Chris Rohman and Dustin Lolli of the band Sanctus Real on the Morning Espresso with Jenn & Brian live from Cafe at the Commons in Brighton during the Smile FM Fall Fun Drive/Uplift Shiawassee photo
Smile FM, a non-profit statewide radio network of 27 stations, began its fall "Fun Drive" live in Brighton on Wednesday morning. Morning hosts, Jenn and Brian, along with Josh Strickland, who frequently broadcasts from a Durand studio built earlier this year, are live for the next three days from Cafe at the Commons on Grand River Road in Brighton, asking listeners for donations to keep the stations on the air and help fund continued expansion of the network. Mike Couchman, normally heard weekends on Smile FM, is also on duty in Brighton.
Building families, touching hearts, changing lives -- supporting Smile FM's mission is easy, safe and secure, online at smile.fm/donate, or by calling 888-887-7139.
Smile FM is heard in Shiawassee County on two frequencies; 88.1 FM and 89.7 FM. 88.1 (WLGH) originates from the Lansing area while 89.7 (WTAC) originates from the Flint area. The network also has stations in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Midland, Bad Axe, Alpena, Gaylord, Traverse City, Sault Ste. Marie, Marquette and many other Michigan communities, including two new stations that signed on just this year; one in Port Huron and one in Manistee. Just this week, Smile FM was granted approval by the FCC to sign on a new station in Muskegon.
Smile FM DJs broadcast from various satellite studios -- the network's headquarters is in Williamston, near Lansing, but there is a separate Lansing studio where Morning Espresso host, Brian, broadcasts from, and an Imlay City studio where Jenn broadcasts from. Strickland splits time between Durand and Imlay City. But for the next three days, they'll be all together, live at Cafe at the Commons in Brighton, all day long (except for a lunch break between 1 and 3pm), asking listeners for financial support.
The fall Fun Drive is packed with stories and testimonials from listeners about how Smile FM's "Positive Hits" format has impacted lives; their own or a friend or family member's. There are also hourly and daily incentives for making a pledge or donation, including CDs, concert tickets and even a family ski trip to Boyne Mountain. There are also special guests; seen above are Chris Rohman and Dustin Lolli of the band Sanctus Real. The pair drove in from the Toledo area for a live performance and to help encourage listeners to both stop out at Cafe at the Commons as well as to support the Smile FM ministry.
While the average pledge amount is $40 per month, some people have donated $1,000 and even more. These "Legacy Gifts" can be used as matching funds to encourage other listeners to donate.
Smile FM hopes to reach its Fun Drive goal by 7pm on Friday. At lunchtime on Wednesday the network had just hit 16% of its goal. Listen to Smile FM now on 88.1 or 89.7 or online at smile.fm.
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Josh Strickland is the Founder and Publisher of The Durand Now Network and this website, Uplift Shiawassee.