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WMBR Hits $75K Donation Goal

By Keith J. Winstein


WMBR, MIT’s campus radio station at 88.1 FM, achieved its goal of raising $75,000 after this month’s week-long drive for donations

David J. Etlin G, the station’s general manager, said, “WMBR’s 2002 fundraiser was our most successful yet, receiving pledges from around 1,300 listeners and passing our $75,000 goal set by last year’s fundraiser,” Etlin said.

WMBR appears to have met its annual fundraising goal in most of the past several years, even as the station’s goal increased from $35,000 to the current $75,000.

The station is principally supported by listener donations, with some financial support, plus free studio space and electricity, coming from MIT.

The fundraising drive was supported by local restaurants, who provided food to fundraising volunteers, and by the Cambridge Trust Company, which waived credit card processing fees on donations to the station, Etlin said.

Station upgrades to continue

In the upcoming year, WMBR will continue to maintain its studio and upgrade its equipment in the basement of Walker Memorial, said Juliet L. Outten G, the station’s treasurer.

“The equipment wears out and breaks and dies, and we have to get new equipment,” she said.

Also, Outten said, “We maintain an extensive record library. We always need to update and keep on top of current music.”

“We are an all-volunteer organization, so listener contributions go directly to capital expenses instead of salaries,” Etlin said.

Student involvement increases

Student involvement in WMBR has doubled this year, Etlin said, and more than 30 students now have weekly shows on the station.

Etlin encouraged students seeking their own WMBR shows to take the group’s class during the Independent Activities Period in January, “How To Be A Giant In College Radio (Learn To Be a DJ).”

“Several students who attended our last IAP course got their own radio shows the following summer,” he said.