The Union Recorder


October 2, 2012

Local radio program helps community give back in big way


Last week’s Winning Wednesday broadcast on Z-97 gave the community an opportunity to give back to six local nonprofits in a big way. 

Hands on Milledgeville sponsored the three-hour program. Kendall Stiles sat in on the show on behalf of Hands on Milledgeville. 

“I was excited about the event and thankful to the community for their support,” said Stiles. 

Each nonprofit organization received 30 minutes of air time for listeners to call in and pledge donations. 

“This show gave a unique platform to nonprofit groups and allowed them to let the public know just how much their organization impacted the community,” said Phillip Joiner, host of the weekly program. 

The extended airtime gave sponsors the opportunity to explain the purpose of their organizations and to let the listeners know the wonderful things they do. 

“It was a great opportunity,” said CISMBC Executive Director Sandy Baxter. “It gave me a chance to talk about what CISMBC is all about and the support we give to students, teachers and schools in our community.”

Funds and donations go to Horse Dreams Youth Ranch, Communities in Schools-Milledgeville Baldwin County (CISMBC), Life Enrichment Center, Oconee Area Citizen Advocacy, Milledgeville Kappa League and Cafe Central. Among the listeners who pledged were several local businesses including GRITS and Amici Italian Café. Both businesses pledged a donation of $100. 

Because of the show’s success, it won’t be the last Winning Wednesday Cares. The special edition show will be on the airwaves again in the near future.

“This will definitely be a show we’ll do again in the future,” said Joiner. “The show was specifically for Milledgeville organizations, but I’d like to expand it to neighboring counties.” 

The goal of Winning Wednesday Cares was to raise at least $6,000 for the six selected community organizations. Because the goal is close to being accomplished, online donations have been extended until next week. 

Those interested in donating can visit to contribute.


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