Sharathon brings together listeners, supporters
MAYFIELD TWP. — Mid-afternoon on Monday, listeners to WMPC AM 1230 would have heard students from Imlay City Christian School on the airwaves, entertaining, speaking, singing and bringing in supporters for the local radio station.
Wednesday was the last day for WMPC’s 39th annual Sharathon fundraiser, and as of press time Wednesday the station had raised nearly $120,000 of its $158,000 goal. The funds keep the commercial-free radio station operating for another year.
During Sharathon’s three-day special broadcasts, listeners heard students from different local schools, including Imlay City Christian School and St. Paul Lutheran School, along with local pastors and community leaders.
Imlay City Christian students sang a variety of songs during the live broadcast and were led by eighth grader David Louwsma, who spoke on the radio with guest broadcaster Greg Yoder.
Louwsma admitted that he was nervous before the broadcast began, but he quickly warmed up and started charming callers. He and Yoder held on on-air contest to see who could get the most callers to pledge money, and Louwsma won by a landslide.
WMPC began broadcasting in 1926 in downtown Lapeer and is the longest continually-running Christian radio station it the world.