WNKU drive helps keep music playing

WNKU, Northern Kentucky University’s award winning radio station, held the bi-annual fund drive last week hoping to receive $100,000 in pledges.

The station, which is classified as adult alternative, plays music not found on other area stations and also plays programming supplied by National Public Radio.

According to WNKU’s music director, Michael Grayson, the $100,000 received from listeners covers only about half of the station’s budget for six months. The remainder is covered by the university, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and underwriters consisting mostly of local businesses, such as concert venues and restaurants.

National Public Radio is free to listeners, but not free to the stations that choose to air their programs. The cost to WNKU runs about $78,000 per year for the programs supplied by NPR such as Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, All Things Considered and The World Caf