Update on WDFH's fight for survival
Support Westchester Public Radio and keep your public radio dollars in your home community.
Thanks to our generous supporters, we have reached the $10,000 match for the gift from Douglas Durst! We still need your donations to keep WDFH as a local resource, so please make your tax deductible donation now.
Earlier this year, WDFH listener Douglas Durst of the Durst Organization made a challenge to us: if we could raise $10,000, he would match it dollar for dollar. Mr. Durst is known for his leadership in environment-friendly buildings, including the Bank of America Tower in midtown Manhattan.
Thanks to Chuck and Gina Bell of Ossining for their flagship gift of $2500 and to all of our other supporters who made this match possible.
Even with this gift, WDFH's situation is still urgent, and we need your help to reach our overall goal of $120,000 in annual support through individual donations, local business support, foundation grants, and other major donations.
That may sound like a lot of money, but it's less than half the budget for community radio stations nationwide and a small fraction of the budget of a typical mainstream public radio station.
The lower Hudson valley is a place of relative affluence, and we hope that listeners from our local area — and our online listeners around the world — will become supporters so that we can continue to increase our public radio service.
If we can't reach that goal, we will have no choice but to sell WDFH's irreplaceable broadcast license. If that happens, what you will hear on 90.3 FM will likely be public or religious radio from elsewhere in the country.
We provide a unique service to our underserved suburbs. We bring local musicians to you. We talk about local events and issues. We give voice to underrepresented constituencies, such as LGBTQ youth. We do what the big stations in the city can't do.
We need a couple of philanthropists to take an interest in saving WDFH, but we can reach our funding goal if just 500 people pledge $20 a month, or if a thousand pledge just $10 a month.
If you value what we provide — and what we can grow into in the future — please read the PRESS RELEASE about our current situation and the LETTER from Marc Sophos, WDFH's founder, to supporters and friends about this situation.
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To build on this important work, we need your financial support.