Hundreds of local music fans and community members pledged their support for Brookdale Public Radio last month during the station’s biannual membership drive, which featured five days of special programming and unique promotional offers followed by an intimate musical engagement headlined by British singer-songwriter James Maddock.
Running from Oct. 24 – 28, the on-air membership drive featured a non-stop marathon of music, interviews and promotional spots, encouraging listeners to call in and support Monmouth County’s only public radio station. Those who pledged a monthly donation or made a qualifying contribution were welcomed as new members of 90.5 The Night, eligible for exclusive member benefits throughout the year.
Those benefits kicked in almost immediately, as all 90.5 the Night members were invited to an evening of food, refreshments and live entertainment at the House of Independents in Asbury Park on Nov. 3. The show, headlined by the acclaimed folk-rock artist Maddock, also featured catered offerings from Mumford’s Culinary Center, Mogo, and Maddalena’s Cheesecake and Catering.
Drawing an audience of nearly 250, the concert was the largest members-only event in the station’s 42-year history, said station manager Tom Brennan. All told, the fall 2016 membership drive raised more than $36,000.
“It was a tremendously successful drive, which capped off a truly exceptional year for Brookdale Public Radio,” said Brennan, referring to the station’s equally successful Songwriters on the Beach series this summer in Belmar and the first ever Spark Invitational Food Truck Festival, which drew thousands of community members to the Lincroft campus last month.
“We couldn’t have done any of it without the support of our listeners and the members of our community. We could not be more grateful.”
Since its establishment in 1974, Brookdale Public Radio and its on-air personalities have earned a reputation among listeners for quality music, reliable news and undying support of local musicians and community organizations. 90.5 The Night has been named “Top Radio Station (To Support Local Music)” by the Asbury Music Awards for the last 15 years in a row.
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