Tune Into Special Programming During CKLU Pledge Week

Special hosts take the mic to help raise funds for the Sudbury Community and University Radio Station

CKLU 96.6 FM hosts its annual Pledge Week from April 25 to May 1.

To help raise funds for Greater Sudbury’s 38-year-old college and community radio station, CKLU is offering a full week of special programming — in addition to its regular programming — to attract local listeners.

As part of the week, ‘The Case of the Missing AY Jackson’, a radio play featuring local artists on the two AY Jackson paintings stolen from Sudbury High School in 1974, can be viewed on Eastlink Community TV on Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

If you just want to listen, CKLU will air “The Case of the Missing AY Jackson” on Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m. and again on May 1 at 8 p.m.

So who are the special hosts for Pledge Week?

At 4 p.m. Monday, Sudbury.com editor Mark Gentili takes the chair as host, though he’s been reluctant to divulge the names of his guests or, as they say in the industry, his sources.

Former Sudbury Poet Laureate Chloe Laduchesse and co-host Bennett Malcolmson present “The Donovan Dispatch / La Dépouille du Donovan: News and Stories from Your Favorite Neighborhood”. It’s bilingual Donovan reporting, with arts and culture, sports and foreign affairs sprinkled throughout. Fact or fiction? To listen to find out on April 26 at 5 p.m.

Max Merrifield’s name has become synonymous with Northern Lights Festival Boreal. As it is NLFB’s 50th anniversary, Merrifield “has pulled out all the stops,” CKLU said in a press release. Join him from 3-5 p.m. on April 26 for his tribute to the NLFB’s 50th anniversary.

As it returns to the airwaves across Canada, CKLU is celebrating Skip Viitala Thursday at 4 p.m. “Skip has the distinction of being CKLU’s DJ with the most years under his belt,” the station said. “Don’t miss Skip’s Pledge Week ska night. It promises to be ska-licious.

Peter Williams’ soft tone and smiling face are familiar to many in Sudbury who remember his time on CBC radio and television. Williams loves nothing better than a good laugh. “Join him April 30 at 7 p.m. for an enjoyable hour of carefully crafted Peter chatting away to his favorite music. He knows how to tell a good story!”

Taking the mic on May 1 at 2 p.m. is Paul Loewenberg, one of Sudbury’s best-known music encyclopedias. For years, Loewenberg’s Monster a Go-Go show has been a mainstay at CKLU.

“You never know if you’ll be hypnotized by the history of rock and roll, R&B, soul, funk, punk or anything in between. May Day promises to be an unforgettable musical journey.

Also on May 1 at 6 p.m., John McHenry and Judi Straughan will talk about the Sudbury Theater Center with stories from the past 50 years. Drama is happening in every corner of theater buildings, not just on stage. McHenry and Straughan promise to share some out-of-school stories.

Christian Pelletier slips into the program with lively fun and music. Christian’s impact on downtown Sudbury through the Up Here festival with his unique musical acts and mural designs is undeniable and his Pledge Week show will be second to none.

Visit CKLU.ca for the full itinerary and don’t forget to pledge.

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