On Sunday, February 25, St. Louis Public Radio honored members who have supported the station for 20 or more years. Over 60 of the 2,000 20 Year Members attended the event held at UMSL at Grand Center. Attendees enjoyed refreshments, V.I.P. station tours, and received a 20 Year Member mug.
After opening remarks by station General Manager Tim Eby and UMSL Chancellor Thomas George, the chancellor (on piano) and Director of Jazz Jim Widner (on bass) treated the guests to a few jazz tunes. Musician Tommy Halloran provided musical entertainment throughout the event.
Members of the Generation Listen STL Leadership Council (previously the Young Friends of St. Louis Public Radio) escorted guests on tours of the station. Tour highlights included explanations of how the station produces news stories for on-air and the website. Executive Editor Shula Neuman, Justice Reporter Rachel Lippmann, Science Reporter Eli Chen, Executive Producer of St. Louis on the Air Mary Edwards, Digital Engagement Producer Lindsay Toler, and Director of Technology Daryl McQuinn all shared their expertise. According to Development Director Shelley Kerley, the behind-the-scenes tour impressed one donor so much, she said she was “going straight home to increase her giving.”
"It was wonderful to welcome so many donors to our 20 Year Member Club,” said General Manager Tim Eby. “These early and loyal donors to St. Louis Public Radio laid the groundwork for the organization we have become.”
As a public radio station, St. Louis Public Radio relies on the generosity of its 25,000 donors. Members provide 88% of the station’s direct monetary support. The station serves audiences across the bi-state area on 90.7 KWMU St. Louis, 90.3 WQUB Quincy, 88.5 KMST Rolla, and 96.3 KMST Lebanon. To become a member, go to http://bit.ly/2oAFLve.