IN VINYL WE TRUST
24 HOURS OF VINYL-ONLY MUSIC OVER THE AIRWAVES
On Saturday, April 17, 2021, radio stations throughout the USA and the world will celebrate the unique format of vinyl by broadcasting shows from vinyl only for the annual VINYLTHON.
Last year, 100 radio stations across the world came together for our third ever Vinylthon.
Vinylthon is the radio industry's celebration of vinyl and the day coincides with the celebrated and hugely successful Record Store Day. In the last three years Vinylthon has garnered support from artists such as Judas Priest, Don McLean, Dee Snider, Sevendust, Daniel Lanois, Darlene Love, and The Lumineers to name just a few. Keynote interviews also include Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, authors of "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk" and David Sax, author of "The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter." Special programming is made available for participating radio stations to play on the air if they wish, as part of their Vinylthon celebrations.
Vinylthon is also a fundraiser event for the next generation of broadcasters - students who are currently involved with college radio stations in the USA, and the world, who will one day become professionals. All proceeds go to the College Radio Foundation (an all-volunteer non-profit) who organize the Vinylthon in order to give grants to college radio stations to stay on the air by purchasing and repairing much needed equipment.
We invite all radio stations, AM or FM or online, either non-commercial or commercial, to join this fun event that resonates with listeners and broadcasters alike. By participating, stations are not only demonstrating their love of the vinyl format, but are supporting college radio too. There is also a special award for those stations that go the full 24 hours of vinyl music only - the GOLDEN SLIPMAT AWARD sponsored by Glowtronics.
The event is organized by the College Radio Foundation, a non-profit charity based in New Jersey, that also organizes the annual College Radio Day event. The CRD event unites hundreds of USA college radio stations every year and has been recognized and supported by such public figures and artists such as President Obama, Moby, Coldplay, Wilco, Andrew WK, Aviici, The Lumineers, Wyclef Jean among others. TIME called College Radio Day “A nationwide movement…illuminating the cultural significance of student-run radio.”