via Jim Carlyle, WION:

Surrounded by “Link Crew” students, WION co-owner/General Manager Jim Carlyle presents a $500 check to Ionia High School Crew Link advisor Jennifer Jockheck.

On October 12 at the Ionia Bulldog Homecoming game, WION Radio (Ionia) once again teamed-up with the “Link Crew” of Ionia High School to broadcast from their fundraising tailgate. The Link Crew is a national organization with chapters in many schools that welcomes freshmen and helps with the transition to high school. The group’s members also promote school spirit activities and leadership.

As in past years, WION secured sponsors for this broadcast which aired the week ahead of the fun, and for each sponsor, WION donated $25 to the organization. A $500 check was presented to Mrs. Jockeck, one of the advisors to Ionia’s Link Crew during the tailgate broadcast.

WION and it’s sponsors were thanked for this donation, and told “We will use (the funds) to go to the leadership conference again.” In past years this donation has helped students to attend leadership training, which WION believes is money well spent, often on the air calling it an “investment in our shared future.”

The station, now in it’s 14th year as “I-1430” with current owners Jim Carlyle and Jim Aaron, while small in staff, is deeply dedicated to local involvement, the betterment of community and it’s excellent AM stereo sound, heard worldwide on the web.