Penns Valley community members invested in starting an education-based radio station will be holding a fundraiser to help get the station off the ground.
The Penns Valley Conservation Association, which sponsors the radio station, received Federal Communications Commission permission to construct a low-power FM community radio station and transmitter on the dial at 101.7, called WSOV: The Sounds of the Valleys.
The station will host its live audience radio show 7 p.m. Friday at the Bremen Town Ballroom, 105 E. Main St., Millheim.
The live audience shows will be recorded for broadcasting once the radio station is on air. It could take at least seven more months to make that a reality.
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This month’s “ WSOV Presents The Radio Show: Live at the Bremen Town Ballroom” features three local songwriters — Hannah Bingman, Natalie Race, of Pure Cane Sugar, and Johnny Stevens, of Mama Corn.
Tickets are $10 at the door. A buffet will be available at 6 p.m. for an additional $10. Proceeds will benefit the construction of WSOV’s studio.
A group of community members filed an application in October to create the station and were given the OK to move forward in January, said radio station founder Lisa Marshall. But the idea was sparked about four years ago, and it was announced publicly at the fireman’s carnival last summer.
The vision is to promote local history and natural resources of the valley while also including creative expression. The mission, Marshall added, is to build and strengthen the Penns Valley community with education and entertainment.
Its first fundraiser was held in March.