As a community-supported media organization, WBEZ 91.5FM, Chicago’s National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate, relies on the financial support of individuals, families, businesses, and philanthropic organizations to continue operating as a valuable source for news and information.
Unlike corporately owned radio stations that depend on advertising dollars, WBEZ's main source of funding is listener memberships. These memberships allow WBEZ to operate without commercial breaks, giving listeners more time each hour to enjoy beloved NPR programs such as This American Life, Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me, and Car Talk.
Join G-Team in supporting WBEZ and its independent voice. Those who donate $60 to today’s G-Team campaign will get the WBEZ MemberCard (a $120 value), which offers 2-for-1 discounts at more than 350 Chicago-area businesses and restaurants. Other WBEZ member benefits include:
- Twice monthly e-mail updates about programming, events, and ticket giveaways
- Quarterly printed Member Update
- Tours of the station upon request
- Discounts on tickets to select WBEZ events
Make a donation and enjoy the enticing and informative sounds of WBEZ—a far better audio option than your neighbor's ubiquitous snooze alarm and the wild foghorns that live in your office's air-conditioning system.
WBEZ 91.5FM's public broadcasting strives to connect people from diverse backgrounds to new perspectives, including local and national politics, current science, and film and theater. The Chicago station also runs inventive, locally produced programs, such as This American Life, Chicago Amplified, and Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me, a game show where celebrity guests must determine the secret ingredient in Ira Glass's chocolate-chip cookies before being dunked in a tank of piranhas. Coverage of local news and events helps WBEZ 91.5FM bring listeners in touch with developments in their communities.