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October 27, 2006

KEDM’s instrument drive a “resounding success”

During this past summer, KEDM-FM, a public radio station housed at ULM, spearheaded a regional drive to collect gently-used musical instruments and equipment to aid musicians affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Many other participating radio stations were able to hand their donations to the Tipitina’s Foundation in New Orleans. KEDM needed a truck.

KEDM Development Director Susan Allain developed a hugely successful fundraising drive that netted 16 instruments and various equipment pieces, including a turntable, amps, speakers, and a violin case.

Adrienne LaFrance, KEDM development assistant, used her own vehicle to bring the much-needed instruments to the non-profit organization working to rebuild the music community there.
“It was a resounding success,” LaFrance said. “We had a wonderful response from the community. We hope the instruments help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. They’ll certainly do more good there than collecting dust in a closet.”

KEDM partnered with Matt’s Music, Enoch’s Pub and Grill, and two regional chambers of commerce and an arts center in the communities of Bastrop, Winnsboro and Ruston.

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