KUCO/KBCW is a non-commercial educational radio station licensed to the University of Central Oklahoma. We rely heavily on the financial support of our listeners. In 2007, listeners provided over 36% of our operating budget. Other sources of financial support include the University of Central Oklahoma, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, business underwriters, and tower space rentals.
KUCO/KBCW members help insure the continuance of locally programmed classical music in central Oklahoma. As one of only a handful of all classical public radio stations nationwide, KUCO/KBCW provides a truly unique alternative to commercial market offerings and public station news/talk formats.
Listener contributions help cover the cost of programming fees, equipment replacement and repair, and maintenance of our CD library which contains over 12,000 CDs. In order to bring you the finest and broadest selection of classical music, new recordings must be purchased and older recordings occasionally replaced.
Programming fees, equipment and personnel expenses account for almost $400,000 annually. Annual affiliation with Public Radio International costs $13,000, with an additional $7,500 covering program fees. Programming from American Public Media is received at a cost of $16,250. Fee-based programs include Hearts of Space, The Record Shelf, With Heart and Voice, and various orchestra programs such as The Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Feature programs such as Stardate also carry annual subscription fees.
Equipment replacement and repair is a continuous process. CD players and computers are in virtually constant use 18 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Periodic breakdowns are inevitable. Sometimes equipment cannot be repaired and must be replaced.
Your KUCO/KBCW membership is an integral and essential component of our financial viability. Without it, quite simply, the music would stop playing. Your membership demonstrates a commitment to supporting classical music and the local arts community. Ultimately, this commitment helps to maintain and enhance our quality of life in central Oklahoma.