Hawaii Public Radio Extends Fundraising Campaign After Falling Short Due To Power Outage, Snail Protection
October 14, 2014 at 3:58 AM (PT)
After its widely publicized bout with endangered tree snails, the mating season of which blocked the power utility from being able to repair an outage that put the station off the air in some areas (NET NEWS 10/8), HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO says that its latest ten day fundraising campaign “Celebration 2014: Closing Time” fell short of its $1.03 million goal by about $200,000. The campaign is being extended starting TOMORROW to try and reach the goal.
The power outage knocked out booster signals for Classical-News-Talk KHPR and News-Talk-Jazz KIPO (HPR2)/HONOLULU on OAHU's NORTH SHORE and for the east and south sides of KAUA'I, plus HPR's microwave relay to feed KIPL/LIHU'E. But President/GM MICHAEL TITTERTON said, "Around the country, other public radio stations are experiencing even more difficulty meeting their pledge goals than we are. There seems to be a general distraction, and perhaps even fatigue, caused by the constant reports of bad news, from weather to wars. And we know public radio listeners, who are highly attuned to the world around them, are especially sensitive to these stories of environmental and social unrest.
"Although it’s a serious situation, we are not at all downhearted. In fact, this is an ideal teachable moment for our listeners to understand the relationship between their timely financial support, the cost of the services they’ve come to rely on, and the reason we need to interrupt regular programming twice a year."