Supporting Local Radio: A guide to SA's Public Radio Pledge Drives

Earlier this week, San Antonio College's KSYM kicked off pledge/fund/membership drive season among San Antonio's public radio community. As listener-supported stations, SA's public radio relies upon its audience for a significant chunk of their budget. So, if the extended on-air banter this week can't convince you to go from regular listener to full-time, rent-paying member of your favorite station, here's a quick breakdown of what Alamo City's public radio has to offer and why you should give.


A learning lab for SAC students, KSYM's signal reaches out a little beyond the 410 loop (and online worldwide). But what the KSYM crew lack in signal strength, they make up in eclecticism. With a quick glance at their program schedule, even the elitist of music buffs could find something to love. The core of their programming, and perhaps the most iconic show in all of SA public radio, is the Third Coast Music Network, an informative cocktail of blues, americana and country.

KSYM's drive runs until March 30.



One of only 52 jazz stations in the nation, KRTU has been spinning jazz seventeen hours a day for over ten years. With programs like the Jazz Break at Noon, KRTU's programming staff bring jazz to life, away from its laid back, over-educated stigma and into the energetic, dynamic reality of the genre. If jazz isn't doing it, wait until 10pm when KRTU kicks over to student-powered Indie Overnight, where you can catch my show on Friday evenings.

KRTU's drive runs until April 4.


TPR (KSTX 89.1FM, KPAC 88.3FM)

The Alamo City outpost of National Public Radio, TPR holds the license to 89.1FM, where it broadcasts NPR's signature mix of news reporting, arts and culture. For the classical enthusiast, TPR also broadcasts Wagner, Brahms, Stravinsky and the like, holding over San Anto's classical crowd until the symphony starts their run at the Tobin later in 2014.

TPR's pledge drive runs from April 4-11.

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