How is WFUV Funded?

WFUV is made possible by a community of people, in New York and around the world, who keep the station healthy and growing.

A few times a year, we ask for your financial support to keep WFUV Public Radio going strong as an independent source of music and information. This is how the public radio "honor system" of listener contributions works.

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WFUV receives financial support from five major sources: Listeners (58%), Corporate Underwriting (24%), Federal/CPB Funding (13%) Fordham University (4%) and New York State (1%).

Federal Funding

This station, along with most public radio and television stations, receives a critical part of its support through Congressionally-appropriated funds managed through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (“CPB”).

In order to qualify for these CPB funds, we must raise a certain amount of money from listeners, and in 2012-13 there's a higher bar and we are falling short of their requirement. It's like the biggest challenge grant ever: Your membership contributions ensure that we can receive these important funds. The sudden loss of that resource would be difficult to replace and could mean serious cutbacks in what we can bring to you.

February, 2013: If you were among those who stepped up during our winter member drive, thank you! The outpouring of support has put FUV back on track toward making this important goal. Our deadline is less than five months away, and we’re a little over halfway to the goal. If you haven't yet given your support to FUV, we're counting on you now more than ever.

Also: Some legislators aim to cut or eliminate Federal dollars for CPB, affecting 170,000,000 public broadcasting users nationwide. We hope you consider speaking out for us to your Congressional reps. The web site 170MillionAmericans.org can keep you posted on that situation.

Corporate Support

What are corporate underwriters? Corporate underwriters are businesses and organizations which support WFUV by purchasing short, non-commercial messages, on-air and online. [more info]

Fordham University

What's WFUV's relationship to Fordham University? WFUV is licensed to Fordham University. Fordham provides in-kind support, such as rent-free studio office space, and about 4% of our operations budget. FUV is managed by an over 30-person professional staff with a mission to provide a unique public radio service, share the resources of the university with the community, and train the broadcasters of tomorrow. About 70 students work here in various capacities, and many go on to careers in media.

If there are any other questions you'd like answered about WFUV, email us anytime at thefolks@wfuv.org.

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