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DARK WINTER NIGHTS:

TRUE STORIES FROM ALASKA

RADIO / PODCAST / LIVE / TELEVISION

Thank you for considering underwriting Dark Winter Nights: True Stories from Alaska. We are experienced skyrocketing growth in both interest in our mission and audience at our live events, radio programs, podcasts and television broadcasts and would love for you to join us in this wild ride. In exchange for your support, we can offer invaluable publicity, a large and diverse audience as well as the benefit of associating your organization with the tremendous goodwill our work is generating.

We created Dark Winter Nights because we were frustrated with how Alaska is depicted in many Reality TV programs. Television producers in Los Angeles and New York have hijacked Alaska’s image and we need to take back ownership of who we are and what this state is all about. Our mission is to share the real Alaska with the world through our radio programs, podcasts, live events and television broadcasts. Will you help us?

We appreciate your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

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Robert W. Prince
Associate Professor of Journalism
University of Alaska Fairbanks

rob.prince@alaska.edu / 907.474.6249 / darkwinternights.com

 

Why Underwrite Dark Winter Nights?

_P1A8459Audience:  We have established ourselves as a cool, pro-Alaska organization and our events and programs appeal to a demographically diverse audience.  Our live events draw over-capacity crowds and our radio program is broadcast monthly on KUAC-FM right after A Prairie Home Companion–a fantastic timeslot for our type of show.  When we do a live event, people know about it and they show up.  We’re becoming one of the hottest tickets in Fairbanks and we’re working to expand our radio distribution throughout even more of Alaska and the Lower 48.

Publicity:  KUAC-FM has created a page on their website just for Dark Winter Nights where listeners can play previously-broadcast episodes of the radio program.   Our podcast is listed on iTunes and is available on all podcast applications.  The television broadcast of our first live event was aired on KUAC-TV on a Thursday evening during primetime—an excellent timeslot.  The Alaskan press has done several stories about us and we have developed a healthy Facebook and Twitter following.  The Daily News-Miner is working on running a regular Sunday feature that shares stories from our live events.  When we do live events, there is coverage in all forms of news media.

_P1A8328Local Impact:  Dark Winter Nights makes Fairbanks a better place to live and makes people feel proud to live here.  It’s a celebration of Alaska and the people who live here.  We know for a fact that our event has inspired others to create their own local storytelling events. It’s an asset to our community and it is critical that it continues to grow. Will you help us?

 

Where will your money go?

Your sponsorship will be carefully and prudently invested in venue rental, professional audio, lighting, sound and video recording, musicians, printing and advertising. We also use our funds to employ a small, dedicated staff and provide modest food at events and meetings to show appreciation for our exceptional team of volunteers. All funds are tax-deductible through the UAF Journalism Department. Our tax ID number is A-125217.

 

Underwriting Options:

