LION Newspaper

Rock-A-Thon raises money for WTLT, LTTV programs

To support the LT radio station WLTL, students raise money through stunts.

Desa+Bolger+works+on+Andy+Danbury%27s+eyes+in+preparation+for+the+Rock-a-thon+drag+race+competition.++%28Lonnroth%2FLION%29
Back to Article
Back to Article

Rock-A-Thon raises money for WTLT, LTTV programs

Desa Bolger works on Andy Danbury's eyes in preparation for the Rock-a-thon drag race competition.  (Lonnroth/LION)

Desa Bolger works on Andy Danbury's eyes in preparation for the Rock-a-thon drag race competition. (Lonnroth/LION)

Desa Bolger works on Andy Danbury's eyes in preparation for the Rock-a-thon drag race competition. (Lonnroth/LION)

Desa Bolger works on Andy Danbury's eyes in preparation for the Rock-a-thon drag race competition. (Lonnroth/LION)

Anna McCormick, Reporter

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






3 votes

WLTL managers Andy Danbury ‘20 and Paul Kraessig ‘20 were bobbing for apples and garlic sardines in a game known as “face-fishing” during the 88 hour broadcast known as Rock-A-Thon.

“I contributed 40 hours of my life, $60 from my wallet and most of my leg hair,” Danbury said.

The WLTL and LTTV teams were answering calls, airing business liners, playing music and partaking in goofy behavior hoping to receive donations for their program.

They had a couple different shows where boys put on makeup, general manager Chris Thomas said.

“[The students] really got into it which made it really funny. It was visually striking,” he said.

Other acts included sardines being eaten in between toes and dreadlocks being donated, Danbury said.

Getting into drag doesn’t mean you don’t have time for a selfie. Mark Jareczek and John Kane prove that point. (Lonnroth/LION)

With business, family and community support a total of $27,858 was raised—an additional $6,000 more than the previous year due to the help from additional business sponsors, Thomas said.

“The management team did a really good job pre-Rock-a-thon,” production manager Danny Tuohy ‘20 said. “We raised upwards of $15,000 beforehand.”

The profit will be going towards a new broadcasting antenna and automation system, Danbury said.

Purchasing the new equipment is possible because of the dedicated individuals that came together for the production.

“During the final shift, all the managers were here and there were about two hours left, but [the students] had not reached their goal yet,” Thomas said. “Kids really stepped up to reach the goal by going on-air and pushing people to donate. They did not just say ‘well, we have done enough.’”

About 4,300 people tuned in on the WLTL stream alone, Thomas said. Typically three to five percent of viewers listen on the stream so that means about 140,000 people listened overall.

Although the event ran smoothly and the team met their goal, the students were very reflective on what improvements can be made next year, Thomas said.

“One of the big things [we talked about] is how we can make it better next year,” Tuohy said. “Things like publicizing we’re brought up, but we were pretty excited about the money we did make.”

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
About the Writer
Anna McCormick, Reporter

I am a daydreamer stuck in the middle of the night.

 

Leave a Comment

The LION reserves the right to not publish comments that promote unproductive discourse, are slanderous or not factual or are not of any relevance to the article's contents.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




*

Navigate Left
  • Rock-A-Thon raises money for WTLT, LTTV programs

    News

    Canvas cheating calls application’s effectiveness into question

  • Rock-A-Thon raises money for WTLT, LTTV programs

    News

    McClure educates people on issues of mental health

  • Rock-A-Thon raises money for WTLT, LTTV programs

    News

    La Grange considers townhouses to replace children’s home

  • Rock-A-Thon raises money for WTLT, LTTV programs

    News

    LT troubleshoots Internet issues

  • Rock-A-Thon raises money for WTLT, LTTV programs

    News

    Mavros Festival to showcase theater students

  • Rock-A-Thon raises money for WTLT, LTTV programs

    News

    Chess team goes to state

  • Rock-A-Thon raises money for WTLT, LTTV programs

    News

    LT student section named finalist in IHSA competition

  • Rock-A-Thon raises money for WTLT, LTTV programs

    News

    LT students react to NC bathroom incident

  • Rock-A-Thon raises money for WTLT, LTTV programs

    News

    Business Professionals of America head to Nationals

  • Rock-A-Thon raises money for WTLT, LTTV programs

    News

    King of Hearts dance raises money for American Cancer Society

Navigate Right
The voice of Lyons Township students for more than 100 years
Rock-A-Thon raises money for WTLT, LTTV programs