Your Support Is Still Needed To Make WVMR-FM A Reality
Marlinton, WV – This past Saturday a benefit concert was held at the Pocahontas County Opera House for WVMR-FM 91.9 Hillsboro. The show featured sixteen musicians, as well as a choir from the High Rocks for girls summer camp program.
Supporters at the concert contributed more than $700 toward getting this new Allegheny Mountain Radio station on the air. Volunteers in the Hillsboro area are working to raise a total of $8,000 as part of the community’s match toward getting the tower and transmitter up and running. So far, they are about a quarter of the way there. And the time to get the remaining funds raised is drawing near.
Last week, the antenna for the new station was delivered to the WVMR Frost studio, and construction on the tower is tentatively scheduled for September. The tower will be located on Rodgers Mountain near the U.S. Forest Service’s Kramer Grazing allotment, on property belonging to High Rocks Academy for Girls. Allegheny Mountain Radio’s goal is to have the station on the air by Christmas of this year. So just a few short months remain to make that $8,000 match.
The station’s biggest ongoing fundraising activity is the raffle for a custom guitar made by Mill Point musician and guitar-maker Bill Hefner. The guitar’s ebony headstock features an inlay of the WVMR-FM radio tower with the Allegheny Mountain Radio monogram.
The audience at Saturday’s benefit was treated to the sounds of Hefner himself playing the guitar. And the guitar will make appearances at the Highland County Fair in Monterey and the Autumn Harvest Festival in Marlinton this September. Chances on the guitar are $10 each, and the drawing will be held at the Autumn Harvest Festival, the evening of September 25, during the Hammons Musical Heritage Celebration at the Opera House. Tickets are currently available at the three Allegheny Mountain Radio studios in Bath, Highland and Pocahontas counties, as well as the Hillsboro Public Library.
In addition to the guitar, a quilt by Norma Mikesell and an afghan by Jean Jackson are also being raffled off in support of WVMR-FM. Those who make outright donations of $100 or more to help get WVMR-FM on the air can also receive a Sonnet hand-crank emergency radio.
Once it’s on the air, WVMR-FM will help Allegheny Mountain Radio better serve Hillsboro, the Little Levels and southern Pocahontas County, as well as listeners in portions of northern Greenbrier County.
You can learn more about WFMR-FM and the raffles on our website, at alleghenymountainradio.org/wvmr-fm