SYRACUSE -- One of the biggest, most prominent fundraisers for public broadcaster WCNY was notably absent in April. TelAuc, the station's annual televised auction, usually happens during April. Fans may have noticed this year, April came and went... no TelAuc. But fans need not worry: the station simply decided to postpone the auction until June.
According to a press release, the station was concerned about conflicts "with the Easter holiday and school spting break in late April this year." As a result, "WCNY decided to move the eight nights of TelAuc to early June," presumably when more viewers will be at home, able to watch and bid, rather than being away on vacation.
TelAuc will return nightly, for its 42nd consecutive year, from 6pm to midnight, each night June 2-5 and June 9-12 on WCNY's primary channel, 24.1. Celebrity auctioneers scheduled to appear include local radio personalities Big Jim Donovan (WYYY/WSYR-FM), Melissa Midgely (WZUN), former TV news anchors Maureen Green and Chris Xaver, WCNY-FM personalities Bill Baker and Bill Knowlton, and WCNY-TV personalities Liz Ayers and Rosie Taravella.
The station says area businesses have donated about 3,000 items to be auctioned during TelAuc, allowing all proceeds from winning bids to benefit WCNY programming and services. Items range from golf greens fees and vacation packages to restaurant gift certificates, gardening equipment and furniture.
A complete list of items to be auctioned during TelAuc is available on WCNY's website. In order to place bids, you must be a current WCNY member. Those who need to renew or create a WCNY membership can do so by calling (315)453-2424.
WCNY is seeking volunteers to fully staff TelAuc. Interested parties can contact Kendall Hudson, WCNY's director of special events and volunteer services at firstname.lastname@example.org.