WLTL started in 1968, and has always been continually growing and improving due to listener support. Our annual fundraiser, Rock-a-Thon, is the premier example of the incredible generosity of our community. This year, our 50th anniversary, we are hoping for our most incredible Rock-a-Thon yet!
Rock-a-Thon is a entertaining, unique 88-hour non-stop broadcast scheduled for February 16th to the 19th. The broadcast starts at 5 am on the 16th and 9 pm on Sunday and is being simulcasted on LTTV, The Cube, and WLTL. This year, WLTL’s staff and on-air DJs are incredibly talented, interesting, eager, and ready to accept your donations to Rock-a-Thon!
This year is special. Because it’s the 50th anniversary we are planning a huge weekend including a live broadcast of the Boy’s Basketball Blackout Game, A few alumni shows, and once again 3 overnight shows which is bound to be unpredictable!
During the 88 hours, the show hosts generally play multiple hours of music and conversation, but the best parts of their shows are the crazy challenges, dares and games that help us raise money. Each show is 6 hours long which means more time for our DJs to raise money. Our staff and management involved in the fundraiser will be logging some serious hours at the station this Presidents Day weekend.
It’s 88 hours of straight madness. Rock-a-Thon is worth watching and listening to because it provides content that you can’t get anywhere else. My favorite memory from Rock-a-Thon was from last year. I was supervising a show for two managers Alexander and Luke. Their big idea to rack in donations was something called Deadly Twister. That game is very much so like regular Twister but this time, each color had a fatal item placed on it. On one color was Spaghetti-O’s, on the others were Legos, Hot Sauce, and a really nice Olive Oil and Glitter mix. A few donations came in and because Luke and Alex were willing to get their hands dirty they got WLTL a few hundred dollars.
Rock-a-Thon is a weekend you don’t want to miss. Tune in this President’s Day weekend to LTTV, The Cube and WLTL at 88.1 FM.
From our 50th anniversary to new equipment and technology, 2018 is packed with everything WLTL and you don’t want to miss a second. Here’s what this upcoming year has in store for us.
First and foremost, tryouts for second semester shows are fast approaching and we have updated our tryout packets! We’ve reduced the size and are moving toward a better, greener, alternative. Tryouts will be held from Monday, January 22nd, to Thursday the 25th, everyday after school from 3-8pm. The new and improved packets will be available for pickup in room 9 for any days leading up to and including the week of tryouts. We are excited to pick out a new on-air schedule, so stay tuned for that!
Our annual fundraiser, Rock-A-Thon, will be held this February, and our preparation is in full swing! Rock-A-Thon is the only fundraiser that WLTL runs each year and it is the source of he majority of the station’s funding. It lasts a total of 88.1 hours of continuous live radio and TV coverage, with LT students filling the time. Our staff and on-air DJs will be doing fundraising on their own before the fundraiser in order to guarantee themselves a slot for the weekend. During these six hour slots they play music, do talk breaks, and often partake in random and sometimes painful or gross dares or games for money from our listeners. Our student managers also will run two night shifts; their will be plenty of shenanigans during those shifts.
This year, as a part of the fundraiser, WLTL is teaming up with both Lou Malnati’s and Chipotle. On designated nights, part of the money raised at each venue will be donated to WLTL with the profits directly benefiting the station. The Lou Malnati’s fundraiser will be held on February 5th and Chipotle is to come later in the month. Stay tuned and eat at Lou’s and Chipotle to support your local high school radio station.
Additionally, for the first time, we are holding a school-wide design competition for our 2018 Rockathon posters. WLTL is calling all student artists to submit designs for our new posters, which must contain both “Rock-a-thon” and “2018” on the cover. The winning poster(s) will be hung all around school and the surrounding community and the winners will be receiving a Prize Pack as well. All submissions will be due on January 19th. Good luck!
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of WLTL and we are all excited to celebrate. Over winter break, on January 5th, managers and faculty members came in over vacation and broadcasted a “1968 Special” on the actual day that the radio station opened 50 years ago. The station will celebrate on the night of April 21, at the Sheridan Lisle and tickets are available to purchase. Alumni and listeners of all ages are welcome to share some WLTL memories.
1. Do you have any nicknames?
Not really. A lot of my friends just call me by my last name and most of my students refer to me as Mr. T.
2. Dead or Alive, who is someone you'd like to have dinner with?
It would be great to sit down with my grandparents one more time and introduce them to my kids. Outside of family, I'd love to share a meal with Michael Jordan.
3. What's the best vacation you've ever taken?
In the summer of 2017 we spent a little more than a week in Iceland and Norway (picture above is from Oslo...wearing a WLTL shirt!). They were both beautiful countries filled with amazing people.
4. What is something you'd like to do but haven't yet?
Skydiving if I could work up the courage.
5. If you could be granted one super power, what would it be and why?
Invisibility. Lots of folks would say the power to fly, but when you're invisible, isn't air travel really free anyway?
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