CRD #3 – 24 hour marathon

College Radio Day closed out with an unprecedented event: freshman broadcasting major Walker Polivka hosted a 24-hour marathon over the air. The event kicked off at 5:00 PM Thursday, November 3 and ended at 5:00 PM Friday, November 4. The event was planned out and included many different moving parts. Walker was able to line up interviews with many local and national personalities. 

The interviews included:

West Virginia House of Delegates member Erikka Storch

Playwright John Hardy

105.5 FM DJ Johnny O

Voice of the Wheeling Nailers DJ Abisalih

Former MLB player and coach Rich Donnelly

West Liberty University President Stephen Greiner

Former WGLZ staff member John Nowak

Professor Christian Lee, who helped create the station

Former West Liberty University President Clyde Campbell

Former WTRF anchor Mike Anthony

1600 AM DJ Steve Novotney

WVU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Bob Huggins

Professor and actor Butch Maxwell

WTRF anchor Tate Blanchard

Former Wheeling mayor Andy Mckenzie

Attorney, former West Virginia Senator and former State Minority Leader Jeff Kessler

Radio DJ Chris Booker

Former West Liberty University professor John Matviko

Professor and Department Chair Brian Fencl

Responses from Governor candidates Jim Justice and Bill Cole

Walker also collected many prizes from local businesses to give away during the course of the festivities. He also took sponsorships from local businesses for each hour of programming and raised $1650 for charity, which was split between the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the Wheeling Soup Kitchen. Widely considered to be the most successful College Radio Day in WGLZ history, WGLZ was able to reach many new listeners and will continue to grow along with College Radio Day.

Johnny O

DJ Abisalih

Erikka Storch