Rocking the Telethon

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Jerry Lewis Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon will be broadcast on Monday, September 1st on the Buena Vista University cable access television channel in the Storm Lake area.

"There's a lot of new things going on during the telethon this year including Des Moines band Here's My Chance performing throughout the day and performances from our BV improv group," says student broadcaster Cody, Fitzpatrick, Storm Lake. "I'm really looking forward to this year's telethon because it's been getting bigger the past few years and it is still continuing to grow. We really want to get the word out to the community."

Here's My Chance is a veteran of EDGEFest from this past year, an indie punk band with a growing following around Iowa. The band will also be shooting a music video while in Storm Lake, and will be performing on Sunday with alternative band Index Case in a back-to-campus concert at BVU.

In addition to the band and the improv group, students are also asking professors and other BVU faculty to come in for a segment to go in "Jail" and they will have to encourage students and friends to call in and donate more money to get them out.

Businesses is town will be appearing on-air to present donation checks. This year, Clint Hughes will also be returning to present the money that he raises from his Univeral Kenpo Karate Dojos' Break-a-thon the Sunday before the telethon as well as money from a training camp.

Music fans will be able to catch Here's My Chance performances in four of the local breakaway segments during the telethon - around 10:40 a.m., 12:10, 2:20 and 3:25 p.m.

The gand is made up of Luke Helm (drums), Clayton Owen (vocals and guitar), Zach Boswell (guitar) and Bryan Wentworth (bass). All four grew up together in Waukee, and combvined their talents to produce a melodic sound that uses hooks and classic song writing mixed with their aggressive sound.