Vinyl vendor Bill McCabe (right) helps Peter Roy of West Vancouver with a selection during last year's Okanagan Vinyl Festival at the Shatford Centre

Vinyl vendor Bill McCabe (right) helps Peter Roy of West Vancouver with a selection during last year's Okanagan Vinyl Festival at the Shatford Centre

Peach City Community Radio Society upping the volume for Vinyl Festival

For the society’s major fundraiser of the year, they are looking for people to donate good quality audio equipment for re-sale at the event.

Perhaps it’s the coffee they’ve been drinking in their new CFUZ coffee mugs, but the Peach City Community Radio Society is upping the volume for this year’s Okanagan Vinyl Festival.

For the society’s major fundraiser of the year, they are looking for people to donate good quality audio equipment for re-sale at the event.

Earlier this year, Peach City Radio received their broadcast licence from the CRTC, choosing the call letters CFUZ, which proudly adorn their first promotional item, the coffee mugs they were selling at the downtown Penticton markets in recent weeks.

Though the licence and the coffee mugs are in place, there is still a lot of work and fundraising needed to set up the community radio station, and that is where the audio equipment donations come in.

On Sept. 8, CFUZ volunteers will be setting up an audio equipment donation drive from 4 to 6 p.m. in the South Okanagan Event Centre parking lot. Turntables, speaker, and all stereo components in working condition will be tested by the CFUZ volunteers and readied for sale at the fourth annual Okanagan Vinyl Festival on Sept. 20.

All proceeds from donated audio gear will help CFUZ raise the funds needed to set up a community use radio studio in Penticton.

The Vinyl Fest has been so successful that organizers are moving it to a larger space. This year, they’ll be setting up in the Seniors’ drop-in centre at 2965 South Main St. Over 40 vendors have already registered for tables, giving vinyl collectors and music lovers the chance to browse and buy from a wide selection of albums from other collectors based in B.C. and Alberta.

Besides the turntables and other audio equipment donated through the equipment drive, enthusiasts will also be able to check out brand new gear from the Hi-Fi Attic of Kelowna and Sound Lounge sponsor London Drugs Penticton.

Peach City Radio will provide live DJs all day to keep the crowd entertained with music and information and they’ll also be streaming live audio at www.peachcityradio.org so that listeners can tune in from wherever they are.

All attendees will be entered in a door-prize draw to win two tickets to Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, courtesy of Spectra and the South Okanagan Events Centre.

Admission to Okanagan Vinyl Fest is $2, doors are open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For those who just can’t wait, a special $5 early bird admission fee allows entry at 9 a.m.

For more info about the audio equipment donation drive, or to inquire about vinyl donation, please email info@peachcityradio.org or call 250-488-9551. Response to requests for donations of vinyl and other music media has been so overwhelming in previous years that due to storage limitations, they are only accepting donations of good quality rock ‘n’ roll and jazz at this time.

Donations to the Raise the Radio campaign are appreciated. Visit www.peachcityradio.org/support/raisetheradio for information.