The phones had been ringing off the hook with pledges as, after
only eight days of the fund drive, “Celebration 2002” neared
its goal of $395,000.
Suddenly champagne corks were popping and people were cheering
as General Manager Michael Titterton announced that the goal
had been reached. KHPR had generated $398,143 in revenue from
3,045 loyal listeners and supporters.
“Being at the pledge drive was like being at the last leg of
a marathon, because we had only $15,000 left to go when we arrived,”
said Yonie Espiritu, press club treasurer and associate editor
Espiritu was the lucky volunteer to take the last pledge. “A
woman wanted to donate the last $1,000, so I had to spend a
few minutes stalling her before I could take her pledge. Halfway
through my writing down her pledge information, the celebrations
began,” she said.
Hawai‘i Public Radio (HPR) can be heard on O‘ahu at KHPR 88.1
and KIPO 89.3. The organization’s mission statement is to “educate,
inform, and entertain by providing services to Hawai‘i, the
nation, and the international community that would not otherwise
be available.” The stations are completely supported by their
listeners and offer a wide range of music and talk radio without
any commercial interruptions.
HPR always is looking for new members and offers a basic one-year
membership for $50. This includes a year’s subscription to Honolulu
magazine and a 13-week subscription to Pacific Business News.
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