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Anonymous Donor Gives Record $1.5M to UA Little Rock Public Radio

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An anonymous donor gave $1.5 million to UA Little Rock Public Radio on Friday, the final day of its annual fall fund drive.

It’s the largest cash gift that UA Little Rock Public Radio has ever received and is 10 times its goal for the fall fundraiser.

The broadcaster is home to KUAR 98.1, central Arkansas’ NPR member station, and KLRE Classical 90.5, the state’s only classical FM radio station. 

Nathan Vandiver, the general manager of UA Little Rock Public Radio, said in a news release that the stations will use the donation to strengthen and expand news services and music offerings.

“This gift is a wonderful testament to the impact of public radio,” Vandiver said.  “The generosity of this anonymous gift is considerable. On behalf of the staff and listeners of KLRE and KUAR, I want to say a heartfelt thanks to the donor.”

More than 800,000 people listen to KUAR and KLRE every week.

Sarah Beth Estes, dean of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s College of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education, said she and others were “elated” at the news of the donation. 

“The staff of KLRE/KUAR work tirelessly to provide quality news, programs, and music to central Arkansas,” she said. “This operational gift ensures the continuity of these efforts and underscores their essentiality.”

Christian O’Neal, vice chancellor for university advancement, said the donation will provide stability and a steady revenue source for the stations. 

“This anonymous donation will leave a lasting impact on public radio in our community for years to come,” he said. 

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