December is a time of year when many radio stations perform particularly good deeds. One of them is low-power FM station WDNP in Dover, Ohio.
Radio World contributor Dan Slentz helped launch the LPFM station, and he reports that WDNP is now in its sixth year of conducting an annual Coat & Food Drive in partnership with the Salvation Army of Tuscarawas County.
“Usually we fill their truck with food and coats, but people give cash and other things that others can use,” Dan writes.
“Our thinking was that the station doing ‘Toys for Tots’ is awesome, but what if the kid doesn’t have a warm coat or the family is struggling to put food on the table? So we decided to focus on necessities.”
The local Pizza Hut provides its parking lot, the food and even some gift certificates for free pizzas. The radio station distributes logo mugs to each donor, and those mugs are sponsored, so there’s no expense to the station.
“It’s a good local promotion and helps a lot of people,” Dan says, adding that WDNP is run entirely by volunteers.
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