Ra­dio Rich­mond host­ing ra­dio­thon, open house

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF

Ra­dio Rich­mond is look­ing for the com­mu­nity’s sup­port as it celebri­ties its fifth an­niver­sary with the sec­ond an­nual Billy Sam­son Me­mo­rial Ra­dio­thon and open house on Sun­day.

Ra­dio Rich­mond, CITU 104.1 FM, is the com­mu­nity ra­dio sta­tion out of Pe­tit-de-Grat and its mis­sion is the preser­va­tion and pro­mo­tion of the Aca­dian cul­ture. There will be live shows all af­ter­noon with Travis Landry, Jan­ice Joyce, Billy Joyce, Dora Sam­son Boudreau, Thérèse Benoit, Howard Sleep and other Ra­dio Rich­mond per­son­al­i­ties. There will be spe­cial guests and a silent auc­tion.

Ra­dio Rich­mond is ask­ing the pub­lic to help by pledg­ing a do­na­tion. Do­na­tions can be hon­ored at St. Joseph’s Credit Union in Pe­tit-de-Grat through direct de­posit, or by phone at 902-226-2288.

Do­na­tions can be made the day of the ra­dio­thon by call­ing 902-226-0981 or 902-226-1041. Bids on auc­tion items can be placed the day of the ra­dio­thon by call­ing the same num­bers or by drop­ping by the stu­dios. Bids can also be placed on Ra­dio Rich­mond’s Face­book page.

Billy Joyce, the sta­tion’s gen­eral man­ager and sales man­ager, was dealt with with a se­ri­ous med­i­cal con­di­tion last Novem­ber that re­quired surgery in Jan­uary and months of

“I’m hop­ing the com­mu­nity will rec­og­nize the worth of what we bring to the com­mu­nity and make a do­na­tion they can af­ford.’’ Billy Joyce

re­cu­per­a­tion. With Joyce ab­sent, the sta­tion suf­fered fi­nan­cially.

‘’It was a long year, con­fer­ence calls from my hos­pi­tal bed and work­ing from home doesn’t make it easy to sell ad­ver­tis­ing, and when you’re in a com­pet­i­tive mar­ket such as ours and no gov­ern­ment fund­ing avail­able for oper­a­tions, it makes sur­vival of our sta­tion chal­leng­ing,” Joyce said in a news release. “I’m hop­ing the com­mu­nity will rec­og­nize the worth of what we bring to the com­mu­nity and make a do­na­tion they can af­ford.’’

Auc­tion items are be­ing added daily to Ra­dio Rich­mond’s face­book page and in­clude a Toronto Maple Leafs Jer­sey signed by Cur­tis Joseph, a hand-crafted 18-wheeler fab­ri­cated by Pa­trick Fougère of River Bour­geois, and an au­to­graphed hockey stick from the Cape Bre­ton Scream­ing Ea­gles.

Ra­dio Rich­mond also of­fers a wide va­ri­ety of lo­cal mu­sic, pre­sent­ing lo­cal artists such as Robert Bouchard, Kenny Petit­pas, Wel­don Boudreau, De­cota McNa­mara, Delores Boudreau, Eve­lyn MacRae, East­bound, John Cur­tis Sampson, Adam Cooke, Leona Burkey and JP Cormier. Ra­dio Rich­mond also of­fers shows that are geared to­wards other cul­tures in the area.

Sam­son, a pro­gram di­rec­tor at the ra­dio sta­tion, was a strong sup­porter of com­mu­nity ra­dio in Isle Madame dur­ing his life and the sta­tion he helped get off the ground de­cided to hon­our his mem­ory as launched its first ra­dio­thon last year.

The ra­dio­thon and open house runs from 12-6 p.m. Sun­day on 104.1 FM.

Telile Com­mu­nity Tele­vi­sion and on Chan­nel 536 on Bell Ex­press Vu or Bell Fi­bre Op Chan­nel 58 for peo­ple out­side of its catch­ment area.

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