The Minot State University Department of Broadcasting will host its 15th annual KMSU Auction on Thursday. The auction will air live on public access Channel 19 at 6:30 p.m., with a preshow starting at 5 p.m.
Bids will be accepted by phone at that time at 858-4019.
KMSU Auction advisor Janna McKechnie and MSU assistant communication arts professor Audra Myerchin said the total value of items donated for auction is nearly $40,000. Some of the items that will be auctioned off include a Terry Redlin print, a grill, four car starters, a $1,000 MSU tuition certificate, a billboard from Newman signs, ad space with Forward Communications, a $500 gift certificate from Dakota Fence, hotel stays, a hunting blind from Sportsman’s Loft and sports equipment from Scheels.
Students have organized the auction. This year, students visited some of the businesses that made donations, took video and conducted interviews and the footage will air during the auction, serving to help market the businesses, said Myerchin.
The auction is a major fundraiser for scholarships and equipment for the MSU broadcasting program. Past events have raised over $15,000 with 10 percent given to charitable causes. This year, that portion will be given to Mike Bunce to defray medical expenses. Bunce, an MSU broadcasting graduate, works within the the department in addition to his full-time roles at WGO and The Zoo radio stations.
“Mike’s dedication and hard work within the department really strengthens our commitment to him in his fight with cancer,” said Myerchin.
McKechnie said this year the broadcasting students would like to raise as much as $20,000.
During the auction, packages are auctioned off in a QVC-style format. Viewers call to place bids on-air during the allotted time, with the highest bid winning the package.