Manfred’s Guitar: Show TBA

Marvyn and Manfred Show…

Thanks for being a great guest at Gallery Vertigo for the third episode of Manfred’s Guitar and a big thank you to Linda Coumont …. brand new camera ‘ person’ for Shaw Rogers TV.

Vernon’s Valley FM is Aiming to Power the Tower by May 2024

Valley FM Fund Raiser

February 1 – April 30, 2024

Power the Tower!

The Creation of Community Radio Station (Valley FM 97.9) in Vernon is Nearly Complete

On February 1, 2023, we began online streaming from our website:

This was a big step forward to realizing the dream of having our own community radio station in Vernon! And now we need to take that final step forward and start broadcasting ON AIR!

We Will Lose our Broadcasting License If We Are Not ON AIR By September 2024

Though the hard work of Gord Leighton (who sadly passed this summer) and many others, all the heavy lifting in getting our FM licence and radio tower is done. Over the past year, we have also secured studio space, online streaming equipment, and (as mentioned) started streaming content. The next step is to buy, install, and power up our radio transmitter, go ON AIR, and start broadcasting to our community. If we cannot manage to do this before September 1, 2024, we will lose our licence; this is to say, there will be no Valley FM 97.9 in the airwaves of Vernon.

We Must Raise $25,000 to “Power the Tower” and Go ON AIR

This final step to get ON AIR is going to cost us $25,000.00. We have carefully come up with this figure looking at all options and searching for the best deals and volunteer assistance to keep the price tag as low as possible.

“Power the Tower” campaign starts on February 1 and will end on April 30—or sooner if we reach our target before then.

We welcome all suggestions from our membership as we plan and implement this essential undertaking to not only save our 97.9 FM frequency licence, but also to save our dream of having a successful, functioning community radio station proudly serving our hometown of Vernon, BC!

Our Next Meeting Will Be On January 30 at 4:00

Please join us to Power the Tower!  Our next meeting will be in our Valley FM 97.9 studios on January 30 (4:00-5:00 pm). Please plan to attend and help us get this final step done. And please share this message with all whom you know who may be interested in helping us on our way forward. Everyone is welcome. Entry is behind the Towne Theatre, 2913 29 Ave.

 Valley FM 97.9 “Power the Tower” Fund Raiser 2024 (February 1 – April 30)

Donations accepted at [email protected]

Silver Bell – By Ian Tyson Cover Released!

Hi Friends! This cover of Ian Tyson’s 2005 release “Silver Bell” from Songs from the Gravel Road CD has always been one of my holiday favourites. As far as I know, it is the only Christmas song that Ian Tyson had released. Sadly, Ian passed away just before New Years in 2022. I have wanted to record this song for many years, and finally got around to it this year. I hope that your 2023 Christmas is wonderful no matter where you are and that the spirit of Christmas stays with you well into the new year. “It’s the giving not the taking.” Bring light into the world and let the love in your heart not remain silent. It ring! Now and always. Make the most of every moment. Cheers and Merry Christmas!

Downtown Vernon! All Month!

The downtown core of Vernon will be alive with the sounds of carolers, musicians and Santa this December.

Each Saturday (Dec. 9, 16, 23), the soothing sounds of musician Marv Machura will be heard, in addition to other family friendly festivities.

“It’s wonderful performing in Vernon’s downtown during the Christmas season,” said Machura. “I have been doing it for the past 10 years and I love the people, the snow, the decorations and the atmosphere.”

There will also be a Letters to Santa contest, where 12 of the participants who submitted letters will be gifted $100 to be spent in the downtown. You can drop the letters off at Teeter Totter Toys from Dec. 4-12 and the Boarding House Cafe from Dec. 13-20.

Santa Claus has modernized in 2023, becoming hip with the times as he will be taking free sELFies with attendees during the Saturdays. Those will be at Teetor Totter Toys from 12-12:30 and Vernon Teach and Learn from 1-2 p.m.

More information can be found at and as an added bonus, parking will be free on Saturdays.