With Fall right around the corner, WDRT is gearing up for a big month of fundraising, outreach and celebration.

Our Fall pledge drive is September 11th-17th. We’ll be kicking off the Drive on Monday, September 11th in a big way. Organic Valley will be matching all pledges, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000 for the whole day. That means for every dollar you donate, WDRT gets two!

Go Macro of Viola will also be throwing down a generous $2,000 cash match on Thursday, September 14th. Every dollar donated to the station will be doubled by Go Macro until the match is met!

We’ll be closing out the pledge drive on our 7th birthday, Sunday, September 17th, with cake from the Cakery Cake & Bake Shop and a $600 matching grant from William Neil’s LPL Financial.

There’s lots of great thank you gifts, too. Like maple syrup? We’ve got quarts and half gallons of local maple syrup, as well as Localvore Gift Bags and WDRT Stainless Steel Insulated Mugs. Keep it tuned all week for our special ‘super premiums’ as well.

We’ll be offering up 1-year of Internet Service from Vernon Communications, ½ Pig from Mulefoot Farm, and a whole bunch of other great incentives to donate.

If you’re really interested in helping WDRT in a lasting way, take this pledge drive as an opportunity to become a Sustaining Member. Your membership will automatically renew each year, with payments deducted from your bank account each month.

This is the best way to support the station. It lowers operating costs, provides a reliable source of income and reduces our reliance on pledge drives. It’s simple and easy, and you can cancel at anytime.

Listener contributions make up the majority of our operating budget, and there’s a $20,000 goal for the Drive. Show your love for the station and donate!

The Vernon County Fair will also be taking place during the pledge drive, and will be open September 13th-17th. WDRT will have an outreach table at the Fair all week, and we will be having some special remote broadcasts from the fairgrounds.

We’re also excited to be competing in the Vernon County Demo Derby on Saturday, the 16th. This year’s vehicle is a 1998 Honda Odyssey and is being driven by seasoned demo derby driver, Sam Leighton (son of WDRT’s ‘Blueshound,’ Greg Leighton.)

As you can see, we’ve got a lot going on this month. Help us celebrate our seventh birthday by making a pledge, eating some cake and swinging by the Fair to see our very own community radio crash car smash its way to victory!