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The 2017 Spring Pledge Drive is here!

The 2017 Spring Pledge Drive will run Wednesday, April 19 through Friday, April 28th!

We're switching things up a bit this year by closing out the drive with the 24 Hour Pledge Drive A-Go-Go, which starts Thursday, April 27 at 6pm and runs through Friday, April 28 at 6pm.

The goal is $30,000 this go-around. We can do it Radio Heroes!

The kids over at Shuffle Function will have up-to-date information on the available swag.

Here are the pledge drive premiums:

$25 - 2017 KMSU Radio Hero T-shirt

2017 KMSU Radio Hero T-shirt

The last two shirts that we offered for the Spring 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 shows "RADIO HEROES"! 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 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. All the cool kids will be wearing the new shirt, so obviously that means you! Available in S to 2XL. Wanna see more of Kaitlin's work? Sure you do! Visit

$50 - The KMSU baseball cap

KMSU baseball cap front KMSU baseball cap back

Sure, a t-shirt is nice, but sometimes you want to draw attention AWAY from your torso. That's where these super cool caps come in. The KMSU cap can crown your dome at the $50 level. Make people stare at the top of the very head that was smart enough to pledge to KMSU.

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 CD: 25th Anniversary Edition

Darlingside - White Horses
The Lumineers - Cleopatra
Dawes - When The Tequila Runs Out
Andrew Bird - Capsized
Quilt - Roller
Margaret Glaspy - You And I
Car Seat Headrest - Vincent
Hop Along - Waitress
Steve Gunn - Ancient Jules
Lake Street Dive - Call Off Your Dogs
Lucius - Madness
Sunflower Bean - Easier Said
Parquet Courts - Berlin Got Blurry
The Record Company - Off The Ground
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Anyhow
Peter Frampton - Show Me The Way
Bon Iver - Holocene
Coldplay - Shiver
Dawes and Mumford & Sons - When My Time Comes
Dave Matthews Band - Ants Marching
Courtney Barnett - Avant Gardener
The War On Drugs - Under The Pressure
Hiss Golden Messenger - Southern Grammar
JD McPherson - Northside Gal
Koko Taylor - Wang Dang Doodle
Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightening

$100 - Leonard Cohen: The Complete Studio Album Collection

The Complete Studio Album Collection of Leonard Cohen

We don't have to tell you how badly 2016 sucked. Too many legends left us, and that includes Leonard Cohen, who passed away last November. Many musicians are hailed as poets, but Cohen was a poet hailed as a musician. He began his career writing poetry and novels, then moved into a musical career in his thirties. His work is deep and powerful and explores all that is beautiful, painful, and difficult about humanity, and it's hard to not be moved by his work.

Bruce Eder wrote of him on Allmusic: "One of the most fascinating and enigmatic - if not the most successful - singer/songwriters of the late '60s, Leonard Cohen retained an audience across six decades of music-making, interrupted by various digressions into personal and creative exploration, all of which have only added to the mystique surrounding him. Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon), he commanded the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the '60s who continued to work in the 21st century, which is all the more remarkable an achievement for someone who didn't even aspire to a musical career until he was in his thirties."

True enough.

When you pledge $100 to KMSU during the 2017 Spring Pledge Drive you can get Leonard Cohen: The Complete Studio Album Collection. That's ELEVEN albums that Cohen recorded between 1967 and 2004. Virtually every great work the man produced can be in your collection, PLUS you'll help keep KMSU, a radio station that proudly plays Leonard Cohen on the air!

$100 - Program Director for the Day on Shuffle Function

Greg and the Bikers

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.

We enjoy offering this premium so much because it allows us the opportunity to meet our listeners and get a chance to find out what music they are into. It is also the biggest bang for your buck in Shuffle Function-land!

Seriously, this is a lot of fun, and we 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 2017 Pledge Drive starts THIS WEDNESDAY 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!