Penns Valley

On Centre: Penns Valley | Radio station to hold Halloween costume ball

A proposed local radio station is about $12,000 from making its vision a reality.

It could be one step closer on Halloween.

WSOV: Sounds of the Valley is hosting its second annual Halloween costume ball at 6 p.m. Friday at the Bremen Town Ballroom in Millheim.

A $10 admission will include children’s trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m., photo booth photos, a dance party and live entertainment.

Spokeswoman Lisa Marshall said she expects a few hundred people to be in attendance.

“It went well last year,” she said.

“We’re pretty much just replicating last year’s event to bring a good time to town and raise some money.”

WSOV is the proposed low-powered radio station that will serve the Penns Valley area, and it needs $15,000 to get up and running — something that might take a few years.

It made about $3,000 so far through fundraising efforts like concerts and live-audience radio shows, Marshall said.

Marshall has also been applying for grants.

“We’re taking multiple approaches to get where we need to be financially,” she said.

Next month, a committee in charge of running the station will meet and create a master plan about how to move forward to make the radio station a realiy.

Marshall said they plan to set up fundraisers such as a children’s concert.

Earlier this year, 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.

A group of community members filed an application last October to create the station and was given the OK to move forward in January, Marshall said.

But the idea was sparked about four years ago, and it was announced publicly at the firemen’s carnival last summer.

The vision is to promote local history and natural resources of the valley while including creative expression.

The mission is to build and strengthen the Penns Valley community with education and entertainment, Marshall said.

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