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WECI collaborating with Richmond Civic Theatre to broadcast 'A Christmas Carol'

December 10, 2014

A new collaboration between Earlham’s WECI-FM and Richmond Civic Theatre (RCT) will fill the airwaves with the sounds of a classic holiday story.

Volunteers from Earlham and Richmond have produced a made-for-radio adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” WECI will air the 45-minute production at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28.

Now in its 50th year, WECI is a student-operated, listener-supported radio station that provides opportunities for students to become experienced in broadcasting and build leadership skills. The station’s broadcasts are available on 91.5 FM and online at weciradio.org.

“We wanted to do something special for our 50th anniversary and this ties in nicely to the deep connection we already have with the Richmond community,” says Dan Gonzalez '15, the co-station manager for WECI. “We want to develop this partnership even further and give RCT the medium they need to develop this idea.” 

The radio drama was recorded live on the RCT stage with a cast of volunteers, many who appear in RCT productions.

“‘A Christmas Carol’ is a popular theme for Christmas and everyone knows the story,” says Mark Pearson, who is the voice of “Fezziwig” and works as an Instructional Technologist for Earlham. “It was a lot of fun to do and we hope listeners will enjoy something different on the airwaves.”

Longtime RCT supporter Dr. David Jetmore sponsored the production, which was directed by Erica Pearson with Rick Funk handling recording and post-production editing. 

The radio drama is the first of several planned for the next year, says Cheryl DeLucio, the chair of RCT’s Radio Committee.

“We think this is a great way for families to do something different together,” DeLucio says. “With ‘A Christmas Carol,’ we think it might be fun for listeners to make some hot cocoa, light the fire and turn on the radio for 45 minutes and listen to a story.”

Gonzalez says the partnership is a perfect extension of WECI’s mission.

“WECI is vital for creating a space to discuss the pulse of the community and allow for the exchange of ideas,” he says. “This is another example of how we can give back by giving the community the tools they need to innovate.”

50 years: Support WECI

WECI is seeking donations to match a $7,500 grant promised to the station to upgrade its recording equipment. 

To make a contribution to the station, visit weciradio.org and click on the “donate” button.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at (765) 983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.


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