AZPM’s funding from the UA was reduced by $2 million, with the cut being phased in over five-years. The first $400,000 cut is taking place this year. In Year 2, the reduction will double to $800,000…and so on until Year 5, when the full $2 million cut is in effect.
The UA continues to provide significant in-kind support to AZPM, but for an organization with an operating budget of about $12 million, this cut is large. AZPM is working diligently to minimize the impact of the reduction while providing the same level of service to the community.
Public radio and television remain an unbiased, informative tool for the general public, providing news and other quality programming for people of all ages, free from commercial influences. To remain independent and unbiased, public broadcasting must be funded by the public. That is possible only through the active participation and support of individuals. It’s true that when one person gives, we all gain.
Roughly one in 10 viewers/listeners of AZPM is a contributor. While this is a very good percentage, if AZPM can get to 2 in 10 viewers/listeners to become sustaining members over the next four years, we could close the entire $2 million budget reduction!
Sustaining memberships enable AZPM to better project future revenue, which helps us better and operate more efficiently. Sustaining memberships also easier for you. You contribute a small amount monthly, rather than a single, larger one-time donation.
We want to reach people we may have missed in the past! If you winter in Tucson, you may not have participated in our previous membership campaigns. If you’re one of the folks we missed, we hope you choose to contribute today. And encourage your friends and neighbors to participate as well.
Did you know there are many ways for you to support your local public television and radio station? We have opportunities for individuals and groups, and for short-term, long-term, or reoccurring service.
When you join AZPM's volunteer community, you will be part of an exciting and fulfilling network of interesting people committed to public radio and television. Click here to learn more about how you can become a volunteer with AZPM.