by Chris Lake and Debi Martinez, WGOT Board Members
Thanks to everyone who donated during the Amazing Give.
Without donations, we wouldn’t be here, since we depend solely on listener donations and business underwriting.
All contributions are directly invested in WGOT. There are no board members with a cushy six-figure job. In fact, there are no board members with a cushy one-digit job. WGOT raised $455 in one day through the Amazing Give and we appreciate everyone who made it possible.
Speaking of fundraising, our On the Rail show host and WGOT financial planner turned 50! That may not sound like fundraising, but she used her big five-o as an opportunity to raise funds for WGOT instead of buying a new saddle for her beloved Henry. (Yes, Henry is a horse in case you were wondering.) In all, Debi helped raised an additional $550. Along with the Amazing Give, that made a cool $1,000, which barely comes close to meeting our monthly operating expenses. That may help give you an idea of how expensive running a community radio station can be.
Please keep an eye out for future WGOT fundraisers. In the meantime, you can always become a monthly supporter of WGOT at Patreon for as little as $1 a month. Or you can donate more monthly if your budget allows.
You will notice some small changes to the schedule. We constantly look for new locally produced programs. If you host a podcast, you might consider submitting a show proposal to gain exposure for it. One of our goals is to add diversity to our line-up by introducing new shows hosted by women and anyone underrepresented on the air in the radio world.
As a community radio station, we are always willing to help out any other nonprofits by making on-air announcements. Any nonprofit that would like a mention on air, please submit copy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, as a community radio station we always are looking for new volunteers. WGOT has an array of opportunities available and we hope to resume in-person training and meetups in the near future based on the most up-to-date CDC guidelines. In the meantime, look for some Zoom-based trainings soon.
Again, we can’t thank our listeners, supporters, and volunteers enough. And as a reminder, you can always listen online in areas where the FM signal is poor or nonexistent. You can listen anywhere that has internet connectivity at wgot.org.
Keep listening—and thank you.