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WQED-FM's Gleeful Week in May Fundraiser


PITTSBURGH – WQED-FM 89.3 www.wqed.org/fm and its supporters invite listeners along for a Gleeful Week in May as the legendary classical music station welcomes local glee clubs, community leaders and artists on air to participate in a very special week of community spirit from May 1 through 8.

The week of fundraising will involve everyone from students to performers as participants. WQED-FM personalities Jim Cunningham, Ted Sohier, Anna Singer and Stephen Baum will welcome special guests to raise funds to continue the classical music format that has defined the station since 1973.

“Fundraising drives on radio are intimate experiences,” said Deborah L. Acklin, president and chief executive officer of WQED Multimedia. “The WQED-FM audience loves classical music and they love the local arts and culture news and local performances that we tape and air.”

“It’s a very communal experience, and we hope to show through this fundraising drive that the entire community is involved and stands behind WQED-FM and its mission.”

The week will be underscored with performances by local glee clubs from seven area schools, who will participate in this unique format throughout the week. Be sure to listen to hear how their music punctuates and adds commentary throughout the day.

Glee clubs and choirs that will be participating, with more to come as the week progresses:

• Colfax Elementary School, Squirrel Hill
• Fox Chapel Area High School Concert Choir
• Upper St. Clair High School
• Pittsburgh Opera
• Bach Choir
• Mendelssohn Choir
• Shadyside Presbyterian Church
• Winchester Thurston School
• Pittsburgh CAPA

Ceci Sommers, former manager of WQED-FM, has been instrumental in the planning of this drive. She and her husband Jack Sommers started WQED-FM in 1973.

“A Gleeful Week in May will be like an old-fashioned barn raising,” said Sommers. “It promises to spark a community conversation, get more people involved with WQED-FM and show that Pittsburgh wants and needs an outlet for local classical music that enhances the quality of life in the region.”

In the days leading up to A Gleeful Week in May, Sommers challenged WQED-FM listeners to "write a better pledge pitch" and submit it for use during the fundraiser. The response to that appeal has been great including a fan that identified himself as an 89 year-old blind poet from Oakland and a minister and her husband from Butler who put an antenna on their home to get better reception for the drive. They wrote and sang an original Bluegrass version of "You Are My Sunshine." Tune in from May 1 – 8 and hear them all.

Additional highlights of A Gleeful Week in May include:

• Local restaurants, theaters, hotels, performing arts groups, and corporations will donate tickets and gift certificates as “thank you” gifts for listeners who call with their pledge of support to WQED-FM.

• Local personalities will be on the air throughout the week with their thoughts on the importance of WQED-FM in the community.

• Sunday afternoon’s programming will highlight or feature music recorded by local choirs.

• FM Angels, listeners who contribute with a new or renewing gift at the $1,000 level will receive special attention as leaders who are keeping WQED-FM a vibrant source for classical music, local arts and culture.

WQED PITTSBURGH has a proud history of honors, including 128 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including two Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster. The people of WQED create, produce and distribute quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within their community and around the world. WQED Pittsburgh is one of the first broadcasters in the country to be fully high-definition (HD) in its studio and field production capabilities. It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED: The Neighborhood Channel; WQED: The Create Channel; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive (www.wqed.org) and The WQED Education Department.
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