Retro party at Pyramid Scheme will benefit GRTV

GRTV file photo of programmer Daryl Nathan from the early 1990s. Courtesy photo.

Add “Retro Party at Pyramid Scheme to Celebrate and Support GRTV’s Legacy” to your June calendar. On Wednesday, June 14, 9-12 p.m., GRTV is inviting community members to a retro-themed event, featuring DJ Jef Leppard. The event is to celebrate GRTV, a program of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center. GRTV was founded in 1980 and broadcasted its first live show in 1982.

“This retro-themed event highlights GRTV’s longevity in the Grand Rapids community,” GRCMC Community Engagement Manager Johannah Jelks said. “We’re excited to celebrate the people, producers and work that have made GRTV – and public access television as a whole – accessible and fun.”

The musical theme for the night will be centered around tunes from the ‘80s and ‘90s. The event is open to adults ages 21 and older. SEGA and Nintendo arcade games will also be available at the venue to play throughout the night. There is no cover charge for the event, though a suggested donation of $10 to benefit GRTV is recommended for entry. GRTV merchandise will also be available to purchase at the event.

“We have a fun evening in store for attendees – a special thanks to the Pyramid Scheme for hosting,” GRTV Station Manager Ted Diedrich said. “Funds raised will be used to support GRTV operations, workshops, classes and scholarship opportunities for students.

“We try to keep these resources as low-cost as possible to provide aspiring local media professionals – from second grade to adult learners – with proper training and access to industry-leading equipment.”

GRTV is the public access television station of Grand Rapids, and a program of the GRCMC, which also includes WYCE, The Rapidian, Wealthy Theatre and web development. It provides a televised, free speech, non-commercial platform for the community.

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