For 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, Valley Heritage Radio is on the air.
For seven of those days – beginning April 23 – there is more than great music flowing across the airwaves of the community-owned, not-for-profit station. There is also a clear message for members of the community that their help is needed and appreciated.
“Community memberships and annual donations are crucial to keep Valley Heritage Radio on the air,” said station manager Jason Marshall.
The fundraising membership drive begins Sunday, April 23 and continues for a week. Volunteers and on-air personalities will be in communities across the Valley Monday through Friday, as part of the annual “Out & About” visits. They’ll be bringing with them local musicians, to make it more of a party atmosphere.
The Out & Abouts this year will include Almonte, Pembroke, Cobden, Eganville, Arnprior, Braeside, and Shawville. DJs will be announcing exact locations and times leading up to the event.
“We love getting out to all areas in the Valley, and we know some people want to support Valley Heritage Radio, but can’t physically make it out to the station,” said Marshall. “So we’re delighted to come to them.”
LOTS OF LIVE MUSIC
Also during Radiothon Week, there will be three nights of live music on the Thomas Cavanagh Stage at the Station (3009 Burnstown Rd.). April 24 will be an Old-Time Rock ‘n’ Roll Night featuring the Fabulous Hearbeats, along with Rockin’ Johnny and other special guests. April 26 will be a Fiddle and Step Dance Night hosted by Kyle Felhaver. And you don’t want to miss Friday, April 28 as it is Country Night at the station, with some of the area’s top county music artists taking to the stage. All live shows run from 7 to 9 p.m.
“The live shows at the station are free and we encourage everyone to come out and catch the fever of the Radiothon live and in person,” said Marshall.
Also a highlight of the week is when ‘Mr. Fundraiser’ Art Jamieson takes to the airwaves on Friday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Marshall says it’s never dull when Art is around, and you never know what is going to happen.
The fundraising drive wraps up Sunday, April 30 with the annual Valley Round-Up Dance at the Renfrew Armouries. There will be five hours of live music guaranteed to keep everyone’s toes tapping, and a light lunch so you can keep up your energy for the dance floor. Featured talent includes the Countrymen along special guests Tony True, Gord Barnes, Judi Moffatt, and Johnny Spinks.
Also during the Round-Up Dance, Valley Heritage Radio volunteer DJ Roy Berger will attempt to set a new Guinness Record for most knuckle push-ups in a minute. He currently holds two world records for push-ups.
“It’s a perfect way to wrap up an intense week of fundraising,” said Marshall. “What better way to enjoy a spring Sunday afternoon than with great friends and great music. And seeing one of our own set a new world record.”
But Marshall encourages people to get their tickets early. The station’s last dance in January brought a full house, and for the first time, people were turned away at the door.
Woven into the week of great music is a pledge drive where members of the community are encouraged to purchase or renew memberships to the station, or make donations, said Marshall.
“We are a non-profit station with more than a hundred volunteers and a handful of paid staff who work tirelessly to keep the station running day in and day out,” said Marshall. “Our community membership sits at more than 1,800 members and without those supporters and their generosity, we wouldn’t be able to stay on the air.”
Each day throughout the Radiothon, listeners will hear the usual blend of music and the regular shows, but there will be daily messages encouraging the listeners to support the station in any way they can, said Marshall.
“Even with all the volunteer support, it’s still costly to run a radio station,” said Marshall. “That’s why this Radiothon is so important. We want to be here for our listeners for a long time. We only want to go to the public once a year and ask for their support. Your donations help us do what we do, because we do it for you.”
For more info about the Radiothon, please contact the station at 613-432-9873 or 888-532-9870.