On April 4, Wayne State College’s radio broadcast station, 91.9 The Cat went live for 24 hours to raise money for the Haven House. The students involved with the campus radio station were on air for a full day for the annual 24-hour remote. The students started the first two hours at the local Pac-N-Save and finished their shift at Prime Stop, better known as Wayne East.
The Haven House offers crisis intervention and prevention services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout the area. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which fits well with the fundraising for the foundation of the Haven House.
“It was real fun out there,” said Elijah Boose, a DJ at “91.9 The Cat.” “We were in front of Wayne East for a couple of hours, and it was a great experience for me because I was on the radio and I really enjoyed it. The goal was to get a lot of money just to help for that; people are getting abused all the time in the world and we were out there to raise money for a good cause.”
The students took turns during the 24-hour remote, accompanied by another member of KWSC. The DJ’s went live every 15 minutes to do reports about how the 24 hours was going.
“I experienced it by being there and going out to Wayne East for seven hours throughout the 24 hours,” KWSC DJ Blake Hilkemeier said. “Although I was not on the scene for all 24 hours, I did go down at various times of the day for shift.”
Local community members, students and people who just drove by all donated an amount for the fundraising. 50 cents of every purchase of nachos was donated to the fundraising.
“I was there for four hours; it was a long time but we were raising good money,” Boose said. “Within the four hours we raised $50; that is always a good thing. Just being at Wayne East and seeing people come in and doing it for a good reason. A lot of people came to donate, there was one guy who gave $20 dollars.”
The goal for the 24 hour remote this year was to raise more money than in 2018. KWSC achieved the goal raised more money than they did in the last five years.