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'Tis The Season To Be Winning!
on December 12,2013 by jared

Join your pals on The Hockey Show as they hit the airwaves tonight their second annual SECRET SANTA SHOW!  Be sure to tune into this special show,  as we'll be cleaning out our prize closet, offering up everything we've got to you, our listeners, as a "thank you" for listening to our program. The only catch? Like other Secret Santa events, you just don't know what's inside the box you're choosing!

We have all sorts of stuff to give away, and we'll be packaging it up in nice little gift opportunities. There are ballcaps, t-shirts, DVDs, Jets gear, Bisons gear, and a pile of other stuff that can add to your Christmas cheer or provide you with a gift for someone else! In other words, we're going to have fun, and you're invited to participate in the fun by giving us a call! We'll have some hockey chatter between calls, but it's all about saying thanks to our listeners tonight, so give us a call and get yourself something from The Hockey Show for Christmas!

To get in on the action tonight, give us a call at (204) 269-UMFM (8636), and we'll get you on the air. Columbus will be (wo)manning the phones as well, so we'll see how this three-man procedure works out as we try to bring a little Christmas fun to everyone!

The main thing about this, though? Thanks for listening. Honestly, we really appreciate you listening live, listening to the podcasts, or tuning into the replays on HBIC Radio. This is our way of giving back, so give us a call and we can chat some hockey while giving you a gift of hockey gear!

PLEDGE-O-RAMA GOLDEN TICKET WINNERS!!
on November 1,2013 by jared

As you know, one of the extra-special incentives to donors for UMFM's Pledge-O-Rama, was an amazing prize we've dubbed the "Golden Ticket." Everyone who pledged $250 or more was entered into a draw to win one of five prizes that allowed the winnerand a guest to attend as many shows at the West End Cultural Centre, the Park Theatre and the Pyramid Cabaret as you want in 2014!  Our favorite festival friends at Jazz Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Folk Festival also each put up a pair of festival passes, allowing the lucky winner and their guest to enjoy all of the great music that these 2 great organizations bring to our city in June and July of next year.

This year, we recieved 28 pledges at the $250 (or more) level, so thanks to all those out there for your overwhelmingly generous support! We are pleased to announce that we made our prize draw and this year's winners are as follows:

  • Pyramid Cabaret Golden Ticket - Laura Graham
  • Park Theatre Golden Ticket - Sara Stasiuk
  • West End Cultural Centre Golden Ticket - Gail Comfort
  • Winnipeg Folk Festival Golden Ticket - Shelly Morris
  • Jazz Winnipeg Festival Golden Ticket- Dan Schulzki

Congrats to the winners of these great prizes, you're in for a fantastic 2014, full of all sorts of great music!  And thanks amazing sponsors of these draws -- namely The West End Cultural Centre, The Park Theatre, The Pyramid Cabaret, the TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival, the Winnipeg Folk Festival and Half Pints Brewing Company! Your continued support is overwhelming and we are forever in your debt!

Raise A Toast To Our Pledge-O-Rama Half Pints Prize Winners!
on November 1,2013 by jared

Once again, we'd like to thank the good folks who make great beer over at Half Pints Brewing Co. for supporting us during Pledge-O-Rama 2013 and giving us some killer prizes for giveaway to all our donors.

As was the case last year, we held a a daily draw for a package that included a Half Pints t-shirt, toque, two pint glasses, bicycle bell and a bumper sticker for every donor who pledged $75 or more -- EIGHT fantastic prize packages in all!!! PLUS every donation over $75 was also entered into the grand prize draw that includes a private brewery tour and tasting for the winner and up to 20 friends, after which they'll leave with a gift cerfiticate good for a keg of your choice of one of Half Pints tasty wares.

We recieved more than 160 (!!!!) pledges at the $75 level, so thanks to all those out there for your overwhelmingly generous support! The winners of the Half Pints Prizes are as follows:

  • Skipper Veness
  • Veronica Sharkey
  • Sean Tam
  • Jeff Friesen
  • Kevin Matthews
  • Ray & Nancy Ullenboom
  • Robert Galka
  • Dave Grad

And special congrats to Joel Trenaman who won the amazing Half Pints Grand Prize and is no doubt now the most popular guy in town!

Thanks again to the whole crew at the Half Pints Brewing Co., you are outstanding!

Sneak Peek At The New Blue Rodeo!
on October 28,2013 by jared

The new album from acclaimed / revered / legendary (pick your superlative) Canadian act Blue Rodeo, In Our Nature,
will be released tomorrow, Tuesday, October 29th! We're pleased to provide you with an advance listen to the album in its entirety.

We've also got an exclusive stream of the beautiful new video from award-winning director Chris Mills that - rather than being a 'music video' - incorporates more than just one song and attempts to capture the feel of the entire album.

