Surrounded by Ionia High School Link Crew students are (far left) WION personality Popeye John; to his right WION co-owner/General Manager Jim Carlyle presenting the $500 check to Ionia High School Crew Link advisor Jennifer Jockheck (in blue sweatshirt).

WION-AM (and FM translator) (Ionia) recently awarded Ionia High School student group “Link Crew” $500, made possible by local advertisers during the station’s live “tailgate” broadcast before homecoming at the school.

“Link Crew” is a student leadership and mentoring organization.

As station co-owner and General Manager Jim Carlyle explains: “Popeye John of WION started his Friday night weekly classic rock show from the school, finishing the night at the WION studios with game updates provided by game attendees.”  Carlyle and Penny Beeman assisted with the broadcast.

The $500 came from twenty sponsors of the homecoming tailgate broadcast and will be used by the Link Crew to fund attendance and transportation for an upcoming leadership conference.

Carlyle adds that “WION thanks Ionia Public Schools and Link Crew advisors for the opportunity to be a part of what they do.  Everyone wins when we communicate and work together and the station looks forward to more great events this year on the radio with Ionia Public Schools.”

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