JBU Radio Station Celebrates Successful Sharathon

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Siloam Springs, Ark (April 5, 2002) - KLRC 101.1 FM, the JBU-owned and student-operated radio station held its 12th annual Sharathon March 27- 29. The annual Sharathon raises 60% of the self-supported radio station’s annual budget through listener gifts and pledges. This year’s Sharathon netted nearly $236,000 in gifts and pledges, exceeding the original goal by $10,000. A total of 1,153 listeners made gifts or pledges.

Sharathon is held every spring and only takes up three days during which all other programming is pre-empted. The first day of Sharathon is used for prayer and praise to set the tone of the event. Listeners are invited to share their prayers and praises on the air with the audience. The fundraising typically takes place during the second and third days of the event.

KLRC General Manager, Sean Sawatzky, a 1996 JBU graduate, said that he felt very fortunate to be able to raise the budget for KLRC in only two days, because other radio stations sometimes take a few weeks to achieve that same goal. “This means that we can focus on contemporary Christian radio for the other 363 days of the year,” Sawatzky said.

Sharathon hosts Dave Kirby and Bill Scott joined the KLRC crew. Kirby and Scott are part of “Shared Media,” a company that specializes in helping Christian radio stations with their sharathons. They joined KLRC for a fifth and sixth year, respectively.

30 JBU students volunteered to answers ten phone lines during the three days of Sharathon. Volunteers answered an average of 120 phone calls per hour.

John Brown University is a private university with an enrollment of over 1,600 students from 45 states and 33 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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