WSIE-FM (88.7) 'TheJazz Station' To Conduct On-Air Fund Drive May 18-20

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WSIE-FM (88.7)—The Jazz Station—will be conducting an on-air fund drive from 5 p.m. Friday, May 18, to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, with scheduled breaks in between.

We think this weekend will be uniquely entertaining, while we play great jazz in between the fund-raising portions of the weekend.

WSIE-FM (88.7)—The Jazz Station—broadcasting at 50,000 watts from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and on wsie.com, will be conducting an on-air fund drive from 5 p.m. Friday, May 18, to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, with scheduled breaks in between.

During the weekend, special guests will visit the station studio to chat with on-air personalities Dick Ulett and Jason Valentine, newsperson Tricia Siekmann and WSIE General Manager Greg Conroy.

Scheduled visitors include guitarist Rick Haydon, head of the SIUE Jazz Studies Program; SIUE College of Arts and Sciences Dean Aldemaro Romero, host of “Segue” on Sunday mornings; SIUE Vice Chancellor for University Relations Patrick Hundley; jazz guitarist Tom Byrne; and Delano Redmond, head of the jazz music program at East St. Louis High School.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, Ryan Sheehan and his Big Band Show airs with music of the great jazz orchestras, past and present, from Glenn Miller to Gordon Goodwin. Justin Wingerter, host of WSIE’s Rat Pack Show on Saturday nights, will welcome Dean Christopher, a St. Louis-based comedian who specializes in impressions of the members of that legendary Vegas group of entertainers. The Rat Pack Show, a weekly show and part of the fund-raising weekend, will begin at 7 p.m. that Saturday.

The station will offer new WSIE premium items for giveaway at various levels of funding including a beverage tumbler and a stylish desk clock as well as CD selections from the MaxJazz recording label in St. Louis. In addition, donors may choose to host their very own two-hour jazz show or receive underwriting messages throughout a given day, all for higher levels of giving.

Conroy said proceeds will benefit the station’s equipment and operating funds. “The first on-air fund-raiser the station had conducted in two decades aired in December,” Conroy said, “and it was fairly successful, but we need to air these twice annually.” Some of the needs of the station include a transmitter generator, additional studio soundproofing, replacement audio system components and music library enhancements.

“I realize our listeners don’t really want to hear us talk about financial need, especially in this economic climate,” Conroy said, “but most of our funding comes from our loyal listeners, so this becomes a necessary evil. We think this weekend will be uniquely entertaining, while we play great jazz in between the fund-raising portions of the weekend.”

WSIE-FM—The Jazz Station broadcasts 24/7 with news, public affairs, SIUE Cougar Sports and, most of all, great modern American jazz for the St. Louis region. The station’s phone-a-thon is part of the University’s ongoing $50 million capital campaign known as the “Defining Excellence: The Campaign for SIUE.” More than $30 million has already been contributed to the campaign

Vice Chancellor Hundley, who also is executive director of the SIUE Foundation, said the campaign allows “our supporters and alumni to invest in our momentum. Their generous gifts will keep SIUE’s quality educational opportunities affordable for all students,” Hundley said. “We will be seeking further support from alumni, corporate leaders and the community.

“SIUE creates opportunities for students to receive a top-ranked education,” he said. “More than half of our 90,000 graduates live and work in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, and SIUE makes a $471 million economic impact on our region every year.”

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