Volume 95, Issue 40

Tuesday, November 13, 2001
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CHRW is radioactive

By Stephen Libin
Gazette Staff

Sunday night marked the official kick-off of CHRW 94.7 FM's November fund-raising campaign entitled Radioactivity.

Over the next two weeks, the staff and volunteers at Western's campus radio station will be asking for listener support to raise $12,000 to help offset the operating budget.

The money raised will help contribute to the station's operating budget, the main portion of which comes from student fees, said Rob Irvine, the University Students' Council VP-finance and chair of the Board of Directors for CHRW and TV Western.

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CHRW and TV Western receive $13.26 per student from the University Students' Council, he added. This money is used to cover the station's operational expenses and salaries, he said.

The campaign is highlighted by two major fund-raisers – a concert at Call the Office on Nov. 24 and the annual 48-hour marathon.

"It's a crazy experiment in sleep deprivation," said CHRW programme director Tom Everett. "We don't sleep, shower or do anything. It's just nuts."

The marathon runs live-to-air from the University Community Centre atrium from Nov. 26 through 28. Everett and CHRW music director Chris Veit will host this year's marathon.

"Students can come up, request songs and make donations," Irvine said. "By doing [the 48-hour marathon], we try not only to increase our visibility to our listeners, but also to students that don't tune in."

According to Everett, one of the main things CHRW has attempted to do this year is create more visibility within the Western community. By heavily promoting its revamped morning show "Wake Up Western," the station hopes to expand its listener base.

But according to at least one student, the station's efforts are falling on deaf ears.

Kevin Bryson, a first-year heath science student, said the availability of music on the Internet and a lack of publicity keep him from listening to CHRW.

"As a first-year, I didn't even know the station's dial setting. How could I have tuned in?" Bryson said.

Despite Bryson's lack of commitment to the station, he still intends to contribute to the fund-raising drive. "I'll help them out and give them some change," he said. "I think that if anyone does [the marathon], then we should all give them a little change and a lot of respect."

Irvine said CHRW is trying to serve a wide range of listener interests. "The goal is to increase our presence among the average Western student. We try for an all encompassing station that caters to the diverse needs and music styles Western has come to expect from CHRW," he said.

"We don't expect everyone to like everything, but everyone should like something," Everett said.

"If [the students] find us, they should be willing to stick around. This is an award-winning radio station."

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