Why you should pledge
WMBR is noncommercial radio, offering many hours of programming that cannot be found on any other radio station anywhere. We are 100% volunteer, with no paid staff. This is rare ‐ even among other local college and public stations. Our volunteers are MIT students, alumnus, staff and members of the local community.
Our primary source of revenue is listener donations. MIT provides the space and a small stipend, but over 99% of our operating costs are covered by your individual donations. We rely on your support to bring you our diverse programming!
Where the money goes
The COVID-19 crisis has caused major changes in the way we operate. When MIT shut down non-essential buildings in March, we lost the ability to broadcast live from our campus home in Walker Memorial. Luckily, thanks to your previous donations, we were able to set up remotely controlled broadcasting capabilities. Read more about how our tech staff made that happen here!
Our transmitter move from the Eastgate Building to its new home across the street has been delayed because of COVID-19. However, those of you in the Kendall Square area can see our new tower already in place, thanks to your financial support! Your donations will also support the construction of our new transmitter room and provide the critical equipment we need to continue broadcasting – from air conditioners to furnishings to an antenna.
Your donations continue to pay for our webcasting and artist licensing fees, which continues to be our biggest expense. But you're also supporting whatever else we need to make all this possible, from providing remote broadcasting equipment to new recruits, to paying for increased server space and redundancy for our remote show library.
A variety of premiums are available as our way of saying thank you for your support. They are tokens of appreciation for your tax-deductible donation to WMBR. This year we're offering short and long sleeved T-shirts, rally towels, face masks, gaiters, zippered hoodies, and two different stickers!
Here's a sneak peek at what the premiums look like: