Local Gift Card Online Auction

Local Gift Card Online Auction Announced

Community Radio Station WOOL Offers Deals November 20 through 29, 2020


This week, area radio station WOOL 91.5 FM announced an online auction of gift cards and gift certificates from local business. The auction runs from November 20 to November 29 on the popular auction site eBay. Bidders can win valuable gift cards to businesses they already frequent for a fraction of their value. Doing so helps community radio, area commerce, and the bidders themselves.

In the COVID-19 era, gatherings like the annual Black Sheep Radio Silent Auction, the principal fundraiser for the community radio station, have become problematic. The radio station has turned to the internet to bring people together around this fundraiser where bidders can participate in the relative safety of their homes.

Bidding starts at 5:00 pm on Friday, November 20, and runs until 5:00 pm on November 29. This gives participants plenty of time to find the discounts that serve their lives and to make their bids. Even if the bidding goes to the full price of the gift certificate, bidders know that they are helping their community without spending any more money than they normally spend at these local businesses.

“Every year our auction brings a major contribution to our operating costs,” said WOOL President and area architect, Bill Holtz. “We’re happy to have found a safe and effective way to rally the troops. Our area businesses are great partners in this project. We should all be proud to support them with these purchases.”

The community station, known also as Black Sheep Radio, broadcasts on 91.5 FM and on the web at www.wool.fm

It went on the air in 2005 and has remained a backbone for community organizations and local underwriters ever since. One of the most powerful independent community stations in America, WOOL began broadcasting in the first wave of community radio of the 21st Century.

Run by volunteers and staffed by dozens of freelance radio producers, non-profit Black Sheep Radio relies on membership and fundraisers to cover its operating costs. “We should all be thankful that we’re able to have an independent and locally-controlled media outlet operating in our area,” says longtime WOOL supporter Gary Smith. “In a media world that’s hard to trust it’s good to know we have one programmed and curated by our neighbors and that we own in common.”

The auction begins on November 20 and is found and further explained at www.wool.fm/auction

Ebay will accept credit and debit cards as well as Paypal. Proceeds benefit Great Falls Community Broadcasting Company, the nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that holds the license for WOOL 91.5 FM. For further info, contact feedback@blacksheepradio.org