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Since return­ing to Win­nipeg’s air­waves in 1998, UMFM has been a bea­con on an oth­er­wise bleak radio land­scape, striv­ing to pro­vide diverse pro­gram­ming around the clock. 

Each day, our sched­ule pro­vides stim­u­lat­ing spo­ken word pro­gram­ming from at home and abroad, show­cas­es local musi­cians and artis­tic endeav­ours of all shapes & sizes, and explores diverse mul­ti­cul­tur­al pro­gram­ming and musi­cal styles from all over the map! As with any orga­ni­za­tion, the per­son­al­i­ties behind the pro­gram­ming may 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 day one, the core fund­ing source of our annu­al oper­at­ing bud­get is the stu­dent levy; with extra mon­ey com­ing via occa­sion­al project grants, as well as a small amount of ad rev­enue. The cost of run­ning a com­mu­ni­ty radio sta­tion has risen steadi­ly over the past 25 years (spe­cial­ly in last cou­ple of years when we’ve all been ham­mered by the esca­lat­ing cost of infla­tion on pret­ty much every­thing) while our stu­dent fund­ing has remained fair­ly sta­t­ic, and both ad rev­enue and applic­a­ble grant funds have declined over time.

Trust that we are con­stant­ly explor­ing all avail­able rev­enue streams that allow us cov­er our fixed oper­a­tional costs, while con­tin­u­ing to under­take the nec­es­sary main­te­nance that keeps us on the air. We’ve always got our eye on larg­er cap­i­tal projects that allow us to grow for the future, but we rely on the funds raised dur­ing Pledge-O-Rama to help us make those goals a real­i­ty and dear lis­ten­er, that’s where your sup­port comes in!

After a pan­dem­ic induced break in our fundrais­ing efforts, Pledge-O-Rama is final­ly back and we’re hope­ful that once again this amaz­ing week of radio brings us all a lit­tle clos­er to this great com­mu­ni­ty that we love so much! All pledges, big or small make a dif­fer­ence! You can pre-pledge now by vis­it­ing our web­site and click­ing on the donate link, or you can call us at 2044746610 start­ing April 19th at 6:30, and run­ning until 8PM on April 26th — please dig deep and donate generously!

Our goal dur­ing Pledge-O-Rama this year is to raise is $28,000. Start­ing at 6:30PM on April 19th and run­ning through to 8PM on April 26th, all of our hard­work­ing show hosts and vol­un­teers will be hit­ting the air­waves and tak­ing your calls in in an effort to reach our goal. $28,000 isn’t an arbi­trary num­ber to us, it rep­re­sents rough­ly 12% of our oper­at­ing bud­get and it allows UMFM to main­tain the day to day main­te­nance that’s essen­tial for our operations. 

Once 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 vis­it us online, leave us a mes­sage at 2044746610 or drop us a line at pledge@​umfm.​com and one of vol­un­teers will get back to you ASAP! Or bet­ter yet, 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 fea­tur­ing a fan­tas­tic throw­back logo from Mr. Allan Lorde, or if you pre­fer, a tax receipt to reward you for your dona­tion to this great sta­tion! Plus, some of our show hosts 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!

Incentive Levels

We’re hap­py to give all of our sup­port­ers an extra big THANK YOU, as well as the sat­is­fac­tion of know­ing that they have sup­port­ed some­thing as worth­while as UMFM. How­ev­er, there are a few extra tokens of our appre­ci­a­tion are always avail­able — all pledges, big or small will make a dif­fer­ence! We give gifts to 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:

$25UMFM But­tons, Stick­ers, a UMFM Key­chain and a UMFM Koozie!

$50 UMFM But­tons, Stick­ers, a UMFM Key­chain, a UMFM Koozie and a UMFM Cof­fee Mug and entry into the dai­ly BIG SUN draw!

$75
UMFM But­tons, Stick­ers, a UMFM Key­chain, a UMFM Koozie and a 2024 UMFM Pledge T‑Shirt and entry into the dai­ly Sookram’s draw!!