Enjoy, and be sure to visit your favourite music retailer (digital or brick) tomorrow to get a copy of In Our Nature for
yourself.

Pledge-O-Rama 2013 Is On Now!
on October 8,2013 by jared

Call Us At 204-474-6610 Now To Pledge Your Support!

Since our revitalization in 1998, UMFM has been providing a diverse range of music and talk programming to Winnipeg. As with any organization, we have changed and evolved over the years but at its core, UMFM has maintained a mandate to provide our listeners a forum for music and voices that may otherwise go unheard. 

For 15 years, the station has been able to operate successfully without having to seek outside sources of income, even though the cost of running the radio station has steadily continued to rise. Our funding from the University hasn’t increased since '98, and like many other media outlets, we've seen our advertising revenue steadily decline over the last 5 years . We are now in a situation where when need to find alternative revenue streams to be able to maintain our daily operations costs.

Plainly stated, during Pledge-O-Rama this year, our goal is to raise is $24, 000.  Starting at 6:30PM on October 18th and running through to 8PM on October 25th, all of our hardworking showhosts and volunteers will be hitting the airwaves and taking your calls in in an effort to reach our goal. $24, 000 isn't an arbitrary number to us, it represents roughly 15% of our operating budget and would go a long want towards assisting in the day to day maintenance and operation of UMFM.  After Pledge-O-Rama kicks off, we'll be answering those phones daily from 6AM until 3AM.  However, if you miss during our prime pledge hours, you can just leave us a message at 204-474-6610 or drop us a line at pledge@umfm.com and one of our Smooth Phone Operators will get back to you ASAP!  Or if you want to come down to the station during Pledge-O-Rama to pledge your support in person, we'd love to see you.

Once again, we’ve got fantastic limited-edition merch or tax receipts to reward you for your donation to the station!  Plus, individual shows are cooking up some great surprise rewards for their listeners so pre-pledge now or give us a call during Pledge-O-Rama.

For more information visit our Pledge-O-Rama page and please help UMFM continue to provide a home for alternative voices, inquisitive minds and adventurous ears!

Half Pints Prize Packages

Once again, thanks to the generous support of the folks who make great beer over at Half Pints Brewing Co., we've got some killer prizes for giveaway to all our donors.

We've got a daily draw for a package that includes a Half Pints t-shirt, toque, two pint glasses, bicycle bell and a bumper sticker for every donor who pledges $75 or more, that's EIGHT prize packages in all!!!

PLUS every donation over $75 will also be entered in the grand prize draw that includes a private brewery tour and tasting for you and up to 20 friends after which you'll leave with a gift cerfiticate good for a keg of your choice of one of Half Pints tasty wares.

Golden Ticket Draws

Another key returnee to Pledge-O-Rama is the amazing prize we call the Golden Ticket! Everyone who pledges $250 or more will be entered in a draw to win one of three prizes that will allow you and a guest to attend as many shows at the Park Theatre, the West End Cultural Centre, the Pyramid Cabaret as you want over the next year.  In addition, our festival friends are getting in on the act as well! Jazz Winnipeg are offering up a golden ticket to the 2014 TD Jazz Winnipeg Festival, which will allow you and a guest to attend every show that the festival throws at you next June, and The Winnipeg Folk Festival are offering up 2 full weekend passes (camping not included) for the 2014 festival, which takes place over 5 beautiful days next July in Bird's Hill Park!

So yeah, you read that right - you and a guest can get into a years' worth of shows at three of the best venues in town. Local acts, touring bands, punk, hip-hop, bluegrass - you name it, if it's on the Upcoming Shows calendar (*with some exception) at the Park Theatre, the West End Cultural Centre, the Pyramid Cabaret, you and a guest can waltz right in with this special pass that you can only get if you pledge $250 or more during Pledge-O-Rama. And this is in addition to the tax receipt or package of incentives we're already giving out for pledges.

Incentive Levels

Finally, all of our supporters will get a big THANK YOU and the satisfaction of knowing that they have supported something as worthwhile as UMFM. However, there are a few extra tokens of our appreciation available. Of course, all pledges, big or small will make a difference! We plan to shower gifts on everyone who takes the time to call us and show us their support by donating to UMFM. Remember, plegees can chose between a tax receipt or the one of these great incentive packages, corresponding with the amount donated:

Here's a complete list of our great incentive packages, tax receipts are also available:

Please be aware that we cannot set aside specific t-shirt sizes during Pledge-O-Rama. All of our shirts will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis.  Pre-pledge to UMFM and not only we will guarantee you your desired shirt size, but one of our fine hosts will deliver it to your door or your mailbox!