THOUSAND OAKS — As the spring pledge drive continues this week, things at KCLU-FM (88.3) are in a state of controlled chaos.
Empty pizza boxes are piled several feet high near the front door. Doughnuts, muffins, a giant bucket of red licorice and other junk food are scattered around the Thousand Oaks station. The refrigerator is full of soda, mostly caffeinated, and the coffee maker is on auto-pilot to help keep volunteers alert as they read from scripts and take down information during pledge periods, from 6 a.m. to midnight.
Over a bank of telephones is a large sign reminding volunteers to say thank you to donors.
Mary Olson, KCLU's general manager, said that, despite the hectic schedule, fund drives are actually her favorite time of the year.
"The energy for me comes from the fact that this is feedback," Olson said.
The station raised nearly $15,000 this past weekend, more than twice what was raised during the opening weekend of a successful fall fund drive. Six months ago, the station raised nearly $73,000, about $8,000 more than its goal. The current goal is to raise $75,000 by Saturday.