DEI BENCHMARKS AWARD

Hawaii Public Radio overcomes challenges to win prize for outstanding fundraising

By Theodore Fischer

DEI gives its Benchmarks Award each year to a consistently top-performing station in terms of net revenue per hour of listening. While the median station raises .95 cents in underwriting revenue per listener-hour, HPR last year sold 2.25 cents per listener-hour — all handled by HPR’s single underwriting salesperson.

In presenting the award, Robin Turnau, president and c.e.o. of Vermont Public Radio and DEI treasurer, cited HPR’s peculiar challenges. “Their location is one of the top vacation destinations in the world. They deal daily with the challenges of serving a transient population, while raising funds from a permanent listenership where the local median income is only modest, while the cost of living is extraordinarily high,” said Turnau, noting that HPR’s net-revenue-per-listener-hour stat put it in the top 10 percent of DEI surveys for both membership and mid-level giving. HPR also placed in the 89th percentile within its peer group in the DEI Community Financial Support Index of money raised from membership and underwriting alone.

The award was presented at DEI’s PMDMC July 14 in Denver.

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