WSIE (88.7 FM) will conduct their first on-air fundraising drive of 2014 starting at 4:00 p.m. this Friday, June 6 and continuing (with some breaks) until 4:00 p.m. Sunday, June 8.
Donors who contribute to "The Jazz Station" can get premium items including various items of WSIE-branded swag and merch, such as beverage tumblers and desk clocks, as well as CDs from the St. Louis based independent label MAXJAZZ.
Proceeds will benefit the station’s equipment and operating funds; the current needs include a new transmitter, audio system component upgrades, and enhancements to the music library.
With Dick Ulett, WSIE GM Greg Conroy, and others behind the mics for the drive, scheduled guests will include MAXJAZZ executive Clayton McDonnell, talking about his father, the late Richard McDonnell; local musicians including SIUE's own Rick Haydon and Jason Swagler, Michael and Robert Silverman, and others; poet Patricia Merritt with a mini-tribute to the late poet Maya Angelou; and more.
Meanwhile, singer Dean Christopher is scheduled to stop by this week's edition of "Saturday Night at The Chase Park-Plaza" starting at 7:00 p.m. Saturday to visit with hosts Evan Johnson and Kelly Hoffman.
In addition to the broadcast signal at 88.7 FM, WSIE also can be heard online.