A Timely Donation To the Patagonia Community Radio (KPUP)

Ernesto Portillo (Advisor) and Wil Hadley (Founder)

This text is from an October 2005 article that appeared in The Bulletin, a local borderland newspaper.

“When the June 15, 2005 deadline arrived and the pledged funds for KPUP fell shy of the $15,000 mark—the amount necessary to get the project past its first-phase fundraising stage—it seemed as though all bets were off for the proposed Patagonia radio station.

With pledges totaling $12,500 by that date, the amount, though substantial, was not quite enough. It was too close, however, decided fundraiser Tina Bartsch, to simply give up. “I started collecting funds anyway,” said Bartsch, ‘because I figured that we could really do a lot with that money. After all of our efforts, I really didn’t want to quit.’ A few more pledges rolled in over the week of the 15th, and the totals inched slightly higher—topping out at $12,500. And then it happened: On June 22, Steve Boyle and Pat Dolan, founders of The Bellows Foundation of Patagonia, committed to donate $2,500 toward the project, just enough money to give the radio station the legs it needed to clear its first-phase hurdle.

‘The radio station will enhance Patagonia’s strong effort to maintain its spirit of community and its spirit of belonging, and for that reason alone we would have helped them,’ Boyle said. ‘However, from our perspective—which is based on the fact that we are an educational foundation that is experimenting in new learning environments—the radio station could play a vital role in our curriculum.’

But the story doesn’t end there, Boyle and Dolan have extended their foundation’s generous donation by offering to donate an additional $2,500 if another individual, organization, or corporation will make a matching $2,500 donation. If that happens, KPUP will have over $20,000 in start-up funds—enough to get the station up and running by its on-air deadline of September 25th.”

[The aircraft in the background, owned by Steve Boyle, is a Great Lakes open-cockpit biplane with a 180-horsepower Lycoming engine with fuel injection and a cruise speed of 105 miles per hour.  Steve’s longest cross-country flights in the Great Lakes have been from Colorado Springs, Colorado to Charlotte, North Carolina (four days), and from East Lansing, Michigan to Tucson, Arizona (three days).]