Students at Niagara College’s radio station CRNC 90.1 FM The Heat have kicked off the station’s seventh annual Rock Around the Clock radiothon.
The live broadcast from the College’s Welland Campus began at noon on Thursday, Nov. 28; and will continue until noon on Friday, Nov. 29.
During the live broadcast, students will collect new unwrapped toys, and monetary donations for the Hope Centre, a Welland-based charity that reaches out to those struggling with poverty. The event is organized and run by students enrolled in the second and third year of the college’s Broadcasting: Radio, Television and Film program.
“Because the event is entirely student-driven, participating in the 24-hour radiothon is a valuable learning experience for them,” said Chris Jeanneret, radio teacher. “At the same time, we believe it’s important to help out with the needs of families in the community, and Rock Around the Clock is a great way to do this as we approach the holiday season.”
For student Shelby Knox, it’s her second year participating in the event – this time as general supervisor.
“We have a live broadcast all night long and when we’re not on, we try to keep each other awake and entertained … we go through a lot of coffee,” she said. “It’s honestly a great time but the best part is getting those donations out to people who need them. Community is everything, especially since the people in this area welcome in all these students every year, so I think it’s really important that we give back.”
The event will include a concert on Thursday, Nov. 28 at The Core featuring The Years and Major/Minor. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $2 at the door or a donation to the SAC Cares food Bank. Students will also collect used toy donations for The Hope Centre and toys and food for the Animal Assistance Society of Niagara. Students who donate have a chance to win raffle prizes including gift certificates to the Seaway Mall.
CRNC 90.1 FM The Heat is a Niagara College radio station broadcast to North Welland and Pelham. Students produce and broadcast regular news updates, special events coverage, and specialty programs during the regular academic terms.