Students Rock Around the Clock for charity

Students Darren Alley (left) and Sarah Christie (right) welcome Mark Carl, executive director of the Hope Centre (middle), on a live broadcast Dec. 7 on CRNC 90.1 The Heat.


It was 24 hours well spent for students at Niagara College’s radio station, CRNC 90.1 The Heat.

Students from the college’s Broadcasting: Radio, Television and Film program may have been tired but they were in good spirits as they wrapped up the 24-hour Rock Around the Clock radiothon at about noon on Dec. 7.

This year, as part of the sixth annual Rock Around the Clock event, students raised approximately $700 and collected toy donations for the Hope Centre in Welland. They also collected canned goods for NC’s Student Administrative Council’s food drive for students in need.

“It was a good experience, working with everyone at the station, organizing this event, and it’s always nice to reach out to the community and the College,” Darren Alley, Broadcasting student and program director of 90.1 The Heat. “As much as it’s tiring staying up for 24 hours, it’s a really different experience for us – the experience of being on a radio station for 24 hours straight is something we’re never going to get anywhere else.”

Mark Carl, executive director of the Hope Centre, visited the station at the Welland Campus on Dec. 7 as the campaign wrapped up.

“This is amazing that the students care for people in our community who are struggling with poverty and issues – that they’ve taken this upon themselves and organized and gathered prizes,” he said. “It’s going to go a long way – especially at Christmas – to help individuals who are struggling with poverty who may not have Christmas presents and may not have food.”

Carl noted that the need is great at the Hope Centre, where about 50 people visit the soup kitchen every day. One thousand people have already registered to receive Christmas hampers this year from the Hope Centre.
“There are a lot working poor families now too – people who get jobs but just can’t make ends meet,” he said.

This year’s Rock Around the Clock event not only raised money through ballots to win prizes but through tickets sales for concerts at The Core on Dec. 6, featuring X Prime, Down by Riverside, and Peter Dorie.

Alley said the event not only supported good causes such as the Hope Centre and the SAC food bank, it also helped raise the profile of the station.

“Events like this help get our name out there and get people thinking about the radio station,” he said. “It helps us gain popularity among students and the community, which is very important to us.”

CRNC 90.1 FM The Heat is a Niagara College radio station broadcast to the areas surrounding the College campuses as well as streaming online to listeners around the world.

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