WYSU’s Sexton Runs for Charity

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Youngstown State University’s Gary Sexton, director of WYSU-FM 88.5, is taking a 65-mile run later this month as a part of the radio station’s Support WYSU Month.

Sexton, a ultra-marathoner from way back, will run 65 miles on Oct. 25 on the Greater Allegheny Passage – a biking, hiking and running path through Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands.

Supporters can sponsor the run by donating a dollar per mile – or more. Click HERE for details.

It’s not the first time Sexton has used his running prowess to bring money to the station. In fact, his first 50-mile race in 2005 raised $38,000 for WYSU. 

Sexton has worked at WYSU-FM since 1990 and has been director since 2000. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and a master’s in music from YSU.  

October is Support 88.5 WYSU Month and the station is hoping to hear from 1,000 donors. The month-long online initiative is in lieu of the station’s traditional Fall membership drive, which will not be held to keep volunteers, students and staff safe in the pandemic. Donations can be made at WYSU.org.

Broadcasting since 1969, WYSU-FM is the public radio service of Youngstown State University and is a charter NPR affiliate station.

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