To all those who love to listen to barbershop and acappella
music LIVE on the Internet and on local radio!
For most of you who are receiving this email, you
are familiar with the APPLAUSE Show and with the project known as "THN...The
Harmony Network. This email is an announcement of our Fundraising Drive
that will take place during the Live Broadcasts of the next two weeks (October
25-29 and Nov 1-4)
In February of this year, Regional Broadcasting
Services, the owner of WVRM AM, FM and on Comcast Cable in Upper Montclair, NJ
entered into an agreement with THN...The Harmony Network, Inc. to turn over
their broadcast facilities to THN for the purpose of developing an entire
Network that would have acappella music, including barbershop harmony, as it's
format. Since then, the staff of THN has been involved in building
programs to bring our audiences great vocal harmony on LIVE radio shows
throughout the week.
The arrangement between Regional Broadcasting
Services and THN include the use of their Commercially Licensed (by the FCC)
station, it's equipment and the signal to carry the broadcasts on an AM and FM
frequency as well as the underlying "pad" for a local cable TV
The Network Programs now include live
programming on Monday through Thursday evenings from 7-11:00PM from the
studios in Upper Montclair. The cost of running the station through a
"leaseback" arrangement will total just under $30,000.00 each year. This
compares very favorably with the budget associated with the station in NJ where
The "APPLAUSE" Show began in 1997. The budget for that station was
just under $100,000.00/year. ALL OF THE TALENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE
TASKS NEEDED TO PRESENT THESE SHOWS ON THE NETWORK IS
VOLUNTEER! No one makes any money through working for and on the
These next two weeks are the most important two
weeks in THN's short history. We must raise $5,000.00 before November 15th
to demonstrate to Regional Broadcasting Services that the acappella
community CAN, and WILL financially support this venture. Then,
throughout the year, we will need ongoing support from those organizations and
individuals within the acappella music communities.
PRIOR TO THN...WVRM, the actual station, had been
on the air since 1997 and has developed a loyal audience of people who love
"Classic Rock and Roll". The moment we convert WVRM to an "ALL VOCAL
HARMONY...ALL THE TIME" format, they will lose that audience and all of the
revenue that those listeners have generated throughout the years. The
station ownership must see that our barbershop and acappella communities will
financially support this venture. If not, the project will fail and the
Network will cease operation.
If you have any interest in having an interactive
radio network featuring barbershop harmony, acappella music, live radio shows,
live performances of acappella groups, and information about the music and
performers you love, WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW!
Please tune in this week at www.harmonize.com/thn , access your
favorite show and show host, and MAKE YOUR FINANCIAL contribution. The
future of the project is in the hands of those of us who love the music.
The possibilities for one of the most exciting things to happen in our world of
acappella music will be determined in the next two weeks.
On behalf of all of the people who have
participated in the "APPLAUSE" Show, and now the Harmony Network, I thank you
for your kind support. This is an historic venture and each of you can be
part of keeping the Network moving forward. Thank you also for your
time in reading this message.
"Music is the universal language,,,,speak it to as
many people as you can every day of your life."
Rich Taylor, President, THN...The Harmony
Host of the SPEBSQSA Int'l Webcast Team 2000-2004
Host of The "APPLAUSE"Show
Show Website: The "APPLAUSE" Show
Winner 2004 P.R.O.B.E. "Outstanding
for creating THN...The Harmony Network
Thursday Night 6:30pm-11:00pm
1620, Village Radio, Upper Montclair, NJ
On the Internet at WWW.VILLAGERADIO.COM
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