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SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — The American Forces Network Radiothon held here last week raised $1,639 in pledges for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

March 27-31, Thunder Radio AM 1575 listeners were encouraged to call in a pledge to hear a song of their choice. Other listeners could bump a song for $1 and for another $1, have a different song played instead.

“It started kind of slow because it was a new thing here, but it picked up pretty well,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Roger Dutcher, AFN Sasebo’s officer in charge.

“At some points it got pretty competitive, including once when the employees of the Navy Federal Credit Union and the Community Bank tried to outdo each other.”

Most of the pledges were small. The largest, he said, was about $40.

The idea was born from a fund-raiser that Dutcher and AFN detachment member Petty Officer 1st Class Kayla Thompson had seen when both were stationed at Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland.

“At Keflavik they held a Mediathon, which combined television and radio,” Dutcher said. “We decided to give the Radiothon a try here.

“We’re really happy about the way it worked out,” he said.


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