Peter Frampton aids WVXU fundraising efforts

Classic rocker visits station, signs items to be auctioned off at event on Oct. 9 | September 13, 2004

Rock ’n’ roll legend Peter Frampton is giving WVXU 91.7-FM’s annual fund drive a little added star power. Frampton, who now lives in Cincinnati, visited WVXU on Sept. 9 for a live interview hookup with the BBC Scotland. While at the station, he signed a Crosley CD player, several copies of his classic “Frampton Comes Alive” CD and a number of WVXU hats and shirts, all of which will be auctioned off during WVXU’s “An Evening with Himan Brown” event at the Cintas Center on Oct. 9.

That event, featuring a reception and presentation by classic-radio icon Brown, is being offered as a premium for those who pledge at or above the $120 level during WVXU’s fund drive, which began Sept. 8 and continues through Wednesday, Sept. 15. Individuals pledging at that level are eligible to bring up to four guests, but seating is limited to 400 people.

Vickie Jones, the station’s director for administration/public affairs, said Frampton spent about an hour in the studio with WVXU engineer Dave Stuart for an interview with Scottish radio host Janice Forsyth. “[Mr. Frampton is] a very nice man who was very open to helping us out,” Jones says.

Although hosting rock stars is a bit out of the ordinary for WVXU, the connection with the BBC is not. “We carry the BBC overnight, so when they want to do an interview in the Cincinnati area, they typically call us,” Jones says.