Philanthropy Efforts of Student Station WGRE Spotlighted
January 9, 2009
January 9, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — As part of its philanthropy efforts, DePauw University's student radio station WGRE "will be selling raffle tickets during the DePauw men's and women's basketball games this weekend and next at the Lilly Center to raise money for the Putnam County Senior Center," reports the Banner-Graphic.
The tickets are $1 each; winners will receive gift cards to local merchants. The raffle tickets will be sold at tonight's men's and women's games against Birmingham-Southern and Sunday's versus Rhodes College.
"I thought of the Senior Center because of the economic crisis. I know more and more people are turning toward them for help," DePauw senior Anne Whistler, who is promotions director for WGRE, tells the Greencastle newspaper. "A group of us met Jim Stevens (Senior Center director) over there and toured the center. Donations to them help provide gas money to take people to see the doctor, toys for tots, help for the food bank and a lot of other services. Most of us didn't know how much the Senior Center does for the community. That visit kind of lit a fire under us and got us going," she adds.
Access the story at the paper's Web site.
One of America's first non-commercial, educational stations, WGRE signed on the air on April 28, 1949. Originally based in Harrison Hall, the station's studios were in the Memorial Student Union Building for many years. Since 1991, WGRE has been located in the Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media. Managed and run by nearly 150 DePauw students, the station operates 24 hours a day at 800 watts. (at left: FCC Commissioner Richard E. Wiley being interviewed by WGRE's Amy Brandli on September 28, 1973)Back