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GVTV to air �Lakers for a Cure� telethon

Posted on March 22, 2013

The first annual “Lakers for a Cure” telethon will air on Grand Valley Television Thursday, March 28, from 8-10 p.m.

The telethon is a partnership between the three student-run media groups: GVTV, the Lanthorn and radio station WCKS The Whale. The group’s goal is to raise $2,400 for the 2013 GVSU Relay For Life in support of the American Cancer Society, during the 24 hours following the end of the televised program.

The two-hour show will consist of entertainment acts by Grand Valley students, including music, comedy, and more. The show will also showcase guest speakers who have been affected by cancer and a representative from Colleges Against Cancer.

A PayPal link will available the day of the telethon for online donations, at Tables will be set up in Kirkhof Center throughout the day to accept cash and check donations.

“The idea of doing a telethon actually came up about a year ago when our station first got the capabilities to go live,” said GVTV Station Manager Jamie Bartkowicz, a film and video production major. “The Whale will be broadcasting throughout the day of the telethon and the Lanthorn will be doing a feature story. Both organizations will be collecting donations as well.”

Len O’Kelly, School of Communications visiting professor and faculty adviser for GVTV and WCKS, said the telethon represents great effort on the part of all three student-run media groups.

Students who live on campus can access GVTV on Channel 10. The telethon will stream live at for those who do not live on campus. The public is encouraged join the audience in Area 51 in the lower of Kirkhof Center.

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