WCPE Reaches Out to the Community

Pianos Donated to the “Play it Again, Peanut” Program

Wake Forest, NC, December 19, 2007 --(PR.com)-- When WCPE’s Deana Vassar read the story of 9-year-old Jordan Masuca, she felt she could help him by reaching out to the listeners of her afternoon program, “Allegro.” As a result, much needed pianos have been donated to the city of Raleigh’s “Play it Again, Peanut” music program, giving area children access to music lessons at less-than-market rates.

“I'm overjoyed that we can be a part of getting pianos to children who, like Jordan, need music in their lives,” said Vassar. “Hopefully this is the start of a long relationship with the ‘Play it Again, Peanut’ program.”

The story started with a recent column by Barry Saunders in The News & Observer. Jordan was diagnosed with ADHD and autism when he was two years old, and Saunders discussed how piano playing helped Jordan keep focused and calm. Because of Saunders’ and WCPE’s focus on Jordan’s story, Jordan, and many other children, will have the opportunity to have a piano that they otherwise could not afford.

“The outreach by the community has been fantastic,” said Ethel Evans, recreation center supervisor for the Walnut Terrace Community Center that hosts the ‘Play it Again, Peanut’ program. “The pianos will make such a difference in the children’s lives.”

The “Play it Again, Peanut” program needs help with storage, pick up and moving of the pianos. If you would like information on assisting with this effort, call Kimberly Masuca at 919-455-4700 or e-mail kimberlyrlgh@yahoo.com.

WCPE’s live broadcast of Great Classical Music, 24 Hours A Day can be accessed around the globe in several ways; on-line streaming in multiple formats, including IPv6, local cable television systems and traditional radio broadcasting. A complete list of the ways WCPE is available with instructions for cable and satellite reception can be found at theclassicalstation.org/listen.shtml.

About WCPE:
With a 28-year history, WCPE is a non-commercial, 100 percent listener-supported, independent station dedicated to excellence in Great Classical Music, 24 Hours A Day. Community-minded business underwriters and foundations are among the 150,000 listeners in the North Carolina broadcast area. General Manager Deborah S. Proctor’s leadership has enabled the WCPE community to include national and worldwide listeners. Other radio stations and cable television systems can rebroadcast Great Classical Music, 24 Hours A Day. WCPE is one of the first public broadcasters to stream on the Internet. WCPE is heard worldwide on the Internet in multiple formats, including the next generation IPv6. Because WCPE receives no tax-derived support, the station conducts two on-air fundraising campaigns and two major mail-out campaigns per year to raise needed operating funds. Quarter Notes, the WCPE Program Guide, is published four times a year as a means to enhance appreciation and understanding of classical music. It is distributed to station supporters and is also available online at TheClassicalStation.org/guide. For more information, visit TheClassicalStation.Org or call 1-800-556-5178.

About the Play it Again Program:
The “Play it Again, Peanut” program is a city of Raleigh program that offers piano lessons for the beginner to the advanced. Hosted at the Walnut Terrace Community Center, the program is for people ages six and older. Participants learn to play by ear, reading notes or by chords. Twice a year, the center hosts a recital for participants to showcase their skills. For more information on the program, call Ethel Evans at 919-831-6155.

Mike Gauss