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Christmas Special featuring Nonprofits’ Holiday Music 900 599 Michael Hemphill

Christmas Special featuring Nonprofits’ Holiday Music

Merry Christmas! Instead of our usual show featuring marketing tips and tools for nonprofits, our Christmas Day “Buzz4Good!” on WFIR features recent musical performances by our region’s nonprofit community.

So in this sneak peek of our Christmas Day show, we share with you performances from:

  • Opera Roanoke
  • Blacksburg Children’s Chorale
  • Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir
  • Blacksburg United Methodist Church
  • Our Lady of Nazareth
  • Roanoke Catholic School
  • Patrick Henry High School

And tune in Christmas Day at 4 pm to WFIR for an additional, one time only broadcast of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra.

I hope you enjoy our nonprofits’ sounds of the season as well as a wonderful Christmas, and that we all commit ourselves to being even more of a buzz4good in 2022.

Always buzzing,
Michael Hemphill
Creator of BUZZ

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Final BUZZ of 2020 airs Dec. 16

BUZZ Episode 7 featuring eastern Montgomery County’s Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation premiers Wednesday, Dec. 16, 7 pm, on Blue Ridge PBS.

You’re invited to join the BUZZ production team for an online Watch Party via Zoom, starting at 6:45 pm. After the episode, there will be a Q&A with creator Michael Hemphill, director of photography Dan Mirolli, the team from Wordsprint that provided MVCF with its pro bono marketing makeover, and MVCF board members.


Watch Party sponsored by Branch Builds.


About the episode:

Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation has made eastern Montgomery County, Virginia, the “community that could.” Over the last 15 years MVCF has redeveloped an abandoned nursing home into a wellness center, community center, museum and library; transformed an old fire station into a food pantry and thrift shop; created Old Town Fields concert venue out of a former high school football field; and founded the Eastmont Tomato Festival.

But with all their many ventures that go by different names — plus the added confusion of the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline — MVCF was looking for a makeover. Guiding the nonprofit with a pro bono rebranding are our friends from Wordsprint, who helped Mill Mountain Zoo in Episode 3.

Funding for this episode was provided by:
– James E. Pearman Jr. & Partners in Financial Planning
– Dr. and Mrs. George R. Smith, Jr.
– Kate and Brennan Stewart

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Are you ready for more BUZZ?

We are buzzing with excitement to start production on new episodes of BUZZ, which will air December 2, 9 and 16 on Blue Ridge PBS!

December 2

Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation has made eastern Montgomery County, Virginia, the “community that could.” Over the last 15 years MVCF has redeveloped an abandoned nursing home into a wellness center, community center, museum and library; transformed an old fire station into a food pantry and thrift shop; created Old Town Fields concert venue out of a former high school football field; and founded the Eastmont Tomato Festival. Guiding the nonprofit with a pro bono rebranding are our friends from Wordsprint, who helped Mill Mountain Zoo in Episode 3

December 9

Opera Roanoke’s theme for its upcoming season is “Find Your Voice.” BUZZ will help Opera Roanoke find its voice — visually at least — by featuring the nonprofit in a future episode while at the same time filming the company’s performance of Gustav Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde” (The Song of the Earth), which Opera Roanoke will premiere online Dec.13 to officially kickoff its 2020-21 season.

December 16

In August, BUZZ featured Southwest Virginia Ballet, Mill Mountain Zoo and RAM House among its original episodes. In this new episode we’ll look back to see how the nonprofits have incorporated their new marketing tools donated by Carrie Cousins, Wordsprint and Wheeler Digital … and discover some exciting new partnerships they developed by being on BUZZ!