School of Communication

Rock-A-Thon Provides Hands-On Opportunities for WPPJ Students

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A picture from the 2014 Rock-A-Thon. Photo | Victoria A. Mikula
Pictured above: DJ Zack Durkin at WPPJ's Rock-A-Thon in Lawrence Hall.

Point Park student DJs hosted WPPJ's 34th annual Rock-A-Thon — 67 hours of non-stop radio broadcasting outside of the Point Cafe in Lawrence Hall, Nov. 4-6.

"Since we broadcast on 670 AM, we take our call numbers and play music for 67 hours to raise money for a local non-profit organization," explained Nathan Keenan, general manager of the student-run radio station. "I take so much pride in the work that the WPPJ staff members do for our station. All of the great work we've done enhances our resumes."

Rock-A-Thon featured a variety of events: dance contests, trivia games, raffles, pie a community facilitator and a competition called the Last DJ Standing. Broadcast reporting major Aubrey Henken earned the winning title at this year's competition.

All proceeds from the events, games and contests benefited The Early Learning Institute, a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic and educational services to children in Western Pennsylvania. This year's Rock-A-Thon raised $500 for The Early Learning Institute.

Point Park students from a variety of majors can join WPPJ as a co-curricular activity. The station also serves as a training facility for students who wish to pursue a career in broadcasting.

The 2014-15 WPPJ staff includes:

  • Mary Jo Jennings, program director, broadcast reporting major
  • Melanie Vadney, promotions director, mass communications major, public relations and advertising minor

Photos by Victoria A. Mikula, sophomore photojournalism major

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