For those of you outside of the New York area, you probably haven’t thought about Hurricane Sandy in a few weeks. However, nearly a month after rain first started to fall, New York and New Jersey are still devastated. There are many people who lost everything, and things still are far from normal around these parts.
Another thing those outside of the area might not be familiar with is WSOU/South Orange NJ. It’s one of the only all-metal stations out there. It reaches into New York, and has been an important part of breaking bands from Killswitch Engage and The Sword to Five Finger Death Punch and Clutch, while many former staffers from the college station have gone on to careers in the music industry. That’s why it’s awesome to see that the station will be presenting an 18-hour radiothon to raise donations for Hurricane Sandy relief this Friday (30).
The radiothon will start at 6am (EST) and run until midnight. The stations will be playing regular rotation music (all of which is metal), and asking for donations in between. If a listener pledges $25 or more, they’ll get a WSOU prize pack, containing WSOU stickers, pens, bottle openers and a CD. $50 will get you a Hurricane Sandy relief shirt plus a prize pack. A donation of $100 or more will receive a WSOU hoodie, the shirt and the prize pack. In addition, raffle tickets will be available for $25 each. Some of the items being raffled off include a poster signed by all members of Slipknot (including Paul Gray), a 3 Inches of Blood snowboard and a framed drum head signed by Five Finger Death Punch. There’s a lot more too.
The station hopes to raise $8,950 by the end of the day (as their frequency is 89.5). There will be guest DJ’s stopping by, and Metal Insider will be representing somewhere around late afternoon/early evening. This is for a great cause, and goes back to what radio is all about, which is helping the community. You can read more about it on the event’s Facebook page, and you can listen live via www.wsou.net.