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The 2018 KMSU Spring Pledge Drive begins on Wednesday, April 18th!

Plus World Book Day, live music at the Arts Center of St Peter, Record Store Day and Grind Fu Cinema!


The KMSU 2018 Spring Pledge Drive kicks off on Wednesday, April 18th!  Please help us reach our huge goal of $40,000 by taking a moment to pledge your support to 89.7 The Maverick.  It only takes a moment of your time, and by doing so you're making sure that an independent radio voice is alive and well in your community.

Most of the programming you hear on KMSU is produced by friends and neighbors in your community.  They're true believers in community radio, volunteering their time and voices to provide a soundtrack to your day that you simply cannot find anywhere else.  Beyond the great volunteer programming you hear every day, we also have unique syndicated programming that we purchase for our schedule.  Shows like World Cafe, This American Life, Echoes, and the overnight Jazz programming are an important part of KMSU, but they're also costly.  In the last year alone the cost to carry them has gone up three to five percent.  All those additional percentage points really add up, and your financial support goes a long way when it comes to covering these costs.

Taken as a whole, your contributions to KMSU help cover 30% of our total operations costs, and we're so incredibly grateful that you value our role in your life and the community that you take the to donate.  You're the community in community radio, and your generosity helps keep this wonderful little radio station strong and vital.  You truly are radio heroes!

Please give us a call at 507-389-5678 or 1-800-456-7810 and help us hit our pledge drive goal.  You can also give online at by clicking the 'Give Now!' button. We'll be posting the cool swag that we have available as thank you gifts on Monday, April 16th, so be sure to stop back and check it out!

Did you know that there's a whole bunch of stuff going on around pledge drive, and it's all for you?  Scroll down the page and follow the links to find out more about what KMSU has in store for you.



Tuesday, April 17th

World Book Day

Stop by the KMSU studios between the hours of six and nine a.m., and the Shuffle Function Morning Show will give you a book!  Shelley and Shyboy Tim are avid readers, and they love to share that love by passing on some of their favorite titles to folks that listen to 89.7 The Maverick.  Also, this year Shelley has A LOT of cookbooks that she's throwing into the mix, so gourmands take note!


Friday, April 20th 

Free Form Freakout Presents an Evening of Experimental and Improvised Sound

This live performance takes place at the Arts Center of St. Peter, and it's guaranteed to be the most original thing you'll see this month, if not all year.  Admission is $10.



Saturday, April 21st

Record Store Day

Record Store Day is the annual celebration of independent record stores and the culture of discovery that they foster.  Every year there are thousands of limited run vinyl, CD, and cassette releases that are only available at these stores, and every year music fans swarm to make sure they can add them to their collection.  The local connection for RDS 2018 is Tune Town (630 N Riverfront Dr. in Mankato), and they'll also be featuring live music throughout the day.  If you're an early riser, you can catch KMSU's Shuffle Function Morning Show hosts playing a live round of Radio Roulette!  From around 9:30 to noon they'll be drawing numbers, flipping coins, and rolling dice to determine the songs that get played.  It's completely random, and completely fun! 



Thurday, April 26th - Friday, April 27th

The Shuffle Function 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go!

Shuffle Function Morning Show hosts Shyboy Tim & Shelley will be LIVE on the radio for 24 hours straight, surviving only on the basic human needs of caffeine, Rock & Roll, and your generosity!  Click the link to find out all the cool stuff they have planned, including Radio Roulette (completely random radio!), Jandek: Sounds of Insomnia, Sunrise With Sun Ra, and live performances from Bee Balm Fields and The Electric Frye.



Saturday, April 28th

Grind-Fu Cinema Presents The Guy From Harlem & Superfly!

The tenth season of Grind-Fu Cinema begins with the free double feature of exploitation classics!  The Guy From Harlem is seriously one of the worst films ever made, but Grind-Fu audiences keep asking to see it again, and that's why the Grind-Fu gang is showing it for the EIGHTH YEAR IN A ROW!  The second film of the evening is Superfly, and it's seriously amazing.  Don't miss these movies!

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