Non-profit use of the Zevents page on Zradio.org is free! To post an event, complete the events calendar form by filling it in with all the information about your event. For best results, please post at least 3 weeks in advance.
Spot announcements on Z88.3 for non-profit organizations and churches is purposely limited on the station to minimize “non-commercial” interruptions and is fee based. For more information, continue reading below.
Z88.3 cannot legally accept commercial advertising from for-profit companies or conduct fundraising for other organizations. However, we do allow for-profit underwriting on the station.
Every week, Z88.3 has had numerous requests for Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) from worthy non-profit organizations, churches and governmental agencies. There are so many groups requesting time that if we accommodated everyone, we wouldn’t have time to play any Positive Hit Music!
Z88.3 is licensed as non-commercial by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and therefore must be funded by our listeners generous donations. Since our listeners are the ones who write the check, why insult them by “ruining” their station with endless public service announcements that sound like commercials.
It is amazing that almost all our supporters would agree with that statement, that is, until their church is having an event that they wish to have announced on Z88.3!
Clearly, a policy had to be crafted that was fair to our supporters and allow reasonable access by fellow non-profits and churches to promote events that our listeners could find interesting and useful. So, several years ago we implemented a PSA program which allows a very limited use of the station by a very limited number of non-profit organizations on a first come, first serve basis. The announcements are further limited to one specific event of relevance to our listeners. For fairness, a waiting list and usage fees were instituted.
Needless to say, this PSA policy is a great way to let hundreds of thousands all over Z-land know of your event for your organization or church. However, this program is so successful that we are now booked up months in advance even after recently adding more inventory to relieve the crunch. For additional questions and to check availabilities for your organization, you can contact the radio station at 407.869.8000.
Spot announcements are not necessary for every event. In fact, we recommend to many requests that the free listing on the Z-events page is all that is needed to adequately promote their event. Zradio.org scores an average of 2 million page views a month! To post an event on Zradio.org just click here and fill out all the information about your event. For best results, please post at least 3 weeks in advance.
Finally, many organizations ask if we can conduct fundraising on-air for their behalf, i.e., child adoptions drives, world relief sharathons, etc., the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has narrowly construed what constitutes permissible fundraising on noncommercial stations. Specifically, the Commission has held that:
[in] the absence of a waiver, noncommercial stations are prohibited from conducting any fundraising activity which substantially alters or suspends regular programming and is designed to raise support for any entity other than the station itself, and for purposes other than station operations.
For more information on our limitations: See Commission (FCC) New Policy Concerning the Noncommercial Nature of Educational Broadcasting Stations. (This link opens in a new window.)