Held Hostage is one of Bryant’s oldest traditions and is hosted annually by WJMF to fundraise for local charities. In years past, Held Hostage has raised thousands of dollars for the Rhode Island Food Bank and Homes for Our Troops. Last year, the DJs set a school record after raising $3700, so the question is, can the record be broken in 2013? The proceeds from this year’s Held Hostage event will directly benefit Bryant’s own chapter of Colleges Against Cancer. Over the past year, we have lost 2 amazing members of the Bryant Community to battles with cancer. This past May we lost Samantha Bourque, a member of the Class of 2013, to a very rare form of bone cancer. Samantha was a close friend of many of us and was known as an all-around wonderful woman. We’ve also lost Mr. Peter Rutledge, an inspirational family figure, excellent advisor, and friend to many in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE). Not only do we at WJMF think that Colleges Against Cancer is a great cause in its own right, but we would like to honor the members of this community that have or are currently battling cancer.

WJMF’s four DJs are all Seniors and are willing to do just about anything to raise money for this year’s charity. Brianne Brinkmann could end up in the pond, Justin Florio will shave his head if anyone can stump him on “Seinfeld Trivia,” Mike Tagliaferro could end up bald, and Michelle Villa, for the right price, might dye her hair whatever color you vote for!

The best part of the event? It will be broadcast LIVE on Campus TV Channel 68 and streamed LIVE on the WJMF website, www. wjmfradio.com. On Friday night there will be music and an awesome light show on the lawn in front of the station. Throughout the weekend, other WJMF DJs will be locked up in the portable prison on the Koffler lawn and the only way these DJs can be released is with your help! There are prizes to be given away and a great cause to support.

Held Hostage will be LIVE on air beginning Friday morning at 10:00am through Saturday at 10:00pm. Tune in on-line or stop by the station in person to see how the four hostages live for those 36 hours. Donations will be taken over the air, call (401) 232-6150 and in person, and cash, credit cards, and personal checks will be accepted.