Sunday, March 25, 2012

"Bluegrass Cafe" - 3/25/2012 -- Radiothon Week #2: the FINALE

Well, it's over.  The Spring 2012 Radiothon campaign ends at midnight tonight, and while we were not able to reach our 2-week show goal of $3,500, I don't believe you're going to see Bluegrass Cafe disappear from the WHUS schedule as a result.  If you're a "regular" listener to WHUS during Radiothon, you probably know that our fundraising efforts generally coincide with the NCAA Basketball Tournaments for Men and Women.  That wouldn't be a big issue if the school had sub-par teams, but most years, the Men and Women's teams are generally pretty successful.  This year, the Men bowed out early, but the Women keep on playing, and today, their Sweet 16 round game happened from 4:30-6:30PM -- right in the middle of the Bluegrass Cafe.  Any hope that we had of really getting close to that $3,500 2-week goal totally fell apart when the basketball game got a 4:30PM start time.  Plus, Jim wasn't able to be at the station today, so that left me all alone to try to bring in a few bucks.  It wasn't terrific fun, but that we were able to take in a bit more than $500 in about 20 minutes is definitely a good thing.  Our grand total of pledges during the two weeks was well-short of the big goal, but we still know we've got some tremendous listeners to the program every week.  Big THANKS to everyone who took the time to make a pledge last Sunday or today...

There's no way we could have had any kind of success at all during Radiothon without the great support and donations we received from several record labels and performers.  Many thanks to Acoustic Blue, the Hadley Music Group, Mountain Fever Records, Mountain Home, Mountain Roads Recordings, Patuxent Music, Rebel, Rounder, and Rural Rhythm Records.  

All together, our BG music broadcast today was about one hour, so we didn't end up playing too many songs.  Still, we were able to feature a couple of songs from two new recordings from the Mountain Home label:  "Life Finds A Way" by the Grascals and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver's "Sing Me A Song About Jesus."  It seems our most popular "thank you gift" for Radiothon pledges this year was a recording from Mountain Fever Records:  "Memories" by the Spinney Brothers.  If you pledged for one of these CDs, or perhaps something else, expect that your premiums will be mailed to you within the next few weeks.  

Many thanks again to everyone for their pledges during Radiothon!! Be sure to join Jim next Sunday for LOTS of music in the BG Cafe!


  • One Day Late And A Dollar Short / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • The Greatest Creator / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Sing Me A Song About Jesus / Mountain Home
  • Golden Leaves / Acoustic Blue / This Is Now / Self-Produced
  • I Was Left On The Street  / Audie Blaylock & Redline / I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky / Rural Rhythm
  • I'm On My Way Back To The Old Home / Tony Rice / The Bill Monroe Collection / Rounder
  • Gonna Paint The Town / Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys / Classic Bluegrass / Rebel
  • Old Horse And Buggy / Various / Close Kin / Mountain Roads Recordings
  • Lay That Hammer Down / The Grascals / Life Finds A Way / Mountain Home
  • Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Mike Scott et al / Blue Moon Of Kentucky / Rural Rhythm
  • Never Shall Run Dry / Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver / Sing Me A Song About Jesus / Mountain Home
  • Lord Lift Me Up / Darin & Brooke Aldridge / So Much In Between / Mountain Home
  • Makin' A Killin' / Spinney Brothers / Memories / Mountain Fever Records
  • String, Eraser And Blotter / Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice / The Heart Of A Song / Rebel
  • No Blues Is Good News / Charlie Sizemore Band / Good News / Rounder
  • Nightwalk / Eddie & Martha Adcock with Tom Gray / Many A Mile / Patuxent Music

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