Pottstown, PA – The Gallery School of Pottstown Partners with the Pottstown Regional Public Library
On Saturday, August 13 from 6 – 9pm, Pottstown will be hopping! Two important Pottstown organizations–the non-profit Gallery School of Pottstown and the Pottstown Regional Public Library—will be hosting a joint fundraiser. The Books and Brushes Beef and Beer will feature local food and businesses and benefit the programs and ongoing operations of the community art school and the library.
The theme for this event is “local.” Popular Pottstown restaurant Grumpy’s will be catering, and the fundraiser will be held at the Ballroom on High, a great downtown venue. The Ballroom, at 310 E. High St. next to the Farmer’s Market, is also the home to SwingKats. Pottstown’s own radio station WPAZ will be creating the soundtrack for the event, so bring your dancing shoes!
Tickets are only $20 and include hot roast beef sandwiches, pasta and veggie salads, beer and soft drinks, and homemade desserts. There will also be vegetarian wrap sandwiches available. Guests can purchase their tickets online at www.galleryonhigh.org, or in person at the School at 254 E. High St. or the Library at 500 E. High St.
The Gallery School of Pottstown is a 501c3 non-profit community art school and gallery. The School offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages. The goal of these classes is to help students develop their creative skills through self-expression and independence. The Gallery on High hosts rotating shows featuring local artists. The Gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items.
As many of you know, WPAZ went off the air suddenly in December 2009 leaving Pottstown without a local radio station. Many people were stunned and saddened by this turn of events.
There has been a lot of talk and people calling into Sound Off expressing their opinion on the subject. Two Pottstown area men are doing more than talking about it. They are actually in discussion with Mitchell Scott, the owner, about purchasing WPAZ and returning it to the airwaves. Ross Landy and his business partner Rick Rodgers have started the ball rolling by trying to raise $50,000.00 as a deposit to secure the purchase of the radio station. If they can accomplish this, Mitchell Scott will stop accepting other offers for WPAZ.
Landy and Rodgers want to make WPAZ even more community oriented than it was previously by doing more remote broadcasts like the Fourth of July parade, Churchill’s open mike night, Sunnybrook Ballroom and getting involved with the Tri-County Performing Arts Center and other arts and cultural groups. These gentlemen are interested in promoting Pottstown as a destination with things to do. Sounds like this fits right in with the revitalization efforts and ULI study.
In a dastardly move, Great Scott Broadcasting pulled the plug on WPAZ 1370 AM Thursday morning at approximately 10 am. Jay Warren was called into a “meeting” by Great Scott management and while he was in the meeting the signal was cut and Jay was told WPAZ no longer “fits” into Great Scott’s plan. WPAZ was Great Scott’s first radio station and has been a Pottstown fixture for many, many years (since 1951).
The radio station is for sale.
So you couldn’t have put the radio station on the market and tried to sell it before pulling the plug? I would think it will be a harder sale now.
Of course, the same tripe that CHS used “Pottstown is a great community, the hospital radio station is great, the people are great” yada, yada, yada was blabbered about by Great Scott but they still shut WPAZ down with no warning and laid-off six people right before Christmas. Jay Warren has been at WPAZ for 26 years. Nice way to show Jay how much you appreciate all his hardwork and dedication guys.
Again, corporate greed, absentee ownership and a total lack of concern about Pottstown rears it ugly head. The lame excuse given was that it’s too far away from Ocean City, MD where Michael Scott lives. Bull @#%!
If we are all so “fabulous” here in Pottstown, you have a funny way of showing it.
Thumbs down and thorns to Michael Scott and Great Scott Broadcasting for their shabby treatment of the Pottstown community. Shame on you!