Radio Survivor is creating the most comprehensive podcast & website about community media.
31

patrons

$147
per month
Radio Survivor editors Jennifer Waits, Matthew Lasar, Eric Klein and Paul Riismandel–along with more than a dozen contributors–have been documenting and reporting on the future of community media since 2009.

We focus on the kind of radio, podcasting and media rarely covered in-depth by the broadcast industry or mainstream press, from community radio, college radio and low-power FM to independent podcasting, public access TV and independent film. We also dig deep to get at the policy and economic issues that most affect these media, while exploring and documenting important history.

We believe that community radio and media are vibrant media platforms, that continue to thrive and innovate despite dire predictions. We are the only outlet that dedicates a weekly feature to college radio, where radio's new generations are innovating the future. Editor Jennifer Waits has created the largest online documentation of college and community radio stations, comprising more than 150 radio station tours.

Our weekly podcast and radio show is the only one weekly program dedicated to documenting and supporting community media. It is now heard on two dozen non-commercial terrestrial and online stations around the world.

Support from our patrons allows us to create this unparalleled documentation and support of community media every single week of the year.

What We Use Your Funding For:
  • Web and podcast hosting 
  • Equipment and costs associated with producing our podcast and radio show
  • Subsidizing travel for radio station tours and attending conferences
What We Want To Do More Of:
  • Post accurate transcriptions of our podcast to make them more accessible
  • In-depth explorations of community media history and stories, like: the history of low-power FM (LPFM); the impact of media ownership on democratic communication; and highlighting the diversity of voices and people making community media today.
  • Report on more community media events and conferences happening around North America
  • More tours of radio stations, especially in places farther away from major metroplexes

That's why we're asking members of the Radio Survivor community to become Patrons to help fund our work, in the same community-supported spirit of great community media. After nearly a decade of publication we've demonstrated our dedication and reliability. Now we want to ensure the next decade, and beyond, with your help.

Every monthly dollar you contribute gets us closer to a milestone that makes Radio Survivor sustainable, and then helps to grow the scope and depth of our coverage. As a Patron you have the opportunity to help decide topics and issues we cover, and receive rewards, as listed below.

We hope you'll choose to support Radio Survivor so that we can continue to support great radio.

Thanks,

Jennifer, Matthew, Eric and Paul
Tiers
Official Radio Survivor
$1 or more per month 15 patrons

You are an official Radio Survivor, contributing to the future of great radio! You'll also receive a set of ready-to-print digital postcards with images from Jennifer's radio station tours, along with access to exclusive Patron-only bonus podcasts and content.

Super-Survivor
$2.50 or more per month 5 patrons

You're doing even more to keep Radio Survivor going! You'll get all the benefits of the entry level, including ready-to-print radio station digital postcards and exclusive Patron-only bonus podcasts and content.


We'll ask for a shipping address at checkout so we can send you something nice in the mail every so often.

Ultra-Survivor
$5 or more per month 7 patrons

You're helping us pay all our web and podcast hosting costs. You'll get all the benefits of the entry level, including ready-to-print radio station digital postcards and exclusive Patron-only bonus podcasts and content.


We'll ask for a shipping address at checkout so we can send you something nice in the mail every so often.

You're a Sustaining Patron!
$10 or more per month 11 patrons

We'll list you on our About page and you'll receive all above rewards.


We'll ask for a shipping address at checkout so we can send you something nice in the mail every so often.

Podcast & Radio Show Underwriter
$20 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
Once a month we'll air an FCC-friendly underwriting announcement on our podcast and radio show thanking you, your organization or business. The radio show reaches listeners on more than 15 FM stations across the U.S.


You'll be able to include products, services and contact information   (like a URL) in the announcement if you wish, and have final approval on the copy.

Station Tour Patron
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons

Your contribution will support Jennifer Waits' radio station tours. To say thanks she'll send you a personalized signed postcard from every tour.


You'll also receive the digital radio station postcards and access to Patron-exclusive bonus podcasts and content.


We'll ask you for a shipping address at checkout so we can send your postcards and other nice things in the mail.

Bulletin Sustainer
$100 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons

Your name or logo in the weekly Radio Survivor email Bulletin, once a month! We'll thank you with a clickable logo (50x150) in the bulletin, along with all above rewards.

We hope you understand that we'll need to approve this logo to make sure it's consistent with the Radio Survivor values and what our readers expect from us. We don't expect a problem, we just want you to know that up front.


You'll also receive the digital radio station postcards and access to Patron-exclusive bonus podcasts and content.


We'll ask you for a shipping address at checkout so we can send your postcards and other nice things in the mail.

Pledge $300 or more per month
0 of 4 patrons
Underwrite a new monthly feature. You'll have the opportunity to select a topic from a menu of choices, and you'll be named as the underwriter every month when the feature is published. 

We hope you understand that it's important for the topic and the naming to be consistent with the values Radio Survivor readers have come to expect. So we'll want to work with you on this, and reserve the right to turn down any naming that might conflict with these values. We don't think this will actually be a problem, but it's the kind of thing we need to state up front.
Goals
31 of 100 patrons
Podcast and radio show are sustainable.
We can pay a fair wage for editing and production labor. As needed we can hire translators for internationally-focused interviews and create accessible transcripts for selected episodes.
2 of 5
Radio Survivor editors Jennifer Waits, Matthew Lasar, Eric Klein and Paul Riismandel–along with more than a dozen contributors–have been documenting and reporting on the future of community media since 2009.

