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Pledge Your Support For Great Radio In Winnipeg!
on September 30,2016 by jared

Since our revitalization in 1998, UMFM has been providing a diverse range of music and talk programming to Winnipeg. As with any organization, we have changed and evolved over the years but at its core, UMFM has maintained a mandate to provide our listeners a forum for music and voices that may otherwise go unheard.

Since 1998, the station has been able to operate successfully without having to seek outside sources of income. The operating budget made mostly of student fees and a small amount of advertising revenue has always been enough to ensure that UMFM could continue on year in and year out.

While the cost of running the radio station has steadily continued to rise, our student funding is set to increase for the first time since '98, and like many other media outlets, we've seen our advertising steadily revenue decline over the last 10 years . We are now in a situation where when need to find alternative revenue streams to be able to maintain our daily operations costs.

Plainly stated, during Pledge-O-Rama this year, our goal is to raise is $32, 000.  Starting at 6:30PM on October 14th and running through to 8PM on October 21st, all of our hardworking showhosts and volunteers will be hitting the airwaves and taking your calls in in an effort to reach our goal. $32, 000 isn't an arbitrary number to us, it represents roughly 15% of our operating budget and would go a long want towards assisting in the day to day maintenance and operation of UMFM. 

After Pledge-O-Rama kicks off, we'll be answering those phones daily from 6AM until 3AM.  However, if you miss during our prime pledge hours, you can just leave us a message at 204-474-6610 or drop us a line at pledge@umfm.com and one of our Smooth Phone Operators will get back to you ASAP!  Or if you want to come down to the station during Pledge-O-Rama to pledge your support in person, we'd love to see you.

Once again, we’ve got fantastic limited-edition merch or tax receipts to reward you for your donation to the station!  Plus, individual shows are cooking up some great surprise rewards for their listeners so donate or give us a call during Pledge-O-Rama.

For more information visit our Pledge-O-Rama page and please help UMFM continue to provide a home for alternative voices, inquisitive minds and adventurous ears!

Half Pints Prize Packages

Once again, thanks to the generous support of the folks who make great beer over at Half Pints Brewing Co., we've got some killer prizes for giveaway to all our donors.

We've got a daily draw for a package that includes a pint glass, a toque or hoodie (supplies limited), coasters, stickers, buttons and best of all your very own Half Pints growler that you can head on down to 550 Roseberry and fill with some Half Pints goodness at their filling station for every donor who pledges $75 or more, that's EIGHT prize packages in all!!!

PLUS every donation over $75 will also be entered in the grand prize draw that includes a private brewery tour and tasting for you and up to 20 friends after which you'll leave with a gift cerfiticate good for a keg of your choice of one of Half Pints tasty wares.

Golden Ticket Draws

Another key returnee to Pledge-O-Rama is the amazing prize we call the Golden Ticket! Everyone who pledges $150 win gain one entry into our draw to win one of eight (!!!) prizes that will allow you and a guest to attend as many shows at the Park Theatre, the West End Cultural Centre, the Pyramid Cabaret, the Good Will Social Club and the Handsome Daughter as you want over the next year.  In addition, our festival friends are getting in on the act as well! Jazz Winnipeg are offering up a golden ticket to the 2017 TD Jazz Winnipeg Festival, which will allow you and a guest to attend every show that the festival throws at you next June, the amazing Interstellar Rodeo is giving up a pair of weekend passes for their third festival at the Forks in August 2017, and finally The Winnipeg Folk Festival are offering up 2 full weekend passes with camping passes for the 2017 festival, which takes place over 4 beautiful days next July in Bird's Hill Park!

So yeah, you read that right - you and a guest can get into a years' worth of shows at five of the best venues in town. Local acts, touring bands, punk, hip-hop, bluegrass - you name it, if it's on the Upcoming Shows calendar (*with some exceptions) at the Park Theatre, the West End Cultural Centre, the Pyramid Cabaret, the Good Will Social Club and the Handsome Daughter - you and a guest can waltz right in with this special pass that you can only get if you pledge starting at $150 or more during Pledge-O-Rama. And this is in addition to the tax receipt or package of incentives we're already giving out for pledges.

Incentive Levels

Finally, all of our supporters will get a big THANK YOU and the satisfaction of knowing that they have supported something as worthwhile as UMFM. However, there are a few extra tokens of our appreciation available. Of course, all pledges, big or small will make a difference! We plan to shower gifts on everyone who takes the time to call us and show us their support by donating to UMFM. Remember, plegees can chose between a tax receipt or the one of these great incentive packages, corresponding with the amount donated:

Here's a complete list of our great incentive packages, tax receipts are also available:

Please be aware that we cannot set aside specific t-shirt sizes during Pledge-O-Rama. All of our shirts will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.

Pre-pledge to UMFM and not only we will guarantee you your desired shirt size, but one of our fine hosts will deliver it to your door or your mailbox! 

