A huge thank you to everyone who donated during the Fall “Friends of 89.5” fundraising drive. The past six months have been busy ones for Animal Voices! We have created twenty-one new shows, increased our listenership, and tackled a wide variety of unique animal issues: From bear bile farming, shelter work, activist history, the vegan hip hop movement, incredible rescues, inter-species whale music, to abolitionism, a cooking call-in, bullfighting, vet school rabble-rousing, postcolonial theory and hunting, wildlife rehabilitation, and much more. Produced by a small group of volunteers (three!), Animal Voices strives to bring you high-quality, thoughtful, and diverse perspectives from around the globe.
Ultimately, though, our work doesn’t keep the show on the air: You do. CIUT 89.5 FM requires that we generate ten new memberships during the station’s bi-annual fundraising drive. That might not sound like a lot, but each fundraising drive we struggle to meet our quota, along with the other spoken word shows. The success of the drives is crucial for the continuation of the program: CIUT considers the response during the fundraising drives to be indicative of the overall support of the program. (In other words, your financial support helps us dodge the axe!)
There are so few public forums for people to exchange ideas about animals in a critical way; community radio is one of the only places that animal issues become part of the public landscape. If you missed the opportunity to donate, please hang on to that cash until the next fundraising drive in the Spring. It would be great if we could count on you to help us meet our quota next time. Thanks for your ongoing support!
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