We have underwriting options to fit every budget.
Exclusive Season Underwriter Radio (approx. 9 episodes), Podcast (approx. 9 episodes), Television Broadcasts (approx. 2) & Live Events (approx. 3 events) $17,000
  • We will acknowledge your company (and no other underwriters*) and tagline at all of our live events, in press releases, during radio and television interviews, etc.**         (See “Gold Sponsor” below for details)
  • Acknowledge your company (and no other underwriters*) and tagline at the beginning and end of the television broadcasts of the events
  • Acknowledge your company (and no other underwriters*) and tagline at the beginning and end of every radio and podcast episode for the entire season
    • They will remain on the radio episodes if they are broadcast at a later date and will remain on the podcast episodes indefinitely
  • “Thank You!” acknowledgement in the Daily News-Miner
  • All the benefits of the Gold Sponsor…
Season Underwriter Radio (approx. 9 episodes), Podcast (approx. 9 episodes), Television Broadcasts (approx. 2) & Live Events (approx. 3 events) ($6000) $5,500
  • We will acknowledge your company and tagline at all of our live events, in press releases, during radio and television interviews, etc.** (See “Gold Sponsor” below for details)
  • Acknowledge your company and tagline at the beginning and end of the television broadcasts of the events
  • Acknowledge your company and tagline at the beginning and end of every radio and podcast episode for the entire season
    • They will remain on the radio episodes if they are broadcast at a later date and will remain on the podcast episodes indefinitely
  • All the benefits of the Gold Sponsor…
Underwrite Live Event: Gold Sponsor  $1,500+
  • Stage acknowledgement of your company’s support during the event
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in press releases promoting the event
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support during radio and television interviews promoting the event**
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in our social media
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in our e-Newsletter for one year
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support and link to your company’s website on our website for one year
  • Company signage at event
  • Company logo on T-shirts
  • Company logo on event DVDs/CDs
  • Full page ad in event program
  • Company name listed under “Gold Sponsors” in event program
  • Will mention the company name and tagline at the beginning and end of the television broadcast of the event
  • Five free VIP tickets to the show with reserved seating
    • Includes valet parking, backstage passes and an event attendant
  • 50% discount on live event tickets for employees
  • Five free bumper stickers
  • Five free DVDs or CDs of the live event
  • Free framed event poster signed by the storytellers
  • Framed certificate of appreciation
  • Option to include company handout or promotional gift in storytellers’ gift bags
Underwrite Live Event: Bronze Sponsor $500+
  • Stage acknowledgement of your company’s support during the event
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in our social media
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in our e-Newsletter for six months
  • Company signage at event
  • Company name listed under “Bronze Sponsors” in event program
  • 1/4-page ad in event program
  • Link to your company website on our website for six months
  • Five free tickets to the show with reserved seating
  • Event backstage passes for five
  • 50% discount on tickets for employees
  • Five free bumper stickers
  • Five free DVDs or CDs of the live event
  • Free unframed event poster signed by the storytellers
  • Unframed certificate of appreciation
  • Option to include company handout or promotional gift in storytellers’ gift bags
Underwrite Live Event: Silver Sponsor $100+
  • Company name listed under “Silver Sponsors” in event program
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in our social media
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in our e-Newsletter for six months
  • Link to your company website on our website for six months
  • Two free event tickets
  • Free bumper sticker
  • Free DVD or CD of the live event
  • Unframed certificate of appreciation
  • Option to include company handout or promotional gift in storytellers’ gift bags
Underwrite Live Event: Friend $50+
  • Company name listed under “Friends of Dark Winter Nights” in event program
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in our social media
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in one e-Newsletter
  • Link to your company website on our website for six months
  • Two free event tickets
  • Free bumper sticker
  • Free DVD or CD of the live event
Sponsor Season of Radio & Podcast Episodes (approx. 9 each) ($3000) $2,500
  • Mention your company name and tagline at the beginning and end of every radio and podcast episode for the entire season.
    • Will remain on the radio episodes if they are broadcast at a later date
    • Will remain on the podcast episodes indefinitely
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in our social media
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in our e-Newsletter for one year
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support and link to your company’s website on our website for one year
  • Company signage at live events
  • Company logo on T-shirts
  • Full page ad in live event programs for one year
  • Link to your company website on our website for one year
  • Five free VIP tickets to all the live shows with reserved seating for one year
    • Includes valet parking, backstage passes and an event attendant
  • 50% discount on live event tickets for employees for one year
  • Five free bumper stickers
  • Five free DVDs or CDs of one live event
  • Free framed event poster signed by the storytellers
  • Framed certificate of appreciation
  • Option to include company handout or promotional gift in live event storytellers’ gift bags for one year
Sponsor Season of Radio Episodes (approx. 9 episodes) ($2250) $2,000
  • Mention your company name and tagline at the beginning and end of every radio episode for the entire season.
    • It will remain on the episodes if they are broadcast at a later date.
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in our social media
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in our e-Newsletter for six months
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support and link to your company’s website on our website for one year
  • Company signage at live events
  • Company logo on T-shirts
  • Full page ad in live event programs for one year
  • Five free VIP tickets to all the live shows with reserved seating for one year
    • Includes valet parking, backstage passes and an event attendant
  • 50% discount on live event tickets for employees for one year
  • Five free bumper stickers
  • Five free DVDs or CDs of one live event
  • One free framed event poster signed by the storytellers
  • Framed certificate of appreciation
  • Option to include company handout or promotional gift in live event storytellers’ gift bags for one year
Sponsor Single Radio Episode $250
  • Mention your company name and tagline at the beginning and end of one radio broadcast episode
  • It will remain on the episode if it is rebroadcast at a later date
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in our social media
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in our e-Newsletter for six months
  • Link to your company website on our website for one year
  • Two free tickets to one live event
  • Free bumper sticker
  • One free DVD or CD of a live event
  • Unframed certificate of appreciation
  • Option to include company handout or promotional gift in live event storytellers’ gift bags for one year
Sponsor Season of Podcast Episodes (approx. 9 Episodes) ($1350) $1000
  • Mention your company name and tagline at beginning and end of every podcast episode for one season (approx. 9 episodes)
    • It will remain on those podcast episodes indefinitely
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in our social media
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in our e-Newsletter for one year
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support and link to your company’s website on our website for one year
  • Company signage at live events
  • Company logo on T-shirts
  • Full page ad in live event programs for one year
  • Five free VIP tickets to one live show with reserved seating
    • Includes valet parking, backstage passes and an event attendant
  • 50% discount on live event tickets for employees for one year
  • Five free bumper stickers
  • Five free DVDs or CDs of one live event
  • Free framed event poster signed by the storytellers
  • Framed certificate of appreciation
  • Option to include company handout or promotional gift in live event storytellers’ gift bags for one year
Sponsor Single Podcast Episode $150
  • Mention your company name and tagline at beginning and end of one podcast episode
    • It will remain on that podcast episode indefinitely
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in our social media
  • Acknowledgement of your company’s support in our e-Newsletter for six months
  • Link to your company website on our website for six months
  • Two free tickets to one live show
  • Free bumper sticker
  • Free DVD or CD of one live event
  • Unframed certificate of appreciation
  • Option to include company handout or promotional gift in live event storytellers’ gift bags for one year

*We will also mention UAF Journalism as a supporter because they provide resources for our program.
**We cannot guarantee broadcasters will include our references to underwriters in their edited broadcasts of our interviews.

 

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