April 23, 2010
Radio plans mix of music, leisure
The featured bands are Remington Ryde, Summer Reign Trio and Stained Grass Window.
Each band will have a 45-minute set, with brief breaks in between.
The festival will be "an afternoon of local, fairly well-known bands that fans of bluegrass will probably know," Pat Wendt, WQSU station secretary, said.
According to susqu.edu/wqsu-fm/bluegrass, "The festival will provide WQSU listeners the opportunity to enjoy a unique and traditional bluegrass experience."
The emcee of the event will be Joe Feola, a member of The Greenwood Valley Boys, a local bluegrass and old-time country band.
Wendt said Randy Hines, professor of communications, has been working with his PR Writing and Campaigns class to help with the public relations work.
Hines said: "Much of our work has been in media relations, contacting various newspaper, radio and TV stations in the region to plug and cover the Festival this Sunday afternoon. The students have had experiences writing pitches as well as a variety of releases. Next week we will analyze how effective their work was in attracting media attention to this worthy SU cause."
This is the first year Hines has had his students help publicize the festival.
Additionally, the station has eight student officers that help promote the festival: Codi Heath, Ellen Segatti, Abbi Mull, Dave Stefanovige, Eric Burkhard, Sara Yanarella, Stephanie Demko, Lizz Conigliaro and Kyle McCuaig.
Mull, the promotions director of the station, said that although she scheduled the event this year, Hines' students have been doing most of the publicizing for her.
"The festival is a good opportunity for our most devoted fans, especially those who listen on weekends when bluegrass is usually played," she said.
Yanarella, the music director of WQSU, said she will be working backstage the day of the concert to organize the show and make sure bands get to the stage on time.
Yanarella said: "The festival isn't just for bluegrass fans, it is for anyone who likes listening to great music and wants to help out the college's radio station. It will be a very chill, laid back experience."
According to Wendt, the festival is the biggest fundraiser WQSU has. It ties in with the Summerthon, where listeners call in to donate money to the station. Callers who donate over $60 receive a free T-shirt and have a day where they get to pick music for the radio station.
Proceeds from the festival and Summerthon will help keep the station on the air over the summer, because they only receive funding from the Student Government Association during the school year.
The festival will have a concession stand with hot dogs, chips and soda, and door prizes including radios, bluegrass CDs and a 50-50 raffle.
Tickets will be $10, and children under 5 can get in free.
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