During the Fall Member Drive Oct. 14 - 23, Vancouver Co-op Radio asked renewing and current members to give a little extra to help with the renovations needed to ready the long-term Columbia Street station space for our return. And you did!

Our Director of Member Services updating our homemade in-station progress bar

Our Director of Member Services updating our homemade in-station progress bar.

Every one of those extra donations made (before noon on the last day of the Drive) was matched by a Co-op Radio member and volunteer who had pledged to match extra donations, new memberships, and new donations up to $10,000. We had 44 new members as a result, and countless donations from people who had not given before. We also hit our goal of $45,000 at noon on October 23, and the support just kept on coming. You pledged $52,625 towards Co-op Radio’s general operating costs (which are $350,000/year), and to help with renovation and move costs. That move back to Columbia Street is expected to happen in January 2017. Our tech crew and contractor and sub-contractors are in the process of preparing the space now.

The financial support is one thing, but to know that you appreciate the programming that volunteer programmer-members make, with their own time, energy and passion, has another value all its own. The programmers’ and station’s roots run deep in many listener communities - - as well as at Co-op Radio’s long-term station space in the Downtown Eastside -- and your support demonstrates that.

Thank you to every single one of you – listeners, members, donors, supporters of every kind!

We invite you to join us for the next Co-op Radio Night in conjunction with Red Herring providing the music at the Princeton Pub Saturday, November 19 at 9 pm.

Looking on to 2017, save the date for our Annual Birthday Bash to kick off the Spring Member Drive on March 31. There will also be other events and special programming throughout that 10-day- long Drive. In the meantime, you can tune in to Co-op Radio any time and know that you played a part in what you hear on air.

If you pledged in the Member Drive & are mailing a cheque, please send it to our current station space at 2014 Wall St V5L 1B1 as our mail forwarding set-up with Canada Post can be hit and miss. You can also complete your pledge at our secure weblink here.

If requested, tax receipts will be issued in February 2017. If you have any questions about membership or tax receipts, please contact Director of Member Services, Pamela Bentley at 604-684- 8494 ext. 230 or by email at community@coopradio.org.

Please note: All current members are invited to Co-op Radio’s 2016 Annual General Meeting, Sunday, November 20. Details can be found here.

Thank you again for nurturing Co-op Radio’s roots as your community radio station since 1975!