Deadline looms for THN...The Harmony Network (Important News...Please Read)
- Hi to all those who are harmony singers or who love vocal harmony.
Rich Taylor here, the proud President of THN...The Harmony Network, a 3 1/2
year dream to bring barbershop and contemporary to the public airwaves for
your listening enjoyment. THN...The Harmony Network broadcasts from the studios
of WVRM AM/FM, Regional Broadcasting Services in Upper Montclair, NJ. WVRM is
the only commercially licensed station in the country to turn over all of
it's "Live" broadcasting time to the presentation of barbershop and a cappella
music. Live shows currently air on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Nights from 7-11 PM Eastern Time..
THN...The Harmony Network has had it's struggles since it's inception in
March of 2003. We received our 501 CC 3 Charitable Status in the fall of 2006
and the status was "grand fathered" back to March of 2003 allowing everyone
who had donated to the Network a tax deduction for their gifts.
THN...The Harmony Network has produced 6 shows successfully since it's
inception, with all of the "Show Hosts" volunteering their time and talents for
their audiences. I sometimes wish we had a "bull pen" of substitute hosts so
that shows would air EVERY week, instead of having to miss weeks when hosts
are out of town or ill. Our long term goal has always been to have live shows
each night of the week and during the day from remote locations around the
As we have announced here earlier in the summer, THN...The Harmony Network
was presented with the opportunity to convert the format of WVRM from "Classic
Rock" to "ALL VOCAL HARMONY...ALL THE TIME". We began a fundraising drive
to raise $8,500.00 in order to accomplish 4 goals:
1. Pay an agreed upon fee to Regional Broadcasting Services to allow us
to broadcast 24/7
till the end of 2007.
2. Pay our past due bills and pre-pay our basic expenses ahead for 4
3. Purchase some sorely needed equipment (CD players, Microphones and
4. Improve the signal locally and the streaming to the Internet.
We told you about the fund drive. We wrote to more than 450 vocal harmony
groups whose music had been featured over the three years on THN...The Harmony
Network. And we wrote more than 150 letters to Barbershop harmony Society
and Sweet Adeline leaders requesting their support. We were looking for 175,
only 175 individuals/groups/leaders to make a donation of a minimum of $50.00
to reach the above goal of $8500.00. To date we have had only 25 responses
raising just over $1600.00. Were it not for the wonderful grant gift from
the Abraham Fuchsberg Family Foundation of $3000.00, we would not have been
able to operate for the last three months.
IF WE ARE TO ACCOMPLISH OUR GOAL TO BROADCAST 24 HOURS A DAY, 365 DAYS A
YEAR, WE NEED TO HAVE YOUR RESPONSE NOW! THE DEADLINE FOR A DECISION BY
REGIONAL BROADCASTING IS AUSUST 31st!
If we are unable to make this move at this time, we will continue to
broadcast for as long as we can, maybe 3-4 months and then have to gracefully shut
down the network. We can not continue to beg without your full support. We
are terribly troubled that only 25 people/groups have responded to our
appeal...only 25 out of more than 5000 people/groups/individuals, not even 1/2 of 1
Per Cent of the total people who call themselves vocal harmony aficionados.
Won't you please help us on this journey? Won't you please send your
tax-deductible gift of $50.00 or more so that we can make this move and take the
next step in becoming a full time station. Your donation could make the
difference in the life of this venture.
I am appealing to every person who has been touched by my activities in
barbershopping or in the a cappella world. If you have enjoyed even one of the
"APPLAUSE" Shows over the last 10 1/2 years, please consider a gift. If my
performance on the 5 years of the Barbershop Harmony Society's International
Convention Web Cast ever brought you "closer" to the activities at the
convention, please consider a tax-deductible gift. If my knowledge as an instructor
at a Harmony College, Harmony College East (MAD), or at a COTS weekend has
benefited you or your chapter, quartet or chorus, please consider becoming a
"building block". If my efforts in the Youth In Harmony program have brought you
a new appreciation of the young people sharing our style of music, then
please consider a gift to THN. And finally, if you have ever sung for me in a
chorus and you know my commitment to our hobby, PLEASE CONSIDER A GIFT TODAY!
Your replies will determine if we continue on the air!
You can make your donation through PAYPAL by going to _www.paypal.com_
(http://www.paypal.com) and use the address of _the2004thn@..._
(mailto:the2004thn@...) as the address where you are sending your donation. You can
send a check or money order made payable to "THN...The Harmony Network, to us
at 41 Watchung Plaza #222, Montclair, New Jersey, 07042.
I want to personally thank those people who founded THN, the many people who
have donated to the network over the three years since it's inception, and
those very special people who host the shows you enjoy each week. THN...The
Harmony Network, represents a passion for barbershop and A Cappella music, and a
commitment to the idea that each one of you....yes each one of you who are
reading this email...should have an opportunity to listen to great vocal
music whenever you want to.
Thanks to every one of you who have read this to the end.
Rich Taylor, President THN...The Harmony Network
"All Vocal harmony...All The Time"
Monday 7-11 PM -Monday Night With Joaner
Tuesday- 7-11 PM - The Best of Both Worlds
Thursday - 7-11 PM - The "APPLAUSE" Show
Sunday - 7-11 PM - Sunday Night Showcase
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