JAZZY 88 WFSK begins Fall Fund Drive with 48-hour Radiothon

Rev. james “Tex” Thomas, Sharon Kay, Martha Brown, Radiothon volunteer; and Xuam “S-Man” Lawson

Rev. james “Tex” Thomas, Sharon Kay, Martha Brown, Radiothon volunteer; and Xuam “S-Man” Lawson

JAZZY 88 WFSK, Fisk University’s non-profit radio station will hold its Fall Fund Drive October 3-5, with an annual fundraising goal of $88,100. Since 2006, WFSK has kicked off their month long drive with a 48-hour around the clock live Radiothon held on the first weekend in October. This year marks the ninth such effort. The 48-hour Radiothon begins at 9 am on Friday, October 4, and continues through 9 am, Sunday, October 5.

“This is our biggest community-wide event of the year for the station. Over the years the tax-deductible contributions have been used to defray the costs of purchasing new equipment for the station and operational costs associated with programming and service delivery,” said Sharon Kay, JAZZY 88 WFSK general manager. Since the first Radiothon, WFSK has raised over $300,000.
JAZZY 88’s format is smooth and contemporary jazz.

“We enlist a legion of supporters, listeners, recording artists, music enthusiasts and Fisk alumni, faculty and staff from across the area to lend a hand during our annual Radiothon. This is a true community effort,” Kay said.

2014 marks WFSK’s 41st anniversary of service to Nashville as a community-based educational radio station. Established by Fisk students, the station signed on in April of 1973, with the call letters WRFN (Radio Free Nashville) with a student staff playing a mix of jazz, blues, and rock. African Americans were not able to get Federal Communication Commission (FCC) licenses for FM radio stations until the very late ‘60s and early ‘70s. This was a significant accomplishment for Nashville’s Black community. Over the years the station has been integral in dispensing information and being of service to the grassroots community, community of faith, students and concerned citizens—not just in North Nashville, but to Davidson County as well. With WFSK’s Internet streaming over the last eight years, JAZZY 88 reaches a global audience of tens of thousands.

Donors have several options of making tax-deductible contributions during the WFSK 48-Hour Radiothon. By mail, make checks payable to WFSK. Send to: Office of Advancement Services, 1000 17th Avenue North, Nashville, Tenn. 37208; with a debit or credit card by phone, 615-329-8754; or in person. WFSK studios are located on the 3rd floor of DuBois Hall on the Fisk University campus (the corner of D.B. Todd & Jackson Streets) or on-line at , or <connect.fisk.edu/wfsk-donation-form>.

For additional information, contact Sharon Kay at 615-329-8754 or <skay@fisk.edu>.

JAZZY 88 WFSK is an award winning educational community-based radio station, owned and operated by Fisk University. Serving the public since 1973, WFSK is home to 23 different specialty programs and 26 volunteers. Volunteers serve in numerous capacities, in both on-air and behind the scenes, and are both Fisk students and from the community at-large. WFSK is the first African American owned and operated FM radio station in Nashville, Tennessee.

Founded in 1866, Fisk University is Nashville’s first institution of higher education and currently ranks in the top 20% of all liberal arts institutions in the nation according to The Washington Monthly. Fisk is the fourth highest ranked institution in Tennessee and the highest ranked Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in Forbes magazine’s 2014 edition of ‘America’s Best Colleges.’ Fisk has been ranked in The Princeton Review’s ‘Best Southeastern Colleges’ publication for 22 consecutive years. U.S. News and World Report ranks Fisk #165 in the elite Tier One group of 246 liberal arts institutions selected for the distinction among the 1,400 colleges and universities in the nation, and Fisk is one of only four HBCUs ranked in Tier One. Fisk has earned four R&D 100 Awards for work in the creation of radiation detectors developed in collaboration with several national laboratories and corporations. No other HBCU has ever earned an R&D 100 Award.

According to the National Science Foundation, Fisk produces more African Americans who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the natural sciences than any school in the nation. For more information on Fisk University, visit .