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Fredericton’s Campus/Community Radio Station Launches Fundraising Event

10620800_10152289203566822_27477215061455851_nCHSR have been Fredericton’s campus/community radio station for over 50 years, providing students, faculty and the surrounding communities with unique programs that embody and embrace much of what Fredericton has to offer.

As a community radio station, CHSR relies heavily on the support it receives from listeners and local businesses.  Each year the station, made up largely of volunteers and enthusiastic supporters of all things “community”, embark on an annual fundraising campaign.

This year’s Fund Drive includes a full slate of events and kicks off on Friday March 13, 2015 with a public reception at The Charlotte Street Arts Centre starting at 12:00pm.

“We’re launching this year’s Fund Drive with an information session at the Arts Centre,” said Station Manager, Tim Rayne.  “It’s basically an hour long meet and greet that we’re hoping will help introduce the station to local businesses and the broader community.  We’ve invited some special guests and wish to extend an open invitation to the public to join us and learn about the station and what we can offer the community.”

Several members of the station including popular hosts Erin “Bondo” Bond and Program Director Mark Kilfoil will join Rayne to discuss the various ways CHSR serves the community and the opportunities that exist for local businesses, community organizations and non-profits.

“Essentially, we’re bringing the station downtown to meet as many members of the community as we can,” he said.  “There will be light snacks and beverages provided by the good folks at Picaroons.”

The fun continues on Saturday March 14 with an open house event taking place at the station from 1:00pm until 5:00pm.  The public is invited to take part in studio tours, demonstrations and to enjoy live entertainment in the newly renovated Studio D, including performances by Sentimentals and popular New Brunswick blues-rocker, Ross Neilson.

“The public’s invited to join us for the open-house and get a glimps behind the scenes,” said Rayne.  “It’s a great opportunity to see the other side of radio.  We’ll also have some live music happening and of course, everyone’s invited to come in, sit down, and enjoy the music.”

The day ends with a show at The Capital Complex featuring Hero’s Last Rite, Verses and No Man’s Throne.  All proceeds from the door will go in support of the station.

“We’re really grateful that these bands have offered to donate their time and performance in support of the station,” said Rayne.  “The guys in Hero’s Last Rite are some of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet and Matt Bowie of Verses has always been a big supporter of what we do.”

In addition to the events planned, CHSR will be running an online funding campaign through Indiegogo.  The campaign will be launched this week through the station website www.chsrfm.ca which recently received a facelift courtesy of Sixty-Five York, Creative Studio.

CHSR’s annual Fund Drive is the station’s largest fundraising event and the 2015 edition will see the station looking to develop closer relationships than ever before with local businesses and community groups.

“I believe CHSR plays a vital role within the city,” said Rayne, “and I think a big part of this year’s Fund Drive is to reintroduce the station to the community.  We’re looking forward to seeing some old friends and making a lot of new ones this year, starting with our meet and greet at The Charlotte Street Arts Centre on Friday the 13th.”

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