I opened our mailbox recently to find a very pleasant surprise.
Along with a $324.00 bill to our Internet radio station, WMCK.FM, from one of the music licensing agencies, there were four donations from Finney Funeral Homes on behalf of families whose loved ones' obituaries recently appeared on our sister website, McKeesportObituaries.com.
This message is to thank Finney Funeral Homes and their staff and employees, includng owner and funeral director Scott M. Finney; licensed funeral directors Cynthia L. Finney and Edward C. Finney; and office manager Kathy DeMarco, for their continued support of our efforts to build a non-profit, community journalism website for the McKeesport area.
We do not ask funeral directors to pay to post obituaries --- it's done free of charge, as a public service to the community --- but donations from the Finneys are helping to sustain that service.
This message is also to answer the question,"Say, what do those Tube City yahoos do with the donations they receive?"
Well, those donations go directly to pay expenses (like, for instance, royalty payments for music, which run about $2,000 per year) and, hopefully, will soon pay freelance reporters to cover the City of Duquesne and White Oak borough, as well as correspondent Mary Shelly, who's been covering the McKeesport Area School Board.
(And yes, if you're wondering, we had a White Oak reporter for a few months, but he has taken a job for a competing publication, and we are accepting resumes from people who might want to replace him.)
As a tax-exempt organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service, donations to Tube City Community Media may be tax-deductible. Consult your tax adviser.
And whether you have the means to donate or not, we thank you for reading our websites and listening to WMCK.FM. Somebody asked me yesterday, "Why do we do this?" I'm not trying to #humblebrag, but we --- our board members and volunteers --- do this because we do love the McKeesport area.
Originally published July 27, 2017.