WMBG welcomes community members, businesses to record holiday greetings

Staff writer

Local radio station FM 93.5 The Burg & WMBG AM 740 invites residents to visit its studios to record short holiday greetings that will be played on the air in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

This is the first year the station has done this program, according to WMBG Radio President Greg Granger. The station began publicizing the promotion just after Thanksgiving, he said, and the idea began at a launch party for the radio station’s new 93.5 FM signal.

“We invited the people to take tours of the studio while they were here and record liners, and everybody seemed to really enjoy that,” Granger said. “Because we had a such a response with that, we thought ‘we’ll just invite those same people to come back and do a holiday greeting,’ and of course, we needed to make sure that we reach out to our existing clients, and then we thought, let’s just grow this thing a little bit.”

The greetings, called liners, are eight-second messages planned to begin running the week of Dec. 17 through Christmas day, but Granger said that could begin sooner depending on the number of participants. With nearly 100 holiday greetings recorded so far, Granger said interest from residents and businesses has far outpaced his expectations.

“It’s just a fun thing to do,” he said. “We’ve got people who have never been on the air with us who have said ‘this is fun,’ and it’s supposed to be fun and instill that holiday spirit within the community.”

Granger said community members have recorded greetings on topics ranging from Christmas lights to family traditions and helping those who are less fortunate.

“We’ve got some liners that talk about thanking the people that are serving in our military and are away and that we need to remember them, some of the churches who have come in and stress the reason for the season, so it’s really an interesting opportunity for us to see some diversity,” he said.

Interested residents and businesses can visit WMBG Radio studios at 1005 Richmond Road 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 757-229-7400.

York County’s Economic Development Authority has partnered with the Retail Alliance to offer a series of classes to York County entrepreneurs looking to strengthen their businesses.

The Retail Alliance, a Norfolk-based non-profit trade association, will offer a series of business training classes beginning in January through its Center for Retail Excellence. The classes will be held at the York County Chamber of Commerce offices, 4102 George Washington Memorial Highway. Upon completing the 42-week course, participants will earn a Certificate of Retail Operations, according to a news release.

The course will cost enrollees $995, but participants can apply for a scholarship from York County that will cover half the cost. Business owners can sign up for the entire certificate program or individual six-week classes, priced at $165 each.

“Whether you’re opening or already running a business, these classes will improve your chances for success,” Jim Noel, economic development director for York County, said in the release. “Not only will you develop a toolbox for business operations, but you’ll develop a professional network as you engage with other entrepreneurs and local experts who come to speak.”

To register, visit retailalliance.com.

» Local real estate agency Williamsburg Realty has announced its highest performing staff members for November, with Realtor Chuck Kane taking home the agency’s top sales agent award for the month.

Associate Broker Suzanne Dana won the agency’s Top Listing Agent award last month.

For more information, visit williamsburgrealtyofva.com.

Arriaza can be reached at 757-790-9313 or on Twitter @rodrigoarriaza0.

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