University Relations and Communications

Yellowstone Public Radio Fall Fund Drive under way this week

October 17, 2011


Dan Carter, University Relations, 657-2269


MSU BILLINGS NEWS SERVICES — Yellowstone Public Radio staff and volunteers are involved in YPR’s Fall 2011 Fund Drive, one of two weeks each year set aside for on-air fund raising. YPR receives more than 60 percent of its annual funding from individual listener support and business underwriting.


Public Radio Fall Fund Drive

“We wouldn’t be here without generous financial support from our listeners,” said YPR General Manager Ken Siebert. “These on-air fundraising events are the best way to reach out and make the case for that support.”


Funds generated during on-air fund raising go directly toward YPR’s operating costs, such as purchasing programming from a variety of national and international sources, YPR’s broadcast infrastructure maintenance and repair, and the daily operations at the Joseph S. Sample studios on the campus of Montana State University Billings.


On-air fundraising begins today (Monday, Oct. 17) and ends Sunday afternoon Oct. 23. The minimum fundraising goal for the week is $180,000. Pledges of support can be made online at and through the mail to:


Friends of Public Radio
1500 University Drive
Billings, MT 59101


Known in Billings as KEMC at 91.7 on the FM dial, YPR is a network of nine transmitters and 26 translators, licensed to MSU Billings and located throughout north-central, central and eastern Montana, and northern Wyoming. YPR is a public service of the university, in partnership with Friends of Public Radio, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. YPR receives support from its listeners, MSU Billings, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


For more information about the fund drive, contact Siebert at 657-2945 or