$101.50
UMFM But­tons, Stick­ers,UMFM Key­chain,UMFM Koozie,UMFM Cof­fee Mug and your choice of a UMFM Pledge T‑Shirt or a UMFM Trav­el Mug, plus entry into the Fes­ti­val Express draw!

$150
UMFM But­tons, Stick­ers,UMFM Key­chain,UMFM Koozie,UMFM Cof­fee Mug,UMFM Pledge T‑Shirt,UMFM Trav­el Mug,UMFM Cool­er Bag and one entry into our spe­cial Gold­en Tick­et draw!

$250
UMFM But­tons, Stick­ers, 2 UMFM Key­chains, 2 UMFM Koozies, 2 UMFM Cof­fee Mugs, 2 UMFM Pledge T‑Shirts, 2 UMFM Trav­el Mugs, a UMFM Cool­er Bag, a new UMFM hood­ie and three entries into our spe­cial Gold­en Tick­et draw!

Please be aware that we can­not set aside spe­cif­ic t‑shirt sizes dur­ing Pledge-O-Rama. All of our shirts are dis­trib­uted on a first come, first serve basis. We know the val­ue of a shirt that fits just right, so we will do our best to make sure that hap­pens! A pre-pledge to UMFM not only guar­an­tees you your desired shirt size, but one of our fine hosts will deliv­er it to your door or your mailbox! 

We pride our­selves on being pret­ty easy going here at UMFM, so we’re always will­ing to lis­ten to offers on putting togeth­er your own cus­tom incen­tive pack­age, pro­vid­ed you’ve pledged at least $101.50 — if there’s some­thing you’ve got your eye on, let us know — we love our merch too!

Please note that there’s cer­tain lim­i­ta­tions on the Gold­en Tick­ets — we explain all the details when you win!

Special Bonus Draws!

Big Sun Dai­ly Draw

Every­one who donates at this $50 or above gets an entry into a draw for a dai­ly for tick­ets to one of this sum­mer’s hottest events, BIG SUN — it’s a two day extrav­a­gan­za of fan­tas­tic bands, games and only your best friends! Takes place in the sum­mer place to be — Blue Note Park on August 2nd & 3rd!!

Sookram’s Prize Packages

Thanks to the gen­er­ous sup­port of the won­der­ful folks who make some of this city’s finest beer over at Sookrams, we’ve got some killer prizes for give­away to all our donors.

We’ve got a dai­ly draw for a pack­age fea­tur­ing Sookram’s merch 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 cer­tifi­cate good for a keg of your choice of one of Sookram’s tasty wares.

Fes­ti­val Express Draw

Brand new to Pledge-O-Rama this year is the Fes­ti­val Express, the ulti­mate sum­mer fes­ti­val tour! Every­one who donates at this lev­el or above gets an entry into a draw for a pair of fes­ti­val pass­es, com­plete with camp­ing for 6 of this sum­mer’s hottest fes­ti­vals includ­ing Prairie Wind, Real Love, Rain­bow Trout, Trout For­est, Whoop & Holler and Har­vest Moon! So basi­cal­ly gas up your tank and pack your gear because your cov­ered for great music fes­ti­vals from June until September!

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 five (!!!) prizes that will allow you and a guest to attend as many shows at the Park The­atre, and the West End Cul­tur­al Cen­tre 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 2024 TD Jazz Win­nipeg Fes­ti­val, which will allow you and a guest to attend every show that the fes­ti­val throws this June, as well as a pair of tick­ets to every event that they present through­out the year. Final­ly, The Win­nipeg Folk Fes­ti­val is offer­ing up a full week­end pass with camp­ing for the 2024 fes­ti­val, which takes place over 4 beau­ti­ful days this 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 two of the finest 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 or the West End Cul­tur­al Cen­tre — you and a guest can waltz right in with this spe­cial pass that you can only get if you donate 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.