Siloam Springs, Ark (March 14, 2001) - KLRC 101.1 FM, a listener supported Contemporary Christian radio station on the campus of John Brown University, begins its Sharathon March 28-30. The station takes its budgetary needs to the airwaves only one time per year.
This year’s goal is $210,000. According to station manager Sean Sawatzky, the goal is aggressive but necessary. “We are trying to pay for a number of major improvements, including a new tower and transmitter.” In addition, the annual Sharathon raises funds needed for announcer salaries, broadcasting equipment, programming fees, and other necessary expenses.
The station is fully self-supported. According to Sawatzky, approximately 75-80% of the annual budget is comprised of listener pledges. The remaining funding is provided through area businesses in the form of underwriting sponsorships.
Sawatzky promises the event to be an upbeat, fun broadcast. “It’s designed to be the best sounding broadcast of the year.”
The event is kicked off with a 12 hour “Praise and Prayer Broadcast” on Wednesday March 28. Listeners may call in for comments of praise and prayer requests that will be broadcast live during this event. Each hour will be devoted to different topics such as answered prayers, salvation stories, and a time to honor local pastors. The final hour of this broadcast will be devoted to listeners sharing how Christian radio has impacted their lives. According to Sawatzky, the station expects to place over 200 people on the air during this unique broadcast.
The following two days, Thursday March 29 and Friday March 30, will be devoted to raising the necessary funds to cover the station’s operational expenses for the next 12 months.
The three-day event will be hosted by Bill Scott, host of the nationally syndicated Christian rock program, ZJAM, and Dave Kirby, owner of a production company in Nashville, TN. Bill Scott will be returning as host for the fifth year, while Dave Kirby will be returning for his fourth year.
Those wishing to get involved in the annual event may contact Sean Sawatzky at 479-524-7227 or go to KLRC’s website at www.klrc.com.