forms are available on the Internet at www.wusm.edu