May 20, 2013

Grambling State University Plans Second Annual Radiothon

Fall radiothon raises designated and unrestricted funds to help students

Joyce Evans of KGRMGrambling, LA – Grambling State University will host its second annual KGRM Radiothon this fall as a part of the school’s homecoming activities. The day-long radiothon, which will be broadcast on the university’s radio station, KGRM 91.5 FM, will help raise designated and unrestricted funds for academic and athletic scholarships, recruitment and retention efforts. The radio station is hosting the event with the Office of Institutional Advancement on Friday, November 1.

The radiothon will feature KGRM’s general manager, Joyce Evans, regularly called “The Voice” of Grambling State University. Evans, a 1974 Grambling State University graduate, worked in the Department of Speech and Theatre Department, where the radio station was housed, as a student, and returned to run the radio station in 1996. “We welcome all Gramblinites, including graduates, friends and supporters,” said Evans. “This is no time to sit back and listen to others; it’s time to step up and provide for the place Where Everybody is Somebody.”

Radiothon chair Kimlin Hall said in addition to Evans, the radiothon will include Melissa Bickham, president of the Grambling University National Alumni Association, a 1993 graduate, and alumni visiting for the homecoming weekend. Alums who cannot make it to the campus and therefore cannot visit the radio station that day will have an opportunity to call to make a donation.

Leon Sanders, interim vice president of institutional advancement, said the 12-hour radiothon will start at 8 a.m. and end at 8 p.m. on November 1. He said listeners are encouraged to call 318-274-2182 and area visitors are encouraged to bring contributions to the station during the live broadcast on the second floor of Washington-Johnson Complex, near the main campus entrance. Sanders noted that all donations are tax deductible. Cash, checks and credit cards will be accepted.

The radiothon supports the university’s efforts to enhance its academic profile by promoting the outstanding achievements of its faculty and students, to increase awareness among alumni, friends, community and local businesses about the importance of giving to the university. KGRM is a 50,000-watt, non-commercial educational radio station licensed to Grambling State University with the dual purpose of operating as a student laboratory in the Department of Mass Communication and as a service to the community.

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