Harrisonburg stations make urgent fundraising appeal

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“We are among the smaller stations in the public radio system,” writes Tom DuVal, g.m. of WMRA and WEMC in Harrisonburg, Va., in an email appeal for year-end donations. “We cannot cut enough expenses without having a noticeable and undesirable impact on the quality of the service you receive.” Underwriting revenues have dropped sharply and decreases in government support and private contributions have added to the stations’ financial woes, DuVal tells the Daily News Record. Staff members have already taken 10 percent cuts in their salaries; lay-offs and cost-cutting program changes may come down next month.

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