Hawai‘i Public Radio holds a 10-day campaign pledge
drive twice a year. The station’s fall campaign’s
goal was $497,000. Students hoped eagerly that they could help
make a difference in this year’s pledge drive, and perhaps
they did, since it ended a day early.
The average person who pledged became a member of KHPR, supporting
the station by contributing at least $50 a year. As a token of
its appreciation, KHPR gave these members gifts that range from
a logo umbrella, or t-shirt, to CDs and tickets to concerts.
New and returning members who pledge at higher levels receive
premiums, such as trips to Mau‘i for two, special dinners,
or a trip to Tahiti. KHPR, of course, accepts gifts at any level,
so listeners are encouraged to pledge any amount they please.
Student volunteers got a first-hand look at what goes on at
a different kind of medium and at an unusual way of funding
Hawai‘i Public Radio manages four stations throughout the
islands: KHPR 88.1 and KIPO 89.3, in Honolulu, KKUA 90.7, in
Wailuku, and 91.1, in Hilo.
Saida Oliver, a junior and journalism major, enjoyed volunteering
her services to KHPR. “I got to meet and talk to people
I would of never met on a normal daily basis.” Oliver said
that she also liked volunteering because she wanted to help a
local nonprofit organization that is important to the local community.
After the pledge drive, students went to Dave & Busters with
their advisor, Dr. Larry LeDoux. They ate, played games, ate
more, watched the world series on a giant TV screen, ate more,
and talked about KHPR, Kalamalama, journalism, boys, girls, food,
school, and life.
Interested in joining the Press Club? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.