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Public radio station fund drive successful

Bruce Bergethon

WGLT General Manager Bruce Bergethon calls listener contributions increasingly essential.

Illinois State’s full-service NPR affiliate radio station, WGLT, completed its spring fundraising campaign with more than $125,000 raised. The total exceeded the drive goal by $10,000.

Pledges ranged from $10 from a 13-year-old to a $1,500 contribution from an anonymous donor. More than 900 contributors gave to help pay programming expenses and costs related to GLT’s local music and award-winning news services.

“Listener contributions are a critical component of the funding mix here at GLT,” General Manager Bruce Bergethon said. “State funding for public broadcasting has diminished dramatically in recent years. The future of federal funding remains uncertain. Local financial support for this locally owned and staffed public radio station becomes more essential every year.”

GLT draws an audience from across the country with its “News, Blues and All That Jazz” programming format. Listeners tune in at 89.1 and 103.5 FM locally, or online at Donations can be made on the website, or by calling (309) 438-8910.