GrassRoots: Tune in, pledge
GrassRoots Television viewers who missed their chance to donate a few dollars to the station during its fund-raiser last winter will have another chance beginning Wednesday, when the station puts on a 28-hour telethon.”It’s 28 hours long, we’re celebrating our 28th anniversary and we’re trying to raise $28,000,” said executive director Sean Sunkel.The show, which begins 5 p.m. Wednesday and ends at 8 p.m. Thursday, will be hosted by a couple of staffers at the station, Sunkel and fellow station employee Corby Anderson. But it will feature a number of local celebrities, and an offer by one of the valley’s most beloved (and despised) figures to shave his head for the cause.Bobbie Mason, the feature act of last winter’s RootsJam ’99 fund-raiser will make an appearance, as will John Oates of the 1970s hit duo Hall & Oates. Doc Eason, a magician, and a local astrologer will also spend some time in the bright lights.County Commissioner Mick Ireland has offered to shave his head for the right amount, Sunkel said. For $1,000, he’ll shave everything off, but for a bigger donation he’ll sport a skunk-style hairdo, with two strips of hair atop his pasty white skull, or a Mohawk.There are also opportunities for budding television producers to show their moxie and help out the station. Sunkel said anyone who wants to air their own segment on Channel 12 can purchase a half-hour slot during the wee hours of Thursday morning and fill the air with whatever they want, within limits.The money will be used to purchase new equipment, Sunkel said.”We’re doing the fund-raiser now because we need $100,000 for equipment purchases over the next six months.”
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