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Classic Signals: Charity concert benefits community

By Jane Bowden
Features Editor

This June, performers such as Miley Cyrus, Chance the Rapper and The Killers will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Woodstock in New York.

In an April 1996 issue of The Signal, a reporter wrote about the College’s version of Woodstock, “Radiothon,” which was a two-day charity concert that featured local musicians.

Radiothon raises money for the Habitat for Humanity of Trenton (Photo courtesy of the TCNJ Digital Archives).

Radiothon ’96, a charity concert benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Trenton, was, in the tradition of Woodstock, two days of performances, auctions and a merchandise sale consisting of CDs, posters and other music memorabilia.

WTSR Radio (91.3 FM) held its 24th annual Radiothon in the Rathskeller on Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 11.

Local bands performed on the stage from 1 2 to 7 p.m. each day. AKU, Triple Vig and Half Kings, all from the Trenton area, performed on Wednesday along with All Else Failed and The Diane Linkletter Experience. Headlining on Wednesday night, from 7 p.m. until midnight, were Semi-Beings, Half Hour to Go and Moped.

The local bands that performed on Thursday afternoon were Generation 7, Silkworm, Flour, Mandolin Genesis and Fats. The lineup for Thursday evening included Duochrome, Highly I and Trip 66.

In past years, Radiothon has included nationally-recognized bands as well as local talent of all musical genres. This year was no exception, and audience members commented on the “interesting” selection of music at this year’s concert.

The Radiothon served many purposes: it allowed everyone to enjoy l*o days of music and fun, it gave bands some exposure and it raised rooney for a charitable cause.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonProfit organization which works in partnership with underprivileged People to improve housing. Established in 1976 to respond to the need :or belter, this organization challenges people to help renovate or wild decent homes for those who are living without adequate shelter.

As of September 1994, the Trenton chapter of Habitat for Humanity completely rebuilt six houses and as built 10 new homes in East Trenton, with new projects underway.

According to Paul Alfieri, assistant station manager of WTSR, the donation totals for Radiothon 96 are around $1,600. This total is slightly more than Radiothon received last year, and Alfieri is optimistic that even more money will be donated. He estimates that the final totals will be around $1,700- $1,800, once all the money is tallied.

“I think the organization was a lot better this year than-it was last year. The quality of the bands were a lot better,” Alfieri said. Derek Roseman (Radiothon ’96 coordinator) started planning in August, which allowed us to get these better bands.


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