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The NEEDS for Lifeline 2024:

In a normal year, the total costs to operate WNZR on a day-to-day basis over a 12-month period are usually in the $125,000 range. This does NOT include Joe and Marcy Rinehart’s salaries. Marcy is a full-time staff member of Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Joe is a full-time faculty member. 


Lifeline 2023 was such a blessing. When you helped us meet and exceed our goal, you gave us some margin to absorb some rising costs, especially in terms of subscriptions, equipment, and student employment. 

Lifeline 2023 has a pledged total of just over $86,918! That’s $21, 918 over goal! The return on those pledges so far is $84,825.50 (97.59%) and we can’t say thank you enough! 


Our goal is always to be good stewards of MVNU’s support, sponsor support, and listener support. MVNU provides about 20% of our operating budget, with business underwriting providing another 25% and Lifeline around 55%. 


What does Lifeline help us do? Mainly, it supports our staffing, including our full-time Assistant Station Manager, supporting 25 hour per week for our Office Manager, and a student staff, made up of around eight Leadership Team members, 4 summer staff members and students who fill in during holiday breaks. 


Lifeline supports our station vehicle (Big Blue), covers licensing costs for our online streaming services, handles costs for our website and app hosting, as well as equipment maintenance for broadcasting and video streaming. With Lifeline's support, we are able to broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year in Knox County and beyond! 


We know we can’t do it without you! 


Because of you, we’ve been able to: 

- Start online audio streaming at in 2003 

- FCC license renewals in 2004, 2012 and 2020 

- Hire a part-time Office Manager in 2009 

- Purchase Big Blue in 2009 

- Increase FM signal strength in 2011 

- Start online video streaming of Cougar Sports in 2011 with 

- Develop an Android and iTunes app and upgrade it in 2017 

- Partner with MVNU to hire an Assistant Station Manager in 2018 

- Re-wrap Big Blue in the summer of 2022 


WNZR’s desire is to go beyond being a typical college radio station and be a ministry to the community. We want our students to experience a real, everyday application of fulfilling MVNU’s mission: shaping lives by educating with an emphasis on Christ-likeness, lifelong learning and service. We also feel this approach is the best way for our students to learn the skills they need to be relevant communicators in a world that needs the good news of Jesus Christ! 


And with your response to Lifeline fundraisers over the years, you’ve sent us a STRONG message: keep doing what you’re doing! Nevertheless, we need your continued partnership! 


Our needs for 2024 include these approximate costs: 


· 51% of the hourly rate for our full-time Assistant Station Manager, Alyssa Sidle. TOTAL ESTIMATED COST: $18,600 

· 65% of the hourly rate for our Office Manager, Sue MacDonald. Sue will be full-time as of 4/1/24, with MVNU picking up the additional 35% and any benefits. TOTAL COST: $17,700 

· Both Alyssa and Sue’s presence allow Marcy to focus more on the programming and outreach responsibilities at the station. 

· Financial support of our WNZR Student leadership team during the school year, summer, and breaks. This includes student hosts on The Morning Thing and The Afternoon Drive. COST $34,000 

· Online music streaming fees. COST: $600 

· Website and smartphone app services COST: $3,000 


With your support, we can continue to reach our community with the awesome message of Christ and His love! Thank you for all you have done to support WNZR through prayer and finances. 


With gratitude, 


Joe Rinehart 

Marcy Rinehart

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