Transition to non-profit status opens up fundraising options to carry on local broadcasting legacy
APRIL 2, 2018 — With community roots dating back to 1971, Northland Community & Technical College’s Pioneer Radio KSRQ 90.1 FM is turning the page on an exciting new chapter of local public broadcasting. Already serving the Thief River Falls, East Grand Forks and surrounding areas, KSRQ will soon begin a transition into a full-fledged community based radio station — a 15-month long process that will conclude in July of 2019, when KSRQ will become its own 501c3 non-profit organization.
The changeover will allow KSRQ to carry on the proud Pioneer 90.1 legacy, while greatly expanding its access to valuable resources, fundraising opportunities and additional volunteer-produced programming. As cherished as Pioneer Radio is to NCTC, its status as a college-sponsored station has limited its growth potential in recent years. Giving the station a 501c3 status will open new doors and keep the tradition alive well into the future.
“We know how important Pioneer Radio is to its listeners and the community,” said Dr. Dennis Bona, President of NCTC. “This strategy has proven itself to be the best path forward for both the college and the station. It’s a win-win for all involved, and we will all get to continue enjoying the benefits of locally produced public radio.”
Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit www.northlandcollege.edu or call 1.800.959.6282.