Nonprofit radio station receives donation from bank

Nonprofit radio station receives donation from bank

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A nonprofit radio station in Jonesboro will be able to reach a larger audience after a nearly $26,000 donation this week.

According to a post on the City of Jonesboro's Facebook page, First National Bank gave officials with KLEK-FM a check for $25,738. The station, which is located on Southwest Drive, has been holding a fundraising drive to raise money for the station.

Right now, the station, which is staffed with volunteers, has a 40-foot tower with a weak signal in certain areas of town.

Mayor Harold Perrin said he worked to help the station connect with bank officials and that the station has helped serve people.

"You have been an asset to our community, and when you told me about your capital fund drive, I wanted to help you find a donor," Perrin said in a statement. "Will Brewer said, 'Hey, we'll do that.' And it touches my heart."

Brewer, who serves as vice chairman of First Paragould Bank Shares, agreed.

"We are just proud to be a part of KLEK is doing for Jonesboro," Brewer said.

Community bank president with First National Bank in Jonesboro Matt Rankin said the bank supports opportunities to help groups like KLEK.

"Anytime we can be a good community partner, we're proud to give," Rankin said. "And KLEK fits the bill perfectly." 

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