Tuesday, February 27, 2001
Steamboat Springs With D-Day fast approaching, the local members of the Friends of KUNC worked feverishly Tuesday to collect as many last-minute donations as they possibly could before they have to make a counter-offer to the University of Northern Colorado to buy out KUNC.
The university gave the station's listeners 19 days to come up with an unspecified "significant benchmark" approaching $2 million when they decided to hold off selling the station's broadcast license to Denver-based Colorado Public Radio Feb. 9.
The Friends of KUNC, a nonprofit organization formed to raise money for the station, will present the university with an offer today before 5 p.m. The organization spent the last hours pleading for some large donations to get the pledges and contributions up to at least $1 million.
Friends of KUNC is accepting pledges to save the radio station's programming. Go directly to the organization's link on the KUNC web site (KUNC.org
) to contribute on-line. Donations may also be mailed to Friends of KUNC, c/o Community Foundation, P.O. Box 5283, Greeley, Colo. 80634-0104. Indicate "Friends of KUNC" on the check's memo line. Pledges will be refunded if the sale of the radio station to Colorado Public Radio is finalized.
The contribution level was nearing $900,000 as of Tuesday afternoon and, given the time constraints the university had put the organization under, local supporters were optimistic about their chances to at least get an extension.
"There's going to be a public outcry like they've never seen if they let the sale go through," said local Friends of KUNC member Rick Fisher.
The Friends of KUNC have pushed contributors to go directly to the organization's link on the KUNC web site (KUNC.org) to contribute on-line. People can continue to pledge throughout the day today, Fisher said.