WERU to hold live, local on-air auction

BLUE HILL — WERU-FM Community Radio, 89.9 Blue Hill and 99.9 Bangor, will hold a Live and Local On-Air Auction on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9-11:45 a.m. Money raised through the event directly support WERU programming.

More than 70 items have been donated by members of the WERU community. Items include gift certificates for restaurants, inns, classes, concerts, galleries and many other services and products.

Items range from $25 in value to $750. Items of higher value will be offered throughout the auction. These include a two-day getaway at the Lighthouse Keeper’s House on Isle Au Haut, with gourmet meals; the course of your choice at the WoodenBoat School in Brooklin; 5 days at the Acadia School of Traditional Music in Bar Harbor; 2 nights lodging for 2 humans and 2 dogs at Creature Quarters in Blue Hill; a weekend painting workshop on Deer Isle; 2 premium tickets to the concert of your choice at Waterfront Concerts; and others.

All items up for bid are listed in bidding order at weru.org. Items are listed in the order and groups in which they will be auctioned on air. The auction is fast and fun. Bidding on each group of items lasts 8-10 minutes, and helpful phone answerers will be waiting to take listeners’ bids.

Auctioneers will describe each group of items while listeners call 1-800-643-6273 and provide name, phone number and bid to one of the WERU phone answerers. Bids will be reported on air as they come in. After bidding on an item finishes, the highest bidder will receive a call from a WERU volunteer who will confirm payment method and acquire mailing address information.

This year, you can place your bid in advance for the special higher-value items. On Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8-9 a.m., one hour before the on-air auction starts, listeners are invited to call 469-6600 or 1-800-643-6273 to make a bid (at the opening amount or any higher amount) on any of the items listed on the WERU website that are valued at $100 or more. Bids generally start at half the item value. These pre-bids will become part of the bidding process. If someone makes a higher bid, they will outbid you unless you call in to bid again.

“Listeners can support local Community Radio and secure great holiday gifts,” says Matt Murphy, WERU Station Manager. “We thank all our generous business supporters who have donated these items to WERU’s Live & Local Auction.”

For more information leading up to the on-air auction, call 469-6600 or e-mail [email protected]

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