RIC’s student-run radio station raises over $4,200 for Haiti Relief Fund

A 24-hour radiothon hosted by RIC’s WXIN radio station raised over $4,200 for the Red Cross of America Haiti Relief Fund. The event, held on on Feb. 17 and 18, ran from 9 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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RIC President Nancy Carriuolo, WXIN sales director Dana Johnson and WXIN
general manager Nick Lima on the air.
In-person donations were a substantial part of contributions, but the many calls that came into the student-run station indicated that the on-campus radiothon had reached the surrounding community as well.

“The event was successful beyond our wildest aspirations,” said Nick Lima, general manager of WXIN. “We never imagined that the support we would receive from the RIC community would be so total and overwhelming. This was truly a successful event for the entire college.”

The event also drew NBC-10 to the station during the broadcast to capture the campus' giving spirit.

Over 16 student organizations supported the event as well as faculty, staff, and administrators. Volunteers helped answer phones, took pledges and solicited donations around the campus.

Katie Carroll answers the phones.
Donations came in all forms and in all amounts, with some editors of the Anchor student newspaper pledging to donate 10 percent of their stipends for the month.

Levi Garrett, WXIN program director, asks for
donations to the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund.
“I believe the radiothon was so successful because it was well organized and communicated to the RIC community,” said RIC President Nancy Carriuolo. “Hats off to the students who took responsibility for the planning and implementation of the event. I was pleased to be a participant and donor.”

On-air appearances were made by Carriuolo as well as many of RIC’s administrative and department heads and others.

Shortly after Haiti was devastated by the catastrophic earthquake in January, Levi Garrett, programming director at the station, and Dana Johnson, sales director, proposed the idea of a Haiti fundraiser to Lima. WXIN members met with the Unity Center Director Antoinette Gomes who encouraged the radio station to meet with the college administration for further planning.

“After meeting with the administration, it was primarily the WXIN executive board that coordinated, promoted, and planned the event,” said Lima, who added that he was “amazed” at the continuous support the radiothon generated throughout the day and night.

“For 24-hours, [we] seamlessly transitioned from show to show, guest to guest, caller to caller,” Lima said. “It was professional, moving, and probably some of the highest quality radio we have done in our 30-year history.”

Carriuolo joins WXIN staff after her on-air segment. From left are Mike Simeone, Malik Taylor, Andrew Augustus, Jaimie Magno, Nicholas Lima,
Robert Duguay, Levi Garrett, Dana Johnson, Tyrus Carothers, Alycia Astarita and Jason Russell.