Know This: Information about Your Public Radio Station
We are here for you! If you’re listening, you know, we have been following guidelines for social distancing. All of KBACH’s on-air hosts and most of our behind the scenes staff are working remotely. While our physical office is closed to the public, we are here for you. If you have questions, our member services department is happy to help. They are open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for your questions or inquiries. Call 480-774-8400 or email [email protected] at any time.
CPB Emergency Funding
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) received $75 million in emergency funds in the new federal coronavirus relief act (the CARES Act). The CPB will distribute these funds to non-commercial public radio and TV stations across the country. The mission of those stations is to educate and inform the public. The majority of these emergency need-based funds have been earmarked for radio and TV stations in rural areas to keep the physical facilities in good standing in what is expected to be a lean time for memberships and corporate sponsorships. Stations like KBACH will receive a small stipend from a pool of 600+ stations.
How KBACH is funded
Listeners who donate and become members are the single largest source of revenue for KBACH. We also have corporate sponsors, and while some of our sponsors had to alter their commitment to the station during this time, our members continue to keep us going strong. A robust vehicle donation program and fundraising events also contribute to our annual budget. The 1,500 public radio and TV stations across the country all receive grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which is funded by the federal government. KBACH gets less than 1% of its overall budget from those grants.
What can I do to support public radio?
Become a member! It’s easy. You can make a donation of as little as $5 a month. Or take advantage of a new option. Starting in calendar year 2020, taxpayers who take the standard deduction can still deduct up to $300 in charitable contributions on their 2020 federal tax return. (Check with your tax professional for further details.) It’s always a good time to support public radio!
What about our arts organizations?
We are aware that many local arts organizations are being negatively affected by the health crisis and we are reaching out to them to see how KBACH can be of assistance. Keep listening to hear more about this.