Jingle Bells to air on Selective TV
The Jingle Bells telethon will be on the air again this year - on a new channel through Selective TV.
The 64th annual fundraiser will take place Saturday, December 8 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Lake Geneva Christian Center.
Hosted by the Alexandria Jaycees, the telethon is a tradition that has positively impacted families in the Alexandria area. Jingle Bells provides food and toys during the holiday season to those that have little means to provide basic necessities for their families.
For the past several years, the event has been broadcast live through KSAX-TV. When the station announced earlier this summer that it would be ceasing on-air operations, there was concern in the community about what would happen with Jingle Bells.
The Jaycees are happy to report that a new partnership has been formed between Selective TV, Gardonville Telephone Cooperative and Excellent Multimedia, Inc.
Through the new arrangement, the telethon will be broadcast on Selective TV's channel 21.4. Those who are able to receive the Selective TV signal will be able to tune into that channel.
Other options will be to view the broadcast on the Internet or watch the telethon live at Lake Geneva Christian Center.
"This is very exciting news," said Jingle Bells co-chairs Kathy Schlosser and Shawn Thelen. "We are thrilled to provide this programming in a similar fashion as we have in the past; it's a win-win-win for all of us!"
The broadcast will cover an approximate 60-mile radius around Alexandria. The Jaycees said that people viewing it on TV will likely not notice much difference from past telethons; it should be relatively seamless.
"One major advantage with the change is Jingle Bells will not be competing with the 10 p.m. news since the channel is reserved exclusively for this event," said Schlosser. "We won't feel rushed to ensure all talent acts have a chance to perform; we will have the ability to go beyond 10 if necessary."
The Jaycees said they're especially appreciative of Selective TV and Gardonville for all their time and effort the past few months to make this arrangement possible.
"It's another example of how people in the Alexandria area come together because they know how important this event is for area families and the community," said Schlosser.
One of the important features of the telethon is the local talent. Auditions will take place at Lake Geneva Christian Center on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11 from 3 to 6 p.m. both days.
For more information about Jingle Bells, including audition information, log onto www.jinglebellsalexandria.org or call (320) 834-3030.
The Jaycees also accept monetary donations throughout the year. To make a donation, log onto the Jingle Bells website and follow the "Donations" link at the top. You can also mail a check to Jingle Bells Foundation, PO Box 131, Alexandria, MN 56308.