Pacific Stars & Stripes, Sept. 17, 1952 
 

'Vagabond' Aids I Corps Fund

Children's Charity To Benefit From Disc Jockey Marathon 

 

WITH I CORPS, Sept. 17-  Servicemen in Korea will be given an opportunity to help Korean kids by contributing to the $100,000 I Corps Korean children's amputee fund. 
 
Vagabond station of Armed Forces Korea Network will present a 24-hour disc jockey marathon starting at noon Saturday.  Soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen and nurses, regardless of nationality or unit location, may request musical numbers and make pledges to the fund. 
 
VAGABOND'S augmented music library includes 30,000 popular songs, 1000 symphonic selections, 1000 western and 500 Latin-American numbers. 
 
Army Capt. Charles V. Hunter, Aurora, Ill., who heads Vagabond, outlined this program: 
 
1)     Anyone desiring to request a number may make a pledge to the fund by asking his telephone operator for "opportunity."  The call will be channeled through to a specially installed battery of eight telephones at Vagabond. 
 
2)     When opportunity answers, the caller will give his name, rank, service number, unit, APO, amount pledged and the selection he wishes to hear.  The call will be taken by a volunteer operator from I Corps Headquarters. 
 
3)     Vagabond will accept only the pledges, not money.  All pledges will be processed at the radio station and then forwarded to unit chairman for collection. 
 
THE MARATHON, which will be heard in most of the Eighth Army area in Korea, will run continuously through Saturday and Sunday morning.  It will continue past noon Sunday if a backlog of telephoned requests is on hand. 
 
The entire period, with the exception of news broadcasts, will be devoted to playing records requested by donors to the fund. 
 
A/1C EUGENE W. Kerness, Erie, Pa., Vagabond chief engineer, will handle the controls for the entire marathon. 
 
The announcing and record file chores will be shared by six other Vagabond personnel, including Cpl. Stan G. Stephens, Canada, program director; Cpl. Julio F. Ranellucci, Pasadena, Calif., assistant program director; Cpl. William S. Finerman, Los Angeles, traffic manager; Sgt. John C. Schmidt, Baltimore, assistant traffic manager; PFC Peter R. Dreyer, Jackson Heights, N.Y., music librarian, and PFC George Ouellette, Lewiston, Me., assistant music librarian. 
 
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