Rotary Club Hits The Airwaves To Raise $12,000

If you were listening to WIGG 1420 AM or WXAB 96.9 FM on Tuesday, you might have heard a few new voices.

For 12 hours, members of the Wiggins Rotary Club took over the airwaves raising money to help some of their neighbors. The money raised will help seniors pay for medicine they depend on but can't always afford.

Wiggins Rotary Club president Michael Lott went on air from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Before his shift even started, the club had already met its goal of raising $10,000. Lott says he feels excited to be able to help people in his community.

"We have a lot of senior citizens in our county who can't afford to go to the drug store and buy medication that they need," Lott said.

The club currently spends $1,500 a month on medications for seniors. All donations are placed in a fund for use in local pharmacies.

"All right we are back and we are live on the air with Nathan Mihelich from WLOX," Rotary DJ Zane Gordon told listeners.

"It's a little nerve racking at first, but after the first few minutes, you get used to it after the first couple of times you talk on there," Rotary member Paul Hardy said.

Hardy and his brother-in-law Gordon also volunteered to DJ and solicit donations. They were surprised at the number of listeners out there and how critical some can be.

"People do call in, some of them calling in giving us a hard time, some of them call in appreciating the music we're playing, some tell us how terrible our music is, but we have a good time," Hardy said.

Although the amateur DJs spent a lot of time talking about the organization and their medical fund, they played a lot of music. They had the station's extensive record collection to chose from.

"It's always fun to just get on the air and just mess around. Maybe somebody hears you. That's pretty fun to think about," Gordon said.

"This is a great day," Rotary Club Treasurer Clark Bryd said. "We raised $3,500 last year. We did a lot more advertising this year, and we tripled last year's amount."