We're pretty easy going folks at UMFM, always willing to listen to offers on putting together your own custom incentive package, provided you've pledged at least $101.50!

Get Ready To Laugh Winnipeg!
on September 19,2016 by jared

The Winnipeg iF... Improv Festival is back for the 17th installment and will again bring you the best in improvised comedy and theatre from all over North America. These shows are all made up here in the middle of the praires for a week centred at the GSAC right in the heart of Osborne Village. This year, we're bringing in world class improv and sketch comedy talent from Seattle, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Port Coquitlam, and Winnipeg!

Randy Dixon (from Seattle's Unexpected Prodcutions) will be presenting his Ray Bradbury inspired improv show as well as directing the ensembles. Mark Little and Andrew Bush (from Picnicface fame) will be bringing some stand-up and sketch comedy. Vinny Francois from Improv Montreal, Doodle Bop Girls from Rapid Fire Theatre as well as even more guests. Kevin McDonald (The Kids in the Hall) will be directing a Sketch Ensemble. We will also have a Festival Ensemble, a Local Ensemble, stand-up comedy night, sketch comedy night, and even more IMPROV!

Expect it all Oct 11-15th at the Gas Station Arts Centre!

Tue, Oct 11th is the kick-off with a FREE show at the Albert Street Cocktail Company (91 Albert Street)

Wed, Oct 12th Stand-up vs Improv at the GSAC

Thur, Oct 13th Sketch Comedy Night at the GSAC featuring Kevin McDonald and members of Picnicface!

Fri, Oct 14th Improv in the style of Ray Bradbury and more...

Fri, Oct 14th Late show with brand new improv from the Ensembles!

Sat, Oct 15th Improv from Rapid Fire Theatre and French/English mash up!

Sat, Oct 15th Late show with brand new improv from the Ensembles!

www.Winnipegimprov.com for more details and tickets!

Get UMFM On The Go!
on September 17,2016 by jared

So we're happy to finally announce that UMFM 101.5 has gone mobile!

After months of work, we now have an app available for both Android and iOS. You can browse through our programming, mark your favorite shows and get a quick reminder when they go live, listen to some of our great live sessions, and stay up to speed on UMFM News and upcoming events here in Winnipeg!

In the next phase of development we'll be adding a wider selection of streaming archives for all our shows, you can download the most recent episode of a program for now, plus adding in a real cool feature for all of our Friends With Benefits partners and integrating our second stream feed into the app!

It's a work in progress and we rely on you for feedback to help make this app great - if you have questions or comments please email us at app@umfm.com - we want you to enjoy the same great listening experience on the go as you do when you tune into 101.5 on the FM dial!

Now go get that app!

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1153583641

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.umfm&hl=en

The Bisons Are Back!
on September 1,2016 by jared

UMFM, the home of Bison Sports, welcomes Bison Football back for year 17!

Bison Sports, in conjunction with 101.5 UMFM, is pleased to announce the return of Bison Football to the radio airwaves for the 2016 season. Sadly due to some budgetary constraints, this year UMFM will only be carrying all of the home football action for Bison Football during the upcoming year.

This will be the 17th consecutive season for Bison Football on 101.5 FM. For the upcoming campaign, the radio broadcast team has Darren Bauming handing play-by-play and former Bison Matt Rollason performing colour commentary for the second consecutive season.

“We are once again excited again to see the popular return of Bison Football to the UMFM airwaves for a record 17th consecutive season,” said Jared McKetiak, UMFM Station Manager. “UMFM continues to be a proud and loyal supporter of Bison Sports and especially Bison Football and happy to provide another exciting season to all listeners locally and online.”

There is a 30 minute pre-game show for all home games.

2016/17 Bison Football Broadcast Schedule (all times CST)

  • Thursday, September 1 - Bisons vs Calgary (7:00 pm)
  • Thursday, September 8 - Bisons at Regina (8:00 pm)
  • Friday, September 16 - Bisons vs. Alberta (7:00 pm)
  • Saturday, September 24 - Bisons vs. Saskatchewan (1:00 pm)
  • Saturday, October 29 - Bisons vs. Saskatchewan (8:00 pm)

If you have any questions or comments concerning any of the Bison broadcasts, please email us at gobisons@umfm.com.

Saturday Morning Cartoons For Your Radio!
on August 5,2016 by michael

UMFM is excited to announce the addition of Kookoo Bananas Variety Hour to its broadcast schedule starting tomorrow - Saturday August 6th - and running every Saturday morning from 7 AM to 8 AM.

Hosted by Cap'n Kookoo & The Banana Bros, a father and sons team, the program originates out of fellow campus/community station CFRU in Guelph but is the product of transplanted Winnipeggers and we are happy to bring them 'home' to this city's airwaves.

The debut episode features music made by kids and is suitable for all ages!