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CHS Radiothon re-scheduled for next week, April 29-May 3

Due to an electrical storm recently that damaged WDSO's transmitter and forced them to go off-air for four days, Chesterton High School's WDSO Radio Station 33rd annual Radiothon fundraising event was temporarily postponed.


Chesterton High School’s WDSO Radio Station will now host their 33rd annual Radiothon, next week April 29 - May 3, 2024. Students will be live on the air from 7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday and Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.


DJs will take song requests, song dedications, and will be giving away prizes all week long. Giveaways will be prizes from local businesses and WDSO shirts. On Wednesday, May 1, 2024, WDSO will be celebrating National High School Radio Day. WDSO is encouraging all alumni and WDSO lovers near and far to sport their WDSO shirts and hoodies on Wednesday to show their support of the station and its student DJs. If you don’t already have one and would like to participate, you can purchase and pick up a t-shirt anytime during school hours by contacting the station and placing an order.The Radiothon will be led by Senior DJs including program directors, Josey Parlock and Max Good, as well as Olivia Callaway, Rachel Gallup, Jacob Spence, Deegan Parker, Aaron Underwood, Ira Kashyap, Don Tharp, Thaddeus Westerlund, Hailey Jalovecky, Robert Mueller, Shea Ogle, and Ethan Markwart, Elsa Estridge, Ryan Holder, Luke Robertson, Zach Marchese. Braden Kennelly. Local punk band, VoidClass, is scheduled to make an appearance to play some of their music and be interviewed live on-air on Wednesday afternoon. 

During the event, listeners can make a pledge by calling the station at (219) 983-3777 or by contacting the station through Facebook Messenger. Listen to WDSO on FM 88.3, or stream through the Tune-in app, or you can ask your Alexa or Google Home to play WDSO. Pledges can be mailed in with cash, checks made out to WDSO, or donate via credit/debit card at WDSO will also be releasing a limited edition throwback logo shirt for a donation of $25. The logo was designed in the 1980s by Chesterton resident Deano Recktenwall. This will be the first run of this logo design on WDSO merch in over 30 years. Anyone interested in a throwback shirt, or one of WDSO’s other logos should contact the station. Logo design (above at left) will be featured on the 2024 Radiothon exclusive shirts.


WDSO 88.3 FM, is Chesterton High School’s student-run, not-for-profit radio station. WDSO has been on the air since 1976 and its sound waves reach listeners in Chesterton, Portage, Valparaiso, and Michigan City. WDSO broadcasts a wide variety of music all year long. During the school year, the station provides listeners with local news, weather reports, local sports coverage, and a variety of educational and community-driven programs Monday through Friday. Students who join WDSO have the opportunity to learn hands-on about media production and broadcasting allowing them to gain skills, confidence, and a connection with their community.


WDSO members engage with community members and give them an opportunity to teach others about topics they are passionate about. The integration of these programs allows both staff members and listeners to strengthen their bond with their community and become involved and informed citizens. WDSO strives to bring attention to and elevate the voices of residents, community assets and issues, local history, and cultural highlights. WDSO is dedicated to being a place where young and emerging adults can form lasting mentorship bonds and community connections. Students can explore futures in broadcasting careers while building confidence, leadership, communication, and STEM skills that they will use throughout their lifetime.


Donations received from the public during WDSO’s yearly Radiothon help support the station's general upkeep and upgrades, as well as funding the cost of the station’s goal to expand its broadcast range and much-needed sportscasting equipment upgrades. Support from the community helps ensure that WDSO will stay on the air for years to come, allowing Chesterton High School students the unique opportunity to study and work in a student-run, not-for-profit radio station. This will be WDSO’s 33rd annual Radiothon. The first Radiothon was hosted in 1991, WDSO members Brandon Kroft and Daryl Anderson attempted to be on-air for 30 hours straight the DJs managed to stay on the air for twenty-four hours and raised a total of $283.60.

WDSO is currently looking for donations from local businesses, specifically gift certificates to contribute to their pool of on-air giveaways, a staple of Radiothon. Additionally, the station is seeking out testimonials from WDSO alumni to read on air about why WDSO was beneficial to you. Reach out on WDSO’s Facebook messenger or email if you would like to contribute to either cause.