Monday, June 8, 2009

Hands On Fund Raiser: Press Release

WYOU calls for Hands On support this Summer to raise funds, profile and
support for Madison’s Community Access Television

WYOU Community Television kicks off its Summer membership drive/fundraiser, “Hands On WYOU” on Monday June 8, 2009 with plans for on-site booth presence at two free music festival events in June and July, and culminates with a party at the High Noon Saloon on Sunday, July 12th. For donations of $50 or more, contributors can create a “Hands On” handprint in a form of papier machĂ© that will be used to construct a WYOU Hands-On contribution wall to commemorate community support for Madison’s only public access television station.

Donation hand prints and “stories” will be gathered in the WYOU booth that will be onsite at the Marquette Waterfront Festival at Yahara Place Park on Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and June 14 and at Le Fete de Marquette at 50 S. Baldwin St. on Saturday, July 11th. In addition to creating handprints, booth visitors will be invited to sit down in front of the camera and tell their stories about favorite music
festival moments, life in Madison and testimonials supporting WYOU’s open community access. Hand prints collected throughout the fund drive will be fashioned into a Hands On WYOU support wall that will be used as the stage backdrop at the High Noon Saloon party. Collected stories will be edited into a series of vignettes that will air on WYOU throughout the summer and fall.

The Hands On WYOU party at the High Noon Saloon takes place on Sunday, July 12th from 4pm – 8pm and with an on-stage line-up featuring Baghdad Scuba Review (, Adam Isaac and the People ( ), and trombone band, Hot Cross Bones ( .) Support materials including station brochures, class
information, program schedules, membership sign-up sheets and commemorative pint glasses will be available inside the venue as well as on the patio. Member/producers will be “on hand” to meet guests and answer questions about their shows. No cover will be charged at the door but donations are strongly encouraged. The party is open to adults, 21 and over, and children under 18 with supervision. The High Noon Saloon is located at 701A E.Washington Ave.

WYOU provides an extraordinary range of locally produced programming from music and travel shows to in-depth interviews, church services, politics, educational programming, feature-length films and much more without commercial interruption 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information on the station, its programs and how to donate is available at or call 608-258-9644.

WYOU is cablecast via Charter Communications in the greater Dane County area on analog Channel 95 and digital Channel 991. Charter describes WYOU’s potential audience reach as 200,000 households. Since March, 2009 WYOU is now streaming 24/7 live at

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