shortcut to content
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Support KMSU

Page address:

The 2018 Spring Pledge Drive starts Wednesday, April 18th!

The 2018 Spring Pledge Drive will run Wednesday, April 18th through Friday, April 27th. The Shuffle Function 24-Hour Pledge Drive A Go-Go will start at 6:00pm on Thursday, April 26th and end on Friday, April 27th at 6:00pm. Check back for updates at their blog.

We have lots of great swag available as thank-you gifts when you support 89.7 The Maverick during our pledge drive!  Call 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 to pledge, or give online at, and you can get one (or more) of these great items!

$25 - KMSU Music Geeks Team Jersey!


The last four shirts that we offered for the pledge drive were the most popular we've ever had, so we turned to Kaitlin Baumann, the woman that created those popular designs, to come up with something equally amazing. She didn't let us down! This year's shirt is a jersey for team Music Geek! The front has the Music Geek team logo, and on the back it has a name that you should be identified by: Radio Hero. The true radio heroes are KMSU listeners like you, who believe in this station and what it can do, and your donations and support are your super powers! Pledge this for this shirt and the whole world can see your official radio title screaming across your chest. LOOK OUT, COMMERCIAL RADIO! THIS SHIRT HAS CLAWS!

Kaitlin dun good. The team jersey has purple 3/4 length sleeves and a purple ring collar. All the cool kids will be wearing the new shirt, so obviously that means you! Available in S to 2XL.


$50 - The KMSU Cap! 

 For only $50 you can wear your KMSU pride dramatically on your noggin! This hat features the KMSU logo across the front, and comes in Small/Medium and Large/Extra Large. It's a nice classy grey, so it goes with casual togs or with that tux/gown you're gonna be wearing to the opera. Fits on even the biggest head!


$60 - Live at the World Cafe Volume 42 CD

KMSU is one of the rare spots on the dial to carry World Cafe, and this compilation collects some of the recent amazing in-studio performances from both old and new musical favorites! This is the set to get. Features performances from Ryan Adams, The New Pornographers, Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, Mac DeMarco and more!


$100 - Townes Van Zandt: Texas Troubadour


Townes Van Zandt is one of those musicians that you always hear people praise, but you might not have come across his work before. Well, you might have heard another well known musician cover his work, but you might not have heard Townes' original. He's regularly hailed as one of the greatest country songwriters of all time, but somehow wholesale success eluded him during his lifetime. Still, when Austin City Limits organized a memorial show after Townes died, he was lauded by the heavy hitters he influenced: Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Nancy Griffith, Rodney Crowell, and Jack Clement. Not too shabby.

When you pledge $100 to KMSU during the 2018 Spring Pledge Drive you can get 'Townes Van Zandt: Texas Troubadour'. Four CDs featuring his first 7 albums, plus unreleased and live tracks. 86 of the most important and influential songwriting in the realm of Americana. If you're gonna go, go all in, and that's what you'll be doing with this collection. PLUS, you'll be supporting your favorite independent radio station!

Steve Guse, host of Embrace The Sound on KMSU, is a huge Townes Van Zandt fan, so we asked him what he had to say about TVZ and the Texas Troubadour collection:

Townes Van Zandt is long revered as one of the greatest songwriters you've never heard of. Born in Texas in 1944, he began his songwriting journey when he teamed up with Mickey Newbury in 1968, who introduced him to Cowboy Jack Clement. Over the next five years he would release six albums, and pen some of the greatest country/folk songs that survive the test of time still today, including "To Live Is To Fly", "Be Here To Love Me", "Waitin' Around To Die" and "Pancho and Lefty". His Music Lives on today through friends like Steve Earle & Emmylou Harris, and contemporaries Shakey Graves and Gillian Welch. This set is a fantastic introduction into his studio catalog, and a much needed addition to any music geek's collection.

True enough.

"Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world, and I'll stand on Bob Dylan's coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that!" - Steve Earle


$100 - Program Director for the Day on Shuffle Function 

Have you ever wanted to play radio? Here's your chance! Join Shyboy Tim and Shelley on the Shuffle Function morning radio show and dictate the playlist for the day. You choose the songs from your own collection and you get to hang out with us on the air for two hours as well.  You also get the brand new KMSU Music Geeks team jersey, and CDs with your two hours of radio infamy!

Tim and Shelley enjoy offering this premium so much because it allows them the opportunity to meet KMSU listeners and thank them in person. It is also the biggest bang for your buck in Shuffle Function-land!  Seriously, this is a lot of fun, and they only offer a limited number of these, so don't miss out! Join us on the show!


$100 - KMSU Day Sponsorship

You can sponsor an entire day of radio on KMSU with this premium.Commemorate a birthday or anniversary, surprise the music geek in your life, treat the new graduate, or celebrate the music of your favorite musician! These are just a few ways that you can use a KMSU Day Sponsorship. A personalized message will also be read throughout the day so the whole world knows that you are a super cool person that supports independent radio!


There's the swag! Drop us a line with questions, but most of all drop us a line with your support! Remember, the 2018 Pledge Drive starts Wednesday, April 18th at six a.m.! Give early and give often! We are counting on you! OR MAKE YOUR DONATION ONLINE! (Don't forget to specify KMSU as your pledge recipient!)

Why should I give to KMSU?

A tax-deductible donation* to KMSU radio provides your community with a voice that would not otherwise exist. This voice is an alternative perspective on local, state and national issues. It's music you can't hear elsewhere. It's vital health and welfare information delivered to the Latino community. It's the opportunity for a university student to have a meaningful experience in a dynamic media environment. It's the vibrant voices of 50 community volunteers sharing their passion for meaningful programming.

* Please consult your tax advisor regarding tax-deductibility.

Doesn't the University support KMSU Radio?

Yes it does, but the University rightfully expects KMSU to derive support from its listener-members. We hope you feel that KMSU is worthy of your support.

What has the station done to improve listener support?

There are a number of technical improvements we've made to the station, but the most significant improvement has been the addition of a number of new community volunteer program hosts. The richness and variety of programming has never been this rewarding for listeners. We will continue to develop new programming opportunities to give listeners more to choose from.

If I own or manage a business, can I advertise on KMSU?

Advertising is prohibited on any public radio station. However, if you wish to make a tax-deductible contribution to KMSU, we can air what are called "underwriting credits" on your behalf. These announcements identify your business, the products or services you provide, your location, and reference items like your phone number or web site address to allow listeners to obtain more details. While these announcements don't build traffic like commercial radio, they do create an affinity with our listeners.Contact Jim Gullickson, Station Manager, for more information (507) 389-5678, or (800) 456-7810. Or e-mail.

Can I make a charitable bequest to KMSU?

Absolutely. There are several ways to make a charitable bequest to KMSU through your will or trust. To make sure all legal requirements are met, it is important that you have an attorney draft or revise your will or trust. Charitable bequests are fully deductible in your estate since the IRS recognizes KMSU as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. If you would like to name KMSU in your will, please consult with your attorney, and contact Jim Gullickson, Station Manager, at (507) 389-5678, or 1-800-456-7810.

How can I donate right now?

Yes! Just click here, or call us at (507) 389-5678, or on our toll-free number: (800) 456-7810. Or simply contact me, Jim Gullickson, by e-mail and I will help you to fulfill your gift.

Thank you