Dearest Listeners, Friends, and Acquaintances of All Sorts and Kinds:
Call your friends, wake your neighbors, have them wake their neighbors, then have them wake their neighbors, and then have them wake their neighbors, and then have those neighbors realize they were your friends in the first place, and that they’ve been pacing for hours up and down the same staircase without once having turned around –
Sorry, folks. Not sure how M.C. Escher got in the office, but he has been relieved of writing this piece. But the point he was getting at still stands: it’s WMMT’s Fall Fund Drive!
WMMT means a lot of different things to different folks, and that’s part of what makes it so special:
WMMT may be a way for you to listen to your favorite bluegrass tunes, or it may be how you get turned on to new metal / hardcore bands.
WMMT may be how you wake up every morning, either with Gentle Ben or our rotating cast of hosts that bring us a rotating cast of genres each day on Pine Mountain Mornings. Or WMMT could be how you wind down in the evening, with a solid rock and roll show on the kitchen radio while you make dinner. Or you could even listen to people make dinner on the air, on What’s Cookin’ Now!
WMMT could be what keeps you company in the car as you wind around these hills, or maybe WMMT is a taste of home, for those of you listening online from further away.
WMMT could be your connection to your friends and family if you’re incarcerated in our region’s prison system, or it could be a connection to your friends and neighbors who are DJs on the station.
WMMT’s public affairs programming could be how you find out about people with new economic ideas for our area, or WMMT could be how you stay connected to our region’s rich history and culture through our radio specials. WMMT could keep you informed about the coal industry, or it could be your favorite place to hear old coal-mining songs.
Maybe WMMT helps train your son or daughter in traditional music through the after-school Pick & Bow program, or maybe WMMT brings your favorite band (bluegrass, rock or otherwise) right here to Whitesburg for a live performance.
Or maybe WMMT is all of those things to you at once. No matter what you appreciate about WMMT, we can all agree that this thing is worth fighting for. But unfortunately, it requires money to keep the station going–to pay for our equipment, our broadcasting fees, and for the small, but dedicated staff that works round-the-clock to keep WMMT on the air.
We are (extremely) non-profit–we’re not in this to become fabulously wealthy. We’re here because we love WMMT and all of the different things we stand for. We’re here because we think it’s important that there are independent voices on the mountain airwaves. And we’re here entirely thanks to your support–because of your donations, we’ve made it nearly 28 years on the air.
Your donation, of any amount, will help us keep us going as we try to make it 28 years more. We promise it’ll feel really good–after you donate, whenever you listen, you can know that you are a part of why we’re still here, against most odds. We love you and we can’t thank you enough.
You can call in a pledge to your favorite DJ, toll-free, at 888-396-1208, or you can donate swiftly, safely, and securely online by clicking the green donate button on the right of this screen.
As a final reminder, donating gets you stuff! For a pledge of:
- any amount - an attractive WMMT bumper sticker
- $50 – an attractive WMMT ballcap
- $75 - a CD copy of a WMMT special program: you can choose between Heritage, a project featuring poetry read by James Still & music by Randy Wilson; Living With a Killer, a 14-part series on diabetes in our area; or A Fiddle Runs Through It, a program produced by Rich Kirby on how Appalachia’s musical heritage is being passed between generations.
- $88.70 - an incredibly attractive WMMT t-shirt
- $100 – a DVD copy of the Appalshop film The Ralph Stanley Story, along with a commemorative poster
- $100 (pt. ii) - be a guest DJ on your favorite show
- $200 – a whole day of broadcasting on WMMT dedicated to a person of your choice
Thank you all, SO MUCH, for your support. We’ll see you on the radio.