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CKXU psyched for spook themed FUNDrive

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CKXU is AlIve for FUNDrive 2020 The local community University of Lethbridge based radio station shut down like everything else back in March due to Covid 19, just about the time  they were about to Launch this year]s ’50’s -’60s horror themed FUNDrive “We’re Alive.”
Most programmers have been recording their shows from home, but everything will be 100 per cent live, from 8 a.m.-midnight Oct. 22-25 as the university is opening their doors again for FunDrive.
“We’re very thankful  to the university for  working with us,” said program director Adrianna Smith.Imogen Pohl shows off some of this year’s CKXU swag. Photo submitted
“We’ve been itching to get back on the air,” Smith said, adding she is excited about this year’s theme.
“The ’50s and ’60s were a great time for music and television and  movies,” she enthused.

“When everything shut down, we didn’t want to be yelling ‘we‘re alive’ when so many things weren’t. We know these are tough times for everyone, so we thought it would be most appropriate to postpone FUNDrive. And the theme is perfect for Halloween,” Smith continued, noting there are a lot of changes this year due to Covid, including cancelling all of the live events that usually happen during FunDrive.

“ We had to make a lot of changes that we‘re trying out this year. This year FUNDRive is a lot shorter. Usually we run for eight days. But there’s FUNDrive fatigue and it‘s really difficult to fill eight days with live programming,” she said.
“We’ll be 100 per local programming,” she enthused.

“ We have a skeleton crew of programmers going live,” she said, emphasizing safety and security in the community was a priority. All programmers had to undgergo extensive screening and safety  training.

Another change is instead of pledge packages, you can bid on individual swag items including  the killer keychain, panic of the pins, for $15 each. The best deal is the Dr. Frankenstein”s Friend’s Card for $30, which gives you a discount at many local businesses.
 The coffee from the Black Lagoon mug is $30, the purple people eater T Shirt is $40 and the Haunted  Howling hoodie is $75.

While there aren’t any live events because of Covid, there will be a couple of on-line events including a scavenger hunt fro 8 a.m.Thursday to 11 p.m. on Sunday. Links will be posted on CKXU’s Facebook and  Instagram pages
“ You can locate things in your home or while you’re out doing errands, Smith enthused.


 There will also be an online trivia competition  on Thursday focussing on the ’50s and ’60.

“ It will be on the website and look on our social media for the link, she continued.
There will also be a Tile Raffle on Saturday, which is similar to a 50-50 draw, where you select your number.
You can bid on your favourites  through through credit card, PayPal, Shopify Payments and e-Transfers with donor name and contact info.

 You can also call 403-329-5189 to make your pledge where a skeleton crew of staff will be standing by to answer the phone.

Swag can be delivered personally in Lethbridge, a mail-out for $10 and there are tentative plans for a pick-up party off campus.

The goal is to raise $25,000 this FUNDrive, which will  be put towards an interactive website.
“ So you will be able to listen to your favourite shows any time you want. We will also have a community listings, though there are other listings like on L.A. Beat. It will also allow digital musical submissions, so musicians won“t even have to press and album to get it to our music director,” Smith continued, adding previous FUNDrives have allowed CKXU to boot their signal and  put up a new tower to increase the station’s range. The tower was installed late last year. So listeners can hear CKXU  out the the Crowsnest Pass, Vulcan on back roads and down to the U.S. border.

“ It costs a lot of money. We’re a not-for-profit organization, so even the smallest donation helps us,” Smith said.

—  By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 October 2020 13:46 )  
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