Civitans man WBLE Sat.
By John Howell Sr.
Saturday’s weather is forecast to be perfect--for Batesville Civitan Radio Day on WBLE 100.5.
That’s the word from Civitan spokesman Ricky Swindle and fellow Civitan members who have spent the last three months preparing for the 10-hour, live radio broadcast to raise money for the club’s service projects in the community.
The 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. broadcast will include auction of items donated from local businesses, including jewelry, flowers, a football autographed by Hugh Freeze and another autographed by Dan Mullens.
There will be crawfish, a windshield, installation included, of course, and James-Gators-cooked catfish.
“We’re going to have fun, first and foremost,” Swindle said. “I always enjoy it.” Joining Swindle will be David Honnell and other club members who will read the advertisements from local businesses that have purchased time in support of Civitan activities.
“I’m going to try to get Normand Cote on the air,” Swindle said. A Civitan and owner of Mississippi Detective and Security Service, Cote has a “not-from-here” accent. “The people need to hear a New Yorker on the air,” Swindle said.
Swindle also said that if Civitan Randy Boren got his ads turned in on time, he might let him tell a fishing story.
The auction highlight is bidding for the Joe B. Hartley Memorial Bushel of Sweet Potatoes, a tradition started by the late Panola County educator using Vardaman County’s legendary tubers.
Last year’s winning bid was $1,500 by Heafner Motors.