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Friday, March 19, 2010

Tales from the Crate Diggers

Posted By on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Now in the second half of its first century of programming, WTUL continues its annual Rock On Survival Marathon, a few-weeks-long fundraiser to keep the Tulane University radio station (and New Orleans' only FM college radio station) on the air.

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Last weekend the station held a three-day court at Maison 508 with a stellar showcase for the Foburg Music Festival. Check in now through Sunday (stream online or dial to 91.5 FM) to hear the brave DJs manning the 24-Hour DJ Weekend, and stop by One Eyed Jacks tomorrow night to see 9th Ward warriors Quintron and Miss Pussycat share the venue with the West Bank's sons of bounce Ballzack and Odoms. Next weekend holds a CD release and the annual Hootenany concert and crawfish boil. Proceeds keep the station's independent programming running — the dough WTUL receives from pledges and events during the marathon are its primary sources for funding. (You can donate online or call to make a pledge.)

Tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., WTUL hosts its second (not-annual) record fair, a new addition to the marathon. It'll host more than 21 vendors including Domino Sound Record Shack, the Iron Rail, Louisiana Music Factory, Community Records, Skullyz Records, Jim Russell Records and others. Admission is free (records are not).

The location is a bit tricky — it's at Pocket Park, next to the university's Lavin-Bernick Center off McAlister Drive near Freret Street. (Click here for a map or get directions here.)

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