WDUQ-FM (90.5) will begin its week-long pledge on Thursday, June 4. The drive will also feature something new – the opportunity to support NPR. Instead of accepting a “thank-you gift”, the listener can opt to have 10% of their pledge sent to NPR. The additional funds will go in addition to the hundreds of thousands in programming fees the station sends to the network. Business and foundation support has been down and NPR has already led to staff layoffs and program cancellations. In a press release, WDUQ General Manager and former NPR Board Member Scott Hanley said, “…at a time when NPR and public radio’s services are needed more than ever, some of our lead sources of funding have hit on their own hard times. But with more listeners to WDUQ and NPR than ever, we are confident that we can turn to our listeners, and that those who can contribute will contribute.”