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MSPR spring fund drive is Feb. 29-March 6

Morehead State Public Radio’s (MSPR) 2020 Spring Fundraiser and Membership Drive will take place Saturday, Feb. 29, through Friday, March 6. 

Kicking-off the spring fundraiser, MSPR is hosting “Brews and News” at Sawstone Brewery, 175 E. Main Street, Morehead from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29. There will be live music, news trivia and locally crafted beer available at the event. There will be doors prizes and the chance to win free T-shirts, CDs and other prizes.  

“We’ll have a specially-designed T-shirt for the event,” said Paul Hitchcock, MSPR general manager. “It’ll be a fun way to kick-off our spring fundraiser. 

“This is our annual spring fundraiser and membership drive when we directly seek financial gifts and comments from our listeners to support WMKY’s student work-studies and local programming,” said Hitchcock. 

WMKY (90.3FM) MSPR serves more than 20 counties throughout Eastern Kentucky with regional news and cultural programming from the campus of Morehead State University. Also, MSPR’s website provides regional news, live web stream, archived audio and community events. 

“The money we raise helps maintain our grant funding through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,” added Hitchcock. “Our ability to raise local funds helps us meet criteria for grants to purchase national programming, such as All Things Considered, Morning Edition and The World.” 

An emphasis on local news continues to be a crucial part of MSPR’s programming, as well as a variety of locally hosted music programs, including bluegrass, classical and jazz. Specialty programs such as A Time for Tales, Grant Alden’s Field Notes, Golden Age of Radio, Health Matters, Nothin’ But The Blues, Odd Numbers, Open Mic and That Was Radio provide unique programming to WMKY’s listeners. 

Recently added to WMKY is “Our Island Universe.” Hosted by astrophysicist Dr. Shanil Virani, director of MSU’s Star Theater and instructor of space systems engineering, the weekly segment looks at understanding what lies beyond the horizon and what it means to us on earth. 

“An important part of our mission is to preserve and promote this region’s cultural heritage with programming that is educational, informative and entertaining,” said Hitchcock. “We have a long history of serving this community, but we need listener support to maintain our operations.” 

Financial gifts to Morehead State Public Radio (WMKY) are tax-deductible and may be made online at Listeners may also call-in during the fundraiser at 606-783-2001

Businesses or individuals interested in offering a Challenge Pledge for the fundraiser should contact Paul Hitchcock at 606-783-2334 or e-mail