Your WSNC Membership ensures that quality public radio will continue to grow in Winston-Salem.
Whether you are a first-time contributer or a life-long supporter, please know that your financial support is very important to WSNC.
Become a member of WSNC today! Donate securely online now. You can also download and print our membership form and send it to us with your donation.
Donor Bill of Rights
A Day Sponsorship is a great way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or any special occasion. Day sponsorships are used to acknowledge special people, not businesses. Your message will be read live on the air 5 times during the day of your choosing. Please note that WSNC must receive your day sponsorship request at least 2 weeks in advance. Want more information about Day Sponsorships? Contact email@example.com for more information.
Support WSNC Without Making a Donation
We can never thank you enough for the financial support that makes our work possible. But if you really love what we do, then you can do it too! Making WSNC a part of your life can be more rewarding than you ever thought - here's how!
Listen without your radio. Attend a community station event with your friends, family, or co-workers.
Get personal. Volunteer for one of our membership campaigns, community outreach events, on-site productions, or around the station and get to know us personally.
Talk to us. Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org when you hear something you don't like, and of course especially when you hear something wonderful!
Keep us in mind. Refer a business associate, a friend, a client, or a peer to WSNC for individual membership, program underwriting, or event and special program sponsorship.
Sing our praises. Or, actually, write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper when you want to say "Thanks to WSNC." If it prints, send us a copy.
Pass it on. Tell people about us. If you value our service, others may as well. Invite someone to join our Facebook page or visit our website.
Stay tuned in. Keep your radio on 90.5 FM as much as you can. The more listeners, the better we are -- you can even listen online while at work.
Keep us informed. If there's an important event in your community - send us your Public Service Announcement by email to email@example.com.
Show your pride. Wear your WSNC appararel, use your WSNC pen, and display your WSNC window cling on your car.
WSNC, NPR, and You
At times, the station receives correspondence and email messages that suggest members' perceptions of the relationship between WSNC (your local station), National Public Radio (the program provider/distributor), and you (a contributing listener)
-- may be somewhat confusing. We hope that the following information helps you understand the differences, interdependence, of the three entities.
WSNC -- The Station Serves the Communtiy
WSNC is the 30 year-old station licensed to Winston-Salem State University. At its inception in 1983, the institution decided to make WSNC a community service for the residents and visitors in Winston-Salem, NC. As a university division, WSNC enjoys nonprofit status under the Winston-Salem State University Foundation, Inc., which holds the nonprofit status for all divisions.
Through 10,000 watt transmitter located on the campus of Winston-Salem State University, WSNC enjoys an audience of dedicated jazz listeners in the Triad. As one aspect of our locally broadcast offerings, WSNC produces its own array of programs, and supplements local programs with a number of National Public Radio and Public Radio International programs provided under annual agreements with NPR and PRI.
National Public Radio -- The Corporation Provides Programs
Because of the strong national awareness of the NPR brand, it's perhaps understandable that some listneers who contact the station refer to themselves as NPR members. NPR is an independent, private, nonprofit membership organization funded primarily through its own service-generating activities. NPR produces, acquires, and distributes programs, represents its member stations in matters of their mutual interest, and provides satellite interconnection for the entire public radio system.
Because NPR does not have the ability to directly broadcast its programs on FM radio, the cornerstone of NPR's success is its network of more than 750 independently operated member stations, each of which pay NPR a fee to enjoy the right to broadcast certain NPR programs. Because NPR's programs enjoy such large audiences, national sponsorship (i.e. underwriting) of NPR programs provides some operating support to the corporation. The network is the largest public radio program producer.
Although enjoying recent success through major giving and bequests, by policy, NPR is restricted from conducting direct solicitation of contributions from individuals through mass marketing efforts (i.e. direct mail, telefundraising, email, and on-air), and is working collaboratively with member stations to assist our collective efforts in meeting local listeners' needs through station-based fundraising programs.
You -- WSNC Members Provide the Financial Support
You are the most important part of the relationship. You and all of WSNC's listeners define and inform how WSNC best meets the public radio needs of the greater Winston-Salem area community. To maintain editorial integrity and sound fiscal health, WSNC relies on your contributions to preserve our quality of life service to you and your neighbors.
As a WSNC listener, to support the NPR programs you enjoy on 90.5 FM, its appropriate and appreciated when you make your contribution to the station that pays for -- and provides you -- with the programs. When it's time to renew your WSNC membership, please consider the time you spend tuned in to WSNC, place a value consistent with your need, and give generously. When you give, the benefits are enjoyed by all.