The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 13, 2013

Bluegrass/gospel concert to benefit radio station



n Savn’ Grace, the final band on the bill, is based in Union County. The group has seven members and offer a bluegrass- and country-infused style of gospel. The group formed in 2006. It is a multi-generational band but prefers to play the older, classic, gospel songs peppered with a few newer songs, with hope of spreading encouragement to other Christian believers. Their website is


‘Voice of  Susquehanna University’

WQSU has been broadcasting sports, music and news out of Susquehanna University since 1967.  Known as the “Broadcast Voice of Susquehanna University,” it is the strongest college-run station in the state.

National Public Radio (NPR) begins each weekday broadcast from 6-8 a.m. The rest of the day is filled with a variety of music served up by student DJs who earn communications credits through the night until 5 a.m. the next morning.

There are also a number of year-round specialty programs on weekends hosted by a variety of fellow music lovers who volunteer their time. These DJs offer a specialty such as Dave Pearce who hosts the “The Pure As Stone Country Jamboree” on Saturdays from 9-11 a.m. followed by “Let There Be Country” with Luke Roman.

Charlie Lockard’s “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues” show is on Sundays from noon until 2 p.m., followed by “Home Made Jam” which plays exclusively local music from 2-4 p.m.

Since there are no summer credits available at the radio station for communication students (or revenue generated by such students), the university gets a little help from the community. The April 14 event will help generate funds needed to cover broadcasting and affiliation costs (“Car Talk” and AP Network news, etc.).

The Bluegrass and Gospel Concert is held in conjunction with the kickoff of the station’s annual “Summerthon.” During Summerthon, listeners can call in pledging donations of any size. In return for their donations, not only do the listeners get to continue to hear great music all summer long, they also can get cool WQSU stuff like stickers, pens, coffee mugs and T-shirts, based on the denomination of their gift. 

Summerthon begins Friday evening and continues through April 22.


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