The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Public Radio, home to KUAR FM 89.1 and KLRE Classical 90.5, closed its annual fall fundraiser with an anonymous donation of $ 1.5 million, the largest cash donation in the history of public radio stations.
“This gift is a wonderful testament to the impact of public radio,” said Nathan Vandiver, managing director of UA Little Rock Public Radio. “The generosity of this anonymous donation is considerable. On behalf of the staff and auditors of KLRE and KUAR, I would like to warmly thank the donor. The stations will use this donation to strengthen and expand their services as a provider of regional NPR news and information, classical music radio station, and local and regional news organization.
The anonymous donation comes on the last day of the fundraiser and represents 10 times the fundraising goal of the $ 150,000 fundraiser. UA Little Rock Public Radio also raised $ 100,000 during the week.
UA Little Rock Public Radio is a public service unit of UA Little Rock. KUAR 89.1 is a subsidiary of National Public Radio, while KLRE Classical 90.5 is the only conventional FM radio station in central Arkansas.
“We are delighted with this news,” said Dr. Sarah Beth Estes, Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education. “The KLRE / KUAR staff work tirelessly to provide quality information, programming and music in central Arkansas. This operational donation ensures the continuity of these efforts and underlines their essentiality.
The endowment is expected to provide approximately $ 60,000 per year to support reporting, music and cultural programming on the two public radio stations in central Arkansas.