HPPR tries to go the extra mile for you, all year long. By operating a network of 21 stations HPPR is able to serve you in your community and in your travels across the High Plains region. There are real costs to power and maintain this network, expenses that are far higher per capita than an urban public radio station reaching millions of people with a single transmitter.
By year’s end we need to raise $55,000 in individual contributions to end the year on budget and cover the large funding gap left by steep cuts in State of Kansas funding reductions in support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Your end of year contribution will go to pay the direct costs of operating the transmitter serving your community as well as others you may listen to when driving in the region. Each of HPPR’s 21 transmitters has fixed operating costs for power, tower rent, maintenance and insurance. We’ve worked to keep these expenses down through efficient installation designs and equipment selection. At a few sites we’ve also managed to have tower rent or utility costs donated.
But in most cases there are monthly bills to be paid, which can be substantial. For example, utility costs can run $20-30,000 a year for our 100,000 watt stations like KTOT, KANZ, KZNK and KZNA. Tower rent can be as high as almost $25,000 a year for a station like KJJP in Amarillo.
In considering your contribution, keep in mind everyone who will benefit in the coming year. There’s certainly yourself in terms of the many hours and miles of listening you’ll be supporting. There’s also your community that will benefit by having this educational, cultural and civic service available to everyone, regardless of means. And there may even be those who are just driving through the area, tune into HPPR, and come away impressed by the availability of public radio across the region and with the support for that service provided by residents like you.