Pat Matthews, owner of Beatles-a-Rama http://www.beatlesarama.com/, which he created in 2001, is facing a tough situation.
Matthews, whose real name is Patrick Helmstetter, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008. He has continued to produce programming for the station, which streams to listeners all over the globe 24 hours a day.
He has also continued to be the sole financial backer of the radio station, paying the streaming and domain fees. But as medical bills have begun to grow, the funding is becoming harder to manage.
Matthews is now hoping to raise at least $150,000 through the fund raising website Indiegogo.com. A campaign has been set up at http://www.indiegogo.com/beatlesarama. The webpage includes a video and a description of the campaign.
“I don’t want to have to do this, but I see no other choice,” Matthews said in a phone interview. He says he goes through two regular treatments, one every month and another every three months.
The deadline for contributions is July 22. Contributors of $25 will get a 160k streaming subscription to the station for a year, a $100 will get a selection of various CDs or DVDs and $300 will get a lifetime premium subscription to the station.
The funds will go towards paying off the credit card that has been maxed out because of streaming charges over the past 10 years, and also to pay for future streaming, licensing fees, etc. during Matthew’s medical care.