Above: WUIS offers a blend of local and national programs that enrich the community.
Make a Difference for WUIS, Central Illinois’ Public Radio Station
If you are a fan of WUIS, you are certainly familiar with our fundraising drives on the radio—and we hope you continue to support those!
We want to make you aware here of some very special giving opportunities for those of you who want to elevate your giving support to WUIS.
- WUIS Radio Station
- Digital Conversion Fund
- WUIS Legacy Endowment Fund
- Michelle M. and Guerry L. Suggs Performing Arts Studio
- Radio Information Service
- Reporter Resources
WUIS Radio Station Fund
Thirty percent of WUIS’ program and operating costs are paid for by listener support. Your gift to this fund keeps your favorite programs on the air in central and west central Illinois, and helps WUIS reporters and hosts create innovative and interesting programs that reflect our communities.
Digital Conversion Fund
We have three ways that we will upgrade our sound:
- Digital Conversion
WUIS will offer several channels with more programs via digital receiver; the sound quality will be superb and more information about programs will be visible on the user’s display.
- Second Channel
WUIS will launch a second channel on HD targeted to a younger demographic, which will offer UIS students training opportunities.
- Auxiliary Tower
WUIS’ signal travels to its primary tower in Mechanicsburg through a smaller tower on the roof of the WUIS studios. The smaller tower, only 35 feet tall, is now blocked by trees; moisture on the leaves causes interruptions. A 100-foot tower will create an uninterrupted signal between the two towers.
WUIS Legacy Endowment Fund
During recent months, with your support, we have been overhauling and modernizing the entire station and installing a state-of-the-art digital routing system. We need your help to do this, and in fact, if you are interested in having a role in our WUIS upgrade, we have some special naming and other recognition opportunities available to you.
For more information, please use the Send Us Your Question link at left. You can also contact our WUIS gift officer (and now interim director of WUIS) Randy Eccles.
To make a gift immediately, please give to the following fund in support of these important improvements. You can add a note in the Comment Box let us know your intention for your gift.
Michelle M. and Guerry L. Suggs Performing Arts Studio Fund
With special thanks to Guerry Suggs, we now have the Suggs Performing Arts Studio, a one-of-a-kind Central Illinois venue for the creation of local programs recorded before a live audience. Whether it’s a classical guitarist demonstrating technique, a panel discussing statewide politics, or a person recording his or her own work, the Studio brings the community inside for a special experience.
If you would like to assist with bringing bring in the very best to the Suggs Studio and especially to reach and educate new audiences, please use the following link to give online.
Radio Information Service: Bringing “Reading” to the Visually Impaired
Did you know that WUIS helps bring books, magazines, and local newspapers to visually impaired people in central Illinois?
No, we don’t deliver books in Braille. We offer special free radios to people so they can listen to all these reading materials read by volunteers. You can’t hear these materials normally because the reading is sent out on a special sub frequency. Imagine what a wonderful program this is for people who can’t read otherwise.
If you love reading, you can help us provide this service through your gifts which help support the upkeep of the equipment and radio purchases. Your gifts also help us pay for a coordinator’s salary.
We would like to provide our reporters with some additional equipment which will help them bring better stories while out in the field.
- Portable Equipment: A portable sound system will allow WUIS to broadcast more cultural events and productions taking place outside the studios.
- Recording Equipment: Reporters will utilize the latest in digital recording technology.
We welcome your inquiries. Please use the contact information below.