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BRANDO'S $5,000 PLEDGE CHEERS PHOENIX STATION

Public radio listeners got an offer they couldn't refuse from Marlon Brando, and now the Phoenix station is $5,000 richer.

Brando phoned in a matching pledge offer while tuned in to KJZZ-FM during a fund-raising drive Wednesday, station manager Carl Matt-hu-sen said.In town for a meeting of an environmental advocacy group, Brando promised to donate $20 each for the first 250 pledges the station received from first-time contributors.

The station announced the offer Thursday morning and reached the goal about three hours later, Matthusen said.