IAS Alum Gracelynn Scott Campaigns for KPLU

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Alum Gracelynn Scott (’15, Media & Communication Studies) describes the last nine months as “nothing short of a roller coaster ride.”  Flash back to November 12, 2015, Gracelynn was six weeks into her new role as Member Relations Coordinator at KPLU when she learned that the radio station was being sold, and she’d need to look for a new job.  Employees were devastated, but in December they were told if they raised $7 million by June 30, they could submit a competing bid to buy the station themselves. This announcement lit a fire, unleashing a windfall of community support.  By the end of May, the nonprofit formed to save KPLU, Friends of 88.5 FM, had reached their goal of $7 million in under six months, or 136 days.

Gracelynn wore many hats during the campaign, processing donations, organizing fundraising events, and supporting the development team.  Beyond these efforts, Gracelynn coordinates membership services, including KPLU’s studio performance sessions which host various jazz artists from Emmy nominees to School of Jazz students.  Of her work Gracelynn says, “I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know people who love KPLU and love what we do. I have been able to meet some amazing people and watched our members interact with one another in such fun ways. We truly are a community station, and I am honored to be part of this community and on the team that helped to save this wonderful station. The future no longer looks bleak but exciting and new!”