Christian radio station, FM103.2 has raised more than $400 000 in its ‘Balance the Budget’ Appeal, a record result in the Sydney station’s 25 year history.
As a community radio station, FM103.2 relies predominately on listener donations to cover day to day running costs. Each year, it conducts an on air June appeal to meet expenses and make up any shortfall experienced throughout the financial year.
During the November Radiothon Appeal, the station raised $225 000 from listener donations and, for the end of financial year, set a target of a further $320 000 – the highest on record. The target was not reached until the very last day of the appeal, but donations the following day were astounding, with a further $81 000 given by listeners up until midnight on 30 June, resulting in a final tally of almost $401 000.
Roger Climpson OAM, Chairman of FM103.2, says: “FM103.2 has always stood out in Sydney as a radio station which cares about community problems such as loneliness, sickness, family breakdown, unemployment and drug addition.
“Our listeners understand that on a very personal level, as they tell us how much they are helped each day through our positive music and lifestyle segments.”
More than 200 000 Sydney people tune in each week to FM103.2. Audience numbers have been on the rise over the past four years, and this is reinforced by the record result from the latest appeal.