We focus on the kind of radio, podcasting and media rarely covered in-depth by the broadcast industry or mainstream press, from community radio, college radio and low-power FM to independent podcasting, public access TV and independent film. We also dig deep to get at the policy and economic issues that most affect these media, while exploring and documenting important history.

We believe that community radio and media are vibrant media platforms, that continue to thrive and innovate despite dire predictions. We are the only outlet that dedicates a weekly feature to college radio, where radio's new generations are innovating the future. Editor Jennifer Waits has created the largest online documentation of college and community radio stations, comprising more than 150 radio station tours.

Our weekly podcast and radio show is the only one weekly program dedicated to documenting and supporting community media. It is now heard on two dozen non-commercial terrestrial and online stations around the world.

Support from our patrons allows us to create this unparalleled documentation and support of community media every single week of the year.

What We Use Your Funding For:
  • Web and podcast hosting 
  • Equipment and costs associated with producing our podcast and radio show
  • Subsidizing travel for radio station tours and attending conferences
What We Want To Do More Of:
  • Post accurate transcriptions of our podcast to make them more accessible
  • In-depth explorations of community media history and stories, like: the history of low-power FM (LPFM); the impact of media ownership on democratic communication; and highlighting the diversity of voices and people making community media today.
  • Report on more community media events and conferences happening around North America
  • More tours of radio stations, especially in places farther away from major metroplexes

That's why we're asking members of the Radio Survivor community to become Patrons to help fund our work, in the same community-supported spirit of great community media. After nearly a decade of publication we've demonstrated our dedication and reliability. Now we want to ensure the next decade, and beyond, with your help.

Every monthly dollar you contribute gets us closer to a milestone that makes Radio Survivor sustainable, and then helps to grow the scope and depth of our coverage. As a Patron you have the opportunity to help decide topics and issues we cover, and receive rewards, as listed below.

We hope you'll choose to support Radio Survivor so that we can continue to support great radio.

Thanks,

Jennifer, Matthew, Eric and Paul

Recent posts by Radio Survivor

Tiers
Official Radio Survivor
$1 or more per month 15 patrons

You are an official Radio Survivor, contributing to the future of great radio! You'll also receive a set of ready-to-print digital postcards with images from Jennifer's radio station tours, along with access to exclusive Patron-only bonus podcasts and content.

Super-Survivor
$2.50 or more per month 5 patrons

You're doing even more to keep Radio Survivor going! You'll get all the benefits of the entry level, including ready-to-print radio station digital postcards and exclusive Patron-only bonus podcasts and content.


We'll ask for a shipping address at checkout so we can send you something nice in the mail every so often.

Ultra-Survivor
$5 or more per month 7 patrons

You're helping us pay all our web and podcast hosting costs. You'll get all the benefits of the entry level, including ready-to-print radio station digital postcards and exclusive Patron-only bonus podcasts and content.


We'll ask for a shipping address at checkout so we can send you something nice in the mail every so often.

You're a Sustaining Patron!
$10 or more per month 11 patrons

We'll list you on our About page and you'll receive all above rewards.


We'll ask for a shipping address at checkout so we can send you something nice in the mail every so often.

Podcast & Radio Show Underwriter
$20 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
Once a month we'll air an FCC-friendly underwriting announcement on our podcast and radio show thanking you, your organization or business. The radio show reaches listeners on more than 15 FM stations across the U.S.


You'll be able to include products, services and contact information   (like a URL) in the announcement if you wish, and have final approval on the copy.

Station Tour Patron
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons

Your contribution will support Jennifer Waits' radio station tours. To say thanks she'll send you a personalized signed postcard from every tour.


You'll also receive the digital radio station postcards and access to Patron-exclusive bonus podcasts and content.


We'll ask you for a shipping address at checkout so we can send your postcards and other nice things in the mail.

Bulletin Sustainer
$100 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons

Your name or logo in the weekly Radio Survivor email Bulletin, once a month! We'll thank you with a clickable logo (50x150) in the bulletin, along with all above rewards.

We hope you understand that we'll need to approve this logo to make sure it's consistent with the Radio Survivor values and what our readers expect from us. We don't expect a problem, we just want you to know that up front.


You'll also receive the digital radio station postcards and access to Patron-exclusive bonus podcasts and content.


We'll ask you for a shipping address at checkout so we can send your postcards and other nice things in the mail.

Pledge $300 or more per month
0 of 4 patrons
Underwrite a new monthly feature. You'll have the opportunity to select a topic from a menu of choices, and you'll be named as the underwriter every month when the feature is published. 

We hope you understand that it's important for the topic and the naming to be consistent with the values Radio Survivor readers have come to expect. So we'll want to work with you on this, and reserve the right to turn down any naming that might conflict with these values. We don't think this will actually be a problem, but it's the kind of thing we need to state up front.