Johnson City

WETS-FM hoping fundraiser will cover sequestration losses

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Federal sequestration takes a hit on public radio in the Tri-Cities, and now it needs a financial boost from its listeners.

WETS-FM is kicking off its spring fundraiser Wednesday hoping to offset some of their losses.    

Station manager Wayne Winkler told us the Corporation for Public Broadcasting withheld five percent of its grant to WETS because of automatic federal budget cuts.

Now, the station is hoping listeners can help cover their loss of about $10,000.

"That way, we will be able to maintain programs like the HD service that we were able to start with federal funding. We've also started a news department with a news director, Fred Sauceman, and he's being paid out of federal funds as well," Winkler told News 5.

The station's total goal is to raise $210,000 through the fundraiser that continues through Friday, April 12.

You can make a toll-free pledge by calling (888) 895-9387. Pledges can also be made online any time at

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