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KVSS campaign raises $905,000

By Lisa Schulte
The Catholic Voice

Omaha's Catholic radio station, Spirit 88.9 FM - KVSS, has completed the first phase of a three-year $1 million capital campaign in an effort to continue its mission of bringing Christ to people and people to Christ.

As of July 12, $905,000 has been donated to the listener-supported station.

"I want to thank all of the people who have donated to the station," said Jim Carroll, the station's general manager. "We don't have parishioners or alumni, so this is really a grassroots effort."

Carroll also thanked the leadership team of Archbishop Elden Francis Curtiss, Anne Louise Micek and Bill Fitzgerald, as well as the chairs of the campaign, Tom and Janet Nichting, Jim and Joan Taphorn and Tom and Anne Pogge.

"Without all of the volunteers and the leadership team, there's no way that six full-time and two part-time people could ever do what was done," he said.

Carroll said funds raised through the campaign will go to increasing the station's broadcast signal, expanding local programming and promoting KVSS.

By the end of this month, station towers will be up in both Schuyler and Norfolk. KVSS will be known as Spirit 103.1 FM in Schuyler and as Spirit 98.3 FM in Norfolk.

This month, the station is kicking off a live morning show. In addition to providing local news, weather, traffic and sports, the morning program will feature prayer, a saint of the day and information on parishes, apostolates and ministries in the Archdiocese of Omaha.

Volunteers are working with 10 archdiocesan parishes to provide Spirit 88.9 FM merchandise and program guides in the churches. Station merchandise is also available at a number of Omaha restaurants, all Omaha State Bank locations and The Catholic Voice.

To find out more about the campaign or to contact Spirit 88.9 FM, call 571-0200 or send an e-mail to kvss@kvss.com.

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