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KMSU's 'Shuffle Function' to host 10th 24-hour Pledge-Drive-A-Go-Go

"Shuffle Function" team on air for 24 hours.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-24-2012

When KMSU-FM radio’s “Shuffle Function” morning show team of “Shy Boy” Tim Lind and Shelley Pierce go on the air at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26 for a 24-hour shift, it will mark the 10th consecutive year that they have volunteered to co-host their annual Pledge Drive-A-Go-Go.

It is the featured event during the April 25-May 6 spring pledge drive for Minnesota State University, Mankato’s radio station, KMSU 89.7 FM, “The Maverick.”

After nine years of practice, the remarkable radio marathon has become the most anticipated media event in southern Minnesota.

Lind and Pierce donate their time all in the name of preserving and supporting the independent, eclectic programming on their Public Educational radio station. The idea is simple: to produce 24 hours of exceptionally compelling, quirky, funny radio programming with a singular focus of raising money for KMSU. This spring KMSU has set a fundraising goal of $30,000, which would be the station’s most ever.

Among the programming highlights is Shuffle Function Radio Roulette, an imaginative way to engage listeners in a game of chance, where a flip of the coin and roll of the die determines what song will play. There will also be a traditional 8 a.m. Friday morning rendition of Richard Harris’ “MacArthur Park,” complete with tambourines, maracas and ragged voices. For the night owls, there’s an hour of spooky Jandek music. If you don’t know who Jandek is, don’t worry, Lind and Pierce say. Nobody really knows who he is. There are also the “All Vinyl Hour” segments and lots of secret surprises planned for this year.

The end of the Shuffle Function shift on Friday will feature Karaoke and tailgating in the parking lot of the Alumni Foundation Center.

The general public is invited, and hot dogs will be given away from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday while supplies last, courtesy of Prairie Pride and the St. Peter Food Co-op and DeGrood’s Home Store. Karaoke will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. and anyone who makes a pledge may participate.

KMSU is licensed to Minnesota State Mankato, a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

Those who want more information may contact James “Gully” Gullickson at 507-389-5678 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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